August 1966 calendar

August 1966

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1966: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1966?


  • 01 Aug 1966 Former marine Charles Whitman kills 13 andwounds 31 at University of Texas
  • 02 Aug 1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 03 Aug 1966 S African government bans Beatle records
  • 05 Aug 1966 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
  • 06 Aug 1966 Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Brian London
  • 07 Aug 1966 Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
  • 10 Aug 1966 First lunar orbiter launched by US.
  • 11 Aug 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • 12 Aug 1966 The General Services Administration turns the New Orleans Mint over to the state of Louisiana.
  • 14 Aug 1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 15 Aug 1966 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission.
  • 16 Aug 1966 Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested.
  • 17 Aug 1966 Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit.
  • 18 Aug 1966 Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan occurs, when a patrol of 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment encounter the Viet Cong.
  • 19 Aug 1966 Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
  • 20 Aug 1966 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • 21 Aug 1966 Seven men are sentenced to death in Egypt, for anti-Nasser agitation.
  • 22 Aug 1966 Beatles arrive in New York City
  • 23 Aug 1966 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
  • 24 Aug 1966 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • 26 Aug 1966 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky and B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 27 Aug 1966 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • 28 Aug 1966 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Glass City Golf Classic
  • 29 Aug 1966 Beatles last public concert
  • 30 Aug 1966 France offers independence to French Somaliland.
  • 31 Aug 1966 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match
  • 01 Aug 1966 Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Wild Thing
  2. - Summer In The City
  3. - Lil' Red Riding Hood
  4. - Sunny
  5. - They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - With A Girl Like You
  2. - Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
  3. - God Only Knows
  4. - Out Of Time
  5. - Black Is Black


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1966?

The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

The Last Battle



Giles Goat Boy by John Barth

Giles Goat Boy


John Barth, classic experimental and post-modern literature

The Kremlin Letter by Noel Behn

The Kremlin Letter


American Espionage Apparatus

The Embezzler by Louis Auchincloss

The Embezzler


The Embezzler was first published in 1966. It uses conflicting viewpoints and narrative voices to reveal the fabled dimensions American economic history as it was understood at that time.

Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman

Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry


Rabbi Small returns to New York Times bestseller in this novel to investigate a mysterious murder on the Day of Atonement. The synagogue's sound system is on the blink the day before Yom Kippur.