What Happened in February 1965

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam

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Feb 1 Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Feb 1 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • Feb 1 NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 53rd Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Maria Bueno (5-7, 6-4, 5-2 ret.)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 53rd Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Feb 2 Joe Orton's "Loot" premieres in Brighton
  • Feb 3 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating in exams
  • Feb 3 Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture
  • Feb 3 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
  • Feb 3 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • Feb 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 5 Beursschouwburg opens in Brussels
  • Feb 6 "Kelly" opens & closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC
  • Feb 6 Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1

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Feb 7 George Harrison's tonsils removed

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 7 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
  • Feb 7 US begins regular bombing & strafing of N Vietnam
  • Feb 7 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 Eastern DC-7B crashes into Atlantic off Jones Beach NJ, kills 84
  • Feb 8 Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 8 22nd Golden Globes: Becket, Peter O'Toole, & Anne Bancroft win

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • Feb 11 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee
  • Feb 12 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 12 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Feb 13 Peggy Fleming, 16, wins ladies senior figure skating title
  • Feb 13 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 13 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
  • Feb 14 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins (141.539 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
  • Feb 15 John Lennon passes his driving test
  • Feb 15 Maple Leaf becomes official flag of Canada
  • Feb 16 "Baker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 313 performances
  • Feb 16 Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors
  • Feb 17 US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
  • Feb 17 US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
  • Feb 18 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 18 27 copper miners die in avalanche, Granduc Mountain, BC
  • Feb 18 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting
  • Feb 18 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • Feb 19 NFL adds 6th official,- the line judge
  • Feb 20 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
  • Feb 20 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
  • Feb 20 Turkish government of Uerguplu forms

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Feb 21 Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York City

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • Feb 22 USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test)
  • Feb 23 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
  • Feb 24 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • Feb 24 East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt
  • Feb 26 Dutch government of Marijnen falls
  • Feb 26 West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
  • Feb 27 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances
  • Feb 27 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
  • Feb 27 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Brandon Lee, actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • Feb 1 David Callaghan, cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992)
  • Feb 1 Sherilyn Fenn, actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 1 Stephanie Marie Elisabeth de Grimaldi, Monte Carlo Monaco, Princess
  • Feb 2 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 2 Carl Airey, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Naoki Sano, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 3 Dorcas Wonsavage, Madison Wis, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • Feb 3 Kathleen Kimont, actress (Fraternity Vacation, Renegade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 3 Maura Tierney, actress (Lisa-Newsradio), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 3 Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • Feb 4 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • Feb 5 Ben Lee, Rangoon Burma, US badminton player (Olympic-92)
  • Feb 5 James David McGovern, Teaneck NJ, PGA golfer (1993 Shell Houston Open)
  • Feb 5 Tarik Benhabiles, Algeria, tennis star
  • Feb 5 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
  • Feb 7 Jason Gedrick, actor (Heavenly Kid, Class of '96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 7 Kristal Parker-Gregory, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-20th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • Feb 8 Carmen Savy, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Brisbane & District)
  • Feb 8 Jim Thornton, NFL tight end (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 8 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Feb 8 Mathilda May, actress (Lifeforce), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 8 Rod Bernstine, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • Feb 8 Terry McDaniel, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders)
  • Feb 9 David Brandon, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 9 Igor Malkov, Russian speed skater
  • Feb 10 Lenny Webster, catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Marjolein Macrander, Dutch actress (Drowned)
  • Feb 10 Mario Jean, Quebec comedian and television actor
  • Feb 11 Angie Ridgeway, Wabash IN, LPGA golfer (1992 Sara Lee-8th)
  • Feb 11 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • Feb 12 Ruben Amaro, US baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • Feb 13 Kenny Harrison, triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 13 Stephen Manley, actor (Donny-Married the 1st Year), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Jessie Tuggle, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 15 Craig Matthews, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • Feb 16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • Feb 17 Clayton Prince, actor (Hairspray, Reuben-Another World), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Jim Bowie, Japanese/US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • Feb 17 Michael Bay, American film director

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Feb 18 Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], Compton, California, American rapper and record producer

Rapper Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
  • Feb 18 Peter Martini, journalist
  • Feb 19 Andrew Jameson, British(?) swimmer
  • Feb 19 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • Feb 20 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)
  • Feb 21 Jayson Meyer, Regina Saskatchewan, hockey defenseman (Team Germany)
  • Feb 21 Keith Arthurton, cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty bat)
  • Feb 22 Chris Dudley, NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Feb 22 Joe Reekie, Victoria, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

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Feb 22 Pat LaFontaine, NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Feb 22 Dean Karr, American director and photographer
  • Feb 23 Helena Sukova, Prague Czech Rep, tennis star (1985 US Open's Double)
  • Feb 23 Kristin Davis, actress (Melrose Place)
  • Feb 23 Sylvie Guillem, France, ballerina (Royal Ballet)
  • Feb 23 Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer
  • Feb 24 Paul Gruber, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 24 Lloyd McGrath, former English footballer
  • Feb 24 Jane Swift, former acting Governor of Massachusetts
  • Feb 25 Carrot Top, [Scott Thompson], Fla, comedian (Amer Comedy Award-1994)
  • Feb 25 Veronica Webb, supermodel/actress (Jungle Fever, Malcolm X)
  • Feb 25 Brian Baker, American guitarist
  • Feb 26 Alison Armitage, actress (Acapulco HEAT), born in London, England
  • Feb 26 Brittany York, playmate (Oct, 1990), born in London, England
  • Feb 26 Donald Narcisse, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 26 Matt Jackson, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Payless), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Feb 27 Sandra Cecchini, Bologna Italy, tennis star (1995 Warsaw doubles)
  • Feb 27 Noah Emmerich, American actor
  • Feb 27 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist
  • Feb 28 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • Feb 28 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Richard P Blackmur, US, critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
  • Feb 2 Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 U C Greyhound, champion trotter (horse), dies at 33
  • Feb 5 Irving Bacon, actor (Fort Ti, Petticoat Fever), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Jack Wagner, actor (Jive Junction), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Nance O'Neil, actor (Cimarron, Royal Bed, Rogue Song), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Henry Kulky, actor (Otto-Life of Riley), dies at 53
  • Feb 13 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • Feb 13 William H Kilpatrick, US mathematician/philosopher, dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84

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Feb 15 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 49

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • Feb 19 Forrest Taylor, actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • Feb 19 Gheorge Gheorghiu Dej, Romanian president, dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Fred Immler, German actor (b. 1880)


Feb 21 Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

African American Activist Malcolm X
African American Activist
Malcolm X
  • Feb 22 Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
  • Feb 23 Stan Laurel, comedian (Laurel & Hardy), dies of heart attack at 74

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Feb 26 Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, dies from gunshot wounds at 26

Civil Rights Protestor Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Protestor
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • Feb 28 Adolf Scharf, president of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74