) was a common year starting on
(link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar
Events of 1966
- January 1 – In a
coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel
Bokassa takes over as military ruler of the Central African
Republic, ousting President David
- January 2 – A strike
of public transportation
workers in New York
City begins (it will end January
- January 3 – The
first Acid Test is conducted at the Fillmore, San
- January 4 – A
military coup occurs in Upper
Volta (later Burkina
- January 4 – The
prime ministers of India and Pakistan meet in
- January 4 – A
gas leak fire at the Feyzin oil
refinery near Lyon, France kills 18 and
- January 10 –
negotiations end successfully in Tashkent.
- January 10 – The French paper
L'Express publishes a
story of Georges Figon, who took part
in the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben
- January 11 – A
conference on Rhodesia begins in Lagos, Nigeria.
- January 11 – The
first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes
into service at Beale
- January 12 –
United States President Lyndon
Johnson states that the United States should stay in South
Vietnam until Communist aggression
there is ended.
- January 13 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member, by being
States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
- January 15 – A
bloody military coup is staged in Nigeria, deposing the civilian government.
- January 17 – The Nigerian coup is overturned by another faction of the military,
leaving a military government in power. This is the beginning of a
long period of military rule.
- January 17 – A
B-52 bomber collides with a
KC-135 Stratotanker over
Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares, and 1 into the sea, in the 1966
Palomares B-52 crash.
- January 17 – Carl Brashear, the first African American United States Navy diver, is involved in
an accident during the recovery of a lost H-bomb which results in
the amputation of his leg.
- January 18 – French police announce
that Georges Figon has committed
suicide, prior to his arrest for the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben Barka.
- January 18 – About 8,000 U.S.
soldiers land in South Vietnam; U.S.
troops now total 190,000.
- January 19 – Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India; she is
sworn in January 24.
- January 20 –
Demonstrations occur against high food prices in Hungary.
- January 21 – Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro resigns due to a power struggle
in his party.
- January 22 – The
military government of Nigeria announces that ex-prime minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was killed
during the coup.
- January 22 – The
Chadian Muslim insurgent group
FROLINAT is founded in Sudan, starting
the Chadian Civil War.
- January 24 – Air India Flight 101 crashes at Mont
Blanc kills 117, including Dr. Homi
J. Bhabha, chairman Indian Atomic
- January 26 –
Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia when Robert
- January 26 –
disappearance: Three children disappear on their way to
South Australia, never to be seen again.
- January 27 – The
British government promises the U.S. that British troops in
Malaysia will stay until more peaceful conditions occur in
- January 29 – The
first of 608 performances of Sweet
Charity opens at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
- January 31 – The
Kingdom ceases all trade with Rhodesia.
- February 1 –
Germany procures some 2,600 political prisoners from East Germany.
- February 3 – The unmanned Soviet
Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled
rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
- February 4 –
All Nippon Airways Flight
60 plunges into Tokyo Bay; 133 are
- February 6 –
Fidel Castro blames China for spreading
anti-Soviet propaganda among Cuban
- February 8 – The
National Hockey League
awarded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a second NHL franchise, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- February 10 – Soviet writers
Yuli Daniel and Andrei Sinyavsky are sentenced to 5 and 7
years, respectively, for 'anti-Soviet' writings.
- February 11 – The
Belgian government resigns.
- February 14 – The Australian dollar is introduced at a rate
of 2 dollars per pound, or 10 shillings per dollar.
- February 19 – The
naval minister of the United Kingdom, Christopher
- February 20 –
While Soviet author and translator Valery
Tarsis is abroad, the Soviet Union negates his citizenship.
- February 23 – A
military coup in Syria replaces the
previous government with a Ba'athist
- February 24 – A
military coup in Ghana raises
sacked General Ankrah to power while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad.
- February 26 – A
curfew is declared in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- February 28 –
U.S. astronauts Charles Bassett and
Elliott See are killed in an aircraft
accident in St.
- March 1 – Soviet space probe Venera
3 crashes on Venus, becoming the
first spacecraft to land on another
- March 1 – The
Ba'ath Party takes power in Syria.
- March 2 – Kwame Nkrumah arrives in Guinea and is
- March 4 – The Beatles: In an interview published in The
London Evening Standard,
John Lennon comments, "We're more
popular than Jesus now," eventually sparking a
controversy in the United
- March 4 – Canadian
Pacific Airlines Flight 402 crashes while landing at Tokyo
International Airport in Japan, killing 64
of 72 persons on board.
- March 5 – A massive
theft of nuclear materials is revealed in Brazil.
- March 5 – Merci
Chérie by Udo Jürgens (music by Udo Jürgens, text by Udo
Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1966
- March 7 – Charles De Gaulle asks U.S. President
Lyndon B. Johnson for negotiations about the state
of NATO equipment
- March 8 –
Anti-communist demonstrations occur at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
- March 8 – Vietnam War: U.S. announces
it will substantially increase its number of troops in Vietnam.
- March 8 – An Irish Republican Army bomb
Pillar in Dublin.
- March 9 – Ronnie Kray murders George Cornell in East
London's Blind Beggar pub, a crime for which he is finally
convicted in 1969.
- March 10 – Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
marries Claus von Amsberg. Some
spectators demonstrate against the groom because he is German.
- March 11 – Indonesian President
Sukarno gives all executive powers to General Suharto (see Transition to the New Order and
- March 11 – French
President Charles De Gaulle states
that French troops will be taken out of NATO and that
all French NATO bases and HQ's must be closed within a
- March 12 – Bobby
Hull of the Chicago
Blackhawks sets the NHL
single season scoring record against the New York Rangers, with his 51st goal.
- March 16 – Gemini 8 (David
Scott, Neil Armstrong) docks with
an Agena target vehicle.
- March 17 – More
anti-communist demonstrations occur in Indonesia.
- March 17 – Off the
coast of Spain in the
Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin
submarine finds a missing American
- March 19 – The
Western Miners defeat the Kentucky Wildcats with 5 African-American starters, ushering
in desegregation in athletic recruiting.
- March 20 – The World Cup Trophy (the
"Jules Rimet") is stolen at an
exhibition; it is later found by a dog named "Pickles" and his owner David Corbett.
- March 22 – In
D.C., General Motors
President James M. Roche appears before a Senate
subcommittee, and apologizes to consumer advocate Ralph Nader for the company's intimidation and
harassment campaign against him.
- March 23 – Pope
Paul VI and Arthur Michael
Ramsey, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, meet in Rome.
- March 26 –
Demonstrations are held across the United States against the Vietnam
- March 27 – In South Vietnam, 20,000 Buddhists march in
demonstrations against the policies of the military
- March 28 – Indira Gandhi visits Washington,
- March 29 – The 23rd
Communist Party Conference is held in the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev
demands that U.S. troops leave Vietnam, and announces that
Chinese-Soviet relations are not satisfying.
- March 31 – The Labour Party under Harold Wilson wins the British General
- March 31 – The
Union launches Luna 10,
which later becomes the first space
probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
- May 1 – Floods occur on the Finnish coast.
- May 3 – Swinging Radio England and Britain
Radio commence broadcasting on AM,
with a combined potential 100,000 watts, from the same ship
anchored off the south coast of England in international
- May 4 – Fiat signs a
contract with the Soviet government to build a car factory in the
- May 5 – The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
- May 6 – The Moors Murderers trial ends with Ian Brady being found guilty on all 3 counts of
murder and sentenced to 3 concurrent terms of life imprisonment.
Myra Hindley is convicted on 2 counts
of murder and of being an accessory in the third murder committed
by Brady, and receives 2 concurrent terms of life imprisonment and
a 7-year fixed term for being an accessory.
- May 12 – African members of the UN
Security Council say that the British army should blockade
- May 12 – The Busch
Memorial Stadium opens in St Louis, Missouri.
- May 12 – Radio Peking claims that U.S.
planes have shot down a Chinese plane over Yunnan (the U.S.
denies the story the next day).
- May 14 – Turkey and
Greece intend to
start negotiations about the situation in Cyprus.
- May 15 – Indonesia asks Malaysia for peace negotiations.
- May 15 – The South Vietnamese army besieges Da Nang.
- May 15 – Tens of
thousands of anti-war demonstrators again picket the White House, then rally at the Washington Monument.
- May 16 – The Communist Party of China issues the
16 Notice', marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
- May 16 – A seamen's strike is called in
- May 16 – The legendary album Pet Sounds by The
Beach Boys is released.
- May 16 – Bob
Dylan's seminal album, Blonde
on Blonde is released in the U.S.
- May 16 – In New York City, Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. makes his first public speech on the Vietnam War.
- May 19 – Gertrude Baniszewski is found guilty of
murdering and torturing Sylvia Likens
and is sentenced to life in prison. (she is released on parole in
- May 24 – Ugandan
army troops arrest Mutesa II of
Buganda and occupy his palace.
- May 24 – The Nigerian government forbids all political activity in the
country until January 17, 1969.
- May 25 – Explorer program: Explorer 32 is launched.
- May 25 – In St. Louis,
Missouri, U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey and U.S. Secretary of the
Interior Stewart Udall dedicate the
Arch, as part of the Jefferson
National Expansion Memorial.
- May 26 – Guyana achieves
- May 28 – Fidel
Castro declares martial law in Cuba
because of a possible U.S. attack.
- May 28 – The Indonesian and Malaysian governments declare that the Indonesian Confrontation is over (a
treaty is signed on August
- May 31 – The Philippines reestablishes diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
- June 1 – The final new episode of
The Dick Van Dyke
Show airs (the first episode aired on October 3, 1961).
- June 2 – Éamon de Valera is re-elected as Irish
- June 2 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on
the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.
- June 2 – Four former
cabinet ministers are executed in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, for alleged involvement in a plot to kill Mobutu Sese Seko.
- June 3 – Joaquín Balaguer is elected president
of the Dominican
- June 5 – Gemini
9: Gene Cernan completes the
second U.S. spacewalk (2 hours, 7 minutes).
- June 6 – Civil rights activist James Meredith is shot while trying to march
- June 8 – An XB-70 Valkyrie prototype is destroyed in a
mid-air collision with a F-104
Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot
Joseph A. Walker and USAF test
pilot Carl Cross are both killed.
- June 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
- June 13 – Miranda v. Arizona: The Supreme
Court of the United States rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning
- June 14 – The Vatican abolishes the Index Librorum Prohibitorum
(index of banned books).
- June 17 – An Air
France personnel strike begins.
- June 18 – CIA chief
William Raborn resigns; Richard Helms becomes his successor.
- June 20 – French
President Charles De Gaulle starts
his visit to the Soviet
- June 21 – Opposition leader Arthur Calwell is shot after attending a
political meeting in Mosman, Sydney, Australia.
- June 28 – In Argentina, a junta
deposes president Arturo Umberto
Illia in a coup, and appoints General Juan Carlos Ongania to lead.
- June 29 – A sailors'
strike, organised by the National Union of Seamen, ends in
- June 29 – Vietnam War: U.S. planes begin bombing Hanoi and
- June 30 – France formally
- June 30 – The
for Women (NOW) is founded in Washington, DC.
- July 1 – Joaquin Balaguer becomes president of the
- July 3 – Rene
Barrientos is elected president
- July 4 – North
Vietnam declares general mobilization.
- July 4 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of
Information Act, which goes into effect the following
- July 6 – Malawi becomes a
- July 7 – A Warsaw
Pact conference ends with a promise to support North
- July 8 – King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of
Burundi is deposed by his son Ntare V,
who is in turn deposed by prime minister Michel Micombero.
- July 11 – The
1966 FIFA World Cup begins in
- July 12 – Indira Gandhi visits Moscow.
- July 12 – Zambia threatens
to leave the Commonwealth of
Nations because of British peace overtures to Rhodesia.
- July 14 – Israeli and Syrian jet fighters
clash over the Jordan
- July 14 – Richard Speck murders 8 student nurses in
their Chicago dormitory. He is arrested on July 17.
- July 14 – Gwynfor Evans becomes member of Parliament for
Carmarthen, the first Plaid Cymru
MP in the UK.
- July 16 – British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson flies to Moscow to try
to start peace negotiations about the Vietnam War (the Soviet government refutes his
- July 18 – Gemini 10 (John Young, Michael Collins) is launched.
After docking with an Agena target
vehicle, the astronauts then set a world altitude record of 474
miles (763 km).
- July 18 – The
Hough Riots break out in Cleveland,
Ohio, the city's first race
- July 19 – A Chinese
delegate in the Netherlands, Liu en-Tsiu, is declared persona non grata because of the death of
a Chinese engineer in unclear circumstances; there are claims that
he was kidnapped and taken to the delegate's office.
- July 22 – The Chinese government
declares Dutch delegate G. J. Jongejans persona non grata, but tells him not to
leave the country before a group of Chinese engineers has left the
- July 23 – Katangese troops in Stanleyville, Congo, revolt for several weeks in support of the
exiled minister Moise
- July 24 – U.N. Secretary General
U Thant visits Moscow.
- July 26 – Lord
Gardiner issues the Practice
Statement in the House of Lords, stating that the House is not bound to follow
its own previous precedent.
- July 28 – The U.S. announces that a
Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane has
disappeared over Cuba.
- July 29 – The
Nigerian army rebels and executes head of state General Aguiyi-Ironsi.
- July 29 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near
his home in Woodstock, New York. He is not seen in public for over a
- July 30 – England beats West Germany 4–2 to win the
1966 FIFA World Cup at Wembley after extra
- August 1 – Sniper
Charles Whitman kills 13 people and
wounds 31 from atop the University of Texas at
Austin Main Building tower, after earlier killing his
wife and mother.
- August 1 – A
military coup occurs in Nigeria; General Yakubu Gowon
- August 2 – The Spanish government
forbids overflights of British military aircraft.
- August 5 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads a civil
rights march in Chicago, during which he is struck by a rock thrown
from an angry white mob.
- August 5 – Caesars
Palace hotel and casino opens in Las
- August 5 – The Beatles release the legendary Revolver album in the United
- August 6 – Braniff Airlines Flight 250
crashes in Falls
City, Nebraska, killing all 42 on board.
- August 6 – Rene Barrientos takes office as the
president of Bolivia.
- August 6 – The
Salazar Bridge (now the
Abril Bridge) opens in Lisbon, Portugal.
- August 7 – Race
riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
- August 10 – An
East German court sentences Günter Laudahn to life imprisonment for
spying for the United
- August 10 – Lunar Orbiter 1, the first U.S. spacecraft
to orbit another world, is launched.
- August 11 –
The Beatles hold a press conference in
Chicago, during which John
Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark,
saying, "I didn't mean it as a lousy anti-religious
- August 12 –
of Braybrook Street: Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney shoot
dead 3 plainclothes policemen in London; they are later sentenced to life
- August 13 – In the
Republic of China, Mao Zedong begins the
Cultural Revolution to purge and
reorganize China's Communist Party.
- August 13 – An
earthquake in Turkey kills 2,394 and injures 10,000.
- August 15 –
Syrian and Israeli troops clash over Lake Kinneret (also known as
the Sea of
Galilee) for 3 hours.
- August 15 – It is announced that the
New York Herald
Tribune will not resume publication.
- August 16 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American
Activities Committee starts investigating Americans who have
aided the Viet Cong, with the intent to
make these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the
meeting and 50 are arrested.
- August 17 –
Arabia and the United Arab
Republic begin negotiations in Kuwait to end the war in Yemen.
- August 18 –
Vietnam War – Battle
of Long Tan: D Company, 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, meets
and defeats a Viet Cong force estimated to
be 4 times larger, at the in Phuoc Tuy Province, Republic of Vietnam.
- August 19 – An
earthquake in eastern Turkey destroys whole cities.
- August 21 – Seven
men are sentenced to death in Egypt, for
- August 22 – The United Farm Workers
Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), is formed.
- August 24 – The
Doors recorded self-titled
- August 26 – Riots
occur in French
- August 26 – First battle between the
South African Defense Force and the armed wing of SWAPO - PLAN
takes place at Ongulumbashe in Northern Namibia.
- August 29 –
The Beatles play their very last concert
at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
- August 30 –
France offers independence to French
- September 1 – United Nations
Secretary-General U Thant declares that
he will not seek re-election, because U.N. efforts in Vietnam have
- September 1 – 98
British tourists die in an air crash in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
- September 6 – In
Town, the South African
architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister
Hendrik Verwoerd, is stabbed to
death by Dimitri Tsafendas during
a parliamentary meeting.
- September 8 – Star Trek, the classic science fiction
television series, debuts with its first episode, titled "The Man Trap."
- September 9 –
NATO decides to move SHAPE headquarters to Belgium.
- September 12 – Gemini 11 (Richard
Gordon, Pete Conrad) docks with an
Agena target vehicle.
- September 12 – Balthazar Johannes Vorster
becomes the new South African Prime Minister.
- September 13 – TASS reports on clashes between the Chinese
Communist Party and the Red Guards.
- September 16 – In South Vietnam,
Thich Tri Quang ends a 100-day
- September 16 –
The Metropolitan Opera House
opens at Lincoln
Center in New York
City to the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera, Antony and
- September 18 – Valerie Percy, the
21-year-old daughter of Senator Charles
H. Percy, is stabbed and
bludgeoned to death in the family mansion on Chicago's North
- September 19 –
Yard arrests Ronald
Edwards, suspected of involvement in the Great Train
- September 30 –
Baldur von Schirach and Albert Speer are released from Spandau
- September 30 –
Botswana achieves independence.
- Jack L. Warner sells Warner Bros. Pictures to Seven Arts Productions, which
eventually becomes Warner
- November 2 – The
Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in
- November 4 – The
floods Florence, damaging many art treasures.
- November 5 –
Thirty-eight African states demand that the United
Kingdom use force against the Rhodesian government.
- November 6 – Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched.
- November 8 –
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
- November 8 –
Actor Ronald Reagan, a Republican, is elected
Governor of California.
- November 9 – John Lennon meets Yoko
Ono at the Indica Gallery.
- November 11 – A
mine kills 3 Israeli paratroopers on the West Bank border.
- November 11 –
general amnesty for crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War (effective only for the
- November 15 – Gemini 12 (James
Buzz Aldrin), splashes down safely in
Ocean, 600 km east of the Bahamas.
- November 15 –
Harry Maurice Roberts, who
killed 3 policemen in August, is caught near London.
- November 15 – A
Boeing 727 carrying Pan Am Flight 708 crashes near Berlin, Germany, killing all three people on board.
- November 16 – U.S. doctor Sam Sheppard is acquitted in his second trial
for the murder of his pregnant wife in 1954.
- November 17 – The U.N. General
Assembly decides to found the United
Nations Industrial Development Organization.
- November 17 – A
spectacular Leonid meteor shower passes over
Arizona, at the rate of 2,300 a minute for 20
- November 21 – In
Togo, the army
crushes an attempted coup.
- November 24 – The Beatles begin recording sessions for their
landmark Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
- November 26 – In
Vancouver, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat the
Ottawa Rough Riders to win the
54th Grey Cup.
- November 27 – The Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants 72–41 in the highest scoring
game in NFL history.
- November 28 – Truman Capote's Black and White Ball
('The Party of the Century') is held in New York City.
- November 30 –
Barbados achieves independence.
- December 1 – Kurt Georg Kiesinger is elected
- December 1 – British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime minister Ian
Smith negotiate on the HMS
Tiger in the Mediterranean.
- December 2 – U
Thant agrees to serve a second term as U.N. Secretary
- December 3 –
Anti-Portuguese demonstrations occur in Macau; a curfew is declared the
- December 7 –
weapons to rebels in Jordan.
- December 7 –
Barbados is admitted to the United
- December 8 – The
Typaldos Line's ferry Heraklion sinks in rough seas, in
Sea near Crete, leaving 217 dead.
- December 15 – Walt Disney dies while producing The Jungle Book, the last
animated feature under his personal supervision.
- December 16 – The U.N. Security
Council approves an oil embargo against Rhodesia.
- December 16 – The International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are adopted by
the General Assembly, as Resolution 2200 A (XXI).
- December 17 – South Africa does not join the trade embargo against Rhodesia.
- December 20 – Harold Wilson withdraws all his previous
offers to the Rhodesian government, and
announces that he will agree to independence only after the founding of a Black
- December 22 – Prime Minister
Ian Smith declares that Rhodesia is
already a republic.
- December 18 – How the
Grinch Stole Christmas, narrated by Boris Karloff, is shown for the first time on
CBS, becoming an annual Christmas tradition.
- December 26 –
The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, founder of Organization US
(a black nationalist group) and later chair of Black Studies, at California State University, Long
Beach from 1989 to 2002.
- December 31 – East German Premier
Walter Ulbricht discusses
negotiations about German
- December 31 –
Thieves steal millions' worth of paintings from the Dulwich
Art Gallery in London.
- December 31 – The Congolese
government takes over the Union Minière du Haut
- January 1 – Anna
Burke, Australian politician and
member for Chisholm in the
- January 1 – Crazy Legs, Puerto Rican breakdancer (Rock Steady Crew
- January 1 – Michael Imperioli, American actor
- January 3 – Martin Galway, Northern Irish composer
- January 4 – Deana Carter, American singer
- January 5 – Kate Schellenbach, American musician
- January 7 – Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, American
actress and model, wife of John F.
- January 7 – Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer
- January 8 – Igor Vyazmikin, Russian ice hockey
- January 12 – Rob Zombie, American rock musician, artist, and
- January 13 – Patrick Dempsey, American actor
- January 14 – Marco Hietala, Finnish rock bassist
- January 17 – Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer
- January 19 – Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player
- January 19 – Floris Jan Bovelander, Dutch
- January 20 – Stacey Dash, American actress
- January 20 – Tracii Guns, American guitarist
- January 21 – Wendy James, British rock singer (Transvision Vamp)
- January 22 – Jegath Gaspar Raj, Tamil Maiyam
- January 24 – Jimeoin, Northern Irish-Australian comedian and
- January 29 – Romário, Brazilian footballer
- January 30 – Hans Tutschku, German composer
- February 1 – Michelle Akers, American footballer
- February 4 – Kyōko Koizumi, Japanese actress and
- February 5 – Jose Maria Olazabal, Spanish golfer
- February 6 – Rick Astley, British rock singer
- February 7 – Kristin Otto, German swimmer
- February 8 – Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
- February 9 – Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
- February 10 – Daryl Johnston, American football player
- February 11 – Stephen Gregory, American actor
- February 18 – Richard A Collins, British scientist and
- February 20 – Cindy Crawford, American model and
- February 22 – Rachel Dratch, American actress
- February 22 – Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian bombmaker
- February 22 – Brian Greig, Australian politician
- February 23 – Michael Arata, American actor
- February 24 – Billy Zane, American actor
- February 25 – Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete
- February 25 – Tea Leoni, American actress
- February 26 – Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
- February 27 – Alison Gertz, American AIDS activist (d.
- March 3 – Tone
Lōc, American R&B musician
- March 4 – Daniela Amavia, American actress and
- March 4 – Kevin
Johnson, American basketball player
- March 4 – Grand
Puba, American rapper (Brand Nubian)
- March 4 – Patrick Hannan, English
- March 4 – Steve
Bastoni, Australian actor
- March 4 – Dav
Pilkey, American writer
- March 4 – Wash Westmoreland, British film
- March 5 – Mark Z. Danielewski, American author
- March 5 – Michael Irvin, American football player
- March 6 – Maurice Ashley, American chess
- March 6 – Yahya
Ayyash, Palestinian terrorist (d. 1996)
- March 7 – Jeff
Feagles, American football
- March 7 – Atsushi Sakurai, Japanese singer
- March 9 – Tony
Lockett, Australian rules
- March 9 – Michael Patrick MacDonald,
- March 10 – Edie Brickell, American singer
- March 10 – Mike
Timlin, American baseball player
- March 16 – Rodney Peete, American football quarterback
- March 22 – Antonio Pinto, Portuguese long-distance
- March 25 – Tom
Glavine, American baseball player
- March 25 – Jeff
Healey, Canadian guitarist (d. 2008)
- March 25 – Anton
Rogan, Northern Irish footballer
- March 29 – Krassimir Balakov, Bulgarian
- April 1 – Chris Evans, British radio
- April 2 – Teddy Sheringham, British footballer
- April 3 – Miina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
- April 4 – Riduan Isamuddin, Bali
- April 4 – Nancy
McKeon, American actress who played Jo
Polniaczek on the long running NBC
television series The
Facts of Life
- April 8 – Robin Wright Penn, American actress
- April 8 – Bobby
Ologun, Nigerian television personality and martial artist
- April 11 – Dustin Rhodes, American professional
- April 11 – Lisa Stansfield, British soul singer
- April 13 – Ali
Boumnijel, Tunisian footballer
- April 14 – David Justice, American baseball player
- April 14 – Greg
Maddux, American baseball player
- April 14 – Lloyd
Owen, British actor
- April 15 – Samantha Fox, British model and singer
- April 18 – Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
- April 19 – El
Samurai, Japanese professional wrestler
- April 20 – David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
- April 21 – Bubba the Love Sponge, American radio
- April 22 – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, American actor
- April 28 – John Daly, American golfer
- April 29 – Phil
Tufnell, British cricketer
- May 1 – Anne
Fletcher, American film director and choreographer
- May 3 – Firdous
Bamji, Indian-American actor
- May 5 – Lyubov
Yegorova, Russian cross-country skier
- May 6 – Andrea
Chiesa, Swiss Formula One driver
- May 6 – Cindy
Hsu, American Emmy-Award-winning anchor and reporter
- May 7 – Anderson Cummins, Canadian cricketer
- May 7 – Hill
Harper, American film, television and stage actor
- May 7 – Jes
Høgh, Danish footballer
- May 8 – Robert
J. Behnen, American genealogist
and a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives
- May 8 – Blag
Dahlia, American musician, producer, and author
- May 8 – Rocko
Schamoni, German entertainer, author, musician, club proprietor
and member of the comedy ensemble Studio
- May 8 – Kamil Kašťák, Czechoslovakian
ice hockey player
- May 8 – Marta Sánchez, Spanish female vocalist,
- May 8 – Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian
- May 10 – Mikael Andersson,
Swedish ice hockey player
- May 10 – Frank
T. Caprio, General Treasurer of
- May 10 – Wade Domínguez, American actor, model,
singer and dancer (d. 1998)
- May 10 – Jonathan Edwards, British
- May 10 – Anne
Elvebakk, Norwegian biathlete
- May 10 – Genaro Hernandez, Mexican-American
- May 11 – Christoph Schneider, German rock
- May 12 – Stephen Baldwin, American actor
- May 12 – Bebel
Gilberto, Brazilian popular singer
- May 13 – Nereus
Acosta, Filipino politician, academician, and political
- May 13 – Cheryl
Dunye, Liberian-born film director, producer, screenwriter,
editor and actress
- May 13 – Darius
Rucker, American rock singer (Hootie & the
- May 13 – Alison Goldfrapp, English
- May 13 – Jeffrey Scott Holland, American artist
- May 16 – Juan Manuel Funes, Guatemalan footballer
- May 16 – Janet
Jackson, American singer
- May 16 – Thurman Thomas, American football player
- May 19 – Neil Campbell, British
- May 19 – Sophia Crawford, actress, stuntwoman and
- May 20 – Mindy
Cohn, American actress
- May 20 – Joey
Gamache, American boxer
- May 21 – Lisa
Edelstein, American actress and playwright
- May 22 – Siri
Eftedal, Norwegian team handball player and Olympic
- May 22 – Johnny
Gill, American singer
- May 23 – Graeme
Hick, English cricketer
- May 24 – Russell
Kun, Nauruan politician
- May 24 – Dan
Abrams, American journalist
- May 24 – Eric
Cantona, French footballer
- May 24 – Francisco Javier Cruz, Mexican
- May 24 – Ella
Guru, American painter and musician
- May 25 – Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh, Iranian
- May 25 – Jeff Cross , American
- May 26 – Helena Bonham Carter, English
- May 26 – Zola
Budd, South African athlete
- May 27 – Heston Blumenthal, British chef
- May 27 – Carol Campbell , Afro-German
actress, model and presenter
- May 27 – Juan
M. Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy
for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
- May 28 – Theo
Bleckmann, German vocalist and composer
- May 28 – Larry Davis , American criminal (d.
- May 29 – Robert Anderson, American
child murderer (executed) (d. 2006)
- May 30 – Frank
Goosen, German cabaret artist and novel author
- May 30 – Thomas Häßler, German football
- May 30 – Stephen Malkmus, American rock singer
- June 1 – Greg
Schiano, American football coach
- June 2 – Candace Gingrich, American LGBT rights activist
- June 4 – Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano
- June 4 – Tiffany Million, American actress
- June 6 – Faure Gnassingbé, President of
- June 8 – Julianna Margulies, American actress
- June 8 – Doris
Pearson, British R&B singer Five
- June 8 – Jens
Kidman, Swedish musician
- June 14 – Matt
Freeman, American musician
- June 15 – Daniel Pinchbeck, American author
- June 15 – Roberto Carnevale, Italian musician
- June 16 – Jan Železný, Czech javelin
- June 17 – Christy Canyon, American porn actress
- June 18 – Kurt
Browning, Canadian figure skater
- June 19 – Samuel
West, British actor
- June 21 – Rudi
Bakhtiar, American journalist
- June 22 – Michael Park, British rally
co-driver (d. 2005)
- June 22 – Schooly
D, American rapper
- June 22 – Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress
- June 23 – Richie
Ren, Taiwanese musician
- June 25 – Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese basketball
- June 27 – J.
American television writer and producer
- June 28 – Mary Stuart Masterson, American
- June 28 – John
Cusack, American actor
- June 28 – Bobby Bare, Jr., American musician
- June 30 – Mike
Tyson, American boxer
- June 30 – Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
- July 1 – Enrico
Annoni, Italian footballer
- July 3 – Moisés Alou, American baseball player
- July 5 – Kathryn
Erbe, American actress
- July 5 – Claudia
Wells, American actress
- July 5 – Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer
- July 6 – Brian
Posehn, American actor and comedian
- July 7 – Jim
Gaffigan, American comedian
- July 7 – Gundula Krause, German violinist
- July 8 – Shadlog Bernicke, Nauruan politician
- July 10 – Gina
Bellman, British actress
- July 11 – Melanie Appleby, British singer (d. 1990)
- July 11 – Mick
Molloy, Australian comedian
- July 13 – Gerald Levert, American singer (d. 2006)
- July 14 – Tanya
Donelly, American musician
- July 14 – Matthew Fox, American actor
- July 14 – Caressa Savage, American pornographic
- July 15 – Irène
Jacob, French-born actress
- July 15 – Dimitris P. Kraniotis, Greek poet
- July 20 – Enrique Peña Nieto, Governor of the
State of Mexico (2005–present)
- July 21 – Sarah
Waters, British novelist
- July 22 – Tim Brown, American football
- July 22 – Shawn Michaels, American professional
- July 28 – Miguel Angel Nadal, Spanish
- July 28 – Troy
Boyle, American comic book artist
- July 29 – Jeff
Herrod, American Football Player
- July 29 – Martina McBride, American country
- July 29 – Richard Steven Horvitz, American
- July 30 – Murilo Bustamante, Brazilian mixed martial
- July 30 – Allan
Langer, Australian rugby league footballer
- July 31 – Dean
Cain, American actor
- August 2 – Tim
Wakefield, American baseball player
- August 3 – Brent
Butt, Canadian comedian and TV producer (Corner
- August 4 – Kensuke Sasaki, Japanese professional
- August 7 – Jimmy
Wales, American co-founder of Wikipedia
"The Wikipedia project was founded in January 2001 by
Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales and philosopher Larry
Sanger," quoted from the April 25th, 2004 first-ever press
release issued by the Wikimedia Foundation.
- August 10 – Charlie Dimmock, English TV celebrity
gardener and horticulturalist
- August 10 – Hossam Hassan, Egyptian footballer
- August 11 – Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
- August 12 – Les Ferdinand, English footballer
- August 14 – Halle Berry, American actress
- August 14 – Freddy Rincon, Colombian footballer
- August 15 – Scott Brosius, American baseball player
- August 17 – Rodney Mullen, famous flatland
- August 18 – Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist
- August 19 – Lilian Garcia, American singer and wrestling
- August 19 – Lee Ann Womack, American musician
- August 20 – Dimebag Darrell, American rock guitarist
(Pantera, Damageplan) (d. 2004)
- August 22 – GZA/Genius, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
- August 23 – Rik
Smits, Dutch basketball player
- August 25 – Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist
- August 25 – Robert Maschio, USA Actor
- August 26 – Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey
- August 26 – Shirley Manson, Scottish rock musician
- August 28 – Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and
- September 1 – Tim Hardaway, American basketball player
- September 2 – Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress
- September 4 – Yanka Dyagileva, Russian singer
- September 6 – Eduardo Maruri, Ecuadorian business man and
- September 7 – Vladimir Andreyev, Russian race
- September 7 – Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, German
- September 8 – Carola Häggkvist, Swedish pop
- September 9 – Georg Hackl, German luger
- September 9 – Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian
- September 12 – Princess Akishino, Japanese princess
- September 12 – Ben Folds, American piano rock artist
- September 17 – Doug E. Fresh,
American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer
- September 22 – Mike Richter, American ice hockey player
- September 22 – Moustafa Amar, Egyptian pop star
- September 24 – Michael J. Varhola, American author and
- October 1 – George Weah, Liberian politician and football
- October 2 – Rodney Anoa'i, Samoan-American professional
wrestler (d. 2000)
- October 3 – Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, Israeli settler
leader (d. 2000)
- October 5 – Inessa Kravets, Ukrainian athlete
- October 6 – Niall Quinn, Irish footballer.
- October 7 – Sherman Alexie, Native American author
- October 8 – Aaron Callaghan, Irish football club
- October 9 – David Cameron, British politician
- October 10 – Tony Adams, English footballer
- October 10 – Elana Meyer, South African athlete
- October 11 – Stephen Williams , British
- October 12 – Brian Kennedy, Irish musician and
- October 14 – Savanna Samson, American porn star
- October 15 – Jorge Campos, Mexican footballer and coach
- October 17 – Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
- October 19 – Jon Favreau, American actor and director
- October 19 – Sinitta, American pop singer
- October 24 – Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate
- October 26 – Jeanne Zelasko, American baseball host
- October 27 – Matt Drudge, American conservative Internet
- October 28 – Steve Atwater, American football player
- October 31 – Koji Kanemoto, Japanese professional
- November 2 – David Schwimmer, American actor
- November 2 – Yoshinari Ogawa, Japanese professional
- November 3 – Joe Hachem, Lebanese-born Australian poker
- November 6 – Peter DeLuise, American actor
- November 6 – Paul Gilbert, American musician
- November 6 – Christian Lorenz, German rock musician
- November 7 – Lin Xiaochieh, Burmese
- November 8 – Gordon Ramsay, British chef
- November 13 – Susanna Haapoja, Finnish politician (d.
- November 14 – Curt Schilling, American baseball player
- November 15 – Rachel True, American actor
- November 17 – Jeff Buckley, American singer (d. 1997)
- November 17 – Sophie Marceau, French actress
- November 19 – Shmuley Boteach, American rabbi
- November 20 – Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer, and
- November 21 – Troy Aikman, American football player
- November 23 – Vincent Cassel, French actor
- November 28 – Narumi Yasuda, Japanese actress
- November 29 – John Bradshaw Layfield, American
- November 30 – Wil Mara, American author
- November 30 – David Nicholls, English novelist and
- December 1 – Larry Walker, Canadian Major League Baseball player
- December 7 – C. Thomas
Howell, American actor
- December 7 – Linn Ullmann, Norwegian journalist and
- December 8 – Sinéad O'Connor, Irish pop singer
- December 9 – Kirsten Gillibrand, American
- December 11 – Leon Lai, Hong Kong singer and actor
- December 12 – Último Dragón, Japanese professional
- December 12 – Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
- December 12 – Greg Long, Contemporary Christian artist
- December 13 – Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
- December 14 – Bill Ranford, Canadian hockey player
- December 15 – Katja von Garnier, German film
- December 16 – Dennis Wise, English footballer
- December 17 – Milos Tichy, Czech astronomer
- December 19 – Alberto Tomba, Italian alpine skier
- December 20 – Ed de Goeij, Dutch footballer
- December 20 – Chris Robinson, American rock singer
- December 21 – Kiefer Sutherland, Canadian actor
- December 22 – Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
- December 24 – Diedrich Bader, American actor and
- December 25 – Stephen Twigg, British politician
- December 27 – Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American
- December 27 – Bill Goldberg, American professional
- December 27 – John Harrington,
- December 30 – Eric Kot, Hong Kong singer and actor
- January 1 – Vincent Auriol, President of France (b. 1884)
- January 3 – Marguerite Higgins, American journalist
- January 3 – Rex
Lease, American actor (b. 1903)
- January 11 – Alberto Giacometti, Swiss sculptor (b.
- January 11 – Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b.
- January 14 – Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
- January 15 – Sergei Korolev, Russian space scientist (b.
- January 15 – Samuel Ladoke Akintola, Nigerian
premier of the Western region and Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII of the
Yoruba (b. 1910)
- January 17 – Vincent J. Donehue, American stage director (b.
- January 18 – Kathleen Norris, American writer (b.
- January 22 – Herbert Marshall, English actor (b.
- January 31 – Elizabeth Patterson, American
actress (b. 1875)
- February 1 – Buster Keaton, American actor and film
director (b. 1895)
- February 1 – Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (b.
- February 3 – June Walker, American actress (b. 1900)
- February 6 – Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b.
- February 9 – Sophie Tucker, American singer (b. 1884)
- February 10 – Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b.
- February 10 – Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India (b. 1904)
- February 15 – Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect
and historian of gardens (b. 1909)
- February 17 – Hans Hofmann, German-American painter (b.
- February 18 – Robert Rossen, American film director (b.
- February 20 – Chester Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
- February 26 – Gino Severini, Italian painter (b. 1883)
- February 28 – Jonathan Hale, American actor (b. 1891)
- March 1 – Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b.
- March 3 – Maxfield Parrish, American artist (b.
- March 3 – Alice
Pearce, American actress (b. 1917)
- March 3 – Joseph Fields, American playwright (b.
- March 3 – William Frawley, American actor (I Love
Lucy) (b. 1887)
- March 5 – Anna
Akhmatova, Russian poet (b. 1889)
- March 8 – William Waldorf Astor,
3rd Viscount Astor, British politician (b. 1907)
- March 10 – Frank O'Connor, Irish writer (b. 1903)
- March 10 – Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
- March 27 – Helen Menken, American actress (b. 1901)
- March 30 – Erwin Piscator, German theater director (b.
- April 1 – Flann
O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
- April 2 – C.S. Forester,
English author (b. 1899)
- April 3 – Battista Farina, Italian car designer (b.
- April 6 – Julia
Faye, American actress (b. 1893)
- April 10 – Evelyn Waugh, English author (b. 1903)
- April 11 – Maximiliano Hernández
Martínez, Salvadorian military dictator (assassinated) (b.
- April 13 – Georges Duhamel, French author (b. 1884)
- April 13 – Abdul Salam Arif, President of Iraq (b. 1921)
- April 19 – Javier Solis, Mexican ranchera & bolero
singer (b. 1931)
- April 21 – Sepp Dietrich, Nazi German military leader (b.
- April 23 – Georges Ohsawa, Japanese diet founder (b.
- April 29 – Eugene O'Brien, American actor (b. 1880)
- May 8 – Erich
Pommer, German film producer (b. 1889)
- May 21 – Patrick H. O'Malley, Jr., American actor (b.
- May 22 – Tom
Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
- May 23 – Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b.
- May 24 – Jim
Barnes, English golf champion (b. 1886)
- May 26 – Don
Castle, American actor (b. 1917)
- May 29 – James Woolf,
British film producer (b. 1919)
- June 1 – Papa
Jack Laine, American jazz musician (b. 1873)
- June 6 – Ethel
Clayton, American actress (b. 1882)
- June 7 – Jean
Arp, Alsatian sculptor, painter, and poet (b. 1887)
- June 8 – Anton
Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
- June 11 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet (b.
- June 11 – Wallace Ford, English-born American actor (b.
- June 12 – Hermann Scherchen, Austrian conductor (b.
- June 19 – Ed
Wynn, American actor (b. 1886)
- June 30 – Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver (b.
- July 2 – Jan
Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)
- July 3 – Deems
Taylor, American composer (b. 1885)
- July 5 – George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
- July 6 – Sad Sam
Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)
- July 6 – Anne
Nagel, American actress (b. 1915)
- July 14 – Julie
Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
- July 23 – Douglass Montgomery, American actor (b.
- July 24 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (b.
- July 25 – Frank
O'Hara, American poet (b. 1926)
- July 31 – Bud
Powell, American jazz pianist (b. 1924)
- August 3 – Lenny
Bruce, American comedian (b. 1925)
- August 6 – Cordwainer Smith, American author (b.
- August 15 – Jan
Kiepura, Polish tenor and actor (b. 1902)
- August 15 – Seena Owen, American actress (b. 1894)
- August 23 – Francis X. Bushman, American actor (b. 1883)
- August 26 – Art
Baker, American actor (b. 1898)
- September 5 – Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman and
architect (b. 1879)
- September 6 – Margaret Sanger, American birth control
advocate (b. 1879)
- September 6 – Hendrik Verwoerd, Dutch-born Prime Minister of South
Africa (b. 1901)
- September 11 – C. E. Woolman, American Airlines founder (b.
- September 14 – Gertrude Berg, American actress (b. 1899)
- September 17 – Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (b. 1930)
- September 21 – Paul Reynaud, French politician (b. 1878)
- September 26 – Helen Kane, American singer (b. 1904)
- September 28 – Andre Breton, French writer (b. 1896)
- September 28 – Eric Fleming, American actor (b. 1925)
- September – Hiram Wesley Evans, American leader of
the Ku Klux Klan (b. 1881)
- October 7 – Smiley Lewis, African-American R&B musician
- October 10 – Wilfrid Lawson, English actor (b.
- October 13 – Clifton Webb, American actor (b. 1889)
- October 16 – George O'Hara, American actor (born
- October 18 – Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-born beautician
and cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1878)
- October 23 – Claire McDowell, silent screen actress (b.
- October 24 – Hans Dreier, German art director (b. 1885)
- October 26 – Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
- October 28 – Robert Charpentier, French Olympic
cyclist (b. 1916)
- November 2 – Peter Debye, Dutch chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
- November 2 – Mississippi John Hurt,
African-American singer and guitarist (b. 1893)
- November 4 –
Dietrich von Choltitz, Nazi
German military governor of Paris in World War II
- November 12 – Shakeb Jalali, Pakistani poet (b. 1934)
- November 19 – Arthur Haynes, English comedian (b. 1914)
- November 23 – Seán T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland (b. 1882)
- December 14 – Verna Felton, American actress (b. 1890)
- December 14 – Richard Whorf, American actor (b. 1906)
- December 15 – Walt Disney, American animated film producer and
founder of The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland Resort (b.
- December 22 – Harry Beaumont, American film director (b.
- December 22 – Robert Keith, American actor (b.
- December 30 – Christian Herter, United States Secretary
of State (b. 1895)
- Best Picture: The
Sound of Music, Robert Wise,
- Best Director: Robert Wise,
The Sound of
- Best Actor: Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou
- Best Actress: Julie Christie,
- Best Supporting Actor: Martin
Balsam, A Thousand
- Best Supporting Actress: Shelley
Winters, A Patch of
- Best Original Screenplay: Darling written by Frederic Raphael
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Doctor Zhivago, screenplay
by Robert Bolt
- Best Original Song: The
Sandpiper, Johnny Mandel
(music); Paul Francis Webster
(lyrics); For the song "The Shadow of Your Smile"
- Best Original Score: Doctor Zhivago, by Maurice Jarre
- Aircraft Accident Report. West Coast Airlines, Inc DC-9
N9101. Near Wemme, Oregon, Adopted: 11 December 1967
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