1966 in South Africa
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- State President: Charles Robberts Swart.
- Prime Minister:
- 21 – To commemorate the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, this day is proclaimed "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination" by the United Nations General Assembly.
- 18 – The International Court of Justice rules in favour of South Africa in a case on the administration of South West Africa which was brought before them by Ethiopia and Liberia.
- 26 The first skirmish of the South African Air Force and the South African Police with the People's Liberation Army of Namibia, the armed wing of the South West Africa People's Organization, takes place at Ongulumbashe in Northern South West Africa during Operation Blue Wildebeest.
- 6 – Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in Parliament by Dimitri Tsafendas.
- 13 – John Vorster succeeds Hendrik Verwoerd as Prime Minister.
- 27 – The United Nations terminates the mandate given by the League of Nations and proclaims that South West Africa will be administrated by the United Nations. This is rejected by South Africa.
- 17 – South Africa refuses to join the trade embargo against Rhodesia.
- Unknown date
- Mimi Coertse is awarded the Kammersängerin, a most prestigious title from the Austrian Government.
- 26 May – Zola Budd, barefoot athlete.
- 9 August – João Silva, Portuguese-born photojournalist.
- 10 October – Elana Meyer, athlete.
- 9 November – David Tsebe, marathon runner.
- 6 September – Hendrik Verwoerd, Dutch-born politician and Prime Minister. (b. 1901)
Three new Cape gauge locomotive classes enter service on the South African Railways:
- June–July – Ten Class 32-200 General Electric type U20C1 diesel-electric locomotives in South West Africa.
- October – The first of twenty Class 33-200 General Motors Electro-Motive Division type GL26MC diesel-electric locomotives in East London. It is the first GM-EMD locomotive in SAR service.
- The first of 225 Class 5E1, Series 5 electric locomotives, the last series of Class 5E1.
- Archontology.org: A Guide for Study of Historical Offices: South Africa: Heads of State: 1961-1994 (Accessed on 14 April 2017)
- South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
- Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. p. 140. ISBN 0869772112.
- "New Electric Stock for South Africa". Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering Association. 68: 238. 1967. Retrieved 15 September 2010.