January 1 – In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa takes over as military ruler of the Central African Republic, ousting President David Dacko.
January 2 – A strike of public transportation workers in New York City begins. (It would end January 13).
January 3 – The first Acid Test is conducted at the Fillmore, San Jose.
A military coup occurs in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso).
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan meet in Moscow.
A gas leak fire at the Feyzin oil refinery near Lyon, France, kills 18 and injures 84.
Pakistani–Indian peace negotiations end successfully in Tashkent. Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri dies the next day.
The French paper L'Express publishes a story by Georges Figon, who took part in the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben Barka.
Georgia House of Representatives refuses to seat Julian Bond.
Home of civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is firebombed. Dahmer's family escapes but he dies the next day from severe burns. (White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel Bowers will be unsuccessfully tried for this murder on four occasions, and then convicted in 1998.)
Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference convenes in Lagos, Nigeria.
A conference on Rhodesia begins in Lagos, Nigeria.
The first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes into service at Beale AFB.
January 12 – United States President Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.
January 13 – Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African-American Cabinet member, by being appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
January 15 – A bloody military coup is staged in Nigeria, deposing the civilian government.
January 16 – Chicago Bulls, a member of National Basketball Association's club, officially founded.
The Nigerian coup is overturned by another faction of the military, leaving a military government in power. This is the beginning of a long period of military rule.
A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares, and one into the sea, in the 1966 Palomares B-52 crash.
Carl Brashear, the first African-American United States Navy diver, is involved in an accident during the recovery of a lost H-bomb which results in the amputation of his leg.
French police announce that Georges Figon has committed suicide, prior to his arrest for the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben Barka.
About 8,000 U.S. soldiers land in South Vietnam; U.S. troops now total 190,000.
January 19 – Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India; she is sworn in January 24.
January 20 – Demonstrations occur against high food prices in Hungary.
January 21 – Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro resigns due to a power struggle in his party.
The military government of Nigeria announces that ex-prime minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was killed during the coup.
The Chadian Muslim insurgent group FROLINAT is founded in Sudan, starting the Chadian Civil War.
January 24 – Air India Flight 101 crashes into Mont Blanc, killing all 117 persons on board, including Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission.
Harold Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia when Robert Menzies retires.
Beaumont children disappearance: Three children disappear on their way to Glenelg, South Australia, never to be seen again.
The British government promises the U.S. that British troops in Malaysia will stay until more peaceful conditions occur in the region.
Britain's Labour Party unexpectedly retains the parliamentary seat of Hull North in a by-election, with a swing of 4.5% to their candidate from the opposition Conservatives, and a majority up from 1,181 at the 1964 General Election to 5,351.
January 29 – The first of 608 performances of Sweet Charity opens at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
January 31 – The United Kingdom ceases all trade with Rhodesia.
February 1 – West Germany procures some 2,600 political prisoners from East Germany.
February 3 – The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
February 4 – All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay; 133 are killed.
February 6 – The TV series Mister Ed airs its final episode (ran 1961–66).
February 7 – Lyndon Johnson of the United States and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ of South Vietnam convene with other officials in Honolulu, Hawaii to discuss the course of the Vietnam War.
February 8 – The National Hockey League announces it will expand to 12 teams for the 1967 season.
February 10 – Soviet writers Yuli Daniel and Andrei Sinyavsky are sentenced to five and seven years, respectively, for "anti-Soviet" writings.
February 14 – The Australian dollar is introduced at a rate of 2 dollars per pound, or 10 shillings per dollar.
February 19 – The naval minister of the United Kingdom, Christopher Mayhew, resigns.
February 20 – While Soviet author and translator Valery Tarsis is abroad, the Soviet Union negates his citizenship.
February 23 – An intra-party military coup d'état in Syria replaces the previous government of Amin al-Hafiz by one led by Salah Jadid.
February 24 – A coup d'état led by the police and military of Ghana raises the National Liberation Council to power while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad.
February 26 – A curfew is declared in Jakarta, Indonesia.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson calls a General Election in the United Kingdom, to be held on 31 March.
U.S. astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliot See are killed in an aircraft accident in St. Louis, Missouri.
March – The DKW automobile ceases production in Germany.
The British Government announces plans for the decimalisation of the pound sterling (hitherto denominated in 20 shillings and 240 pence to the £), to come into force in February 1971 (Decimal Day).
Soviet space probe Venera 3 crashes on Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface.
The Ba'ath Party takes power in Syria.
March 2 – Kwame Nkrumah arrives in Guinea and is granted asylum.
Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 402 crashes during a night landing in poor visibility at Tokyo International Airport in Japan, killing 64 of 72 persons on board.
In an interview with London Evening Standard reporter Maureen Cleave, John Lennon of The Beatles states that they are "more popular than Jesus now".
BOAC Flight 911 crashes in severe clear-air turbulence over Mount Fuji soon after taking off from Tokyo International Airport in Japan, killing all 124 people on board.
A massive theft of nuclear materials is revealed in Brazil.
Merci, Chérie by Udo Jürgens (music by Udo Jürgens, lyrics by Udo Jürgens and Thomas Hörbiger) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 for Austria.
March 7 – Charles de Gaulle asks U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson for negotiations about the state of NATO equipment in France.
Anti-communist demonstrations occur at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
Vietnam War: The U.S. announces it will substantially increase the number of its troops in Vietnam.
Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin, is clandestinely blown up by former Irish Republican Army volunteers marking this year's 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
March 9 – Ronnie, one of the Kray twins, shoots George Cornell (an associate of rivals The Richardson Gang) dead at The Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel, east London, a crime for which he is finally convicted in 1969.
Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Claus von Amsberg. Some spectators demonstrate against the groom because he is German.
The Frost Report, which launched the television careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett and also the careers of other writers and performers, is first broadcast on BBC.
Transition to the New Order in Indonesia: President Sukarno gives all executive powers to General Suharto by signing the "Supersemar" order.
French President Charles de Gaulle states that French troops will be taken out of NATO and that all French NATO bases and HQ's must be closed within a year.
March 12 – Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks sets the National Hockey League single season scoring record against the New York Rangers with his 51st goal.
March 15 – Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
March 16 – NASA spacecraft Gemini 8 (David Scott, Neil Armstrong) conducts the first docking in space, with an Agena target vehicle.
Paul Van Doren established the Vans shoe company in California.
More anti-communist demonstrations occur in Indonesia.
Off the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the United States Navy submersible DSV Alvin finds a missing U.S. hydrogen bomb.
March 19 – The Texas Western Miners defeat the Kentucky Wildcats with five African-American starters, ushering in desegregation in athletic recruiting.
March 20 – Football's Jules Rimet Trophy is stolen while on exhibition in London; it is found seven days later by a mongrel dog named "Pickles" and his owner David Corbett, wrapped in newspaper in a south London garden.
March 22 – In Washington, D.C., General Motors President James M. Roche appears before a Senate subcommittee, and apologizes to consumer advocate Ralph Nader for the company's intimidation and harassment campaign against him.
March 23 – Pope Paul VI and Michael Ramsey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, meet in Rome.
March 26 – Demonstrations are held across the United States against the Vietnam War.
March 27 – In South Vietnam, 20,000 Buddhists march in demonstrations against the policies of the military government.
Cevdet Sunay becomes the fifth president of Turkey.
Indira Gandhi visits Washington, D.C.
March 29 – The 23rd Communist Party Conference is held in the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev demands that U.S. troops leave Vietnam, and announces that Chinese-Soviet relations are not satisfactory.
The British Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins the United Kingdom General Election, gaining a 96-seat majority (compared with a single seat majority when the election was called on February 28).
The Soviet Union launches Luna 10, which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
April 1 – The Flintstones aired its last episode on the ABC network.
April 2 – The Indonesian army demands that the country rejoin the United Nations.
April 3 – Luna 10 is the first manmade object to enter lunar orbit.
April 7 – The United Kingdom asks the United Nations Security Council for authority to use force to stop oil tankers that violate the embargo against Rhodesia (authority is given April 10).
Buddhists in South Vietnam protest against the fact that the new government has not set a date for free elections.
Leonid Brezhnev becomes General Secretary of the Soviet Union, as well as Leader of the Communist Party of the U.S.S.R.
Time magazine cover story asks "Is God Dead?"
April 9 – The captain of English football league club Norwich City F.C., Barry Butler, is killed in a car accident.
United States' magazine Time's cover story is ‘London: The Swinging City’
United States president Lyndon Johnson signs the 1966 Uniform Time Act, dealing with daylight saving time.
Kenyan Vice President Oginga Odinga resigns, saying "invisible government" representing foreign interests now runs the country. Will head a new party, the Kenya People's Union.
The South Vietnamese government promises free elections in 3–5 months.
April 15 – An anti-Nasser conspiracy is exposed in Egypt.
China declares that it will stop economic aid to Indonesia.
The 38th Academy Awards ceremony is held.
April 19 – Bobbi Gibb becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
An artificial heart is installed in the chest of Marcel DeRudder in a Houston, Texas hospital.
The opening of the Parliament of the United Kingdom is televised for the first time.
Haile Selassie visits Jamaica for the first time, meeting with Rasta leaders.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley go on trial at Chester Crown Court, for the murders of 3 children who vanished between November 1963 and October 1965.
April 24 – Uniform daylight saving time is first observed in most parts of North America.
A new government is formed in the Republic of the Congo, led by Ambroise Noumazalaye.
The magnitude 5.1 Tashkent earthquake affects the largest city in Soviet Central Asia with a maximum MSK intensity of VII (Very strong). Tashkent is mostly destroyed and 15–200 are killed.
April 27 – Pope Paul VI and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko meet in the Vatican (the first meeting between leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Soviet Union).
April 28 – In Rhodesia, security forces kill seven ZANLA men in combat; Chimurenga, the ZANU rebellion, begins.
April 29 – U.S. troops in Vietnam total 250,000.
Regular hovercraft service begins over the English Channel (discontinued in 2000 due to the Channel Tunnel).
The Church of Satan is formed by Anton Szandor LaVey in San Francisco.
May 1 – Floods occur on the Finnish coast.
May 3 – Swinging Radio England and Britain Radio commence broadcasting on AM, with a combined potential 100,000 watts, from the same ship anchored off the south coast of England in international waters.
May 4 – Fiat signs a contract with the Soviet government to build a car factory in the Soviet Union.
May 5 – The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.
The Moors murders trial ends with Ian Brady being found guilty on all three counts of murder and sentenced to three concurrent terms of life imprisonment. Myra Hindley is convicted on two counts of murder and of being an accessory in the third murder committed by Brady, and receives two concurrent terms of life imprisonment and a seven-year fixed term for being an accessory.
The hit song "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones is released.
May 7 – Irish bank workers go on strike.
African members of the UN Security Council say that the British army should blockade Rhodesia.
The Busch Memorial Stadium opens in St Louis, Missouri.
Radio Peking claims that U.S. planes have shot down a Chinese plane over Yunnan (the U.S. denies the story the next day).
May 14 – Turkey and Greece intend to start negotiations about the situation in Cyprus.
Indonesia asks Malaysia for peace negotiations.
The South Vietnamese army besieges Da Nang.
Tens of thousands of anti-war demonstrators again picket the White House, then rally at the Washington Monument.
The Communist Party of China issues the 'May 16 Notice', marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
A seamen's strike is called in Britain.
The legendary album Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is released.
Bob Dylan's seminal album, Blonde on Blonde is released in the U.S.
In New York City, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his first public speech on the Vietnam War.
May 19 – 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).
Battle of Mengo Hill: Ugandan army troops arrest Mutesa II of Buganda and occupy his palace.
The Nigerian government forbids all political activity in the country until January 17, 1969.
May 25 – Explorer program: Explorer 32 is launched.
No. 9 Squadron RAAF becomes part of the 4,500 strong Australian Task Force assigned to duties in Vietnam, leaving for Southeast Asia aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney.
May 26 – Guyana achieves independence.
It's a Small World opens at Disneyland.
Fidel Castro declares martial law in Cuba because of a possible U.S. attack.
The Indonesian and Malaysian governments declare that the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation is over (a treaty is signed on August 11).
May 29 – Azteca Stadium, as known well for sports venues in Mexico, officially opened in Mexico City, before 1968 Summer Olympics.
May 31 – The Philippines reestablishes diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
The final new episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show airs (the first episode aired on October 3, 1961).
White House Conference on Civil Rights
Éamon de Valera is re-elected as Irish president.
Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.
Four former cabinet ministers including Évariste Kimba are executed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for alleged involvement in a plot to kill Mobutu Sese Seko.
June 3 – Joaquín Balaguer is elected president of the Dominican Republic.
June 5 – Gemini 9: Gene Cernan completes the second U.S. spacewalk (2 hours, 7 minutes).
June 6 – Civil rights activist James Meredith is shot by a sniper while traversing Mississippi in the March Against Fear.
An XB-70 Valkyrie prototype is destroyed in a mid-air collision with a F-104 Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and USAF test pilot Carl Cross are both killed.
Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita scale, the first to exceed US $100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, and the campus of Washburn University suffers catastrophic damage.
June 12 – Chicago's Division Street riots begin, in response to police shooting of a young Puerto Rican man.
June 13 – Miranda v. Arizona: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
June 14 – The Vatican abolishes the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of banned books).
June 17 – An Air France personnel strike begins.
June 18 – CIA chief William Raborn resigns; Richard Helms becomes his successor.
June 20 – French President Charles de Gaulle starts his visit to the Soviet Union.
June 21 – Opposition leader Arthur Calwell is shot after attending a political meeting in Mosman, Sydney, Australia.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention's debut album, Freak Out!, is released. It is an initial failure, but gains a massive cult following in subsequent years.
The gothic soap opera Dark Shadows premieres on ABC.
June 28 – In Argentina, a junta calling itself Revolución Argentina deposes president Arturo Umberto Illia in a coup, and appoints General Juan Carlos Onganía to lead.
Juan Carlos Onganía comes to power in "Argentine Revolution" coup d'état.
A sailors' strike, organised by the National Union of Seamen, ends in the United Kingdom.
Vietnam War: U.S. planes begin bombing Hanoi and Haiphong.
France formally leaves NATO.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded in Washington, D.C.
July – British gangster Charlie Richardson is arrested by police and sentenced to 25 years in prison in the following year for his part in the Torture Gang assaults.
July 1 – Joaquín Balaguer becomes president of the Dominican Republic.
31 people are arrested when a demonstration by approximately 4,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square turns violent
René Barrientos is elected president of Bolivia.
North Vietnam declares general mobilization.
American President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act, which goes into effect the following year.
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) endorses goal of Black Power at well attended convention in Baltimore. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Roy Wilkins criticize this declaration.
July 6 – Malawi becomes a republic.
July 7 – A Warsaw Pact conference ends with a promise to support North Vietnam.
July 8 – King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Ntare V, who is in turn deposed by prime minister Michel Micombero.
The 1966 FIFA World Cup begins in England.
British Motor Corporation and Jaguar Cars announce plans to merge as British Motor Holdings.
Indira Gandhi visits Moscow.
Zambia threatens to leave the Commonwealth of Nations because of British peace overtures to Rhodesia.
July 13 – The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is founded in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Israeli and Syrian jet fighters clash over the Jordan River.
Richard Speck murders 8 student nurses in their Chicago dormitory. He is arrested on July 17.
Gwynfor Evans, President of Plaid Cymru, becomes Member of the United Kingdom Parliament for Carmarthen, taking the previously Labour-held Welsh seat at a by-election with a majority of 2,435 on an 18% swing, and giving Plaid Cymru its first representation at Westminster in its forty-one year history.
July 16 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson flies to Moscow to try to start peace negotiations about the Vietnam War (the Soviet government rejects his ideas).
Gemini 10 (John Young, Michael Collins) is launched. After docking with an Agena target vehicle, the astronauts then set a world altitude record of 474 miles (763 km).
The Hough Riots break out in Cleveland, Ohio, the city's first race riot.
July 22 – The Chinese government declares Dutch delegate G. J. Jongejans persona non grata, but tells him not to leave the country before a group of Chinese engineers has left the Netherlands.
July 23 – Katangese troops in Stanleyville, Congo, revolt for several weeks in support of the exiled minister Moise Tshombe.
July 24 – U.N. Secretary General U Thant visits Moscow.
July 24 – A USAF F-4C Phantom #63-7599 was shot down by a North Vietnamese SAM-2 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Hanoi, in the first loss of a US aircraft to a Vietnamese SAM in the Vietnam War.
July 26 – Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords, stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent.
July 28 – The U.S. announces that a Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance plane has disappeared over Cuba.
A military counter-coup in Nigeria: army officers from the north of the country execute head of state General Aguiyi-Ironsi an install Yakubu Gowon.
La Noche de los Bastones Largos: Junta takes over Argentine universities.
Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, New York. He is not seen in public for over a year.
July 30 – England beats West Germany 4–2 to win the 1966 FIFA World Cup at Wembley after extra time.
Sniper Charles Whitman kills 14 people and wounds 32 from atop the University of Texas at Austin Main Building tower, after earlier killing his wife and mother.
British Colonial Office merges with Commonwealth Relations Office to form new Commonwealth Office.
August 2 – The Spanish government forbids overflights of British military aircraft.
Groundbreaking takes place for the World Trade Center.
Martin Luther King Jr. leads a civil rights march in Chicago, during which he is struck by a rock thrown from an angry white mob.
The Caesars Palace hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
The Beatles' Revolver LP is released in the United Kingdom.
Braniff Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, Nebraska, killing all 42 on board.
René Barrientos takes office as the president of Bolivia.
The Salazar Bridge (now the 25 de Abril Bridge) opens in Lisbon, Portugal.
August 7 – Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
An East German court sentences Günter Laudahn to life imprisonment for spying for the United States.
Lunar Orbiter 1, the first U.S. spacecraft to orbit the moon, is launched.
August 11 –
Indonesia and Malaysia issue joint peace declaration, formally ending the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation which began in 1963.
The Beatles hold a press conference in Chicago, during which John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark, saying, "I didn't mean it as a lousy anti-religious thing."
August 12 – Massacre of Braybrook Street: Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney shoot dead 3 plainclothes policemen in London; they are later sentenced to life imprisonment.
In the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong begins the Cultural Revolution to purge and reorganize China's Communist Party.
An earthquake in Varto town, Turkey, kills 2,394 and injures 10,000.
Syrian and Israeli troops clash over Lake Kinneret (also known as the Sea of Galilee) for 3 hours.
It is announced that the New York Herald Tribune will not resume publication.
August 16 – Vietnam War: The House Un-American Activities Committee starts investigating Americans who have aided the Viet Cong, with the intent to make these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 are arrested.
August 17 – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Republic begin negotiations in Kuwait to end the war in Yemen.
August 18 – Vietnam War – Battle of Long Tan: D Company, 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, meets and defeats a Viet Cong force estimated to be four times larger, in Phuoc Tuy Province, Republic of Vietnam.
August 19 – An earthquake in eastern Turkey destroys whole cities.
August 21 – Seven men are sentenced to death in Egypt, for anti-Nasser agitation.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) established.
The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), is formed.
August 24 – The Doors record their self-titled debut LP.
Riots occur in French Somaliland.
The first battle of the South African Air Force and the South African Police with PLAN, the armed wing of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), takes place at Ongulumbashe in Northern South West Africa during Operation Blue Wildebeest. This battle starts the South African Border War which continues until 1989.
August 29 – The Beatles end their US tour with a concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It is their last performance as a live touring band.
August 30 – France offers independence to French Somaliland (later Djibouti in 1977).
United Nations Secretary-General U Thant declares that he will not seek re-election, because U.N. efforts in Vietnam have failed.
98 British tourists die in an air crash in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
While waiting at a bus stop Ralph Baer, an inventor with Sanders Associates, writes a four-page document that lays out the basic principles for creating a video game to be played on a television: the beginning of a multibillion-dollar industry.
September 6 – In Cape Town, South Africa, the architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, is stabbed to death by Dimitri Tsafendas during a parliamentary meeting.
September 7 – The ocean liner SS Hanseatic catches fire and burns in New York Harbor.
September 8 – Star Trek, the science fiction television series, debuts on NBC in the United States with its first episode, titled "The Man Trap".
September 9 – NATO decides to move SHAPE headquarters to Belgium.
Gemini 11 (Richard F. Gordon, Jr., Pete Conrad) docks with an Agena target vehicle.
B. J. Vorster becomes the new Prime Minister of South Africa.
September 13 – Clashes between the Chinese Communist Party and the Red Guards are reported by TASS in the Soviet Union.
In South Vietnam, Thích Trí Quang ends a 100-day hunger strike.
The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra.
September 18 – Valerie Percy, 21-year-old daughter of U.S. Senate candidate Charles H. Percy, is stabbed and bludgeoned to death in the family mansion on Chicago's North Shore.
Scotland Yard arrests Buster Edwards, suspected of involvement in the Great Train Robbery.
Timothy Leary forms the spiritual group League for Spiritual Discovery.
Indonesian military commander (later President) Suharto announces the resumption of Indonesian participation in the United Nations.
September 29 – Hurricane Inez strikes Hispaniola, leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands homeless in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The Bechuanaland Protectorate in Africa achieves independence from the United Kingdom as Botswana, with Seretse Khama as its first President.
Baldur von Schirach and Albert Speer are released from Spandau Prison.
Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton found the Black Panther Party.
The Toyota Corolla car is introduced.
October 1 – West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with 18 fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
October 3 – Tunisia severs diplomatic relations with the United Arab Republic.
Israel applies for membership in the EEC.
Basutoland becomes independent and takes the name Lesotho.
UNESCO signs the Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers. This event is now celebrated as World Teachers' Day.
An experimental Reactor at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station suffers a partial meltdown when its cooling system fails.
LSD is made illegal in the United States and controlled so strictly that not only are possession and recreational use criminalized, but all legal scientific research programs on the drug in the US are shut down as well.
The Love Pageant Rally takes place in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park, a narrower section that projects into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district.
October 7 – The Soviet Union declares that all Chinese students must leave the country before the end of October.
Vietnam War: Binh Tai Massacre.
October 11 – France and the Soviet Union sign a treaty for cooperation in nuclear research.
Closure of Intra Bank begins crisis of Lebanese banking system.
The city of Montreal inaugurates its metro system (see Montreal Metro).
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill creating the United States Department of Transportation.
The U.S. Congress passes a bill for the creation of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
ABC-TV telecasts a highly acclaimed 90-minute television adaptation of the musical Brigadoon, starring Robert Goulet, Peter Falk, and Sally Ann Howes. It wins many Emmy Awards and inaugurates a short-lived series of special television adaptations of famous Broadway musicals on ABC. Goulet stars in all but one of these specials.
October 16 – Grace Slick performs live for the first time with Jefferson Airplane.
October 17 – Lesotho and Botswana are admitted to the United Nations.
The Aberfan disaster occurs in South Wales, United Kingdom.
The AFL-NFL merger is approved by the U.S. Congress.
British spy George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison; he is next seen in Moscow.
Spain demands that the United Kingdom stop military flights to Gibraltar; Britain refuses the next day.
October 24 – Negotiations about the Vietnam War begin in Manila, Philippines.
A military court in Jakarta sentences ex-foreign minister Subandrio to death.
Spain closes its Gibraltar border to non-pedestrian traffic.
NATO moves its HQ from Paris to Brussels.
A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin kills 44 crewmen.
October 27 – The United Nations takes Namibia from South Africa.
The first ever regeneration in Doctor Who of the Doctor: William Hartnell's face transforms into that of Patrick Troughton.
The Guinean delegation to the OAU meeting in Ethiopia, become hostages of the Ghanaian government in Accra.
November 1 – The National Football League awards the league's sixteenth franchise to the city of New Orleans. The team would be named the New Orleans Saints.
November 2 – The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
November 4 – In Italy, a flood of the Arno River hits Florence, flooding it to a maximum depth of 6.7 m (22 ft), leaving thousands homeless and destroying millions of masterpieces of art and rare books. In addition, a severe tidal flood hits Venice.
November 5 – Thirty-eight African states demand that the United Kingdom use force against the Rhodesian government.
November 6 – Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.
Actor Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California.
November 9 – John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery, London.
November 10 – Seán Lemass retires as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland to be replaced in the role by fellow Fianna Fáil member Jack Lynch.
A mine kills 3 Israeli paratroopers on the West Bank border.
Spain declares general amnesty for crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War (effective only for the Falangists' side).
November 14 – Jack L. Warner sells Warner Bros. to Seven Arts Productions, which eventually becomes Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.
Gemini 12 (James A. Lovell, Buzz Aldrin) splashes down safely in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 km (370 mi) east of the Bahamas.
Harry Maurice Roberts, who killed three policemen in August, is caught near London.
A Boeing 727 carrying Pan Am Flight 708 crashes near Berlin, Germany, killing all three people on board.
Two young couples in Point Pleasant, West Virginia reportedly see a strange moth-like creature better known as the Mothman.
November 16 – American doctor Sam Sheppard is acquitted in his second trial for the murder of his pregnant wife in 1954.
The U.N. General Assembly decides to found the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
A spectacular Leonid meteor shower passes over Arizona, at the rate of 2,300 a minute for 20 minutes.
November 21 – In Togo, the army crushes an attempted coup.
The Beatles begin recording sessions for their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band L.P.
Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.
November 26 – The Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat the Ottawa Rough Riders to win the 54th Grey Cup at Vancouver's Empire Stadium 29-14. Saskatchewan were led by quarterback Ron Lancaster.
November 27 – The Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants 72–41 in the highest scoring game in NFL history.
November 28 – Truman Capote's Black and White Ball ('The Party of the Century') is held in New York City.
November 29 – The SS Daniel J. Morrell sinks in a storm on Lake Huron, killing 28 of its 29 crewmen.
November 30 – Barbados achieves independence.
Kurt Georg Kiesinger is elected Chancellor of West Germany.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith negotiate on the HMS Tiger in the Mediterranean.
December 2 – U Thant agrees to serve a second term as U.N. Secretary General.
December 3 – Anti-Portuguese demonstrations occur in Macau; a curfew is declared the next day.
December 5 – U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bond v. Floyd that the Georgia House of Representatives must seat Julian Bond, having violated his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
December 6 – Bình Hòa massacre: Vietnam War.
Syria offers weapons to rebels in Jordan.
Barbados is admitted to the United Nations.
December 8 – The Typaldos Line's ferry SS Heraklion sinks in rough seas, in the Aegean Sea near Crete, leaving 217 dead.
December 15 – Walt Disney dies while producing The Jungle Book, the last animated feature under his personal supervision.
The U.N. Security Council approves an oil embargo against Rhodesia.
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are adopted by the General Assembly, as Resolution 2200 A (XXI).
December 17 – South Africa does not join the trade embargo against Rhodesia.
December 18 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, narrated by Boris Karloff, is shown for the first time on CBS, beginning an annual Christmas tradition in the USA.
December 19 – The Asian Development Bank begins operations.
December 20 – Harold Wilson withdraws all his previous offers to the Rhodesian government, and announces that he will agree to independence only after the founding of a Black majority government.
December 22 – Prime Minister Ian Smith declares that Rhodesia is already a republic.
December 24 – New York television station WPIX broadcasts its Christmas tradition, "The Yule Log" for the first time.
December 26 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, founder of Organization US (a black nationalist group) and later chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, from 1989 to 2002.
East German Premier Walter Ulbricht discusses negotiations about German reunification.
Thieves steal millions' worth of paintings from the Dulwich Art Gallery in London.
The Congolese government takes over the Union Minière du Haut Katanga.
Konstantin Chernenko, later leader of the Soviet Union, becomes a candidate member of the Central Committee.
Paramount Pictures Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf+Western Industries, Inc.
The Surrealist Movement in the United States is founded by Franklin and Penelope Rosemont.
Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn are awarded the Fermi Prize.
The Congress of the United States creates the National Council for Marine Resources and Engineering Development.
Martin Richards designs the programming language BCPL.
The World Buddhist Sangha Council is convened by Theravadins in Sri Lanka, with the hope of bridging differences and working together.
The Jerusalem Bible, a Roman Catholic translation, is published in English.
Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann publish The Social Construction of Reality.
Long-term potentiation (LTP), the putative cellular mechanism of learning and memory, is first observed by Terje Lømo in Oslo, Norway.
In or about this year, one person returning to Haiti from the Congo is thought to have first brought HIV to the Americas.
Chevrolet Camaro is introduced.
January 1 – Anna Burke, Australian politician
Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria
Deana Carter, American singer
Yuri Amano, Japanese voice actress
Kate Schellenbach, American musician
January 6 – Sharon Cuneta, Filipino actress, host and singer
January 7 – Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, American actress and model, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (d. 1999)
January 8 – Igor Vyazmikin, Russian ice hockey player
January 13 – Patrick Dempsey, American actor
George Morikawa, Japanese author and illustrator
Shabba Ranks, Jamaican singer
Floris Jan Bovelander, Dutch field-hockey player
Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player
Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer and media personality
January 20 – Rainn Wilson, American actor
January 22 – Jegath Gaspar Raj, Tamil Maiyam Founder
January 24 – Jimeoin, Northern Irish-Australian comedian and actor
Andrea Berg, German singer
Seiji Mizushima, Japanese anime director
January 29 – Romário, Brazilian footballer
Neal Chase, American Exilarch religious educator
Hans Tutschku, German composer
January 31 – Gordon Hill, British internet celebrity and meme known as The Wealdstone Raider
February 1 – Michelle Akers, American footballer
February 4 – Kyōko Koizumi, Japanese actress and singer
February 5 – José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer
February 6 – Rick Astley, British pop musician
February 7 – Kristin Otto, German swimmer
Sean Harris, English actor
Sarah Montague, English journalist and radio host
Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
Christoph Maria Herbst, German actor
Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
February 10 – Daryl Johnston, American football player
Stephen Gregory, American actor
Cristina Elena Grigoras, Roman artistic gymnast
February 13 – Neal McDonough, American actor
February 16 – Martin Perscheid, German cartoonist
February 17 – Luc Robitaille, Canadian hockey player
February 18 – Richard A. Collins, British scientist and author
February 20 – Cindy Crawford, American model and actress
Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian bombmaker
Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedian
Brian Greig, Australian politician
February 23 – Michael Arata, American actor
February 24 – Billy Zane, American actor
Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete
Téa Leoni, American actress
Jennifer Grant, American actress
Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
February 27 – Alison Gertz, American AIDS activist (d. 1992)
February 28 – Ickey Woods, former NFL running back famous for the Ickey Shuffle
March 1 – Zack Snyder, American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer
Sheren Tang, Hong Kong actress
David Wickham, English concert pianist, musical director and conductor
Tone Lōc, African-American R&B musician
Nick Rhodes, English biochemist
Daniela Amavia, American actress and international model
Ant Banks, African-American rapper
Steve Bastoni, Australian actor
Kevin Johnson, American basketball player
Dav Pilkey, American writer
Wash West, English-born film director
Mark Z. Danielewski, American author
Michael Irvin, American football player
March 6 – Maurice Ashley, American chess grandmaster
Jeff Feagles, American football kicker
Atsushi Sakurai, Japanese singer (Buck-Tick)
March 9 – Tony Lockett, Australian rules footballer
Edie Brickell, American singer
Mike Timlin, American baseball player
March 16 – Rodney Peete, African-American football quarterback
March 17 – Espen Hammer, Norwegian philosopher
Anne Will, German television journalist
Jerry Cantrell, American guitarist and singer
March 19 – Nigel Clough, English footballer
March 21 – Roy Niederhoffer, American hedge fund manager and philanthropist
March 22 – Antonio Pinto, Portuguese long-distance runner
Tom Glavine, American baseball player
Jeff Healey, Canadian guitarist (d. 2008)
Anton Rogan, Northern Irish footballer
March 26 – Michael Imperioli, American actor
March 28 – Cheryl James, African-American rapper (Salt-n-Pepa)
March 29 – Krasimir Balakov, Bulgarian footballer
April 1 – Chris Evans, British radio disc-jockey
Teddy Sheringham, British footballer
Bill Romanowski, American football player
Michael Mittermeier, German comedian
Miina Tominaga, Japanese voice actress
Riduan Isamuddin, Bali bombing suspect
Mike Starr, American bassist (Alice in Chains) (d. 2011)
Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality and martial artist
Robin Wright, American actress
April 9 – John Hammond, British weather forecaster
April 11 – Lisa Stansfield, British soul singer
April 13 – Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian footballer
David Justice, African-American baseball player
Greg Maddux, American baseball player
Samantha Fox, British model and singer
Beverly Thomson, Canadian television personality, journalist, and correspondent for CTV Television Network
April 18 – Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
El Samurai, Japanese professional wrestler
Oliver Welke, German television presenter, actor, comedian and sports journalist
April 20 – David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
Dana Barron, American actress
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, American actor
Man Arenas, Spanish comic creator
Tim Easton, American songwriter
April 26 – Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet
Siw Anita Andersen Norwegian actress
Dorian Lough, English actor
Yoshihiro Togashi, Japanese author and illustrator
John Daly, American golfer
Ali-Reza Pahlavi, titular prince of Iran (d. 2011)
April 29 – Phil Tufnell, British cricketer
May 3 – Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor
May 5 – Lyubov Yegorova, Russian cross-country skier
Andrea Chiesa, Swiss Formula One driver
Cindy Hsu, American Emmy-Award-winning journalist
Anderson Cummins, Canadian cricketer
Jes Høgh, Danish footballer
Robert J. Behnen, American genealogist and a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives
Kamil Kašťák, Czech ice hockey player
Marta Sánchez, Spanish female vocalist, entertainer
Rocko Schamoni, German entertainer, author, musician, club proprietor and member of the comedy ensemble Studio Braun
Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian goalkeeper
Mikael Andersson, Swedish ice hockey player
Jonathan Edwards, British athlete
Anne Elvebakk, Norwegian biathlete
Genaro Hernández, Mexican-American boxer
Stephen Baldwin, American actor
Dez Fafara, American singer
Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian popular singer
Nereus Acosta, Filipino politician, academician, and political scientist
Cheryl Dunye, Liberian-born film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actress
Alison Goldfrapp, English musician, Goldfrapp.
Darius Rucker, African-American country singer
May 14 – Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter
Juan Manuel Funes, Guatemalan footballer and coach
Janet Jackson, African-American singer
Thurman Thomas, American football player
May 17 – Hill Harper, American actor
May 19 – Sophia Crawford, actress, stuntwoman and martial artist
Mindy Cohn, American actress and comedian
Joey Gamache, American boxer
Lisa Edelstein, American actress and playwright
François Omam-Biyik, Cameroonian football player
Francisco Blake Mora, Mexican politician (d. 2011)
Siri Eftedal, Norwegian team handball player and Olympic medalist
Johnny Gill, American singer
H Jon Benjamin, American actor and comedian
Graeme Hick, English cricketer
Eric Cantona, French footballer
Francisco Javier Cruz, Mexican football player
Ricky Craven, American race car driver and sportscaster
Russell Kun, Nauruan politician
Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh, Iranian goalkeeper
Jeff Cross, American football player
Helena Bonham Carter, English actress
Zola Budd, South African athlete
Heston Blumenthal, British chef
Carol Campbell, Afro-German actress, model and presenter
Sean Kinney, drummer for the rock band Alice in Chains
Titi DJ, Indonesian pop singer
Theo Bleckmann, German vocalist and composer
Larry Davis, American criminal (d. 2008)
May 29 – Robert Anderson, American child murderer (executed) (d. 2006)
Frank Goosen, German cabaret artist and novel author
Thomas Häßler, German football player
June 2 – Candace Gingrich, American LGBT rights activist
June 3 – Wasim Akram, Pakistani cricketer
June 4 – Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano
June 6 – Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo
June 7 – Tom McCarthy, American film director and actor
Jens Kidman, Swedish musician
Julianna Margulies, American actress
June 13 – Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician
Matt Freeman, American musician
Indira Radić, Bosnian Serb singer
Eduardo Waghorn, Chilean musician
June 15 – Roberto Carnevale, Italian musician
Phil Vischer, American voice actor, puppeteer,writer, animator, creator of VeggieTales.
Jan Železný, Czech javelin thrower
June 18 – Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater
June 19 – Samuel West, British actor
June 21 – Rudi Bakhtiar, American journalist
Michael Park, British rally co-driver (d. 2005)
Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress
Richie Jen, Taiwanese musician
Eric Thomas, Inventor of LISTSERV
June 25 – Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese basketball player
June 27 – J. J. Abrams, American television writer and producer
John Cusack, American actor
Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress
Cheryl Bernard, Canadian Olympic curler
Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
Mike Tyson, African-American boxer
July 1 – Enrico Annoni, Italian footballer
Moisés Alou, American baseball player
Robin Burgener, Canadian programmer, inventor of 20Q
František Štorm, Czech musician (Master's Hammer) and typographer
Claudia Wells, American actress
Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer
July 6 – Brian Posehn, American actor and comedian
July 7 – Gundula Krause, German violinist
Ralf Altmeyer, German virologist
Shadlog Bernicke, Nauruan politician
July 9 – Jon Schmidt, American pianist
July 10 – Gina Bellman, British actress
Mick Molloy, Australian comedian
Kentaro Miura, Japanese author and illustrator
July 12 – Tamsin Greig, English actress
July 14 – Matthew Fox, American actor
July 15 – Irène Jacob, French-born actress
July 18 – Dan O'Brien, American athlete
July 20 – Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, Governor of the State of Mexico (2005–2011)
July 21 – Sarah Waters, British novelist
July 22 – Tim Brown, American football player
July 25 – Wataru Takagi, Japanese voice actor
Miguel Ángel Nadal, Spanish footballer
Shikao Suga, Japanese singer
July 29 – Richard Steven Horvitz, American voice actor
Murilo Bustamante, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Allan Langer, Australian rugby league footballer
Sean Patrick Maloney, Canadian-American politician and U.S. Representative of New York since 2013
July 31 – Dean Cain, American actor
August 2 – Tim Wakefield, American baseball player
August 3 – Brent Butt, Canadian comedian and TV producer
August 4 – Kensuke Sasaki, Japanese professional wrestler
Jimmy Wales, American co-founder of Wikipedia
Harith Iskander, Malaysian actor and comedian
Charlie Dimmock, English TV gardening expert
Hossam Hassan, Egyptian footballer
August 11 – Juan María Solare, Argentine composer
Sharon D. Clarke, English actress and singer
Les Ferdinand, English footballer
Halle Berry, African-American actress and fashion model
Freddy Rincón, Colombian footballer
Scott Brosius, American baseball player
Neil Stuke, English actor
August 17 – Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
August 19 – Lee Ann Womack, American musician
August 20 – Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister
August 23 – Rik Smits, Dutch basketball player
Robert Maschio, American actor
Sandra Maischberger, German journalist, talk show host, and author
August 26 – Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
Jeroen Duyster, Dutch rower
Juhan Parts, Estonian Prime Minister
August 28 – Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician
September 1 – Tim Hardaway, American basketball player
September 2 – Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress
September 4 – Yanka Dyagileva, Russian singer
September 6 – Eduardo Maruri, Ecuadorian businessman and politician
Vladimir Andreyev, Russian race walker
Toby Jones, English actor
Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann, German speed skater
September 8 – Carola Häggkvist, Swedish pop singer, Eurovision Song Contest 1991 winner
Georg Hackl, German luger
Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian
September 12 – Princess Akishino of Japan
Steve Ells, American entrepreneur and founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill
September 19 – Soledad O'Brien, American television journalist and news anchor
September 20 – Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter
September 21 – James Richardson, English television presenter and journalist
Moustafa Amar, Egyptian singer
Mike Richter, American ice hockey player
September 24 – Michael J. Varhola, American author and publisher
September 25 – Jason Flemyng, English actor
October 1 – Scott Innes American voice actor and singer
George Weah, Liberian politician and football player
October 2 – Rodney Anoa'i, Samoan-American professional wrestler (d. 2000)
October 3 – Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, Israeli settler leader (d. 2000)
October 5 – Inessa Kravets, Ukrainian athlete
October 6 – Niall Quinn, Irish footballer
October 7 – Sherman Alexie, Native American author
October 8 – Aaron Callaghan, Irish football club executive
October 9 – David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Tony Adams, English footballer
Bai Ling, Chinese actress
Elana Meyer, South African athlete
Luke Perry, American actor
Stephen Williams, British politician
October 12 – Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author
October 14 – Savanna Samson, American porn star
Eric Benet, African-American singer and songwriter
Jorge Campos, Mexican footballer and coach
October 16 – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, American voice actress
October 18 – Angela Visser, Miss Universe 1989
October 19 – Jon Favreau, American actor and director
October 20 – Stefan Raab, German entertainer, television host, comedian, and musician
October 22 – Valeria Golino, Italian-Greek film and television actress
October 24 – Roman Abramovich, UK-based Russian billionaire businessman
October 25 – Wendel Clark, Canadian hockey player
October 26 – Steve Valentine, Scottish actor
October 27 – Matt Drudge, American conservative journalist
Steve Atwater, American football player
Andy Richter, American actor, writer, comedian, and late night talk show announcer
October 30 – Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of Croatia
Adam Horovitz, American rapper (Beastie Boys)
Koji Kanemoto, Japanese professional wrestler
Mike O'Malley, American actor and playwright
November 1 – Ben Miles, English actor
Yoshinari Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
David Schwimmer, American actor
November 3 – Joe Hachem, Lebanese-born Australian poker player
Kae Araki, Japanese voice actress
Christian Lorenz, German rock musician (Rammstein)
November 8 – Gordon Ramsay, Scottish chef, restaurateur, and television personality
November 10 – Vanessa Angel, English model and actress
November 13 – Susanna Haapoja, Finnish politician (d. 2009)
November 14 – Curt Schilling, American baseball player
November 15 – Rachel True, American actress
Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
Daisy Fuentes, Cuban-born American model and television personality
Sophie Marceau, French actress
November 19 – Shmuley Boteach, American rabbi
November 21 – Troy Aikman, American sports commentator and former pro football player
November 23 – Vincent Cassel, French actor
Tim Armstrong, American singer-songwriter
Billy Burke, American actor
November 26 – Garcelle Beauvais, Haitian-American actress, singer and former fashion model
November 27 – Andy Merrill, American voice actor
November 28 – Narumi Yasuda, Japanese actress
November 29 – John Bradshaw Layfield, American professional wrestler
Wil Mara, American author
David Nicholls, English novelist and screenwriter
December 1 – Larry Walker, Canadian Major League Baseball player
December 4 – Fred Armisen, American actor, comedian and musician
December 5 – Patricia Kaas, French singer and actress
C. Thomas Howell, American actor
Linn Ullmann, Norwegian journalist and author
December 8 – Sinéad O'Connor, Irish pop singer
Tim Bull, Australian politician
Michael Foster, drummer for rock band FireHouse
Montserrat Gil Torné, Andorran politician
Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
Dave Harold, English professional snooker player
Toby Huss, American actor
Dana Murzyn, Canadian hockey player** Julio Alberto Rodas Hurtarte, former soccer player
Mateo Romero, Native American painter
Gideon Sa'ar, Israeli politician
Kadyrbek Sarbayev, foreign minister of Kyrgyzstan
Martin Taylor, footballer coach
Natee Thongsookkaew, Thailand footballer
Gary Dourdan, American actor
Leon Lai, Hong Kong singer and actor
Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
Greg Long, American Christian musician
Último Dragón, Japanese professional wrestler
Lydia Zimmermann, Spanish filmmaker
December 13 – Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
Bill Ranford, Canadian hockey player
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister
Anthony Mason, American basketball player (d. 2015)
December 15 – Katja von Garnier, German film director
December 16 – Dennis Wise, English footballer
December 17 – Miloš Tichý, Czech astronomer
Tim Sköld, Swedish multi-instrumentalist musician
Alberto Tomba, Italian alpine skier
December 20 – Ed de Goeij, Dutch footballer
December 21 – Kiefer Sutherland, Canadian actor and film director
December 22 – Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
December 25 – Stephen Twigg, British politician
December 26 – Jay Yuenger, American musician and producer
December 27 – Bill Goldberg, American professional wrestler
December 28 – Kaliopi, Macedonian singer-songwriter
Eric Kot, Hong Kong singer and actor
Bennett Miller, American film director
Charbel Iskandar, Lebanese actor
Sharon D. Clarke, British theatre and television actress and singer
Kivi Larmola, Finnish artist
January 1 – Vincent Auriol, President of France (b. 1884)
Marguerite Higgins, American journalist (b. 1920)
Rex Lease, American actor (b. 1903)
Alberto Giacometti, Swiss sculptor (b. 1901)
Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India (b. 1904)
January 14 – Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
Samuel Akintola, Nigerian premier of the Western region and Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII of the Yoruba (b. 1910)
Sergei Korolev, Russian space scientist (b. 1907)
January 17 – Vincent J. Donehue, American stage director (b. 1917)
January 18 – Kathleen Norris, American writer (b. 1880)
January 22 – Herbert Marshall, English actor (b. 1890)
January 25 – Saul Adler FRS, Russian-born British-Israeli expert on parasitology (b. 1895)
January 31 – Elizabeth Patterson, American actress (b. 1875)
Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (b. 1885)
Buster Keaton, American actor and film director (b. 1895)
Joseph R. Knowland, American politician and newspaper publisher (b. 1873)
February 3 – June Walker, American actress (b. 1900)
February 6 – Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
February 9 – Sophie Tucker, American singer (b. 1884)
February 10 – Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b. 1899)
February 15 – Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect and historian of gardens (b. 1909)
February 17 – Hans Hofmann, German-American painter (b. 1880)
February 18 – Robert Rossen, American film director (b. 1908)
February 20 – Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
February 26 – Gino Severini, Italian painter (b. 1883)
February 28 – Jonathan Hale, American actor (b. 1891)
Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)
William R. Munroe, American admiral (b. 1886)
Joseph Fields, American playwright (b. 1895)
William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy) (b. 1887)
Maxfield Parrish, American artist (b. 1870)
Alice Pearce, American actress (b. 1917)
March 5 – Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (b. 1889)
March 6 – Michitaro Totsuka, Japanese admiral (b. 1890)
March 7 – Donald B. Beary, American admiral (b. 1888)
March 8 – William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, British politician (b. 1907)
Frank O'Connor, Irish writer (b. 1903)
Frits Zernike, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
Laurence Abrams, English professional footballer (b. 1889)
Johnny Morrison, professional baseball player (b. 1895)
March 27 – Helen Menken, American actress (b. 1901)
March 30 – Erwin Piscator, German theater director (b. 1893)
April 1 – Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
April 2 – C. S. Forester, English author (b. 1899)
April 3 – Battista Farina, Italian car designer (b. 1893)
April 6 – Julia Faye, American actress (b. 1893)
April 10 – Evelyn Waugh, English author (b. 1903)
Carlo Carrà, Italian painter (b. 1881)
Georges Duhamel, French author (b. 1884)
Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi military office and statesman, 2nd President of Iraq (b. 1921)
April 19 – Javier Solís, Mexican singer (b. 1931)
April 21 – Sepp Dietrich, Nazi German military leader (b. 1892)
April 23 – George Ohsawa, Japanese diet founder (b. 1893)
April 29 – Eugene O'Brien, American actor (b. 1880)
May 8 – Erich Pommer, German film producer (b. 1889)
May 11 – Alfred Wintle, British army officer and eccentric (b. 1897)
Maximiliano Hernández Martínez, President of El Salvador (assassinated) (b. 1882)
Titien Sumarni, Indonesian actress (b. 1932)
May 21 – Pat O'Malley, American actor (b. 1890)
May 22 – Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
May 23 – Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)
May 24 – Jim Barnes, English golf champion (b. 1886)
May 25 – Vernon Sturdee, Australian general (b. 1890)
May 26 – Don Castle, American actor (b. 1917)
May 29 – James Woolf, British film producer (b. 1919)
June 1 – Papa Jack Laine, American jazz musician (b. 1873)
June 6 – Ethel Clayton, American actress (b. 1882)
June 7 – Jean Arp, Alsatian sculptor, painter, and poet (b. 1887)
June 8 – Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
June 11 – Wallace Ford, English-born American actor (b. 1898)
June 12 – Hermann Scherchen, Austrian conductor (b. 1891)
June 19 – Ed Wynn, American actor (b. 1886)
June 20 – Georges Lemaître, Belgian priest and astrophysicist (b. 1894)
Margery Allingham, British detective fiction writer (b. 1904)
Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver (b. 1906)
July 2 – Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)
July 3 – Deems Taylor, American composer (b. 1885)
Pete Fox, American baseball player (b. 1909)
George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
Harold Breen, Australian public servant (b. 1893)
Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)
Anne Nagel, American actress (b. 1915)
July 7 – Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (b. 1901)
July 11 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet (b. 1913)
July 12 – D. T. Suzuki, Japanese philosopher (b. 1870)
July 14 – Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
July 18 – Bobby Fuller, American rock and roll musician (b. 1942)
Montgomery Clift, American actor (b. 1920)
Douglass Montgomery, American actor (b. 1907)
July 25 – Frank O'Hara, American poet (b. 1926)
Alexander von Falkenhausen, German general (b. 1878)
Bud Powell, American jazz pianist (b. 1924)
August 3 – Lenny Bruce, American comedian (b. 1925)
August 6 – Cordwainer Smith, American author (b. 1913)
August 8 – Ed "Strangler" Lewis, professional wrestler (b. 1891)
August 12 – Artur Alliksaar, Estonian poet (b. 1923)
Jan Kiepura, Polish tenor and actor (b. 1902)
Seena Owen, American actress (b. 1894)
August 19 – Fritz Bleyl, German painter (b. 1880)
August 23 – Francis X. Bushman, American actor (b. 1883)
August 24 – Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, Polish general and statesman (b. 1895)
Art Baker, American actor (b. 1898)
W. W. E. Ross, Canadian geophysicist and poet (b. 1894)
September 5 – Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman and architect (b. 1879)
Margaret Sanger, American birth control advocate (b. 1879)
Hendrik Verwoerd, Dutch-born Prime Minister of South Africa (b. 1901)
September 11 – C. E. Woolman, American Airlines founder (b. 1889)
Gertrude Berg, American actress (b. 1899)
Hiram Wesley Evans, American leader of the Ku Klux Klan (b. 1881)
Cemal Gürsel, Turkish general and statesman, 4th President of Turkey (b. 1895)
September 17 – Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (b. 1930)
September 21 – Paul Reynaud, French politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1878)
September 26 – Helen Kane, American singer (b. 1904)
André Breton, French poet and writer (b. 1896)
Eric Fleming, American actor (b. 1925)
October 7 – Smiley Lewis, African-American R&B musician (b. 1913)
October 7 – Johnny Kidd, English singer (b. 1935)
Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion (b. 1870)
Wilfrid Lawson, English actor (b. 1900)
October 13 – Clifton Webb, American actor (b. 1889)
October 16 – George O'Hara, American actor (b. 1899)
October 18 – Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-born beautician and cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1878)
October 23 – Claire McDowell, silent screen actress (b. 1877)
October 24 – Hans Dreier, German art director (b. 1885)
October 26 – Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
October 28 – Robert Charpentier, French Olympic cyclist (b. 1916)
Peter Debye, Dutch chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
Mississippi John Hurt, African-American singer and guitarist (b. 1893)
November 4 – Dietrich von Choltitz, Nazi German military governor of Paris in World War II (b. 1894)
November 8 – Bernhard Zondek German-born Israeli gynecologist, developer of first reliable pregnancy test (b. 1891)
November 9 – Jisaburō Ozawa, Japanese admiral (b. 1886)
November 12 – Shakeb Jalali, Pakistani poet (b. 1934)
November 14 – Zengo Yoshida, Japanese admiral (b. 1885)
November 17 – James "Jabby" Jabara, American aviator, the first American jet fighter ace (b. 1923)
November 19 – Arthur Haynes, English comedian (b. 1914)
November 23 – Seán T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland (b. 1882)
December 2 – Luitzen Brouwer, Dutch mathematician and philosopher (b. 1881)
Verna Felton, American actress (b. 1890)
Richard Whorf, American actor (b. 1906)
December 15 – Walt Disney, American animated film producer and founder of The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland Resort (b. 1901)
December 19 – Betty Kuuskemaa, Estonian actress (b. 1879)
Harry Beaumont, American film director (b. 1888)
Robert Keith — American actor (b. 1898)
December 23 – David J. Stewart, American actor (b. 1915)
December 27 – Guillermo Stábile, Argentine football player and manager (b. 1905)
December 30 – Christian Herter, United States Secretary of State (b. 1895)
Physics – Alfred Kastler
Chemistry – Robert S. Mulliken
Physiology or Medicine – Peyton Rous and Charles Brenton Huggins
Literature – Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Nelly Sachs
Peace – not awarded
1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1966th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 966th year of the 2nd millennium, the 66th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1960s decade.