What Happened in May 1965

Historical Events

  • May 1 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • May 1 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3
  • May 1 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
  • May 1 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • May 2 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • May 2 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
  • May 2 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 3 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
  • May 3 3rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 2-1 in 10
  • May 3 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
  • May 3 Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles California)
  • May 3 KTCI TV channel 17 in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 5 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • May 6 Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
  • May 7 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 8 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
  • May 9 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • May 9 Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
  • May 11 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • May 11 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
  • May 11 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
  • May 11 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
  • May 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 11 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • May 12 Israel & West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations
  • May 13 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
  • May 13 Several Arab nations break ties with West Germany after it established diplomatic relations with Israel
  • May 14 2nd Chinese atom bomb explodes
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 90th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
  • May 15 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
  • May 15 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 16 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • May 16 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers
  • May 16 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
  • May 16 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • May 16 WNJU TV channel 47 in NY-Linden, NY (TEL) begins broadcasting
  • May 16 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand
  • May 16 18th Cannes Film Festival: "The Knack...and How to Get It" directed by Richard Lester wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 18 Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names for Star Trek Captain; they include Kirk
  • May 18 WTAF TV channel 29 in Philadelphia, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 Patricia R Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)
  • May 19 West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner's Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London
  • May 20 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121
  • May 20 Yorkshire all out for 23 v Hampshire at Middlesbrough
  • May 22 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
  • May 22 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1
  • May 22 Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 23 Franz Jonas elected President of Austria
  • May 23 Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River, Malawi, kills 150
  • May 24 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
  • May 25 Dave Davies of The Kinks stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage
  • May 25 India and Pakistan border fights

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 25 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title rematch

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • May 25 Roel van Duyn, Martijn Ananar & Rob Faado align in Provo
  • May 26 Dutch Voting Rights Bill passes
  • May 26 Revised International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect
  • May 27 10th European Cup: Internazionale beats Benfica 1-0 at Milan
  • May 28 Fire & explosion at Dhori mine in Dhanbad India kills 400
  • May 29 Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

Sport awardTennis Open

May 29 French Men's Tennis Championships: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • May 29 64th Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner Bowrey beats Margaret Smith (6-3, 6-4)
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test at Ecker Algeria (Underground)
  • May 30 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 30 Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang, begins
  • May 30 Vivian Malone is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama
  • May 31 Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indianapolis 500 - 3:19:05.370 (242.506 km/h)
  • May 31 12th National Film Awards (India): "Charulata" wins the Golden Lotus

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Rob Brydon, Welsh comedian and actor (Marion & Geoff), born in Baglan, Glamorgan, Wales
  • May 3 Nina Garcia, Colombian-American fashion expert and television personality (Project Runway), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • May 3 John Jensen, Danish football player and manager, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 4 Adrie Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • May 5 Paul Frase, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 5 Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
  • May 6 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 6 Ken Harvey, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • May 6 Norman Whiteside, British soccer player
  • May 6 Paul Frase, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 6 Tim Simpson, American professional golfer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 6 Zahid Sadiq, cricketer
  • May 7 Reuben Davis, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 7 Owen Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1999)
  • May 9 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance)
  • May 9 Marc Logan, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

May 9 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • May 9 Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver
  • May 9 Janu Tornell, American model and Survivor contestant
  • May 10 Jim Schreiner, Kailua Hawaii, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • May 10 Linda Evangelista, St Catherines Canada, supermodel (Elite)
  • May 10 Mike Butcher, baseball player
  • May 10 Rony Seikaly, NBA center (Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors)
  • May 10 Todd Kalis, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • May 11 Greg Dulli, American musician
  • May 11 Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
  • May 12 Stacy Wilson, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • May 13 Chris Washburn, American NBA player, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • May 13 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (d. 2006)
  • May 13 Hikari Ota, Japanese comedian
  • May 13 Tasmin Little, English violinist
  • May 13 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • May 13 Natalie Massenet, entrepreneur and founder of Net-a-Porter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Curt Harnett, sprint cyclist (Olympic bronze 1992/96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 14 Dave Widell, NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 14 Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • May 14 Kelvin Martin, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 14 Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • May 15 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 15 Jeff Rochlin, American actor (Cutting Class, Splitz, Taps), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • May 16 Brent Jasmer, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 16 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • May 16 Krist Novoselic, American bassist (Nirvana)

Person of interestTrent Reznor

May 17 Trent Reznor, American musician (9 Inch Nails) and film score composer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
  • May 17 Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer
  • May 18 Erik Hanson, MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • May 18 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • May 18 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • May 19 Edward Odumbe, cricketer (Kenyan pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • May 19 Joshua Beckett [Joshua Rifkind], American actor (Marshall Chronicles), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • May 19 Maile Flanagan, American actress (Naruto, Lab Rats), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 20 Bruno Marie-Rose, French runner (world record 200 m indoor)
  • May 20 Fia Porter, Mexia Tx, actress (Audrey Ames-One Life to Live)
  • May 20 Joe Cioe, Cranston RI, Canadian Tour golfer (NH Open-1992, 93)
  • May 20 Todd Stottlemyre, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals, Blue Jays), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 20 Ted Allen, American television host
  • May 23 James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • May 23 Lilian Drescher, Venezuela, tennis star
  • May 23 Woorkeri Venkat Raman, cricketer (Indian slow left-arm all-rounder)
  • May 23 Tom Tykwer, German film director
  • May 23 Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer
  • May 23 Melissa McBride, American actress (The Walking Dead), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • May 24 Chris Jorgis, US badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Palo Alto, California

Person of interestJohn C. Reilly

May 24 John C. Reilly, American actor (Chicago, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • May 24 Shinichiro Watanabe, Japanese anime director
  • May 25 Mark Knight, California, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • May 25 Remco Prins, Dutch rock guitarist/vocalist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • May 25 Roef-Ragas, Dutch actor (Missing Link, Red Rain, Juju, Mykosch)
  • May 25 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987)
  • May 25 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker
  • May 25 Yahya Jammeh, Gambian dictator (1994-2017), born in Kanilai, Gambia
  • May 26 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 26 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 26 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter
  • May 27 Jacob Brumfield, Bogalusa LA, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

Person of interestPat Cash

May 27 Pat Cash, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1987), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • May 27 Todd Bridges, actor (Diff'rent Strokes, Fish), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 28 Catherine Tanvier, French tennis star
  • May 28 Chantal Bailey, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • May 28 Christa Miller, American actress (Kate-Drew Carey Show), born in NYC, New York
  • May 28 Michael Charles Brisky, PGA golfer (1995 Buick-2nd), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • May 28 Chris Ballew, American musician
  • May 29 Charlie Hayes, Hattisburg MS, 3rd baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • May 29 Emilio Sanchez, Tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 29 Jammo Myllys, Savonlinna FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • May 30 Tammy Parks, actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • May 30 Tyronne Stowe, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 31 Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner

Person of interestBrooke Shields

May 31 Brooke Shields, American model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 15 Director Martin Scorsese (22) weds Laraine Brennan in New York

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (44) weds Millie Bruce in Los Angeles

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • May 1 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • May 3 Howard Spring, British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • May 3 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, dies at 75
  • May 4 Norman Brokenshire, TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
  • May 8 H T W Hardinge, cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
  • May 9 Leopold Figl, premier Austria, dies at 62
  • May 10 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch min of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70
  • May 11 Ludovicus H "Lode" Baekelmans, Flemish playwright, dies at 86
  • May 11 Roger Vailland, French author, dies at 57
  • May 12 Roger Vailland, French playwright (La Truite), dies at 57
  • May 14 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), dies at 83
  • May 15 Adrian Schoevers, Dutch director (Schoevers Institution), dies
  • May 18 Eduard J Dijksterhuis, mathematician (Archimedes), dies at 72
  • May 19 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
  • May 21 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, dies at 82
  • May 22 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), dies at 77
  • May 22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies
  • May 22 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • May 23 David Smith, sculptor, dies
  • May 23 Earl Webb, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65