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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 1966 – A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident.
- January 21, 1966 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- April 21, 1966 – Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
- April 26, 1966 – A new government is formed in the Republic of Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.
- May 6, 1966 – Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
- May 15, 1966 – After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam’s ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Ton That Dinh, forcing him to abandon his command.
- May 30, 1966 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Evariste Kimba and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu.
- August 6, 1966 – Braniff Airlines Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, NE killing all 42 on board.
- October 4, 1966 – Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho.
- November 30, 1966 – Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- February 4, 1966 – Kyōko Koizumi, Japanese actress and singer
- February 10, 1966 – Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
- March 9, 1966 – Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi)
- March 26, 1966 – Michael Imperioli, American actor
- May 5, 1966 – Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
- June 29, 1966 – John Part, Canadian darts player
- July 29, 1966 – Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voice actor
- August 7, 1966 – Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur
- October 15, 1966 – Dave Stead, drummer for The Beautiful South
- December 21, 1966 – Karri Turner, American actress