On This Day

What Happened in January 1965

Historical Events

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

Film & TV History

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

  • Jan 1 51st Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan beats #8 Oregon State, 34-7
  • Jan 1 31st Sugar Bowl: #7 LSU beats Syracuse, 13-10
  • Jan 1 31st Orange Bowl: #5 Texas beats #1 Alabama, 21-17
  • Jan 1 49 year old former England international soccer forward Stanley Matthews becomes only player to be awarded a knighthood while still playing (Stoke City)
  • Jan 2 Ayub Khan elected President of Pakistan

Historic Event

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

Contract of Interest

Jan 2 New York Jets sign future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a $427,000 contract over three years (pro football record at the time)

  • Jan 2 Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 6 Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling
  • Jan 7 France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold
  • Jan 7 Twin brothers are in held in custody in London charged with abduction and murder
  • Jan 8 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American natonal flower (it does not pass)
  • Jan 8 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
  • Jan 9 Beatles '65 album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for Poetry awarded to Horace Gregory [1]

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 10 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Detroit Lions, DB

  • Jan 10 WKBD TV channel 50 in Detroit, Michigan (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 12 "Hullabaloo" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 12 At 10:58 am PST burn up a nuclear rocket in Nevada

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 13 15th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 124-123; MVP: Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals, F

  • Jan 15 Rock group Who releases first album "I Can't Explain"
  • Jan 15 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forms
  • Jan 15 Soviet underground nuclear test creates the atomic lake Chagan, Kazakhstan

NBA Record

Jan 15 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash

  • Jan 16 "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 125 performances
  • Jan 16 "Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jan 16 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Willie Brown, Denver Broncos, DB
  • Jan 16 The Searchers' "Love Potion Number 9" peaks at #3
  • Jan 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 18 H L de Vries appointed Dutch governor of Suriname
  • Jan 20 The Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
  • Jan 20 The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return

Meeting of Interest

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

  • Jan 21 Iranian premier Hassan Ali Mansur assassinated by 17-year-old Mohammad Bokharaei, a member of the Fadayan-e Islam
  • Jan 22 US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite
  • Jan 23 Musical variety program "King Family Show", featuring big band vocal group The King Sisters, premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 23 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber

Sports History

Jan 23 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

  • Jan 26 South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
  • Jan 27 1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite
  • Jan 27 Groundbreaking for "Dragon Gateway" at Grant Avenue
  • Jan 28 "The Who" make their 1st appearance on British television programme "Ready Steady Go!"
  • Jan 30 "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3

Funeral of Winston Churchill

Jan 30 State funeral for Winston Churchill at St Paul's Cathedral in London; at the time, the world's largest ever state funeral

  • Jan 31 19th century pitcher James 'Pud' Galvin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Andrew Valmon, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 2 Greg Swindell, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2001; MLB All Star 1989; Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 4 Craig Revel Horwood, Australian-English dancer and judge (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • Jan 4 David Glasper, Welsh rock singer (Breathe - "Hands To Heaven"), born in Cardigan, Wales
  • Jan 4 Guy Forget, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Jan 4 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • Jan 4 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jan 4 Julia Ormond, English actress (Sabrina, Legends of the Fall), born in London, England
  • Jan 4 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Jan 4 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 4 Yvan Attal, French actor and director, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jan 4 Beth Gibbons, English singer (Portishead), born in Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Jan 4 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues), born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Jan 4 Rick Hearst, American actor (General Hospital), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • Jan 5 Rick Tuten, American NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perry, Florida
  • Jan 5 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor, born in Watford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 5 Patrik Sjöberg, Swedish high jumper (WR 2.42m 1987; World C'ship gold 1987; Olympic silver 1984, 92; bronze 1988), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 6 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Lindsay Burns, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Big Timber, Montana
  • Jan 6 Tim McDonald, American football safety (Super Bowl 1995; First-team All-Pro 1989; 6 × Pro Bowl; St. L/Phoenix Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 6 Bjorn Lomborg, Danish mathematician, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Jan 6 Muhammed al-Ahari, American Muslim writer
  • Jan 6 Konnan, Cuban-born professional wrestler, born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
  • Jan 7 Mark Rushmere, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jan 7 Five for Fighting [Vladimir John Ondrasik], American soft rock-pop pianist, singer-songwriter, and record producer ("Superman (It's Not Easy)"; "100 Years"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 8 Eric Wohlberg, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Jan 8 Michelle Forbes [Guajardo], American actress (True Blood, Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 8 Rossen Milanov, Bulgarian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 2000-11; Princeton Symphony, 2009-present; Columbus, 2015-present), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jan 9 Carin Garbarra, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jan 9 Darren Bennett, Australian AFL player and NFL punter (San Diego Chargers), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 9 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 9 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 9 Joely Richardson, English actress (Body Contact, Wetherby), born in London, England
  • Jan 9 Eric Erlandson, American rock guitarist (Hole), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 10 James Washington, American NFL safety, 1988-95, 2X Superbowl champ (Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, and 1 other team), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Jan 10 Nathan Moore, English pop singer (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep A Secret?"), and actor, born in Stamford Hill, London
  • Jan 10 Butch Hartman, American animator ( The Fairly OddParents; T.U.F.F. Puppy), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • Jan 11 Karl Van Calcar, 3k steeplechase, born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 11 Loredana Romito, Benevento Italy, model/actress (Fatal Temptation)
  • Jan 11 Olivia Barash, actress (Laura-Out of the Blue), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 11 Roland Scholten, Dutch darts player (UK Open 2004), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 12 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 12 Mark Moore, British dance music record producer & DJ (S'Express-Winter Course), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 12 Rob Zombie [Cummings], American musician & filmmaker, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Biram Dah Abeid, Mauritanian politician & slavery abolitionist advocate, born in Rosso, Trarza
  • Jan 13 Bill Bailey, British comedian (Black Books, QI), born in bath, England
  • Jan 14 Dave Lowry, American NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Jan 14 Desiree Nosbusch, Luxembourgish actress (The Fan), born in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  • Jan 14 Jemma Redgrave, English actress (Buddha of Suburbia), born in London, England
  • Jan 14 Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel, born in Dyshne-Vedeno, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, British TV chef (River Cottage), writer and environmental activist, born in London, England
  • Jan 15 Derek B, British rapper (Bullet From A Gun), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • Jan 15 Michael Clemons, American CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Dunedin, Florida
  • Jan 15 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist, born in Cles, Italy
  • Jan 15 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer, born in Pennsylvania
  • Jan 15 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor, born in Ballymena, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer, born in Galatini, Greece
  • Jan 17 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
  • Jan 18 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Dave Attell, American writer & comedian, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 19 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 19 J. B. Pritzker, American businessman (Pritzker Group), and politician (Governor of Illinois, 2019- present), born in Atherton, California
  • Jan 20 Brad Brink, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Roseville, California
  • Jan 20 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer, born in Baia Mare, Romania
  • Jan 20 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer, born in Stranraer, United Kingdom
  • Jan 20 Greg K. [Kreisel], American rock bassist (The Offspring, 1984-2018), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 20 John Michael Montgomery, American country music singer, born in Danville, Kentucky
  • Jan 21 Cordell Crockett, American rock bassist (Ugly Kid Joe - America's Least Wanted), born in Alameda, California
  • Jan 21 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 21 Jam Master Jay, American disc jockey (d. 2002)
  • Jan 21 Robert Del Naja, British trip-hop singer-songwriter (Massive Attack), and artist, born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 22 Diane Lane, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 "DJ Jazzy" Jeff [Townes], American rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Ray Mayhew, English new wave rock drummer (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, 1985-89 - "Love Missile F-111"), born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Jan 22 Steven Adler [Michael Coletti], American rock drummer and songwriter (Guns & Roses, 1985-90), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 22 Brian McCardie, Scottish actor, born in Bellshill, United Kingdom
  • Jan 22 Chintara Sukapatana, Thai actress, born in Phra Pradaeng District, Thailand
  • Jan 24 Ross MacDonald, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • Jan 24 Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 25 Esa Tikkanen, Finnish NHL left wing (Panthers, Canucks, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jan 26 Kevin McCarthy, American politician (Rep-R-California 2007-), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jan 26 Allison Hossack, Canadian actress (Olivia-Another World), born in Steinbach, Canada
  • Jan 26 Natalia Yurchenko, Russian gymnast, (World C'ship gold USSR team, all-round 1983, team 1985), born in Norilsk, Russia
  • Jan 26 Thomas Östros, Swedish politician, born in Malmberget, Sweden
  • Jan 27 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 27 Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
  • Jan 27 Mike Newell, English soccer striker (Blackburn Rovers) and manager (Luton Town), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 28 Lynda Boyd, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 29 Dominik Hašek, Czech Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Olympic gold 1998, 2-time NHL MVP), born in Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • Jan 29 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 30 Julie McCullough, American actress (Growing Pains) & Playboy playmate (Feb 86), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 31 Adam Johnson, American beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 31 Bobby Dollas, Canadian ice hockey player (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 31 Kim Clarke, American team handball back court (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 31 René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Diána Igaly, Hungarian sport shooter (Olympic gold women's skeet 2004; bronze 2000), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2021)

Famous Weddings

Michael Crichton

Jan 1 Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 3 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84

T. S. Eliot

Jan 4 T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

  • Jan 5 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • Jan 11 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 12 Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (A Raisin in the Sun), and writer (To Be Young Gifted And Black), dies in NYC, dies of pancreatic cancer at 34
  • Jan 12 Porcupine, in the National Zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent (Washington, DC)
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, American soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
  • Jan 17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • Jan 20 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • Jan 21 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68

Winston Churchill

Jan 24 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55) British leader during WWII dies at 90

  • Jan 25 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Masman, Dutch big band orchestra leader (The Ramblers), dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • Jan 29 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), dies of heart attack at 52
  • Jan 29 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • Jan 29 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car