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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 4, 1966 – A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
- January 21, 1966 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
- January 31, 1966 – The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
- February 2, 1966 – Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
- March 12, 1966 – Suharto takes over from Sukarno to become President of Indonesia.
- April 21, 1966 – Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
- May 25, 1966 – The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University.
- June 8, 1966 – Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5” on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
- August 16, 1966 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
- November 15, 1966 – A Boeing 727 carrying Pan Am Flight 708 crashes near Berlin, Germany, killing all three people on board.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- February 14, 1966 – Petr Svoboda, Czech ice hockey player
- February 19, 1966 – Justine Bateman, American actress
- February 20, 1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model
- February 25, 1966 – Samantha Phillips, American actress
- March 10, 1966 – Mike Timlin, American baseball player
- May 3, 1966 – Peter Abbay, American actor
- September 29, 1966 – Jill Whelan, American actress
- October 17, 1966 – Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- October 26, 1966 – Steve Valentine, British actor
- December 7, 1966 – Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer