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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 21, 1966 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- March 5, 1966 – BOAC Flight 911 crashes on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124.
- March 31, 1966 – The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
- May 21, 1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
- June 8, 1966 – An F-104 Starfighter collides with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2 destroying both planes during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force Base. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and United States Air Force test pilot Carl Cross are both killed.
- July 8, 1966 – King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.
- August 1, 1966 – Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
- October 17, 1966 – Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations.
- October 22, 1966 – The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go).
Who Were Born On 1966?
- February 23, 1966 – Neal McDonough, American actor
- March 5, 1966 – Michael Irvin, American football player
- April 20, 1966 – David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
- May 5, 1966 – Josh Weinstein, American writer
- May 14, 1966 – Mike Inez, American bassist (Alice in Chains, Black Label Society)
- June 14, 1966 – Traylor Howard, American actress
- September 2, 1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican actress
- September 28, 1966 – Leilani Sarelle, American Actress
- November 29, 1966 – John Layfield, American professional wrestler
- December 11, 1966 – Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor