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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.
- 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.
- June 14, 1966 – The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books), which was originally instituted in 1557.
- September 8, 1966 – The first Star Trek series premieres on NBC.
- September 30, 1966 – The British protectorate of Bechuanaland declares its independence, and becomes the Republic of Botswana. Seretse Khama takes office as the first President.
- November 1, 1966 – The New Orleans Saints football team is founded.
- November 28, 1966 – Michel Micombero overthrows the monarchy of Burundi and makes himself the first president.
- December 9, 1966 – Barbados joins the United Nations.
- December 24, 1966 – A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
- December 27, 1966 – The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- January 25, 1966 – Chet Culver, American politician
- February 27, 1966 – Donal Logue, Canadian actor
- March 11, 1966 – Ilias Zouros, Greek basketball coach
- April 26, 1966 – Yoshihiro Togashi, Manga artist who created YuYu Hakusho
- April 28, 1966 – Too Short, American rapper
- June 18, 1966 – Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater
- September 28, 1966 – Maria Canals Barrera, American actress, singer
- November 17, 1966 – Jeff Buckley, American musician (d. 1997)
- November 22, 1966 – Richard Stanley, South African film director
- December 14, 1966 – Tim Sköld, Swedish/American musician