1966

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Events

  • January 1 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa stages a successful coup d'état of the Central African Republic and declares himself president.
  • January 10 - The Ku Klux Klan attack the home of Civil Rights Movement leader Vernon Dahmer, burning down his home and killing him.
  • March 12 - The Indonesian mass killings of 1965–66 come to an end.
  • March 13 - UNITA is founded by Jonas Savimbi.
  • March 18 - The Grey Wolves are founded.
  • April 4 - The National Renewal Alliance is founded.
  • May 6 - Both Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in the Moors murders.
  • May 16 - Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China initiate the Cultural Revolution.
  • May 25 - Gertrude Baniszewski and her daughter Paula are both found guilty of the murder of Sylvia Likens and are sentenced to life in prison.
  • June 19 - FROLINAT is founded.
  • July 6 - Malawi declares independence from the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Hastings Banda is named president.
  • July 28 - Yakubu Gowon is installed as the head of state of Nigeria following a military coup.
  • August 1 - The University of Texas tower shooting: Charles Whitman perpetrates a mass shooting from atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 14 people and injuring 31 others.
  • August 24 - Bruce Greatbatch gives the order for the Chagossians to be forcibly removed from the island of Diego Garcia.
  • August 26 - Beginning of the South African Border War.
  • September 6 - South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in Cape Town by Dimitri Tsafendas.
  • September 29 - The Nigerian military government under Yakubu Gowon launches a pogrom against the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria, leaving about 30,000 dead.
  • October 5 - Beginning of the Korean DMZ Conflict.
  • November 28 - Michel Micombero successfully abolishes the Burundian monarchy and declares himself the first President of Burundi.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

  • August 20 - Dimebag Darrell

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • January 10 - Vernon Dahmer
  • August 1 - Kathy & Margaret Whitman