Today in History for April 1966

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 45 of 45

1st - 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
1st - Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers
2nd - Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
2nd - WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
3rd - Luna 10 orbits Moon
3rd - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open
3rd - Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
4th - Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
4th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
5th - WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
6th - Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
7th - US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)
American Football Coach and Executive Al DavisAmerican Football Coach and Executive Al Davis 8th - AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner
8th - Leonid Brezhnev elected secretary-general of communist party
8th - OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
9th - Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
11th - 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288
11th - Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire
12th - 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
12th - Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
12th - Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
13th - Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus 15th - KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
15th - Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
16th - Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
17th - 100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
17th - Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
18th - Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
19th - In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
19th - 70th Boston Marathon won by Kenji Kimihara of Japan in 2:17:11
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell 19th - Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
20th - WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
21st - Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
22nd - Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
22nd - USSR performs underground nuclear test
24th - Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
24th - Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
25th - Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse Belgium
26th - Arnold "Red" Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
26th - An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
27th - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
28th - 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
Actor Lee MarvinActor Lee Marvin 28th - 38th Academy Awards - "Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win
28th - Cleve ties record with 10th straight win since Opening Day
28th - OCAM, Common Afro-Mauritian Organization forms

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 90 of 90

1st - Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1st - Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
1st - Chris Evans, English disc jockey
2nd - Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics-98)
2nd - Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
2nd - Willie Green, NFL wide reciever (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
2nd - Teddy Sheringham, English footballer
2nd - Garnet Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)
3rd - Bo Orlando, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals)
3rd - Shelley Michelle, Hollywood California, actress (Golden Eye)
3rd - Mina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
3rd - John de Vries, Australian racing driver
4th - Mike Starr [Michael], Honolulu Hawaii, musician (Alice in Chains bassist), (d. 2011)
4th - Michal Clingman, Indio California, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994)
4th - Myriam Schropp, West Germany, tennis star
4th - Nancy McKeon, Westbury NY, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life)
4th - Stanislav Medrik, Nitra CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
5th - Brent Hughes, New Westminster Ca, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
5th - Larry Norman, Toronto Ontario, canoeist (Olympics-19-92, 96)
5th - Scott Dill, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings)
6th - Kymberly Paige, Newport Beach Ca, playmate (May, 1987)
6th - Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
7th - Teri Ann Linn, Honolulu Hawaii, actress (Kristen-Bold & Beautiful)
7th - Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
Actress Robin Wright PennActress Robin Wright Penn (8th) 8th - Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Tx, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride)
8th - Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
8th - Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
9th - Cynthia Nixon, NYC, actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief)
9th - Oliver Barnett, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
10th - Neil Smith, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
11th - Dave Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
11th - Kara McGaw, Toronto Ontario, softball rightfielder (Olympics-96)
11th - Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)
11th - Mark Higgs, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals)
Actress Cynthia NixonActress Cynthia Nixon (9th) 11th - Steve Scarsone, Anaheim CA, infielder (SF Giants)
11th - Mason Reese, American actor
11th - Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler
12th - Jeffrey Hunter, WLAF DE (London Monarchs)
12th - Lorenzo White, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
12th - Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
13th - Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player
13th - Marc Ford, American musician
14th - David Justice, Cincinnati Ohio, baseball player (Atlanta Braves)
14th - Greg Maddux, San Angelo Texas, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
14th - Greg Myers, Riverside CA, catcher (Minnesota Twins)
14th - Ricky Andrews, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
MLB Pitching Legend Greg MadduxMLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux (14th) 14th - André Boisclair, Quebec politician (Parti Québécois)
15th - Andrei Olhovskiy, Moscow Russia, tennis pro
15th - Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
15th - Samantha Karen Fox, East End London England, singer (Touch Me)
16th - Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chic Bears)
17th - Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)
17th - Susie Redman, Salem OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd)
17th - Vikram, Indian actor
18th - Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics-96)
18th - Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
18th - Valeri Kamensky, Voskresensk Russia, NHL left wing (Avalanche, Oly-S-98)
18th - Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
19th - Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
19th - Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
19th - Véronique Gens, French soprano
20th - David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
21st - Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98)
21st - Michael Franti, American musician
22nd - Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
22nd - Serge Poudrier, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
22nd - Mariana Levy, Mexican actress (d. 2005)
23rd - Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
23rd - Richard Greenwood, Los Angeles California, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley)
23rd - Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
23rd - Jim Stynes [James], Dublin Ireland, Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), (d. 2012)
24th - Margashayam Venkataramana, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 1989)
24th - Pascale Paradis-Mangon, France, tennis star
24th - Theo Adams, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
24th - Pierre Brassard, Quebec humorist and actor
24th - Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
25th - Darren Holmes, Asheville NC, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
25th - Isabelle Pasco, France, actress (Ave Maria)/model (Elle, Vogue)
26th - Andrea Temesvari, Budapest Hungary, tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts)
26th - Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho
27th - Peter McIntyre, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995)
28th - Jim Poole, Rochester NY, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
28th - John Patrick Daly, Sacramento CA, PGA golfer (1995 British Open)
28th - Too Short, American rapper
28th - John Daly, Carmichael California, American golfer (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 Open Championship)
29th - John VanderWal, Grand Rapids MI, outfielder (Colorado Rockies)
29th - Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
30th - Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
30th - David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
30th - Jeff Brown, Ottawa, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

Actress Sophia LorenActress Sophia Loren (9th) 9th - Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 18 of 18

1st - Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
1st - Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
2nd - Cecil Scott Forester, English author (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
3rd - Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
5th - Sven Fleuron, writer, dies at 91
6th - Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
8th - George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
9th - Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
10th - Christian J Modeste, Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
10th - Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
12th - Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
13th - Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician (b. 1921)
13th - Georges Duhamel, French writer (b. 1884)
15th - Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
25th - Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
28th - Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
29th - Eugene O'Brien, actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
30th - Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident

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