October 1966 calendar

October 1966

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1966?


  • 01 Oct 1966 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases The Times
  • 02 Oct 1966 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • 03 Oct 1966 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva elected President
  • 04 Oct 1966 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • 05 Oct 1966 Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.
  • 06 Oct 1966 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout
  • 07 Oct 1966 The Soviet Union declares that all Chinese students must leave the country before the end of October.
  • 09 Oct 1966 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at a London art gallery
  • 11 Oct 1966 France and the Soviet Union sign a treaty for cooperation in nuclear research.
  • 12 Oct 1966 Jimi Henrix Experience fors with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell
  • 13 Oct 1966 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, becomes Deputy Director of CIA
  • 14 Oct 1966 Dutch government of Cals falls by motion of Schmelzer
  • 15 Oct 1966 LBJ signs a bill creating Department of Transportation
  • 16 Oct 1966 Joean Baez and 123 other ani-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • 17 Oct 1966 A fire at a building in New York, New York kills 12 firefighters, the New York City Fire Department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 18 Oct 1966 Apple Tree opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • 19 Oct 1966 Yardbird 1st US tour
  • 21 Oct 1966 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan S Wales
  • 22 Oct 1966 USSR launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
  • 23 Oct 1966 Sandra Spuzich / Jack Rule wins Haig and Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome Golf
  • 24 Oct 1966 Negotiations about the Vietnam War begin in Manila, Philippines.
  • 25 Oct 1966 6 youths sentenced in Johnson murderer! in Amsterdam
  • 26 Oct 1966 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • 27 Oct 1966 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • 29 Oct 1966 National Organization For Women is founded.
  • 30 Oct 1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Las Cruces Ladies Golf Open
  • 05 Oct 1966 A reactor at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station near Detroit suffers a partial meltdown.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Cherish
  2. - Reach Out I'll Be There
  3. - 96 Tears
  4. - You Can't Hurry Love
  5. - Last Train To Clarksville

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Distant Drums
  2. - Bend It!
  3. - Reach Out I'll Be There
  4. - I'm A Boy
  5. - Winchester Cathedral


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1966?

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.

Rush To Judgment by Mark Lane

Rush To Judgment


Rush to Judgment, Mark Lane's classic work on President John F. Kennedy's assassination is a seminal book. This landmark bestseller was number one and opened eyes to the United States.

The Search For Amelia Earhart by Fred Goerner

The Search For Amelia Earhart


Hardcover with dust jacket. Fred Goerner's investigation into rumors that Amelia Earhart might have been held captive by the Japanese is hardcover.

A Dream Of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis

A Dream Of Kings


Leonidas Matsoukas is the man behind A Dream of Kings. He operates the Pindar Counseling Service ("Solutions for all problems in life and love"), and promotes wildly creative get rich quick.

Giles Goat Boy by John Barth

Giles Goat Boy


John Barth, classic experimental and post-modern literature