1966 in history

1966 events chronologically

Jan 1 After a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa assumes power as president of the Central African Republic
Jan 1 A twelve-day New York City transit strike begins
Jan 4 A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution
Jan 12 Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended
Jan 13 Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member when he is appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Jan 15 The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état
Jan 17 Palomares incident: A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, killing seven airmen, and dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea

Top 7 most famous people born in 1966

Jan 29 Romário a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest forwards of all time. He helped Brazil win the 1994 FIFA World Cup, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll in 1999, was chosen in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004
May 16 Janet Jackson an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television roles, and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame
Jun 30 Mike Tyson an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them
Aug 7 Jimmy Wales an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web-hosting company. Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school. Later he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University
Aug 14 Halle Berry an American actress and former fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2014, the only woman of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a leading role. She was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel
Oct 9 David Cameron the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. He represents Witney as its Member of Parliament
Oct 30 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a militant Islamist from Jordan who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. He became known after going to Iraq and being responsible for a series of bombings, beheadings, and attacks during the Iraq War

Top 7 most famous people died in 1966

Jan 14 Sergei Korolev the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics
Feb 1 Buster Keaton an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, filmmaker, stunt performer, and writer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face"
Mar 5 Anna Akhmatova a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.
Apr 10 Evelyn Waugh an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books; he was also a prolific journalist and reviewer. His best-known works include the early satires Decline and Fall and A Handful of Dust , the novel Brideshead Revisited , and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour. As a writer, Evelyn Waugh is recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the English language in the 20th century
Aug 29 Sayyid Qutb an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 he was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging
Nov 2 Peter Debye a Dutch-American physicist and physical chemist, and Nobel laureate in Chemistry.
Dec 15 Walt Disney an American business magnate, cartoonist, and filmmaker. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he and his brother Roy Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company