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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.
- February 14, 1966 – Australian currency is decimalised.
- March 5, 1966 – BOAC Flight 911 crashes on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124.
- March 8, 1966 – A bomb planted by young Irish protesters destroys Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin.
- May 21, 1966 – The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
- July 2, 1966 – The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
- September 6, 1966 – In Cape Town, South Africa, the architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.
- 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)
- October 15, 1966 – Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
- November 2, 1966 – The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- January 20, 1966 – Tracii Guns, American guitarist
- January 21, 1966 – Candi Milo, American voice actress
- April 26, 1966 – Yoshihiro Togashi, Manga artist who created YuYu Hakusho
- May 14, 1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American vocalist and bassist (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
- September 2, 1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican actress
- December 11, 1966 – Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
- December 25, 1966 – Toshihiro Arai, Japanese rally driver