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What Happened in 1965

Historical Events

  • Mar 22 US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong
  • May 5 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • Jun 7 The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples
  • Aug 6 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities
  • Aug 9 Singapore separates from the Federation of Malaysia and gains its independence
  • Sep 22 India and Pakistan cease-fire goes into effect, ending the Indo-Pakistani War
  • Dec 7 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • Dec 8 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council
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1965 in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture - 1966)
  • Apr 28 "My Name is Barbra", Barbra Streisand's first television special, premieres on CBS
  • Sep 8 Small ads in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter attract 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, "The Monkees" - 3 are chosen with Davey Jones already having been cast

1965 in Music

  • Feb 6 Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1
  • Apr 26 Charles Ives' 4th Symphony premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York, 11 years after the composer's death
  • Jun 15 Bob Dylan records single "Like a Rolling Stone" (#1 in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time")
  • Jul 25 Bob Dylan is booed by sections of the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival for performing with an electric guitar, beginning of folk-rock
  • Aug 27 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley, at his Los Angeles, California home
  • Aug 28 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York's Forest Hills
  • Sep 4 The Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Sep 13 Beatles release single "Yesterday" - just Paul, with a strings arranged by George Martin

1965 in Sport

  • Sep 2 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR (off Curt Simmons) in Chicago's 5-3 win v St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays' 400th HR in 1963
  • Sep 18 Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium: Mantle play his 2,000th game

Did You Know?

"Vinland Map" is introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440

On October 10, 1965

Would You Believe?

The wreck of the SS Georgiana, valued at over $50,000,000, said to have been most powerful Confederate cruiser, discovered by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence exactly 102 years after its destruction.

On March 19, 1965

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