On This Day

Events in History in July 1966

  • 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

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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

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Jul 7 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 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
  • Jul 12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia and Denver mints

  • Jul 13 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • Jul 14 Richard Speck rapes and kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • Jul 16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • Jul 16 Nigeria becomes the first Anglophone independent state in Africa to become an associate member of European Economic Community
  • Jul 17 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • Jul 17 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)
  • Jul 18 Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old
  • Jul 18 Gemini 10 launches John Young & Michael Collins
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Fangataufa Island
  • Jul 19 Governor James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • Jul 21 Gemini X returns to Earth
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
  • Jul 23 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"

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Jul 25 Mao Zedong swims the Yangtze River

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Jul 26 Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent
  • Jul 29 In Nigerian counter-coup, Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi murdered, Yakubu Gowon appointed his successor
  • Jul 30 US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam