1966 events in history

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
Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia
Jan 31 The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program
Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Feb 3 The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon
Feb 4 All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133
Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised
Feb 23 In Syria, Ba'ath Party member Salah Jadid leads an intra-party military coup that replaces the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist
Feb 26 Apollo program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket
Feb 26 Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam
Mar 1 Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface
Mar 1 The Ba'ath Party takes power in Syria
Mar 4 A Canadian Pacific Air Lines DC-8-43 explodes on landing at Tokyo International Airport, killing 64 people
Mar 5 BOAC Flight 911 crashes on Mount Fuji, Japan, killing 124
Mar 8 A bomb planted by Irish Republican Army militants destroys Nelson's Pillar in Dublin
Mar 10 Military Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyễn Cao Kỳ sacked rival General Nguyễn Chánh Thi, precipitating large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation
Mar 16 Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle
Mar 17 Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb
Mar 19 Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the Final Four with an all-black starting lineup
Mar 31 The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon
Apr 21 Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day
Apr 25 The city of Tashkent is destroyed by a huge earthquake
Apr 26 A new government is formed in the Republic of Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye
Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent
Apr 30 The Church of Satan is established at the Black House in San Francisco
May 6 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England
May 8 A plane crash at Connellsville, Pennsylvania kills Pennsylvania Attorney General, Walter E. Alessandroni, his wife, and other state officials
May 15 After a policy dispute, Prime Minister Nguyễn Cao Kỳ of South Vietnam's ruling junta launches a military attack on the forces of General Tôn Thất Đính, forcing him to abandon his command
May 16 The Communist Party of China issues the "May 16 Notice", marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution
May 21 The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland
May 25 The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University
May 25 Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches
May 26 British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana
May 30 The former Congolese Prime Minister, Évariste Kimba, and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu
May 30 Launch of Surveyor 1, the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body
Jun 2 Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world
Jun 8 Topeka, Kansas, is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed
Jun 8 An F-104 Starfighter collides with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2, destroying both planes during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force Base. Joseph A. Walker, a NASA pilot, and Carl Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot, are both killed
Jun 13 The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them
Jun 14 The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum ("index of prohibited books"), which was originally instituted in 1557
Jun 19 Shiv Sena a political party in India is founded in Mumbai
Jun 30 The National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, is founded
Jul 1 The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto
Jul 2 The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific