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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 15, 1966 – The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d’état.
- January 21, 1966 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 4, 1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
- March 1, 1966 – Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet’s surface.
- March 17, 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- May 30, 1966 – Launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to achieve landing on an extraterrestrial body.
- July 4, 1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act goes into effect the next year.
- July 10, 1966 – The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. As many as 60,000 people came to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Paul and Mary.
- November 8, 1966 – Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- January 7, 1966 – Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, American publicist (d. 1999)
- February 24, 1966 – René Arocha, Cuban baseball player
- March 31, 1966 – Nick Firestone, American race car driver
- April 8, 1966 – Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
- May 26, 1966 – Zola Budd, South African athlete
- May 27, 1966 – Heston Blumenthal, British chef and restaurateur
- July 20, 1966 – Anton du Beke, British ballroom dancer
- October 3, 1966 – Darrin Fletcher, American baseball player
- December 9, 1966 – Kadyrbek Sarbayev, foreign minister
- December 15, 1966 – Molly Price, American actress