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1966 Historical Event(s)
- January 12, 1966 – Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
- 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.
- February 4, 1966 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
- February 26, 1966 – Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
- March 17, 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the Ship DSV submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- May 30, 1966 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Evariste Kimba and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu.
- July 15, 1966 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam begin Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.
- August 22, 1966 – Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
- October 15, 1966 – Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.
Who Were Born On 1966?
- March 7, 1966 – Joy Tanner, American actress
- March 9, 1966 – Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi)
- April 25, 1966 – Erik Pappas, Greek-American baseball player
- June 22, 1966 – Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress
- July 10, 1966 – Johnny Grunge, American wrestler (d. 2006)
- August 25, 1966 – Albert Belle, American baseball player
- September 7, 1966 – Lutz Heilmann, German politician
- September 23, 1966 – Pete Harnisch, American baseball player
- October 17, 1966 – Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- December 30, 1966 – Bennett Miller, American film director