Historical Events For Year 1966

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January 12, 1966

American presence in South Vietnam is said to remain there by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson until the Communist aggression is ended.
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January 13, 1966

The first African-American to become a Cabinet member is Robert C. Weaver as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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January 27, 1966

British troops are promised to remain in Malaysia, ensuring the United States that they will stay until more peaceful conditions come about.
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March 16, 1966

David Scott and Neil Armstrong are aboard the Gemini 8 spacecraft, making the first docking in space.
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March 19, 1966

Desegregation is initiated in athletic recruiting when the Texas Western Miners defeat their opponents with five African-American starters.
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March 31, 1966

The first space probe to orbit around the moon, Luna 10, is launched by the Soviet Union.
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April 13, 1966

Daylight savings time is implemented upon the signing of the 1966 Uniform Time Act by President Johnson.
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April 19, 1966

The Boston Marathon experiences it's first woman runner, Bobbi Gibb. Read More

April 21, 1966

A hospital in Houston, Texas hold the the first artificial heart transplant received by Marcel DeRudder.
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April 21, 1966

The television broadcast of the opening of the Parliament of the United Kingdom occurs for the first time.
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May 16, 1966

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s first public speech on the Vietnam War is made in New York City.
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May 28, 1966

Martial law is announced by Fidel Castro in Cuba after hearing of a possible attack made by the United States.
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June 17, 1966

A strike made by Air France begins. Read More

June 30, 1966

Washington, D.C. is home to the formation of the National Organization for Women. Read More

July 7, 1966

The promise to support North Vietnam is made at the conclusion of the Warsaw Pact. Read More

July 29, 1966

A motorcycle accident in Woodstock, New York renders musician Bob Dylan injured, not making another public appearance for over a year.
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August 1, 1966

The shooting from the top of the University of Texas at Austin Main Building tower occurs, resulting in the death of 13 people.
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August 5, 1966

Construction for the World Trade Center breaks ground for the first time. Read More

August 10, 1966

The launching of Lunar Orbiter 1 occurs, becoming the first spacecraft from the United States to orbit the moon.
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October 5, 1966

The Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers is signed by UNESCO and is now celebrated as World Teachers' Day.
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October 6, 1966

The criminalization of LSD occurs in the United States, making possession and recreational use illegal, and even shutting down scientific research programs.
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October 15, 1966

The United States Department of Transportation is founded upon the signature of President Lyndon Johnson.
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November 11, 1966

General amnesty is proclaimed by Spain against crimes that were committed during the Spanish Civil War.
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November 27, 1966

The highest scoring game in the NFL to date occurs when the Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants with a score of 72–41.
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December 15, 1966

The death of Walt Disney occurs while producing The Jungle Book, which becomes the last animated feature film being personally supervised by Disney himself.
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