1966 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 371


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter
  • Apr 1 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • Apr 1 Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers
  • Apr 1 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave
  • Apr 2 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • Apr 3 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • Apr 3 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • Apr 4 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • Apr 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops)
  • Apr 8 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • Apr 8 Time publishes its "Is God Dead" issue - its first issue without an image
  • Apr 12 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • Apr 13 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • Apr 16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • Apr 19 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Apr 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 25 Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse, Belgium
  • Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 28 Cleve ties record with 10th straight win since Opening Day
  • Apr 28 OCAM, Common Afro-Mauritian Organization forms
  • Apr 30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California
  • May 1 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • May 1 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • May 4 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • May 6 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • May 6 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • May 6 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England
  • May 7 Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene
  • May 8 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to San Francisco
  • May 8 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park by Frank Robinson
  • May 9 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • May 9 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 10 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • May 13 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • May 14 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • May 15 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • May 16 The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", which contained several of their hit singles such as "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
  • May 16 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • May 16 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • May 16 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • May 21 A "loyalist" group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 26 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • May 26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • May 27 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • May 27 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • May 30 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • May 30 US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon
  • Jun 1 2,400 people attend White House Conference on Civil Rights
  • Jun 1 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • Jun 1 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • Jun 2 US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
  • Jun 3 European DX Council forms in Copenhagen (shortwave listeners)
  • Jun 3 Gemini 9 launched; 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford & Cernan)
  • Jun 4 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
  • Jun 6 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
  • Jun 6 Gemini 9 completes 45 orbits after rendezvous with "angry alligator"
  • Jun 6 Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement
  • Jun 8 Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • Jun 10 Cleve Indian Sonny Siebert no-hits Washington Senator, 2-0
  • Jun 10 Mamas & Papas win gold record for "Monday, Monday"
  • Jun 11 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • Jun 11 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 French and German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
  • Jun 12 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspects must be informed of rights
  • Jun 14 Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured
  • Jun 16 20th Tony Awards: Marat/Sade & Man of La Mancha win
  • Jun 17 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman

Aviator Sheila Scott
Aviator
Sheila Scott
  • Jun 21 Queen Juliana opens Coen tunnel in Amsterdam
  • Jun 22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • Jun 24 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
  • Jun 24 16th Berlin International Film Festival: "Cul-de-Sac" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
  • Jun 26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • Jun 27 4th Mayor's Trophy Game; Yanks beat Mets 5-2
  • Jun 29 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Jun 30 Leopoldville, Congo is renamed Kinshasa
  • Jun 30 Richard Helms promoted from deputy director to 8th director of US Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jun 30 Vice Adm William F Raborn Jr, USN, ends term as 7th director of CIA
  • Jul 1 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
  • Jul 1 NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33
  • Jul 1 Medicare goes into effect
  • Jul 2 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 3 Race riots in Omaha Nebraska

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jul 5 NYC transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • Jul 5 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • Jul 5 Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
  • Jul 6 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president
  • Jul 8 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)
  • Jul 8 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi
  • Jul 12 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
  • Jul 12 Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen

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Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 124 of 124

  • Oct 6 Sydney Chatton, dies of heart attack at 48
  • Oct 18 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • Oct 22 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • Oct 30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), dies at 60
  • Nov 2 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • Nov 2 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • Nov 8 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

Nov 16 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • Nov 18 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer, dies
  • Nov 22 Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez, 1st Prime Minister of Dutch Antilles, dies at 59
  • Nov 23 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Siegfried Kracauer, writer, dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Person of interestWalt Disney

Dec 15 Walt Disney, animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 30 Christian Herter, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies