Events in History in January 1966

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • Jan 1 Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic
  • Jan 1 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 2 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 3 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • Jan 4 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Jan 9 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • Jan 10 India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10 The Georgia House of Representatives votes 184-12 to deny Julian Bond his seat as a result of his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Jan 11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 12 12 day NYC transit strike ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Jan 13 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
  • Jan 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 15 The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 15 Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna lead a coup d'état in Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Nigeria and other senior political and military figures are killed
  • Jan 16 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 16 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi seizes power in the chaos caused by a military coup and becomes the Nigerian Head of State
  • Jan 17 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 18 Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 19 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • Jan 24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 26 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 29 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 30 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
  • Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 11th string quartet
  • Jan 31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon