Historical Events in 1965

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  • Jan 1st International Cooperation Year begins
  • Jan 1st Palestinian al-Fatah organization forms
  • Jan 1st The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.

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Jan 1st American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • Jan 1st 51st Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan beats #8 Oregon State, 34-7
  • Jan 1st 31st Sugar Bowl: #7 LSU beats Syracuse, 13-10
  • Jan 1st 31st Orange Bowl: #5 Texas beats #1 Alabama, 21-17
  • Jan 2nd Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan

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Jan 2nd Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 2nd NY Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
  • Jan 2nd Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day

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Jan 4th LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 6th Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling
  • Jan 7th France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold
  • Jan 7th Twin brothers are in held in custody in London charged with abduction and murder
  • Jan 8th Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American natonal flower (it does not pass)
  • Jan 8th Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
  • Jan 9th Beatles' 65 album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Jan 10th Bollingen prize for poetry awarded to Horace Gregory
  • Jan 10th NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 34-14
  • Jan 10th WKBD TV channel 50 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 12th "Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 12th At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada
  • Jan 13th 15th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 124-123 at St. Louis
  • Jan 15th Rock group Who releases first album "I Can't Explain"
  • Jan 15th Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forms
  • Jan 15th Soviet underground nuclear test creates the atomic lake Chagan, Kazakhstan
  • Jan 16th "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances
  • Jan 16th "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jan 16th AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-14
  • Jan 16th The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
  • Jan 16th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 18th H L de Vries appointed Dutch governor of Suriname
  • Jan 20th The Beatles appear on Shindig (ABC-TV)
  • Jan 20th The Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
  • Jan 20th The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return

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Jan 20th Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jewish representatives to discuss legitimizing Jewish communities in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 21st Iranian premier Hassan Ali Mansur assassinated by 17-year-old Mohammad Bokharaei, a member of the Fadayan-e Islam.
  • Jan 22nd US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite
  • Jan 23rd "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 23rd BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber

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Jan 23rd Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in loss to Philadelphia Warriors led by Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 26th South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
  • Jan 27th 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
  • Jan 27th Ground breaking for "Dragon Gateway" at Grant Avenue
  • Jan 28th The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • Jan 30th "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3

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Jan 30th State funeral of Winston Churchill at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Largest ever state funeral.

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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Feb 1st 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 1st NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster

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Feb 1st 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

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

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Feb 7th George Harrison's tonsils removed

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

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

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

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Feb 21st 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 22nd USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test)
  • Feb 23rd Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
  • Feb 24th Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • Feb 24th East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt
  • Feb 26th Dutch government of Marijnen falls
  • Feb 26th West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
  • Feb 27th "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances
  • Feb 27th Dutch Marijnen government resigns
  • Feb 27th France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Mar 1st Australia suspends champ swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct
  • Mar 1st Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex (La Salle, Quebec)
  • Mar 1st WPSX TV channel 3 in Clearfield, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 2nd Montcalm Community College in Sidney Mich, founded

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Mar 2nd One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
  • Mar 3rd The Temptations' "My Girl" reaches #1
  • Mar 3rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3rd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 4th David Attenbrough became the new controller of BBC2
  • Mar 5th 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony
  • Mar 5th Ernie Terrel beats Eddie Machen in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 5th March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
  • Mar 6th 12th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 91-85
  • Mar 6th "How to Succeed in Business" closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 performances
  • Mar 6th 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
  • Mar 6th Bruce Taylor hits 105 for NZ v India in 1st Test Cricket innings
  • Mar 7th Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma
  • Mar 7th Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
  • Mar 7th Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile
  • Mar 8th 1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3,500 Marines)
  • Mar 10th Dutch Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven get engaged

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Mar 11th Indonesia President Sukarno accepts qualifications of Suharto

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Mar 13th Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

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Mar 13th Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Mar 14th Israeli cabinet approves diplomatic relations with West Germany
  • Mar 15th T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in NYC
  • Mar 15th WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17th Beatles announce their film is named "8 Arms to Hold on to You" (Help)
  • Mar 18th "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Mar 18th Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • Mar 18th USSR launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 mins)
  • Mar 18th Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • Mar 19th Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
  • Mar 19th Rembrandt's "Titus" sells for then record 7,770,000 guilders
  • Mar 19th Stoica becomes president & Ceausescu party leader of Romania
  • Mar 19th The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000 and said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, was discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.
  • Mar 20th 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan 91-80
  • Mar 20th Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi

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Mar 20th Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Mar 20th 10th Eurovision Song Contest: Serge Gainsbourg for Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" in Naples

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Mar 21st Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 21st Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Mar 21st US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
  • Mar 22nd D Senanayake wins general elections in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • Mar 22nd US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong

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Mar 22nd Nicolae Ceausescu is elected General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Mar 23rd Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young)
  • Mar 23rd Moroccan army shoots on demonstrators, about 100 killed
  • Mar 24th US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
  • Mar 25th Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Al
  • Mar 25th West German Bondsdag extends war crimes retribution
  • Mar 26th A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."
  • Mar 27th 119th Grand National: Mr. "Tommy" Smith aboard Jay Trump wins
  • Mar 28th Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA All State Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30th Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
  • Mar 31st US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam
  • Mar 31st Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashed into the sea on approach to Tangier killing 47 of 51 occupants.
  • Apr 1st South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • Apr 1st Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
  • Apr 2nd Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • Apr 3rd 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched

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Apr 4th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Apr 4th The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

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Apr 5th 37th Academy Awards - "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews win

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
  • Apr 5th Lava Lamp Day celebrated
  • Apr 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6th Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st coml geosynchronous communications satellite launched
  • Apr 7th Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan
  • Apr 8th India & Pakistan forces engage in a border fight
  • Apr 9th Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK

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Apr 9th 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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Apr 11th 29th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271

  • Apr 11th 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 12th 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • Apr 13th Beatles record "Help"
  • Apr 13th 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by NY Sen Jacob Javits
  • Apr 13th 7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles wins
  • Apr 14th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Apr 15th James Baldwin's "Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 15th NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • Apr 16th Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • Apr 19th 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • Apr 19th 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33
  • Apr 19th T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • Apr 19th At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
  • Apr 20th People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • Apr 21st New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • Apr 23rd Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 24th "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • Apr 24th Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 24th NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager
  • Apr 25th 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1

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Apr 25th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Pensacola Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 26th Ives' 4th Symphony premieres
  • Apr 27th "I'm Solomon" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Apr 27th RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

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Apr 28th Barbra Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand