1966 in History – What happened in year 1966


In history, year 1966 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1966.

Know what happened in 1966:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 September South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 'architectof apartheid', was stabbed to death by Dimitri Tsafendas.
08 September The American science fiction show Star Trek premiered on theNBC television network, launching a media franchise that has sincecreated a cult phenomenon and has influenced the design of many currenttechnologies.
11 March Indonesian President Sukarno was forced to sign the Presidential Order Supersemar, giving Suharto the authority to take whatever measures he deemed necessary to restore order during the Indonesian killings.
17 January A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress collided with a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling over the Mediterranean Sea, dropping three hydrogen bombs on land near Palomares, Spain, and a fourth one into the sea.
18 AugustVietnam War-Members from D Company of the 6th Battalion of theRoyal Australian Regiment were surrounded and attacked on all sides by amuch larger Viet Cong unit at the Battle of Long Tan, but held them offfor several hours until reinforcements arrived.
18 DecemberEpimetheus (pictured), one of the moons of Saturn, wasdiscovered, but was mistaken as Janus. It took 12 years to determinethat they are two distinct objects sharing the same orbit.
27 DecemberThe Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in theworld, was discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
18 DecemberEpimetheus, one of the moons of Saturn, was discovered, but wasmistaken as Janus. It took twelve years to determine that they are twodistinct objects sharing the same orbit.
13 NovemberThe Israeli military conducted a large cross-border assault onthe Jordanian-controlled West Bank village of Samu in response to an al-Fatah land mine incident two days earlier near the West Bank border.
30 SeptemberSeretse Khama became the first President of Botswana when theBechuanaland Protectorate gained independence from the United Kingdom.
06 AugustSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became emir and ruler of AbuDhabi, succeeding his brother, Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whowas deposed in a bloodless coup d'état.
14 JuneThe Vatican formally abolished its 427-year-old list ofprohibited books.
15 MayDisapproving of his handling of the Buddhist Uprising, SouthVietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky ordered an attack on the forcesof General Ton That Dinh and ousted him from the position.
16 MayChinese leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolutionofficially as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elementsand to continue revolutionary class struggle.
05 March BOAC Flight 911 disintegrated and crashed near Mount Fujishortly after departure from Tokyo International Airport, killing all113 passengers and 11 crew members on board.
06 SeptemberSouth African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 'architectof apartheid', was stabbed to death by Dimitri Tsafendas.
10 JulyMartin Luther King, Jr. led a rally in support of the Chicago Freedom Movement, one of the most ambitious civil rights campaigns inthe northern United States.
13 JuneThe Miranda v. Arizona landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court established the Miranda warning, requiring law enforcement officials to advise a suspect in custody of his rights to remain silentand to obtain an attorney.
15 JulyVietnam War:The United States and South Vietnam began Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.
16 MayChinese leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolutionofficially as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elementsand to continue revolutionary class struggle.
18 AugustVietnam War-Members from D Company of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment were surrounded and attacked on all sides by amuch larger Viet Cong unit at the Battle of Long Tan, but held them off for several hours until reinforcements arrived.
26 AugustThe South African Defence Force launched an attack against SWAPO guerrilla fighters at Omugulugwombashe, starting the Namibian War of Independence.
08 SeptemberQueen Elizabeth II opened the Severn Bridge, hailing it as thedawn of a new economic era for South Wales.
06 AugustSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became emir and ruler of AbuDhabi, succeeding his brother, Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whowas deposed in a bloodless coup d'état.
17 JanuaryA US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress collided with a KC-135 Stratotanker during aerial refueling over the Mediterranean Sea, dropping three hydrogen bombs on land near Palomares, Spain, and a fourth one into the sea.
26 JanuaryThe three Beaumont children disappeared from a beach in Glenelg, South Australia, resulting in one of the country's largest-ever police investigations.
05 MarchBOAC Flight 911 disintegrated and crashed near Mount Fuji shortly after departure from Tokyo International Airport, killing all 113 passengers and 11 crew members on board.
10 MarchMilitary Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguy?n Cao K? sacked rival General Nguy?n Chánh Thi, precipitating large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation.
15 MayDisapproving of his handling of the Buddhist Uprising, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n Cao K? ordered an attack on the forces of General Tôn Th?t ?ính and ousted him from the position.
16 MayChinese leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution officially as a campaign to rid China of its liberal bourgeois elements and to continue revolutionary class struggle.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1966:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 DecemberLarry Walker / Baseball Player / Canada
01 SeptemberTim Hardaway / Basketball Player / United States of America
05 NovemberJames Allen / Journalist / United Kingdom
05 January Kate Schellenbach / Drummer / United States of America
07 AugustJimmy Wales / Business Man / United States of America
07 NovemberCalvin Borel / Jockey / United States of America
07 DecemberKazue Itoh / Actress / Japan
09 AprilCynthia Nixon / Actress / United States of America
11 JulyNadeem Aslam / Author / United Kingdom
14 March Gary Anthony Williams / Actor / United States of America
14 AprilDavid Justice / Baseball Player / United States of America
14 DecemberFabrizio Giovanardi / Racing Car Driver / Italy
17 NovemberJeff Buckley / Writer / United States of America
19 AprilPaul Reiffel / Cricketer / Australia
20 DecemberMatt Neal / Racing Car Driver / United Kingdom
22 March Brian Shaw / Basketball Player / United States of America
24 OctoberRoman Abramovich / Politician / Russia
26 DecemberTim Legler / Basketball Player / United States of America
27 DecemberEva LaRue / Actress / United States of America
30 NovemberKipkemboi Kimeli / Runner / Kenya

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1966:

YearName / Profession / Country
08 JanuaryPankaj Berry / Actor / India
11 NovemberArif Zakaria / Actor / India
20 MayManindra Agrawal / Scientist / India
28 SeptemberPuri Jagannadh / Producer / India
06 JanuaryA. R. Rahman / Musician / India
01 SeptemberFaisal Khan / Actor / India
04 SeptemberAadesh Shrivastava / Singer / India
06 MarchMakrand Deshpande / Actor / India
28 AugustPriya Dutt / Politician / India
03 January Chetan Sharma / Cricketer / India
31 January Umar Alisha / Journalist / India
19 DecemberRajesh Chauhan / Cricketer / India

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