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Events in 1966
|10 January:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|21 January:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Snake makes room for the Year of the Horse.|
|3 February:|| ||Moonlander Luna 9 is the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on a planetary body other than Earth.|
|19 March:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|6 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|10 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|19 April:|| ||The Soviet Union launches Salyut 1, the first space station.|
|16 May:|| ||The Politburo of the Communist Party of China announces the “Great Cultural Revolution” in a classified document to party members of rank 17 and above.|
|25 May:|| ||A wall poster by philosophy lecturer Nie Yuanzi and others claiming that Peking University is controlled by bourgeois anti-revolutionaries triggers the Cultural Revolution when it is brought to Mao's attention and subsequently broadcast nationally.|
|26 May:|| ||“Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones is the first song featuring a sitar to reach number one in the UK, followed by the US two weeks later.|
|29 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|6 June:|| ||The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 11 to Saljut 1, the first crew to the first space station.|
|29 June:|| ||After flying 362 orbits docked with Saljut 1, the Soyuz 11 crew encounters problems aboard the station, heads back to Earth and is killed during reentry.|
|10 Augustus:|| ||J.C. Bloem, Dutch poet, dies in Kalenberg at age 79.|
|24 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|11 October:|| ||Following the Soyuz 11 accident in June, the first space station Saljut 1 is prematurely burnt in the atmosphere after orbiting the Earth for six months.|
|21 October:|| ||After days of heavy rain a landslide kills 116 children and 28 adults in the Welsh village of Aberfan, allegedly inspiring the Bee Gees to write their first hit “New York Mining Disaster 1941”.|
|1 December:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1386 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|15 December:|| ||Walt Disney, American filmmaker who reshaped entertainment with some of the world's most famous fictional characters, dies of lung cancer in Burbank, California at age 65.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|31 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
People in 1966
Baby boomers, Time Men of the Year.Janet Parker, Olof Palme, Bertrand Russell, Otto Hahn, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Harry S. Truman, David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall, Chiang Kai-shek, Chandrasekhara Raman, Andrei Tupolev, Taha Hussein, Charlie Chaplin, Martin Heidegger, Dwight Eisenhower, Agatha Christie, Charles de Gaulle, Karl Dönitz, James Chadwick, J.R.R. Tolkien, Francisco Franco, Tito, Haile Selassie, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Trygve Lie, Paul VI, M.C. Escher, René Magritte, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Charles Lindbergh, Puyi, Belcampo, Louis Leakey, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ayn Rand, Gerard Kuiper, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Leonid Brezhnev, Kurt Gödel, Edwin McMillan, Bette Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Willard Libby, Albert Broccoli, U Thant, Wernher von Braun, Richard Nixon, Jesse Owens, Gerald Ford, Menachem Begin, Benjamin Britten, Kees Stip, Yuri Andropov, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, Anwar Sadat, Isaac Asimov, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Federico Fellini, Yves Montand, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Maria Callas, Lucebert, Margaret Thatcher, Pol Pot, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Andy Warhol, Che Guevara, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Brel, Martin Luther King, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, Yuri Gagarin, The 14th Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley, Kofi Annan, John Lennon, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Jim Morrison, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama and Axl Rose celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1966 was a common year starting on a Saturday, just like 1870, 1881, 1887, 1898, 1910, 1921, 1927, 1938, 1949 and 1955 in the century before it and 1977, 1983, 1994, 2005, 2011, 2022, 2033, 2039, 2050 and 2061 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2018 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1966 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 26 April 2018.