On This Day

September 1966 in History

Events in History

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

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Sep 8 The Severn Bridge is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US 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

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Sep 22 Edward Albee's "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Sep 22 Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becomes Republic of Botswana
  • Sep 30 Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 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, 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

Person of interestMargaret 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

Person of interestAndré Breton

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

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton
  • Sep 29 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Motion), dies at 75