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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 13, 1966 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
- 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.
- May 15, 1966 – After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam’s ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Ton That Dinh, forcing him to abandon his command.
- May 25, 1966 – The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University.
- August 1, 1966 – Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
- August 22, 1966 – Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
- September 12, 1966 – Gemini 11, the penultimate mission of NASA’s Gemini program, and the current human altitude record holder (except for the Apollo lunar missions)
- September 15, 1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
- November 13, 1966 – In response to Fatah raids against Israelis near the West Bank border, Israel launches an attack on the village of As-Samu.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- April 5, 1966 – Mike McCready, American musician (Pearl Jam)
- April 13, 1966 – Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player
- April 22, 1966 – Mickey Morandini, American baseball player and manager
- June 30, 1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer
- July 5, 1966 – Claudia Wells, American actress
- July 13, 1966 – Gil Birmingham, American actor
- September 17, 1966 – Doug E. Fresh, American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer
- October 28, 1966 – Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
- November 16, 1966 – Dave Kushner, American guitarist (Velvet Revolver)
- December 9, 1966 – Kadyrbek Sarbayev, foreign minister