On This Day

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

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Feb 1 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; 'The Ring' names bout Fight of the Year.

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins 6th straight home singles title; beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 5-7, 6-4, 5-2; Bueno retired injured

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Championship Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 3rd consecutive Australian title; beats fellow Australian 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
Singer-Songwriter
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"
  • Feb 8 President Johnson deploys 1st US combat troops to South Vietnam, with 3500 marines sent to protect key US airbase near Da Nang

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
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 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 driving for Holman-Moody; race ends on lap 133 due to persistent rain

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Feb 15 John Lennon passes his driving test

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 15 Red Maple Leaf Flag becomes the 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, British Columbia
  • Feb 18 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting

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Feb 18 Church deacon Jimmie Lee Jackson is beaten and shot during a peaceful march in Marion, Alabama. His death 8 days later inspires the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Civil Rights Activist Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Activist
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 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, American actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • Feb 1 David Callaghan, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992), born in Queenstown, South Africa
  • Feb 1 Sherilyn Fenn, American actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 1 Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in the Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monaco
  • 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, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 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, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • Feb 5 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • Feb 5 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • Feb 7 Jason Gedrick, actor (Heavenly Kid, Class of '96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 7 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 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, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 9 Igor Babailov, Russian-born American portrait and figurative painter, born in Udmurtia, Russia
  • Feb 10 Lenny Webster, American catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Marjolein Macrander, Dutch actress (Drowned), born in Zutphen, Netherlands
  • Feb 10 Mario Jean, Quebec comedian and television actor, born in Chicoutmi, Canada
  • Feb 11 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • Feb 12 Brett Kavanaugh, American judge, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 12 Rubén Amaro Jr., American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 13 Kenny Harrison, US triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 13 Stephen Manley, American actor (Donny-Married the 1st Year), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Jessie Tuggle, US NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Feb 15 Craig Matthews, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • Feb 16 Adama Barrow, Gambian politician, President of Gambia (2017-), born in Mankamang Kunda, Gambia
  • Feb 17 Clayton Prince, actor (Hairspray, Reuben-Another World), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 17 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • Feb 17 Michael Bay, American film director (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDr. Dre

Feb 18 Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], American rapper and record producer (Still D.R.E., The Next Episode), born in Compton, California

Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre
  • 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, Canadian hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Regina, Canada
  • Feb 21 Keith Arthurton, West Indian cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty batsman), born in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Feb 22 Chris Dudley, American NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Feb 22 Joe Reekie, American NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Victoria, Canada

Person of interestPat LaFontaine

Feb 22 Pat LaFontaine, American 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 & photographer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 23 Helena Suková, Czech tennis player (14 Grand Slam doubles & mixed doubles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Feb 23 Kristin Davis, American actress (Melrose Place, Sex and the City), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Feb 23 Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Paris, France

Person of interestMichael Dell

Feb 23 Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer (Dell Technologies), born in Houston, Texas

Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell Michael Dell
Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell
Michael Dell
  • Feb 23 Robert "Bob" Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 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, English actress (Acapulco HEAT), born in London, England
  • Feb 26 Donald Narcisse, American CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Feb 27 Sandra Cecchini, Italian tennis star (1995 Warsaw doubles), born in Bologna, Italy
  • Feb 27 Noah Emmerich, American actor (The Americans), born in New York City
  • Feb 27 Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist, born in Duisburg, West Germany
  • Feb 27 Maggie Siu [Mei-Kei Siu], Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 28 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • Feb 28 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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, American 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, American actor (Branded Men, Fort Ti), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Feb 7 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron, Royal Bed, Rogue Song), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Henry Kulky [Kulakowich], American actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love Nest), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 13 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • Feb 13 William H Kilpatrick, American mathematician/philosopher, dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84

Person of interestNat King Cole

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

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Feb 19 Forrest Taylor, actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • Feb 19 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), dies at 85

MurderMalcolm X

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)

Person of interestStan Laurel

Feb 23 Stan Laurel, British comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 74

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

Person of interestJimmie Lee Jackson

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

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