Many important events took place in the year 1966. It was a revolutionary year that represented the many changes that will forever hold an impact. Some such events include Robert C. Weaver becoming the first African-American Cabinet member, the first docking in space made by David Scott and Neil Armstrong, the first female runner to compete in the Boston Marathon, Fidel Castro declaring martial law in Cuba, the criminalization of LSD in the United States, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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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.
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.
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.
March 16, 1966
David Scott and Neil Armstrong are aboard the Gemini 8 spacecraft, making the first docking in space.
March 19, 1966
Desegregation is initiated in athletic recruiting when the Texas Western Miners defeat their opponents with five African-American starters.
March 31, 1966
The first space probe to orbit around the moon, Luna 10, is launched by the Soviet Union.
April 13, 1966
Daylight savings time is implemented upon the signing of the 1966 Uniform Time Act by President Johnson.
April 19, 1966
The Boston Marathon experiences it's first woman runner, Bobbi Gibb.
April 21, 1966
A hospital in Houston, Texas hold the the first artificial heart transplant received by Marcel DeRudder.
April 21, 1966
The television broadcast of the opening of the Parliament of the United Kingdom occurs for the first time.
May 16, 1966
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s first public speech on the Vietnam War is made in New York City.
May 28, 1966
Martial law is announced by Fidel Castro in Cuba after hearing of a possible attack made by the United States.