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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1966 – A twelve-day New York City transit strike begins.
- January 21, 1966 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 23, 1966 – In Syria, Baath party member Salah Jadid leads an intra-party military coup that replaces the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist.
- March 10, 1966 – Military Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky sacked rival General Nguyen Chanh Thi, precipitating large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation.
- March 17, 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- March 19, 1966 – Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final Four with an all-black starting lineup.
- April 25, 1966 – The city of Tashkent is destroyed by a huge earthquake.
- May 21, 1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
- July 24, 1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.
- December 26, 1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- January 10, 1966 – Murali Nair, Indian film director
- February 9, 1966 – Harald Eia, Norwegian TV personality and comedian
- June 26, 1966 – Jürgen Reil, American drummer (Kreator)
- June 30, 1966 – Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
- August 3, 1966 – Brent Butt, Canadian actor
- September 9, 1966 – Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian
- November 19, 1966 – Shmuley Boteach, American rabbi
- November 21, 1966 – Evgeny Bareev, Russian chess Grandmaster
- December 7, 1966 – Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
- December 21, 1966 – Karri Turner, American actress