On This Day

September 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 3 24th World Science Fiction Convention honors Gene Roddenberry
  • Sep 6 Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Event

Sep 8 The Severn Bridge between England and Wales is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

Historic Event

Sep 9 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

  • Sep 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 12 Gemini XI with Charles "Pete" Conrad and Richard F. Gordon aboard launched for 71-hour flight
  • Sep 12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • Sep 13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • Sep 15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • Sep 15 Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
  • Sep 15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
  • Sep 20 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
  • Sep 21 Five inches of rain falls on NYC
  • Sep 22 Surveyor 2 crashes on the Moon, and all contact with it is lost
  • Sep 24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in the Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • Sep 24 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Sep 26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter San Francisco Bay
  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Bechuanaland, in southern Africa, gains independence from Great Britain, becomes Republic of Botswana
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 3 Vladimir Ryzhkov, Russian politician, born in Rubtsovsk, Soviet Union
  • Sep 11 Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family, born in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Sep 16 John Bel Edwards, American politician, Governor of Louisiana (2016-), born in Amite City, Louisiana
  • Sep 19 Soledad O'Brien, American journalist (Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien), born in St. James, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal (domestic terrorist convicted with series of bombings), born in Merritt Island, Florida
  • Sep 21 Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX
  • Sep 22 David Adjaye, Ghanaian British architect (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Sep 27 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 28 Erno Das, lighting tech/gaffer (Spiegels, Lovely Liza)
  • Sep 30 Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist

Deaths in History

  • Sep 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66), assassinated at 64 by Dimitri Tsafendas

Margaret Sanger

Sep 6 Margaret Sanger, US feminist and birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • Sep 9 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • Sep 10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 11 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), dies at 76
  • Sep 14 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, dies at 84
  • Sep 21 Paul Reynaud, Premier of France (May-June 1940), dies at 87

André Breton

Sep 28 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, dies at 70

  • Sep 29 Maurits Uyldert, Dutch poet and writer (Motion), dies at 75