Today in History for December 1966

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 49 of 49

1st - Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
1st - Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Md to Boulder, Colo
2nd - Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
3rd - US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Miss
4th - KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
4th - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational
5th - "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
6th - Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
7th - A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
8th - A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
8th - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
10th - Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
10th - Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S Mulliken
11th - Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
12th - US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
12th - "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 13th - 1st US bombing of Hanoi
13th - 1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam
13th - Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
13th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
15th - "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
15th - Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
15th - John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
16th - The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK
16th - Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
18th - Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
18th - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
20th - NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
20th - Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
Children's Author Dr. SeussChildren's Author Dr. Seuss 20th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
21st - USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
22nd - WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
23rd - Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
24th - "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 perfs
24th - Luna 13 lands on Moon
24th - USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
26th - Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
26th - Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club
27th - "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 perfs
28th - 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
28th - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix 28th - 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
29th - Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
30th - The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released
31st - Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
31st - Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
31st - Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
31st - Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 95 of 95

1st - Craig David Parry, Sunshine Victoria, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-2nd)
1st - Greg McMichael, Knoxville TN, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1st - Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
1st - Mike Flores, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
1st - Steve Walsh, St. Paul Minnesota, NFL quarterback (Chic Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1st - Katherine LaNasa, American actress
2nd - Anita Jokiel, Poland, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
2nd - Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
2nd - Kelly Buchberger, Langenburg, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
2nd - Rob Sullivan, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Tri-City Pro-Am), born in Chicago, Illinois
2nd - Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
3rd - Lisa Lightfoot, Australian middle distance runner (Olympics-96)
3rd - Flemming Povlsen, Danish footballer
4th - Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
4th - Masta Ace, American rapper
4th - Suzanne Malveaux, American television news reporter
4th - Chris Shepherd, English film director
5th - Bruce Deacon, Ottawa Ontario, marathoner (Olympics-96)
5th - Joseph Barbara, New Symrna Fla, actor (Joe Carlino-Another World)
5th - Linda Hunt, LPGA golfer
5th - Niege Dias, Brazil, tennis star
5th - Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)
6th - Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
7th - C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
7th - Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
8th - Douglas Allan Martin, Bluffton OH, PGA golfer (1995 Buick-2nd)
8th - Joe Staysniak, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
8th - Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'ConnorSinger-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor (8th) 8th - Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician
8th - Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
9th - Dana Murzyn, Calgary, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
9th - Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
9th - Toby Huss, American actor
10th - Eric Naposki, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
10th - Norberto Martin, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, infielder (Chicago White Sox)
11th - Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)
11th - Gary Dourdan, American actor
11th - Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
12th - Cheryl Dickey, 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
12th - Jim Sandlak, Kitchener, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
12th - Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
12th - Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor
13th - Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef
13th - Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
14th - Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
14th - Bill Ranford, Brandon Man, NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston)
14th - Carl Herrera, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
14th - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver
14th - Tim Skold, Swedish/American musician
15th - Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
15th - Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
16th - Clifford Robinson, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers)
16th - Dennis Wise, English footballer
17th - Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
17th - Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
17th - Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
18th - Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
18th - Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
18th - Kiefer Sutherland, actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys)
18th - Patricia Neder, Wauykesha WI, team handball right wing (Olymp-92, 96)
18th - Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
18th - Terry Phelps, Larchmont NY, tennis star
18th - Tracy Byrd, country singer
18th - Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
18th - Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
19th - Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic-gold-1988, 92)
19th - Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
19th - Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
19th - Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
19th - Rajesh Chauhan, cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
19th - Robert MacNaughton, actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
19th - Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
20th - Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
20th - Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
20th - Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
20th - Matt Neal, British Race Driver
20th - Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
21st - Karri Turner, American actress
22nd - Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
22nd - Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
23rd - Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II)
24th - Deidrich Bader, Wash DC, actor (Oswald-Drew Carey Show)
25th - Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
25th - Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
25th - Sandy Corn, model/Penthouse Pet (March, 1991)
26th - Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets)
27th - Fabian Núñez, American politician
27th - Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer
27th - Eva LaRue, American actress
27th - Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
28th - Joe Wolf, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
29th - Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
29th - Drew Hartt, Calgary Alta, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour)
29th - Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
31st - Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of OJ Simpson/actress (Dangerous)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

Actor Strother MartinActor Strother Martin (18th) 18th - Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 23 of 23

2nd - Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
5th - Sylveer Maes, Belgian bicylist, dies at 57
6th - Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
8th - Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
9th - Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
10th - Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
13th - Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
14th - Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
14th - Richard Whorf, actor (Chain Lightning), dies of heart attack at 60
14th - Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (15th) 15th - Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65
17th - Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68
18th - Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
19th - Ehm Welk, writer, dies at 82
23rd - Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
23rd - Robert Keith, actor (Battle Circus, Men in War), dies at 68
24th - Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
26th - Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
26th - Noel Gallon, composer, dies at 75
27th - Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
30th - Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
31st - Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
31st - Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies

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