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  • Havana, Cuba
    Monday Jan 3, 1966

    Fidel Castro

    The Tri-Continental Conference of Africa, Asia and Latin America

    Havana, Cuba
    Monday Jan 3, 1966

    In 1966 Castro staged a Tri-Continental Conference of Africa, Asia and Latin America in Havana, further establishing himself as a significant player on the world stage.




  • Mediterranean Sea
    Monday Jan 17, 1966

    Atomic Bomb

    The 1966 Palomares B-52 Crash

    Mediterranean Sea
    Monday Jan 17, 1966

    January 17, 1966: the 1966 Palomares B-52 crash occurred when a B-52G bomber of the USAF collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling off the coast of Spain. The KC-135 was completely destroyed when its fuel load ignited, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members aboard. Of the four Mk28 type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land near Almería, Spain. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 2-square-kilometer (490-acre) (0.78 square mile) area by radioactive plutonium. The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a 2½-month-long search.




  • New Delhi, India
    Sunday Jan 23, 1966

    Indira Gandhi

    The Prime Minister of India

    New Delhi, India
    Sunday Jan 23, 1966

    In January 1966, after Shastri's death, the Congress legislative party elected Indira Gandhi over Morarji Desai as their leader. Congress party veteran K. Kamaraj was instrumental in achieving Indira's victory. Because she was a woman, other political leaders in India saw Gandhi as weak and hoped to use her as a puppet once elected.




  • U.S. and Canada
    Saturday Jan 29, 1966

    Disasters with highest death tolls

    North American Blizzard of 1966

    U.S. and Canada
    Saturday Jan 29, 1966

    The Blizzard of 1966 swept across most of the United States and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains on January 29, 1966, and brought record low temperatures, high winds and heavy snowfall in its wake. Within days, at least 142 people had been killed — 31 had frozen to death, 46 died in fires that started while people were trying to heat their home.




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