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  Timeline: 1966  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1966 Milan-San Remo Eddy Merckx (Bel) 288 km
April 9, 1966 Tour of Flanders Ward Sels (Bel) 243 km
April 17, 1966 Paris-Roubaix Felice Gimonde (Ita) 262 km
May 2, 1966 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 253 km
April 28-May 15, 1966 Vuelta a Espana Francisco Gabica (Spa) 18 Stages, 2,950 km
May 20-June 14, 1966 Giro d'Italia Felice Gimonde (Ita) 22 Stages, 3,572 km
June 21-July 14, 1966 Tour de France Lucien Aimar (Fra) 22 Stages, 4,322 km
August 28, 1966 World Championships Rudi Altig (Ger) Nurburgring, Germany 274 km

October 22, 1966

Giro di Lombardia Felice Gimonde (Ita) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  France - President Charles de Gaulle supervised the testing of a nuclear bomb 10 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb of WW2.

•  Space - the Soviet Union successfully landed an unmanned spacecraft (Luna 9) on the moon.

•  Vietnam War - President Lyndon Johnson, breaking a campaign promise, escalated the war in Vietnam.

•  China - the Cultural Revolution begins in Communist China.

Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France Champion: Sylvere Maes (Bel), 1909-1966, TdF champion in 1936 and 1939.

Mississippi John Hurt , 1893-1966, legendary, soft-spoken Delta Blues singer/guitarist rose from the obscurity of Mississippi cotton fields to a recording career in the 1920's. After early failure during the depression, he returned to the cotton fields before being re-discovered in 1963. Stardom graced Mississippi John after appearing at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival.

Walt Disney, 1901-1966, founder of the Walt Disney Corporation in Burbank, California, he created classic animated films starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. In 1955, Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

 

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