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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.
- March 1, 1966 – The Ba'ath Party takes power in Syria.
- June 14, 1966 – The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books), which was originally instituted in 1557.
- July 2, 1966 – The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
- July 24, 1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.
- August 18, 1966 – Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phuoc Tuy Province.
- August 26, 1966 – The Namibian War of Independence starts with the battle at Omugulugwombashe.
- September 6, 1966 – In Cape Town, South Africa, the architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.
- October 5, 1966 – Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.
- November 4, 1966 – The Arno River flooded Florence, Italy, to a maximum depth of 6.7 m, leaving thousands homeless and destroying millions of masterpieces of art and rare books.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- January 19, 1966 – Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player
- January 21, 1966 – Robert Del Naja, English musician
- January 25, 1966 – Chet Culver, American politician
- April 4, 1966 – Nancy McKeon, American actor
- April 22, 1966 – Mariana Levy, Mexican actress (d. 2005)
- April 25, 1966 – Diego Domínguez, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
- October 15, 1966 – Dave Stead, drummer for The Beautiful South
- November 5, 1966 – Georgia Apostolou, Greek actress
- December 1, 1966 – Larry Walker, Canadian baseball player
- December 12, 1966 – Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist