May 1966 calendar

May 1966

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1966?


  • 01 May 1966 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia.
  • 02 May 1966 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • 03 May 1966 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 04 May 1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in the USSR
  • 05 May 1966 Borussia Dortmund wins 6th Europe Cup II.
  • 06 May 1966 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • 07 May 1966 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02.
  • 08 May 1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open.
  • 09 May 1966 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • 11 May 1966 Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I.
  • 13 May 1966 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • 14 May 1966 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • 15 May 1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational.
  • 16 May 1966 Stokely Carmichael named Chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • 17 May 1966 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 19 May 1966 Gertrude Baniszewski is found guilty of murdering and torturing Sylvia Likens and is sentenced to life in prison. (she is released on parole in December 1985).
  • 21 May 1966 Downtown by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • 22 May 1966 18th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore
  • 23 May 1966 Beatles release Paperback Writer
  • 24 May 1966 Mame opens at Winter Garden Theater in New York City for 1508 performances.
  • 25 May 1966 Peru and Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima, Peru; 248 die.
  • 26 May 1966 Buddhist sets self on fire at US consulate in HuT South-Vietnam.
  • 27 May 1966 55th German F-16 Starfighter crashes.
  • 28 May 1966 Ballad Of Irving by Frank Gallop hits #34
  • 29 May 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational.
  • 30 May 1966 US launches Surveyor 1 to the Moon.
  • 31 May 1966 The Philippines reestablishes diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
  • 26 May 1966 British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Good Lovin'
  2. - Monday, Monday
  3. - When A Man Loves A Woman
  4. - (You're My) Soul And Inspiration
  5. - Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Pretty Flamingo
  2. - Sloop John B
  3. - Daydream
  4. - Wild Thing
  5. - Paint It, Black


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1966?

The Last Hundred Days by John Toland

The Last Hundred Days


The Last 100 Days is a dramatic countdown of World War II's final months in Europe. It shows the decline of power and the eventual surrender of the Third Reich.

Columbella by Phyllis Whitney



Jessica Abbot flees her past and finds herself in the middle of a conflict at Hampden House, Virgin Islands. She is confronted with a destructive, tormenting woman she married.

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Valley of the Dolls


The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!Dolls in red, black, capsules, tablets, or both. Anne, Neely and Jennifer can take their pills straight or have them mixed with vodka.

Human Sexual Response by William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson

Human Sexual Response


This is the Bible for the Sex Revolution of 1960s. It's impossible to say if this book led or caused the Sex Revolution.

A Thousand Days by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr

A Thousand Days


Arthur Schlesinger, the president's special assistant, witnessed firsthand the personalities and politics that influenced the Kennedy administration.