What Happened in December 1965

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Airlift of refugees from Cuba to US began
  • Dec 1 South Africa's government says children of white fathers are white
  • Dec 3 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow
  • Dec 3 USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon
  • Dec 4 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances
  • Dec 4 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die
  • Dec 4 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell

Astronaut Frank Borman
Astronaut
Frank Borman
  • Dec 4 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • Dec 6 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • Dec 6 Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.
  • Dec 7 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • Dec 8 Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 8 Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as president of USSR
  • Dec 8 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
  • Dec 9 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premieres
  • Dec 9 Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles
  • Dec 9 Nikolai Podgorny replaces Anastas Mikoyan as president of Soviet Praesidium
  • Dec 10 "Yearling" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Dec 10 Dutch ends economic boycott of Rhodesia
  • Dec 10 Test Cricket debut of Doug Walters v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 11 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 11 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Dec 12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • Dec 12 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 12 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Dec 12 Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St & Amsterdam Ave NYC
  • Dec 13 Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow
  • Dec 14 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 15 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh
  • Dec 15 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • Dec 15 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
  • Dec 15 Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
  • Dec 15 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball
  • Dec 16 Gemini 6 returns to Earth
  • Dec 16 Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit
  • Dec 16 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV becomes King of Tonga

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 17 Astrodome opens, 1st event is Judy Garland & Supremes concert

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Dec 17 British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
  • Dec 17 David Levy begins his search for comets
  • Dec 17 Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
  • Dec 17 Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)
  • Dec 18 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 18 Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Splash down in Atlantic after two week Gemini VII mission
  • Dec 18 Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 19 French President De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Dec 22 Belgian government shuts 6 coal mines

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 22 "Doctor Zhivago" based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
Actress Julie Christie
Actress
Julie Christie
  • Dec 22 Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour
  • Dec 22 Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up
  • Dec 25 The Yemeni Nasserite Unionist People's Organisation is founded in Taiz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to bombing operations in North Vietnam, hoping to spur peace talks

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dec 26 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
  • Dec 26 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 29 "Thunderball", 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo

  • Dec 29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
  • Dec 29 Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"
  • Dec 29 54th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Sydney (4-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as President of the Phillipines

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Karrie Mitchell, Arvada Colorado, Miss Colorado-America (1991-top 10)
  • Dec 3 Katarina Witt, Staaken GDR, figure skater (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88)
  • Dec 3 Tammy Jacques, Auburn Maine, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 3 Steve Harris, American actor
  • Dec 3 Andrew Stanton, American animator
  • Dec 4 Rob Smits, pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm)
  • Dec 4 Álex de la Iglesia, Spanish film director
  • Dec 5 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • Dec 5 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician
  • Dec 6 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 7 Peter Draisaitl, Karvina CZE, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Dec 7 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 8 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Dec 8 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • Dec 8 Troy Sadowski, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 8 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress
  • Dec 9 Brad Savage, Livdnia Mich, actor (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
  • Dec 9 Karla Nelson, Pine City Minn, Ms America (1993)
  • Dec 9 Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • Dec 9 Vecepia Towery, American Survivor contestant
  • Dec 10 Jennifer Wyatt, golfer (1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Dec 10 J Mascis, American musician
  • Dec 10 Stephanie Morgenstern, Canadian actress
  • Dec 11 Jay Bell, Eglin AFB FL, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Dec 11 Laurie Carr, playmate (Dec, 1986), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 12 Laurie Grover-Tavares, biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 13 Stacy Sunny, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Dec 13 Marko Mäetamm, Estonian artist
  • Dec 14 Christine Burton, Adelaide Aust, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • Dec 14 Craig Biggio, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Dec 14 Ken Hill, Lynn, Massachusetts, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Dec 14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 15 Kimberly Donley, Aurora IL, playmate (Mar, 1993)
  • Dec 15 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Dec 16 Brent Franklin, Barrie Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Japan Open-2nd)
  • Dec 16 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • Dec 16 Cynthia Lynne White, Miss Oklahoma-America (1991-top 10), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Dec 16 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • Dec 16 Page Dunlap, Harrisonburg VA, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Women's-8th)
  • Dec 16 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 16 Melanie Sloan, American attorney
  • Dec 17 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Dec 17 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988)
  • Dec 17 Scott Edward Gump, American PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd), born in Rockledge, Florida
  • Dec 18 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
  • Dec 18 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Fawna Maclaren, playmate (Jan, 1989), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 18 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Dec 18 Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • Dec 18 Tommy Davidson, American actor
  • Dec 19 Chuckii Booker, rocker
  • Dec 19 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 19 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • Dec 20 Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor
  • Dec 21 Andy Dick, actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec 21 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • Dec 21 Rodney Thomas, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 21 Sue Thomas, Texarkana TX, LPGA golfer (1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies-14th)
  • Dec 21 Anke Engelke, German comedian
  • Dec 24 Erika von Heiland, Angeles City Phil, US badminton player (Oly-92,96)
  • Dec 24 Michael Haynes, NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 24 Nancy Reno, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 24 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 24 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter
  • Dec 25 Dmitri Mironov, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins, Anaheim), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 25 Kathleen Luciano, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993), born in Munich. Germany
  • Dec 26 Ben Husaby, Eden Prairie Minn, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • Dec 27 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • Dec 27 Salman Khan, Indian actor
  • Dec 27 Chris Mainwaring, Australian rules footballer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Colleen Dion, actress (Brett Gardner-Another World)
  • Dec 28 Martine Robine, newspaper writer/Miss Junior Miss-France (1984)
  • Dec 28 Mary Waddell Gainey, Hartsville SC, Miss SC-America (1991-2nd)
  • Dec 29 David Delfino, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • Dec 29 Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring)
  • Dec 30 Brad McNamara, cricketer (NSW all-rounder)
  • Dec 30 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • Dec 30 Tony Jones, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 30 Heidi Fleiss, American madam
  • Dec 31 Michelle Dobek, golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-45th), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist
  • Dec 31 Gong Li, Chinese actress
  • Dec 31 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 2 Comedian Tony Hancock (40) weds publicist Freddie Ross (35)

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 The Rajkumar of Vizianagram, cricketer (Indian Test capt 1936), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), dies of heart disease at 91

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger
  • Dec 6 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar, dies at 90
  • Dec 9 Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)
  • Dec 10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • Dec 12 Johnny Lee, actor (Calhoun-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 16 William Somerset Maugham, English author (Razor's Edge), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Tito Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76
  • Dec 20 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist, dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Al Ritz, actor (Gorilla, Hi Ya Chum), dies at 62
  • Dec 22 Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1913)
  • Dec 24 William M. Branham, Christian minister (b. 1906)
  • Dec 26 Anthonie Donker, Dutch [Prof N Donkersloot], literary, dies at 63
  • Dec 27 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)
  • Dec 29 Kusaku Yamada, composer, dies at 79