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January 1 – Ivica Dačić Serbian politician Prime Minister of Serbia 2012–2014
January 4 – Christian Kern Austrian politician 24th Chancellor of Austria
January 6 – Sharon Cuneta Filipino actress host and singer
January 7 – Corrie Sanders South African boxer (d. 2012)
Igor Vyazmikin Russian ice hockey player (d. 2009)
Andrew Wood American musician (d. 1990)
January 13 – Patrick Dempsey American actor and race car driver
January 14 – Dan Schneider American television producer screenwriter and actor
Shabba Ranks Jamaican singer
Nobuyuki Kojima Korean footballer
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 writer and producer
January 22 – Jegath Gaspar Raj Tamil Maiyam founder
Andrea Berg German singer
January 29 – Romário Brazilian footballer and politician
January 30 – Hans Tutschku German composer
February 1 – Michelle Akers American footballer
February 3 – Jimmy Thunder Samoan boxer
February 5 – José María Olazábal Spanish golfer
February 6 – Rick Astley British pop musician
February 7 – Kristin Otto German swimmer
February 8 – Hristo Stoichkov Bulgarian footballer
February 9 – Ellen van Langen Dutch athlete
February 11 – Cristina Elena Grigoraș Romanian artistic gymnast
February 13 – Neal McDonough American actor
February 16 – Martin Perscheid German cartoonist
February 17 – Quorthon Swedish singer songwriter musician and record producer (d. 2004)
February 20 – Cindy Crawford American model and actress
February 22 – Rachel Dratch American actress and comedian
Alexandre Borges Brazilian actor
Didier Queloz Swiss-born astronomer Nobel Prize laureate
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)
Paulo Futre Portuguese footballer
Ickey Woods American football player
JD Cullum American actor
Don Lemon American journalist
Zack Snyder American actor film director screenwriter and producer
March 2 – Sheren Tang Hong Kong actress
Fernando Colunga Mexican actor
Vander Lee Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
Tone Lōc African American R&B musician
Daniela Amavia American actress and international model
Ant Banks African American rapper
Steve Bastoni Australian actor
Kevin Johnson American basketball player
March 6 – Maurice Ashley American chess grandmaster
Jeff Feagles American football kicker
Atsushi Sakurai Japanese singer (Buck-Tick)
Tony Lockett Australian rules footballer
Maurizio Romano Italian actor and voice actor (d. 2003)
Alison Doody Irish model and actress
Edie Brickell American singer
Mike Timlin American baseball player
March 12 – Luis Milla Spanish footballer
March 13 – Chico Science Brazilian musician (d. 1997)
Elise Neal American actress
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
Roy Niederhoffer American hedge fund manager and philanthropist
DJ Premier American record producer and DJ
March 22 – Antonio Pinto Portuguese long-distance runner
Tom Glavine American baseball player
Jeff Healey Canadian guitarist (d. 2008)
Anton Rogan Northern Irish footballer
Remig Stumpf German cyclist (d. 2019)
March 26 – Michael Imperioli American actor
Cheryl James African American rapper (Salt-n-Pepa)
Captain Janks American prank phone caller (The Howard Stern Show)
March 29 – Krasimir Balakov Bulgarian footballer
April 2 – Teddy Sheringham British footballer
Michael Mittermeier German comedian
Miina Tominaga Japanese voice actress
April 7 – Zvika Hadar Israeli entertainer
Charlotte Dawson New Zealand–Australian television personality (d. 2014)
Cynthia Nixon American actress
Robin Wright American actress
April 11 – Lisa Stansfield British soul singer
April 13 – Ali Boumnijel Tunisian footballer
April 14 – André Boisclair Canadian politician
April 15 – Samantha Fox British model and singer
Yevgeni Belosheikin Russian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
Vikram Indian actor
April 18 – Trine Hattestad Norwegian athlete
April 20 – David Chalmers Australian philosopher
April 22 – Jeffrey Dean Morgan American actor
April 25 – Man Arenas Spanish comic creator
April 26 – Natasha Trethewey Pulitzer Prize–winning poet
Siw Anita Andersen Norwegian actress
Yoshihiro Togashi Japanese author and illustrator
April 28 – Ali-Reza Pahlavi titular prince of Iran (d. 2011)
April 29 – Vincent Ventresca American actor
May 1 – Charlie Schlatter American actor and voice actor
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 politician
Kamil Kašťák Czech ice hockey player
Marta Sánchez Spanish female vocalist entertainer
Cláudio Taffarel Brazilian goalkeeper
Mikael Andersson Swedish ice hockey player
Jonathan Edwards British athlete
Anne Elvebakk Norwegian biathlete
Genaro Hernández Mexican-American boxer
Wade Dominguez American actor model singer and dancer (d. 1998)
May 11 – Bill Ackman American activist investor and hedge fund manager
Stephen Baldwin American actor
Bebel Gilberto Brazilian popular singer
Nereus Acosta Filipino politician academician and political scientist
Cheryl Dunye Liberian-born film director producer screenwriter editor and actress
Darius Rucker African American country singer
Janko Vučinić Montenegrin boxer and politician (d. 2019)
Raphael Saadiq American singer-songwriter
Mike Inez American musician (Alice In Chains)
Fab Morvan French singer-songwriter rapper dancer and model (Milli Vanilli)
May 15 – Greg Wise English actor and producer
Janet Jackson African American R&B singer
Juan Manuel Funes Guatemalan footballer and coach
Thurman Thomas American football player
Hill Harper American actor
Qusay Hussein Iraqi politician (d. 2003)
May 19 – Polly Walker English actress
May 20 – Joey Gamache American boxer
Lisa Edelstein American actress and playwright
François Omam-Biyik Cameroonian football player
May 22 – Siri Eftedal Norwegian team handball player and Olympic medalist
H. Jon Benjamin American actor and comedian
Graeme Hick English cricketer
Eric Cantona French footballer
Ricky Craven American race car driver and sportscaster
Francisco Javier Cruz Mexican football player
Russell Kun Nauruan politician
Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh Iranian goalkeeper
Jeff Cross American football player
Tatjana Patitz German model
Helena Bonham Carter English actress
Zola Budd South African athlete
Heston Blumenthal British chef
Carol Campbell Afro-German actress model and presenter
Theo Bleckmann German vocalist and composer
Larry Davis American criminal (d. 2008)
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
Cecilia Bartoli Italian mezzo-soprano
Vladimir Voevodsky Russian-American mathematician
June 5 – Dwayne Hill Canadian voice actor
Faure Gnassingbé President of Togo
Angela Cavagna Italian singer
June 7 – Tom McCarthy American film director and actor
Jens Kidman Swedish musician
Julianna Margulies American actress and producer
Doris Pearson British musician
June 10 – Laura Silverman American actress and voice actress
June 13 – Grigori Perelman Russian mathematician
Matt Freeman American musician
Eduardo Waghorn Chilean musician
Traylor Howard American actress
Bekim Berisha Kosovar Albanian soldier (d. 1998)
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 24 – Adrienne Shelly American actress film director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
June 25 – Dikembe Mutombo Congolese basketball player
June 26 – Dany Boon French comedian and filmmaker
Ko Jeong-Woon South Korean footballer
J. J. Abrams American television writer and producer
John Cusack American actor
Mary Stuart Masterson American actress
June 29 – Basuki Tjahaja Purnama Indonesian politician governor of Jakarta
Cheryl Bernard Canadian Olympic curler
Marton Csokas New Zealand actor
Mike Tyson African American boxer
Enrico Annoni Italian footballer
Samir Rifai Prime Minister of Jordan
July 2 – Rigan Machado 8th degree red and black belt from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Sandra Lee American television chef and author
František Štorm Czech musician (Master's Hammer) and typographer
Claudia Wells American actress
Gianfranco Zola Italian footballer
Brian Posehn American actor and comedian
Glenn Scarpelli American child actor and singer
Jim Gaffigan American comedian actor
Gundula Krause German violinist
Ralf Altmeyer German virologist
Shadlog Bernicke Nauruan politician
Suzanne Krull American actress (d. 2013)
Jon Schmidt American pianist
Pamela Adlon American actress voice actress screenwriter producer and director
Gina Bellman British actress
Doug TenNapel American animator cartoonist and comic book artist
Debbe Dunning American actress
Kentaro Miura Japanese author and illustrator
Mick Molloy Australian comedian
July 13 – Gerald Levert American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
July 14 – Matthew Fox American actor
Irène Jacob French-born actress
Kristoff St. John American actor (d. 2019)
Scott Derrickson American film director
Frankie Gan Joon Zin Malaysian politician
Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy Malaysian lawyer
Lori Alan American actress and voice actress
Dan O'Brien American athlete
July 19 – Nancy Carell American actress
Agot Isidro Filipina recording personality and actress
Stone Gossard American multi-instrumentalist
Enrique Peña Nieto President of Mexico (2012-2018) Governor of the State of Mexico (2005–2011)
Sarah Waters British novelist
Doug Chin American attorney and politician
July 22 – Tim Brown American football player
Daryl Halligan New Zealand rugby league player and commentator
Wataru Takagi Japanese voice actor
July 26 – Angelo Di Livio Italian footballer
Miguel Ángel Nadal Spanish footballer
Shikao Suga Japanese singer
July 29 – Richard Steven Horvitz American actor and voice actor
Milen Tsvetkov Bulgarian journalist and TV host (d. 2020)
Murilo Bustamante Brazilian mixed martial artist
Allan Langer Australian rugby league player
Sean Patrick Maloney American politician; 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
James Gunn American filmmaker
Jonathan Silverman American actor
Harith Iskander Malaysian actor and comedian
Jimmy Wales American co-founder of Wikipedia
Charlie Dimmock English TV gardening expert
Hossam Hassan Egyptian footballer
André Sogliuzzo American actor and voice actor
Jonathan Adler American potter interior decorator and author
Juan María Solare Argentine composer
Les Ferdinand English footballer
Michael Dobson English-Canadian actor voice actor and voice director
Halle Berry African American actress and fashion model
Freddy Rincón Colombian footballer
Honami Suzuki Japanese actress
August 15 – Scott Brosius American baseball player
Daniela Castro Mexican actress and singer
Matt Maiellaro American voice actor and director
Rodney Mullen American skateboarder
August 19 – Lee Ann Womack American musician
Dimebag Darrell American guitarist (d. 2004)
Enrico Letta 55th Prime Minister of Italy
Liu Chunyan Chinese voice actress and host
August 23 – Rik Smits Dutch basketball player
Michael Cohen American attorney
Sandra Maischberger German journalist talk show host and author
Jacques Brinkman Dutch field hockey player
Shirley Manson Scottish musician frontwoman of Garbage
Jeroen Duyster Dutch rower
Juhan Parts 15th Prime Minister of Estonia
August 28 – Priya Dutt Indian social worker and politician
Tim Hardaway American basketball player
Ken Levine American video game designer
Tuc Watkins American actor
Salma Hayek Mexican-American actress
September 4 – Yanka Dyagileva Russian singer (d. 1991)
Emil Boc 61st Prime Minister of Romania
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 11 – Holly Glynn American suicide long-time unidentified decedent (d. 1987)
Darren E. Burrows American actor (Ed Chigliak Northern Exposure)
Steve Ells American entrepreneur and founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill
Ben Folds American musician
Princess Akishino of Japan
Malu Mader Brazilian actress
September 13 – Louis Mandylor Greek-Australian actor
September 16 – Sean Frye American child actor
September 18 – Richard Grenell American diplomat civil servant and media consultant
September 19 – Soledad O'Brien American television journalist and news anchor
Nuno Bettencourt Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter
Niki Caro New Zealand director and screenwriter
Nechirvan Barzani President of Iraqi Kurdistan
Kerrin Lee-Gartner Canadian skier and journalist
Erdoğan Atalay German actor
Moustafa Amar Egyptian singer
Mike Richter American ice hockey player
September 24 – Michael O. Varhola American author and publisher
September 25 – Jason Flemyng English actor
September 28 – Maria Canals-Barrera American actress
September 29 – Ben Miles English actor
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)
Sean M. Carroll American theoretical physicist
Inessa Kravets Ukrainian athlete
Niall Quinn Irish footballer
Jacqueline Obradors American actress
October 7 – Sherman Alexie Native American author
Art Barr American professional wrestler (d. 1994)
Aaron Callaghan Irish football club executive
October 9 – David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Tony Adams English footballer
Bai Ling Chinese actress
Elana Meyer South African athlete
October 11 – Luke Perry American actor (d. 2019)
Eric Benét African American singer-songwriter
Jorge Campos Mexican footballer and coach
October 16 – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn American voice actress and director
October 17 – Mark Gatiss English actor comedian screenwriter director producer and novelist
October 18 – Angela Visser Dutch winner of 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
Steve Atwater American football player
Andy Richter American actor writer comedian and late night talk show announcer
October 30 – Zoran Milanović Croatian politician President of Croatia
Adam Horovitz American rapper
Koji Kanemoto Japanese professional wrestler
Mike O'Malley American actor and playwright
November 1 – Jeremy Hunt British politician
Yoshinari Ogawa Japanese professional wrestler
David Schwimmer American actor
November 3 – Joe Hachem Lebanese-born Australian poker player
November 8 – Gordon Ramsay Scottish-born chef restaurateur and television personality
November 9 – Lori Lively American actress
November 10 – Vanessa Angel English model and actress
Benedicta Boccoli Italian model and actress
Peaches Canadian musician
November 13 – Susanna Haapoja Finnish politician (d. 2009)
November 14 – Curt Schilling American baseball player
November 15 – Rachel True American actress
Stephen Critchlow English actor
Dean McDermott Canadian-American actor
Jeff Buckley American singer-songwriter (d. 1997)
Daisy Fuentes Cuban-born American model and television personality
Sophie Marceau French actress
Gail Devers American track and field athlete
Jason Scott Lee American actor and martial artist
November 21 – Troy Aikman American sports commentator previously pro football player
November 22 – Michael K. Williams American actor
Vincent Cassel French actor
Michelle Gomez Scottish actress
November 24 – Juan Pablo Gamboa Colombian actor
November 25 – Billy Burke American actor
November 26 – Garcelle Beauvais Haitian-American actress singer and fashion model
Martin Sherman American actor
Narumi Yasuda Japanese actress
November 29 – John Bradshaw Layfield American professional wrestler
Katherine LaNasa American actress
Larry Walker Canadian Major League Baseball player
December 3 – Adam Berry American composer
Fred Armisen American actor comedian and musician
Carey Means American actor and voice artist
December 5 – Patricia Kaas French singer and actress
C. Thomas Howell American actor and director
Linn Ullmann Norwegian journalist and author
Bushwick Bill Jamaican-American rapper (d. 2019)
Matthew Labyorteaux American actor
Sinéad O'Connor Irish pop singer
Ralph Santolla Italian-American metal guitarist (d. 2018)
Tim Bull Australian politician
Michael Foster American musician drummer
Montserrat Gil Torné Andorran politician
Kirsten Gillibrand American politician; United States Senator (D-NY)
Dave Harold English professional snooker player
Dana Murzyn Canadian hockey player
Julio Rodas Guatemalan soccer player
Mateo Romero Native American painter
Gideon Sa'ar Israeli politician
Kadyrbek Sarbayev foreign minister of Kyrgyzstan
Martin Taylor English soccer goalkeeper and coach
Natee Thongsookkaew Thailand footballer
Royce Gracie Brazilian martial artist
Greg Long American Christian musician
Último Dragón Japanese professional wrestler
Lydia Zimmermann Spanish filmmaker
Pops Fernandez Filipina singer
Didier van der Hove Belgian-Colombian actor
Don Roff American writer and filmmaker
Anthony Mason American basketball player (d. 2015)
Bill Ranford Canadian hockey player
Helle Thorning-Schmidt Danish Prime Minister
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
Ed de Goeij Dutch footballer
Paul Ritter English actor (d. 2021)
December 21 – Kiefer Sutherland Canadian actor and film director
Din Beramboi Malaysian comedian actor and radio DJ (d. 2010)
Dmitry Bilozerchev Soviet gymnast
December 23 – Cláudia Raia Brazilian actress dancer and singer
December 24 – Diedrich Bader American actor and voice artist
Rickey Dixon American football player (d. 2020)
Jay Yuenger American musician and producer
Jerry Tuite American professional wrestler (d. 2003)
Bill Goldberg American professional wrestler
December 28 – Kaliopi Macedonian singer-songwriter
December 30 – Bennett Miller American film director
December 31 – Maddie Taylor American actress and comedian
Guli Francis-Dehqani Iranian-born Anglican diocesan bishop
Julian Hooper New Zealand artist
Charbel Iskandar Lebanese actor
Kivi Larmola Finnish artist
January 1 – Vincent Auriol French politician 16th President of France (b. 1884)
Sammy Younge Jr. American civil rights activist (b. 1944)
Marguerite Higgins American journalist (b. 1920)
Rex Lease American actor (b. 1903)
January 4 – Georges Theunis 24th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1873)
January 10 – Ignacy Oziewicz Polish general (b. 1887)
Alberto Giacometti Swiss sculptor (b. 1901)
Hannes Kolehmainen Finnish Olympic athlete (b. 1889)
Lal Bahadur Shastri Indian activist 2nd Prime Minister of India (b. 1904)
Sergei Korolev Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer (b. 1907)
Bill Carr American Olympic athlete (b. 1909)
Samuel Akintola Nigerian premier of the Western region and Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII of the Yoruba (assassinated) (b. 1910)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Nigerian politician 1st Prime Minister of Nigeria (assassinated) (b. 1912)
Ahmadu Bello Nigerian premier of the Northern region (assassinated) (b. 1910)
January 16 – Courtney Hodges American army general (b. 1887)
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 Russian-born British-Israeli expert on parasitology (b. 1895)
Elizabeth Patterson American actress (b. 1875)
Arthur Percival British general (b.1887)
Hedda Hopper American actress and 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 5 – Louisa Martindale British physician writer magistrate and prison commissioner (b. 1872)
February 6 – Narcisa de Leon Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
February 9 – Sophie Tucker American singer (b. 1884)
J. F. C. Fuller British general and military strategist (b. 1878)
Billy Rose American composer and band leader (b. 1899)
February 12 – Wilhelm Röpke German economist (b. 1899)
Gerard Ciołek Polish architect and historian (b. 1909)
Camilo Torres Restrepo Colombian socialist and Roman Catholic priest (b. 1929)
February 17 – Hans Hofmann German-American painter (b. 1880)
February 18 – Robert Rossen American film director (b. 1908)
February 20 – Chester W. Nimitz American Navy admiral (b. 1885)
February 25 – Victor Kravchenko Soviet writer (b. 1905)
February 26 – Gino Severini Italian painter (b. 1883)
Charles Bassett American astronaut (b. 1931)
Jonathan Hale American actor (b. 1891)
Elliot See American astronaut (b. 1927)
Fritz Houtermans German physicist (b. 1903)
William R. Munroe American admiral (b. 1886)
Donald Stewart American actor (b. 1910)
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)
William Astor 3rd Viscount Astor British politician (b. 1907)
Abdel Hadi Al Gazzar Egyptian painter (b. 1925)
Frank O'Connor Irish writer (b. 1903)
Frits Zernike Dutch physicist Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
March 12 – Néstor Guillén Bolivian politician 40th President of Bolivia (b. 1890)
Laurence Abrams English professional footballer (b. 1889)
Johnny Morrison American professional baseball player (b. 1895)
March 27 – Helen Menken American actress (b. 1901)
March 29 – Stylianos Gonatas former Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1876)
March 30 – Erwin Piscator German theater director (b. 1893)
April 1 – Brian O'Nolan 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)
April 11 - William H. Pitsenbarger United States Air Force Medal of Honour recipient (b. 1944)
Carlo Carrà Italian painter (b. 1881)
Georges Duhamel French author (b. 1884)
Abdul Salam Arif Iraqi military officer and statesman 2nd President of Iraq (b. 1921)
April 17 – Mario Serandrei Italian editor and screenwriter (b. 1907)
April 19 – Javier Solís Mexican singer (b. 1931)
April 20 – Prince Frederick of Prussia (b. 1911)
April 21 – Sepp Dietrich Nazi German military leader and SS commander (b. 1892)
April 23 – George Ohsawa Japanese dietist founder of Macrobiotics (b. 1893)
April 24 – Tino Pattiera Yugoslav-born Italian tenor (b. 1890)
April 29 – Eugene O'Brien American actor (b. 1880)
May 4 – Amédée Ozenfant French painter (b. 1886)
May 8 – Erich Pommer German film producer (b. 1889)
May 11 – Alfred Wintle British army officer and eccentric (b. 1897)
May 14 – Ludwig Meidner German painter (b. 1884)
Venceslau Brás 9th President of Brazil leader of the World War II (b. 1868)
Maximiliano Hernández Martínez 30th President of El Salvador (assassinated) (b. 1882)
Titien Sumarni Indonesian actress (b. 1932)
May 20 – Carlos Arruza Mexican bullfighter (b. 1920)
Lady Dorothy Macmillan Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1900)
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 3 – Nicholas Straussler Hungarian engineer (b. 1891)
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 15 – Sankichi Takahashi Japanese admiral (b. 1882)
June 19 – Ed Wynn American actor and comedian (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)
Jan Brzechwa Polish poet (b. 1900)
John the Wonderworker Chinese Orthodox bishop American archbishop and saint (b. 1896)
July 3 – Deems Taylor American composer (b. 1885)
July 5 – George de Hevesy Hungarian chemist Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
July 7 – Carmelita Geraghty American actress (b. 1901)
July 9 – Venerable Marija Petković Yugoslav Roman Catholic foundress and Servant of God (b. 1892)
July 11 – Delmore Schwartz American poet (b. 1913)
July 12 – D. T. Suzuki Japanese scholar and essayist (b. 1870)
July 14 – Julie Manet French painter (b. 1878)
July 18 – Bobby Fuller American rock and roll musician (b. 1942)
Francesco Paolo Cantelli Italian mathematician (b. 1875)
Philipp Frank Austrian physicist and mathematician (b. 1884)
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 and military advisor 20 July Plotter (b. 1878)
Bud Powell American jazz pianist (b. 1924)
August 1 – Charles Whitman American mass murderer (b. 1941)
August 3 – Lenny Bruce American comedian (b. 1925)
August 6 – Cordwainer Smith American author (b. 1913)
August 12 – Artur Alliksaar Estonian poet (b. 1923)
Jan Kiepura Polish tenor and actor (b. 1902)
Seena Owen American actress (b. 1894)
August 17 – Ken Miles British sports car racing engineer and driver (b. 1918)
August 19 – Fritz Bleyl German painter (b. 1880)
August 23 – Francis X. Bushman American actor (b. 1883)
Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski Polish general and statesman 33rd Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1895)
Vicente Mejía Colindres 29th President of Honduras (b. 1878)
August 26 – Art Baker American actor (b. 1898)
September 3 – Fu Lei Chinese translator (b. 1908)
Margaret Sanger American birth control advocate (b. 1879)
Hendrik Verwoerd 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa (b. 1901)
Gertrude Berg American actress (b. 1899)
Cemal Gürsel Turkish general and statesman 10th Prime Minister of Turkey and 4th President of Turkey (b. 1895)
September 17 – Fritz Wunderlich German tenor (b. 1930)
September 19 – Vladimir Grigoryevich Fyodorov Soviet scientist and general (b. 1874)
September 21 – Paul Reynaud French lawyer and politician 77th Prime Minister of France (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 – 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 dancer and singer (b. 1889)
October 16 – George O'Hara American actor (b. 1899)
October 17 – Cléo de Mérode French dancer (b. 1875)
October 18 – Elizabeth Arden Canadian-born American beautician and cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1878)
October 23 – Claire McDowell American 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 10 – Evelyn Sears American tennis player (b. 1875)
November 13 – Esna Boyd Australian tennis player (b. 1899)
November 14 – Steingrímur Steinþórsson 11th Prime Minister of Iceland (b. 1893)
November 21 – Władysław Bortnowski Polish historian and military commander (b. 1891)
November 23 – Seán T. O'Kelly 2nd President of Ireland (b. 1882)
November 26 – Siegfried Kracauer German writer sociologist and critic (b. 1889)
November 28 – Boris Podolsky Russian-American physicist (b. 1896)
December 2 – Luitzen Brouwer Dutch mathematician and philosopher (b. 1881)
December 6 – Juan Natalicio González Paraguayan poet 37th President of Paraguay (b. 1897)
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)
Harry Beaumont American film director (b. 1888)
Lucy Burns American women's rights campaigner (b. 1879)
Robert Keith American actor (b. 1898)
Herbert Gille SS German general (b. 1897)
Husayn Al-Khalidi Jordanian statesman 29th Prime Minister of Jordan (b. 1895)
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
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 – 1966 New York City transit strike: A wildcat strike by public transportation workers in New York City led by Mike Quill begins designed to coincide with the beginning of Republican John V. Lindsay's mayoralty. (The strike ends on January 13.)
January 3 – 1966 Upper Voltan coup d'état: President Maurice Yaméogo is deposed by a military coup in Republic of Upper Volta (modern-day Burkina Faso).
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan meet in Tashkent.
Feyzin disaster: A gas leak fire at the Feyzin oil refinery near Lyon France kills 18 and injures 82.
Pakistani–Indian peace negotiations end successfully with the signing of the Tashkent Declaration a day before the sudden death of Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
French newspaper L'Express publishes a story by agent Georges Figon who took part in the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben Barka in 1965.
The House of Representatives of the US state of Georgia refuses to allow African-American representative Julian Bond to take his seat because of his anti-war stance.
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 before being convicted in 1998.)
A Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference convenes in Lagos Nigeria primarily to discuss Rhodesia.
January 11 – The first Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft goes into service with the United States Air Force 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 – 1966 Nigerian coup d'état: A bloody military coup is staged in Nigeria deposing the civilian government and resulting in the death of Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
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.
1966 Palomares B-52 crash: A U.S. Air Force 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. Carl Brashear the first African American United States Navy diver is involved in an accident during the recovery of the latter which results in the amputation of his leg.
French police announce Georges Figon has committed suicide before he can be arrested for participation in the kidnapping of Mehdi Ben Barka.
About 8 000 U.S. soldiers land in South Vietnam; U.S. troops there now total 190 000.
January 19 – Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India; she is sworn in January 24.
1966 Liberal Party of Australia leadership election: Harold Holt is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Australia unopposed when Sir Robert Menzies retires after an unprecedented 16 years in office; consequently Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia six days later.
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 a week previously.
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.
January 26 – 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 – Around 2 600 political prisoners are released by East Germany in return for "donations" worth approximately $10 000 a head from West Germany.
February 3 – The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon.
All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay; 133 are killed.
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree becomes the first Winnie the Pooh featurette to be released by Walt Disney Productions in the United States.
February 7 – Lyndon Johnson of the United States and Nguyễn Cao Kỳ of South Vietnam convene with other officials in a summit in Honolulu Hawaii to discuss the course of the Vietnam War.
February 10 – Soviet fiction 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 – 1966 Syrian coup d'état: An intra-party military coup in Syria replaces the previous government of Amin al-Hafiz by one led by Salah Jadid.
February 24 – A coup led by the police and military of Ghana raises the National Liberation Council to power while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson calls a General Election in the United Kingdom to be held on March 31.
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 on 15 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 "We're 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 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) at The Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel east London. Cornell dies later in hospital and Kray 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 launches the television careers of John Cleese Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett and other writers and performers is first broadcast on BBC1 in the United Kingdom.
Military Prime Minister of South Vietnam Nguyễn Cao Kỳ dismisses rival General Nguyễn Chánh Thi precipitating the Buddhist Uprising large-scale civil and military dissension in parts of the nation.
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 headquarters must be closed within a year.
Chi Chi London Zoo's giant panda is flown to the Soviet Union for a union with An-An of Moscow Zoo.
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.
NASA spacecraft Gemini 8 (David Scott Neil Armstrong) conducts the first docking in space with an Agena target vehicle.
Paul Van Doren establishes the Vans shoe company in California.
More anti-communist demonstrations occur in Indonesia.
Palomares incident: 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 FIFA World Cup 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 24 – Pope Paul VI meets Michael Ramsey the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome and gives him an episcopal ring.
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 Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is held: 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 1966 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 becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
April 1 – Animated sitcom The Flintstones airs its series finale on the ABC network in the United States.
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 5 – During the Buddhist Uprising South Vietnamese military prime minister Nguyễn Cao Kỳ personally attempted to lead the capture of the restive city of Đà Nẵng before backing down.
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. He 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 in Santa Monica California: The Sound of Music wins Best Picture.
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.
Moors murders: Ian Brady and Myra Hindley go on trial at Chester Crown Court in north west England 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 – Pirate radio in the United Kingdom: 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.
Fiat signs a contract with the Soviet government to build a car factory in the Soviet Union.
May 1966 lunar eclipse: A penumbral lunar eclipse takes place the 64th lunar eclipse of Lunar Saros 111.
May 5 – The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup in ice hockey.
May 6 – Moors murders trial in England 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 receiving two concurrent terms of life imprisonment and a seven-year fixed term for being an accessory.
Irish bank workers go on strike.
The hit single "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones is released in the United States.
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 strike is called by the National Union of Seamen in the United Kingdom.
The legendary album Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is released in the United States.
In New York City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes his first public speech on the Vietnam War.
May 17 – Bob Dylan is called "Judas" during his performance at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in England.
May 19 – Murder of Sylvia Likens: Gertrude Baniszewski is found guilty of torturing and murdering 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in Indiana and is sentenced to life in prison (she is released on parole in December 1985).
May 20 – Solar eclipse of May 20 1966: A narrow annular solar eclipse occurs the 33rd solar eclipse of Solar Saros 137; greatest visibility is in Turkey and Greece.
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.
Explorer program: Satellite Explorer 32 (Atmosphere Explorer-B) is launched from the United States.
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 – British Guiana achieves independence becoming Guyana.
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).
Boat ride "It's a Small World" opens at Disneyland.
May 29 – Sports stadium Estadio Azteca officially opens in Mexico City in advance of the 1968 Summer Olympics.
May 31 – The Philippines reestablishes diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
June 1 – In the United States:
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 opens.
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 9A: 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.
A North American XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber prototype is destroyed in a mid-air collision with an F-104 Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and USAF test pilot Carl Cross are both killed.
1966 Topeka tornado: 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.
June 17 – An Air France personnel strike begins.
June 18 – CIA chief William Raborn resigns; Richard Helms becomes his successor.
French President Charles de Gaulle starts his visit to the Soviet Union.
Bob Dylan's album Blonde on Blonde is released in the U.S.
June 21 – Opposition leader Arthur Calwell is shot after attending a political meeting in Mosman Sydney Australia sustaining minor injuries.
June 27 – In the United States:
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 – Argentine Revolution: In Argentina a military junta calling itself Revolución Argentina deposes president Arturo Umberto Illia in a coup and appoints General Juan Carlos Onganía to power.
Vietnam War: U.S. planes begin bombing Hanoi and Haiphong.
The strike by the National Union of Seamen in the United Kingdom is called off.
France formally leaves NATO.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded in Washington D.C.
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 United States Embassy in London in 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.
The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) endorses the goal of Black Power at a well attended convention in Baltimore Maryland. 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.
King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Ntare V who is in turn deposed by prime minister Michel Micombero.
Horst Fischer who had taken part in selecting people to be slaughtered at Auschwitz in the 1940s is executed in East Germany.
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 the Welsh nationalist party 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 his party 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 from the United States. 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.
The International Court of Justice rules in favour of South Africa in a case on the administration of South West Africa which has been brought before them by Ethiopia and Liberia.
July 22 – Following the death of Hsu Tsu-tsai an engineer in The Hague the Chinese government declares Dutch delegate G. J. Jongejans persona non grata but tells him not to leave the country before other Chinese engineers have 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 is shot down by a North Vietnamese SAM-2 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Hanoi the first loss of a U.S. aircraft to a Vietnamese surface-to-air missile in the Vietnam War.
July 26 – Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom 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.
1966 Nigerian counter-coup: Army officers from the north of Nigeria execute head of state General Aguiyi-Ironsi and 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.
England beats West Germany 4–2 to win the 1966 FIFA World Cup at Wembley after extra time.
London gangster Charlie Richardson is arrested by police; in 1967 he will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in assaults and torture committed by the Richardson Gang.
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.
The British Colonial Office merges with the Commonwealth Relations Office to form a new Commonwealth Office.
August 2 – The Spanish government forbids overflights by British military aircraft.
Groundbreaking takes place for the World Trade Center in New York City.
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