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      1966 Births and Deaths      

1966 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Paul Schofield ( A Man For All Seasons )
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor ( Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? )
Best Film:
A Man For All Seasons

Song Contest 1966

Winner: Austria
Udo Jurgens  'Merci Cheri'

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1966 - General

The Average Wage: £20.6s.1d

Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California
Mrs Ghandi becomes prime minister of India
French car manufacturers Peugeot and Renault merge
Miss World is Reita Faria ( Miss India )
The thermal printer is invented by Texas Instruments
Pierre Cardin's 'Space Age' collection is launched

The Playboy 'Bunny' Club opens at 45 Park Lane
The MacLaren Formula 1 racing team is formed

In Vietnam American dead outnumber Vietnamese for the first time
Timothy 'turn on, tune in and drop out' Leary is arrested on drug charges
James Meredith, the first black student at Mississippi University
is shot dead
Lulu becomes the first British female pop singer to perform behind the 'Iron Curtain'

Unemployment quoted at 328,000
Two American Gemini capsules dock in orbit
The Beatles play their last live concert
Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow
Miss Universe is Margareta Arvidsson ( Miss Sweden )
Mary Quant
is awarded the O.B.E.
Hayley Mills marries John Boulting
The Rootes Group is taken over by Chrysler
Grand Prix drivers Walter Hansgen and John Taylor are killed in crashes
The opening of Parliament is shown live on television for the first time
Henry Cooper loses his rematch with Muhammad Ali in the 6th due to cuts
Evangelist Billy Graham begins a major campaign at Earl's Court

January 1966

1st The Psychedelic Shop opens at Haight Street, San Francisco

4,000 people attend a memorial service for Richard Dimbleby at Westminster Abbey

10th Pakistani-Indian peace negotiations end successfully in Moscow

11th Conference about the situation in Rhodesia begins in Lagos

11th Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri dies

13th Three visiting Labour M.P.s are expelled from Rhodesia

15th The TRIPS festival, considered to be the start of the Hippie movement is held in San Francisco

15th Moscow announces that Sergei Korolev is dead

17th A B-52 bomber collides with a jet tanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs

19th Robert Menzies resigns as Australian Prime Minister after a record 16 years in office

19th Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India

20th Hungary sees demonstrations against high food prices

21st Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd (right)

21st Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro resigns as a result of a power struggle within his party

26th Harold Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia

28th Film actress Hedy Lamarr is arrested for shoplifting in Los Angeles

29th The Road Safety Act is passed which leads to the use of the breathalyser

31st The United Kingdom ceases all trade with Rhodesia

February 1966

1st The first £25,000 Premium Bond winner was Norman Jepson

1st Silent comedy star Buster Keaton dies aged 70

1st Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper dies

3rd Soviet probe Luna 9 is the first artificial satellite to 'land' on the moon

4th A Japanese passenger jet crashes into Tokyo Bay killing 133

7th The Who and The Kinks perform on the last 'Shindig' show on ABC television

8th Freddie Laker sets up an airline to cater for the package holiday market

9th The government announces plans to build a fast-breeder reactor at Dounreay, Scotland

10th Soviet writers Yuli Daniel and Andrei Sinjavski are imprisoned for anti-Soviet writings

11th The Belgian government resigns

14th The Australian Dollar is introduced at an exchange rate of two dollars per £

19th The UK Naval minister, Christopher Mayhew, resigns

20th The British musicians' union proposes that miming be banned from television shows

22nd The Merseybeats disband

23rd A military coup in Syria replaces the government with a Ba'athist regime

24th A military coup occurs in Ghana while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad

28th US astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliott See are killed in aircraft crash

28th Liverpool's 'Cavern Club' closes (right)

March 1966

1st The Russian craft Venera (Venus) III is the first to land (crash) on another planet

1st The government announces plans for decimalisation

3rd Actor William Frawley who played Fred Mertz in 'I Love Lucy' dies

4th John Lennon says, "We (The Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

8th Ronnie Kray shoots rival gangster George Cornell

8th Australia announces that it will substantially increase its number of troops in Vietnam

8th An IRA bomb destroys Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, Eire (right)

10th Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands marries German Claus von Amsberg

11th Charles De Gaulle states that French troops will be taken out of NATO and French bases closed

16th Gemini 8 docks with the Agena target satellite

17th The Alvin submarine finds one of the missing American hydrogen bombs lost near Spain

17th Arkle wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the third year in succession

20th The World Cup Jules Rimet trophy is stolen from Central Hall, Westminster

23rd The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, meet in Rome - the first official meeting for 400 years

27th The World Cup trophy is found in a garden in South London by 'Pickles' the dog

28th Indira Gandhi visits Washington DC

29th P.J.Proby leaves Britian after his visa expires

31st Labour, under Harold Wilson, are re-elected in a General Election

31st The USSR launches Luna 10 which will become the first space probe to orbit the moon

April 1966

Sophia Loren (right) and Carlo Ponti marry for the second time, the first being declared void

1st The British Airports Authority is formed

2nd The Indonesian army demands that the country rejoin the United Nations

2nd Author C.S. Forester dies

4th The Soviet spacecraft Luna X achieves Lunar orbit

10th Evelyn Waugh dies

18th The Lovin' Spoonful make their British debut at the Marquee Club

19th Johnny Kidd disbands The Pirates

21st An artificial heart is installed in the chest of Marcel DeRudder in a Houston hospital

21st The opening of the Parliament of the United Kingdom is televised for the first time

26th L.K. O'Brien is appointed Governor of The Bank of England

27th Pope Paul VI and Soviet premier Gromyko meet in the Vatican - the first meeting between the Catholic Church and Soviet Union

29th The number of US troops in Vietnam totals 250.000

30th A regular hovercraft service begins across the English Channel from Dover to Calais

May 1966

3rd Pirate station Britain Radio starts test broadcasts

6th Brady and Hindley are found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 'Moors Murders'

15th The 44 day seamens strike causes the government to declare a state of emergency

15th The South Vietnamese army besieges Da Nang

16th Ex-World Champion boxer Randolph Turpin is found shot dead at his flat in Leamington Spa

19th The revolving restaurant (right) at the top of the Post Office tower opens

20th The Who's Keith Moon is injured when accidentally struck by Pete Townshend during a 'wild' routine

26th Guyana achieves independence

28th Fidel Castro announces martial law in Cuba because of possible US attack

28th The Indonesian and Malayan governments declare that the Indonesian Confrontation is over

June 1966

The Beatles appear 'live' on T.V. for the first time on 'Top of the Pops'

2nd Philips Petroleum announce the finding of a huge gas field in the North Sea off the Humber estuary

2nd The US space probe Surveyor 1 lands on the Moon - the first soft landing on another world

3rd Joacim Balaguer is elected president of the Dominican Republic

5th Eugene Cernan completes his second U.S. spacewalk during the Gemini 9 mission

6th James Meredith, the civil rights activist, is shot dead while trying to march across Mississippi

7th Roy Orbison's wife Claudette dies following a motorcycle accident

13th The US Supreme Court rules in the Miranda case that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them

18th CIA director William F. Raborn resigns, to be succeeded by Richard Helms

20th Charles De Gaulle visits the Soviet Union

20th Sheila Scott (right) lands her Piper Comanche at Heathrow, completing her 33 day round the world solo
 flight - the first woman to achieve it

21st Reg Calvert, owner of pirate station Radio City, is shot dead at Major Oliver Smedley's home

23rd Anthony Wedgewood Benn introduces legislation to outlaw pirate radio stations

28th In Argentina, a coup deposes president Arturo Umberto Illia and appoints general Juan Carlos Ongania

29th The Barclaycard is launched, the first British-based credit card

29th Comedy actor Ronald Shiner dies

29th US planes bomb Hanoi and Haiphong

29th The seamens' strike, organised by the National Union of Seamen, ends

30th France formally withdraws from NATO

July 1966

Brighton is the first English town to get 'yellow pages'

Bob Dylan breaks his neck in a motorcycle accident, taking 18 months to recover

Mike D'Abo (left) replaces Paul Jones (right) as lead singer of pop group Manfred Mann

4th North Vietnam declares general mobilization

4th President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into US law

6th Malawi becomes a republic

11th BMC and Jaguar announce that they are to merge as British Motor Holdings

12th Indira Gandhi visits Moscow

14th Brigitte Bardot marries Gunther Sachs

14th Israeli and Syrian jet fighters fight over the Jordan River

24th UN Secretary General U Thant visits Moscow

28th At 70, Florence Nagle becomes the first licensed female racehorse trainer

28th The USA announces that a U-2 reconnaissance plane has disappeared over Cuba

30th England win football's World Cup at Wembley, beating West Germany 4-2
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31st Princess Alexandra gives birth to Marina Victoria Alexandra

August 1966

Prince Philip opens the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica

1st Sniper Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas

2nd The Spanish government forbids any flight of British military places through Spanish airspace

3rd Comedian Lenny Bruce dies of a drugs overdose

5th Dr. Martin Luther King leads a civil rights march in Chicago

5th Ground-breaking on the World Trade Centre (right) takes place

6th The Ministry of Social Security is formed from the Ministries of Pensions and National Insurance

6th The bridge over the Tajo River in Lisbon, Portugal, is opened

10th George Brown succeeds Michael Stewart as Foreign Secretary

12th Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Whitney shoot dead three plain clothes policemen

13th An earthquake in Turkey kills 2394 and injures a further 10000

14th U.S. spacecraft Orbiter 1 is reported to have achieved Lunar orbit

15th John Whitney is charged with the murder of three policemen

15th The New York Herald Tribune stops publication

17th Saudi Arabia and the UAR begin negotiations in Kuwait to end the war in Yemen

18th The Tay road bridge is opened

19th Further earthquakes in eastern Turkey destroy whole cities

21st Seven men sentenced to death in Egypt for anti-Nasser agitation

27th Francis Chichester begins his solo round the world voyage in Gypsy Moth IV

30th France offers independence to French Somaliland after heavy rioting

God bless all the victims of the events of 9-11

September 1966

BMC announce plans for 11,000 redundancies, causing a strike until 11th November

1st UN Secretary-General U Thant declares that he is not going to seek re-election

3rd John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth complete their 92-day row across the Atlantic

6th The South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in Cape Town

8th The Severn road bridge is opened by Her Majesty The Queen

9th NATO decides to move the SHAPE headquarters to Belgium

13th Balthazar Johannes Vorster becomes the new South African prime minister

15th Britain's first polaris submarine, H.M.S. Resolution (right), is launched at Barrow-in-Furness

16th The Metropolitan Opera house opens in New York City

19th Scotland Yard arrests Ronald Edwards suspected of being involved of the great train robbery

28th 41 year old actor Eric Fleming, who played Gil Favor in 'Rawhide', is drowned in Peru

30th Lord Thomson buys The Times

30th Nazis Baldur von Schirach and Albert Speer are released from Spandau Prison at midnight

30th Botswana achieves independence.

October 1966

Lead singer Denny Laine quits The Moody Blues

1st Georgie Fame splits from his backing group 'The Blue Flames'

3rd Tunisia severs diplomatic relations with the United Arab Republic

4th Israel applies for outer membership of the EEC

4th Basutoland becomes independent and takes the name Lesotho

7th Pop star, ex-Pirate Johnny Kidd (right), dies in a car crash on A58, Bury New Road, Lancashire

7th The 'hippie' drug LSD is made illegal in California

11th France and the Soviet Union sign a treaty about cooperation in nuclear research

14th The first edition of the 'International Times' underground paper is published

14th The city of Montreal inaugurates its metro system

17th Lesotho and Botswana are accepted to join United Nations

18th Timothy Evans is given a posthumous free pardon for the Christie murders

21st The Aberfan colliery slurry tip slide disaster claims the lives of 116 children and 28 adults

22nd Spy George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison (right)

22nd Spain demands that Britain stops all military flights to Gibraltar

23rd Britain refuses

24th Negotiations about the Vietnam War begin in Manila, Philippines

25th Spain closes its Gibraltar border to non-pedestrian traffic

26th Singer Alma Cogan dies of cancer

26th NATO moves its HQ from Paris to Brussels

November 1966

Art treasures are endangered as Florence suffers its worst floods for a thousand years

6th Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched

8th Edward Brooke becomes the first black senator to be elected in the U.S.A.

9th Jack Lynch becomes the new Irish Prime Minister

9th Paul McCartney is involved in the moped accident which leads to rumours of his death

11th Spain declares a general amnesty on crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War

15th James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin splash down in Gemini 12 (right), the last Gemini mission

15th Harry Roberts, police murderer, is caught near London

17th 150,000 Leonid meteors an hour visible in the skies across the United States

17th UN General Assembly decides to found the UN Industrial Development Organization

19th British comedy actor Arthur Haynes dies

21st The army crushes an attempted coup in Togo

25th Edgar J. Hoover announces all evidence suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone

30th Barbados achieves independence

30th The Courts declare pirate station Radio Essex to be operating illegally

December 1966

The B.B.C. announces plans for reorganisation of its radio stations

1st The first British Christmas postage stamp is issued

1st Harold Wilson and Rhodesian P.M. Ian Smith (right) negotiate on HMS Tiger

2nd U Thant agrees to serve a second term as UN Secretary-General

6th The first geo-stationary satellite is placed in orbit over the Pacific

7th Barbados is accepted into the United Nations

15th Cartoon genius Walt Disney (right bottom) dies aged 65

16th The UN Security council approves an oil embargo against Rhodesia

17th South Africa refuses to join the trade embargo against Rhodesia

20th Harold Wilson withdraws all his previous offers to Rhodesian government

22nd Ian Smith declares that he considers that Rhodesia is already a republic

23rd The last edition of 'Ready Steady Go!' is broadcast

25th Pirate radio station Radio Essex closes down

31st Walter Ulbricht talks about negotiations regarding German unification

31st Thieves steal millions of pounds worth of paintings from Dulwich Art Gallery, London

   1966 Births
   1966 Deaths

January 12 Rob Zombie, musician, artist, writer
January 13 Patrick Dempsey, actor
January 17 Shabba Ranks, singer
February 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
February 11 Patrick Kuhnen, West German tennis player
February 11 Stephen Gregory, actor
February 20 Cindy Crawford, model
February 22 Brian Andrew Greig, statesman
February 24 Billy Zane, actor
February 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete
March 10 Edie Brickell, singer
March 25 Tom Glavine, baseball pitcher
March 31 Roger Black, British athlete
April 14 Greg Maddux, baseball pitcher
April 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower
April 28 John Daly, American golfer
April 29 Phil Tufnell, cricketer
May 10 Jonathan Edwards, British triple jumper
May 12 Stephen Baldwin, actor
May 16 Janet Jackson, singer
May 16 Thurman Thomas, American football player
May 24 Eric Cantona, French footballer
May 26 Helena Bonham Carter, actress
June 8 Julianna Margulies, actress
June 18 Kurt Browning, figure skater
June 21 Rudi Bakhtiar, journalist
June 27 J. J. Abrams, television writer and producer
June 28 John Cusack, actor
June 30 Mike Tyson, boxer
July 3 Moises Alou, Major League Baseball player
July 14 Matthew Fox, actor
August 7 Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
August 11 Juan Maria Solare, classical music composer
August 14 Halle Berry, actress
August 19 Lee Ann Womack, country music musician
September 4 Yanka Dyagileva, Russian punk-rock singer
September 21 Kiefer Sutherland, actor
October 24 Roman Abramovich, Russian oligarch and oil magnate
October 27 Matt Drudge, Internet journalist
October 28 Steve Atwater, American football player
November 12 David Schwimmer, American actor
November 14 Curt Schilling, baseball pitcher
November 17 Sophie Marceau, actress
November 17 Jeff Buckley, singer
December 7 C. Thomas Howell, actor
December 7 Linn Ullmann, Norwegian journalist and author

January 1 Vincent Auriol, French president
January 11 Alberto Giacometti, Italian sculptor
January 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian prime minister
January 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner
January 14 Barry Fitzgerald, actor
January 14 Bill Carr, American athlete
January 15 Sergei Korolev, space scientist
January 18 Kathleen Norris, writer
February 1 Buster Keaton, American actor and film director
February 1 Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist
February 10 Billy Rose, composer, band leader
February 20 Chester Nimitz, American admiral
February 28 Charles Bassett and Elliott See, astronauts
March 1 Fritz Houtermans, physicist
March 3 Maxfield Parrish, artist
March 3 William Frawley, actor
March 5 Anna Ahmatova, poetess
March 8 William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, British parliamentarian
March 8 George Cornell, gangster
April 2 C.S. Forester, English author
April 3 Battista Pininfarina, car designer
April 10 Evelyn Waugh, author
April 13 Georges Duhamel, author
April 13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi president
May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer
May 22 Tom Goddard, Gloucestershire cricketer
June 1 Papa Jack Laine, jazz musician
June 6 James Meredith, civil rights campaigner
June 7 Claudette Orbison, wife of Roy
June 7 Jean Arp, Alsatian sculptor, painter, and poet
June 8 Anton Melik, Slovene geographer
June 12 Hermann Scherchen, Austrian conductor
June 21 Reg Calvert, pirate radio station owner
June 29 Ronald Shiner, actor
June 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian F1 driver
July 2 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet
July 6 Sad Sam Jones, Major League Baseball player
July 7 George de Hevesy, chemist; Nobel-laureate
July 18th Bobby Fuller, singer
July 24 Montgomery Clift, actor
August 3 Lenny Bruce, American comedian
August 6 Cordwainer Smith, science fiction author
September 5 Dezso Lauber, Hungarian sportsman
September 6 Margaret Sanger, birth control advocate
September 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, prime minister of South Africa
September 11 C. E. Woolman, founder of Delta Air Lines
September 17 Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
September 28 Andre Breton, founder of surrealism
September 28 Eric Fleming, actor
October 7 Johnny Kidd, singer
October 18 Elizabeth Arden, beautician, and cosmetics entrepreneur
October 26 Alma Cogan, singer
November 2 Mississippi John Hurt
November 19 Arthur Haynes, actor
November 23 Sean T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland
December 15 Walt Disney

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