April 1966 calendar

April 1966

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1966.
The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1966: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1966?


  • 01 Apr 1966 China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts "Cultural revolution".
  • 02 Apr 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Apr 1966 Luna 10 orbits Moon
  • 04 Apr 1966 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • 05 Apr 1966 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 06 Apr 1966 Mihir Sen swims the Palk Strait between Sri Lanka and India.
  • 07 Apr 1966 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor
  • 08 Apr 1966 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • 09 Apr 1966 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris
  • 11 Apr 1966 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire
  • 12 Apr 1966 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • 13 Apr 1966 Pan Am places US$525 million order for 25 Boeing 747s.
  • 14 Apr 1966 The South Vietnamese government promises free elections in 3–5 months.
  • 15 Apr 1966 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Apr 1966 Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain.
  • 17 Apr 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational.
  • 18 Apr 1966 Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
  • 19 Apr 1966 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • 20 Apr 1966 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 21 Apr 1966 Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
  • 22 Apr 1966 Atlanta Braves win their first game, beating New York Mets 8-4.
  • 24 Apr 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational.
  • 25 Apr 1966 Drunk driver kills ten children in Asse, Belgium.
  • 26 Apr 1966 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent.
  • 27 Apr 1966 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • 28 Apr 1966 38th Academy Awards - The Sound of Music, Julie Christie and Lee Marvin win.
  • 29 Apr 1966 U.S. troops in Vietnam total 250,000.
  • 30 Apr 1966 The Church of Satan is established at the Black House in San Francisco, California.
  • 05 Apr 1966 During the Buddhist Uprising, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Cao Kỳ personally attempts to lead the capture of the restive city of Đà Nẵng before backing down.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1966?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Ballad Of The Green Berets
  2. - (You're My) Soul And Inspiration
  3. - Good Lovin'
  4. - 19th Nervous Breakdown
  5. - Daydream

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Somebody Help Me
  2. - Pretty Flamingo
  3. - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
  4. - Sloop John B
  5. - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1966?

Kennedy by Theodore C. Sorensen



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The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Proud Tower


"The diplomatic origins of the War, so-called are only the fever chart for the patient. They do not reveal what caused the fever.

Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Up The Down Staircase


Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase, one of the most beloved novels of all time, is among the most loved. It has been translated in sixteen languages and made into a prize-winning motion movie. The play was staged at high …

Games People Play by Eric Berne

Games People Play


Although we think we are relating to others, in reality we are all playing games.

Those Who Love by Irving Stone

Those Who Love


From courtship to the White House, John and Abigail Adams' love story