1966 in History – What happened in year 1966

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1966 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
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 Fujishortly after departure from Tokyo International Airport, killing all113 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.
11 marchIndonesian 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.
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 mayThe Cultural Revolution was launched on May 16, 1966 by Mao Zedong, then chairman of the Communist Party of China. The revolution severely affected the country economically, socially and politically.
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.
25 mayExplorer 32 launched. Explorer 32, also known as Atmosphere Explorer-B (AE-B), was a satellite launched by the United States to study the Earth's upper atmosphere. It was launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta-C1 rocket. It was the second of five Atmosphere Explorers, the first being Explorer 17.
26 mayBritish Guiana gained independence and became Guyana. British Guiana was the name of the British colony on the northern coast of South America, since 1966 known as the independent nation of Guyana. Its indigenous people are the Arawak-speaking Lucayan, part of the Taino people.
30 mayLaunch of Surveyor 1, the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body. Surveyor 1 was the first lunar soft-lander in the unmanned Surveyor program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, United States). This lunar soft-lander gathered data about the lunar surface that would be needed for the manned Apollo Moon landings that began in 1969.
02 juneSurveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world, Surveyor 1 was the first lunar soft-lander in the unmanned Surveyor program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, United States). This lunar soft-lander gathered data about the lunar surface that would be needed for the manned Apollo Moon landings that began in 1969.
10 juneIndian version of MIG Fighter Aircraft designed at Nashik. This was originated from Russia. MIG Fighter Aircrafts played a major role during 1971 Indo-Pak war and Kargil war. These planes were extensively used by Indian Air force.
13 juneThe Miranda v. Arizona landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court established the Miranda warning, requiring law enforcement officials to advise a suspect in custody of his rights to remain silent and to obtainan attorney.
14 juneThe Vatican formally abolished its 427-year-old list ofprohibited books.
01 julyThe first colour television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto. There are three main analog broadcast television systems in use around the world, PAL (Phase Alternating Line), NTSC (National Television System Committee), and SECAM (Séquentiel Couleur à Mémoire—Sequential Color with Memory).
06 julyMalawi became a republic country. The country adopted its new constitution n thus join the club of republic nations. Hastings Banda became the 1st president of Malawi. He was one of the leaders who were demanding the freedom for country.
08 julyKing of Burundi Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng was displaced by his son Ntare-V. Burundi is a small landlocked country in African continent. It is one of the five poorest countries of the world. The history of Burundi is marked with genocides and political imbalances before becoming a republic.
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.
15 julyVietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.
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.
13 augustChina has declared it's Cultural Revolution. By reorganizing the present minor farming collectives into great cooperatives workers would be allowed to work in industry..
14 augustThe U.S. Lunar Orbiter was made to capture photos of the moon’s landscape in order to prepare American astronauts landing on the lunar landscape.
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.
23 augustThe Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from an orbit around the Moon.
24 augustU.S.S.R. launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon.
26 augustThe South African Defence Force launched an attack against SWAPO guerrilla fighters at Omugulugwombashe, starting the Namibian War of Independence.
06 septemberHendrik Verwoerd, the South African Prime Minister who apparently was the Architect of apartheid is murdered during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town
06 septemberSouth African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 'architectof apartheid', was stabbed to death by Dimitri Tsafendas.
08 septemberThe 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.


Famous birthdays in the year 1966:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
04 SeptemberJeff Tremaine / Producer / United States of America
04 DecemberAndy Hess / Bass Player / United States of America
04 March Grand Puba / Rapper / United States of America
05 March Tracy Kerdyk / Golfer / United States of America
07 AprilGary Wilkinson / Snooker Player / United Kingdom
11 OctoberLuke Perry / Actor / United States of America
11 January Marc Acito / Author / United States of America
11 March Joe Hachem / Poker Player / Australia
12 JulyJeff Bucknum / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
13 NovemberSusanna Haapoja / Politician / Finland
16 JuneJan Železný / Javelin Thrower / Czech Republic
16 SeptemberAsanka Gurusinha / Cricketer / Sri Lanka
20 NovemberJill Thompson / Author / United States of America
21 March Matthew Maynard / Cricketer / United Kingdom
21 JulyArija Bareikis / Actress / United States of America
22 February Thorsten Kaye / Actor / United Kingdom
24 NovemberRussell Watson / Actor / United Kingdom
26 March Nick Wirth / Engineer / United Kingdom
26 OctoberSverre Gjørvad / Composer / Norway
30 JulyAllan Langer / Rugby Player / Australia

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1966:

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