What Happened in October 1965

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Failed coup under lt col Untung in Indonesia
  • Oct 1 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

Historic Event

Oct 2 Pope Paul VI named MR Perey bishop's helper of New Orleans

Baseball Record

Oct 3 Cubs lose season finale 6-3 to Pirates; Ernie Banks-Don Kessinger combine to tie MLB record of 3 triple plays in a season

  • Oct 3 Dual Melbourne Cup winning Australian jockey Pat Glennon rides French colt Sea Bird to victory in the Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe to claim an impressive double after the thoroughbred's English Derby win

Sports History

Oct 3 Whitey Ford notches win #232 in season ending 11-5 victory v Boston Red Sox; becomes Yankees' winningest pitcher

  • Oct 4 "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Oct 4 Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (UN)
  • Oct 4 USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon
  • Oct 5 Chuck Linster performs 6,006 consecutive push-ups
  • Oct 5 Dick McInnes from Henderson, Kentucky stays aloft almost 12 hours in a kite pulled by a speedboat along the Ohio River

Music Single

Oct 6 The Supremes release single "I Hear a Symphony"

  • Oct 6 William Goodhart's "Generation" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 7 50 mph gust helps Robert Mitera ace 447-yd 10th hole at Miracle Hills, Omaha, Nebr to score world's longest straight hole-in-one
  • Oct 7 Charles Linster does 6,006 consecutive push-ups
  • Oct 8 Muslims in Jakarta set fire to PKI headquarters
  • Oct 8 Post Office Tower opens in London, then the tallest building in England
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 9 Beatles' "Yesterday" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks

Ryder Cup

Oct 9 Ryder Cup, Royal Birkdale GC: US beats Great Britain 19½-12½; Byron Nelson non-playing American captain; Harry Weetman GB skipper

  • Oct 10 "Drat! - The Cat!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 10 "Vinland Map" is introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440
  • Oct 10 The Supremes appear on the "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Sports History

Oct 14 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers edge Minnesota Twins, 2-0 in Game 7 at Metropolitan Stadium; Dodgers 3rd title since move to LA; MVP: LA pitcher Sandy Koufax

  • Oct 14 Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 80 km
  • Oct 15 WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 "Drat! - The Cat!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music Premiere

Oct 17 Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever", starring Barbara Harris and John Cullum, opens at he Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC; runs for 280 performances

  • Oct 17 WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

NHL All-Star Game

Oct 20 19th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 5-2; MVP: Henri Richard, Montreal, C

  • Oct 20 Beatles receive a gold record for "Yesterday"
  • Oct 20 Mass arrests of communists in Indonesia
  • Oct 21 Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun.
  • Oct 21 KTWU TV channel 11 in Topeka, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 21 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Robert B Woodward
  • Oct 21 Vivian Beaumont Theater (NYC) opens

Music History

Oct 24 Benjamin Britten's "Voices for Today" premieres

  • Oct 24 Jim Clark in a Lotus is forced to retire from season-ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez with engine trouble; American Richie Ginther is race winner and Clark claims his second F1 World Drivers Championship
  • Oct 25 Rolling Stones release single "Get Off of My Cloud"
  • Oct 26 Queen Elizabeth decorates The Beatles with medals making them members Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace
  • Oct 26 Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang
  • Oct 27 WCFT-TV channel 33 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 28 Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high) completed in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 28 Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for crucifixion
  • Oct 29 The Who release single "My Generation" in UK
  • Oct 29 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians

Film & TV History

Oct 30 British model Jean Shrimpton causes a sensation at Derby Day at the Melbourne races wearing a white shift dress (four inches above the knee)

  • Oct 30 Fireworks explosions kill 50 in Cartagena, Colombia

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Chris Reason, Australian journalist
  • Oct 1 Cindy Margolis, American model and actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 1 Cliff Ronning, Canadian NHL center (1,137 NHL games; Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 1 Mia Mottley, Barbadian politician, Prime Minister of Barbados (2018-), born in Barbados
  • Oct 1 Ted King, American Actor
  • Oct 2 Darren Cahill, Australian tennis player and coach (Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Simona Halep), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Oct 2 Francesca Dellera [Cervellera], actress (Capriccio), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 2 Jill Powell, American actress (Marcy-As The World Turns), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 2 Tom Moody, Australian cricket all-rounder, coach and broadcaster (8 Tests @ 32.57, 76 ODIs; coach Sri Lanka, WA, IPL), born in Adelaide South Australia
  • Oct 4 "Stuttering John" Melendez, interviewer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Oct 4 Micky Ward, American boxer (WBU light welterweight champion 2000; famous Arturo Gatti fight trilogy), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Oct 4 Orlin Norrris, American boxer (WBA cruiserweight champion 1993-95), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Oct 4 [Fred] "Skip" Heller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 5 John Keller Jr, team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Toledo, Ohio

Mario Lemieux

Oct 5 Mario Lemieux, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, team owner (3-time NHL MVP, Pittsburgh Penguins owner), born in Montreal, Quebec

Patrick Roy

Oct 5 Patrick Roy, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (4-time Stanley Cup, 3-time Vezina Trophy winner), born in Québec City, Québec

  • Oct 5 Richey Reneberg, American tennis player (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 5 Theo Bos, Dutch soccer player: Vitesse
  • Oct 5 Trace Armstrong, American football defensive end (Pro Bowl 2000 Miami Dolphins), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Oct 6 Cynthia Meyer, NY, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 6 Jim "Razor" Sharp, American rodeo rider (Las Vegas 1988), Kermit, Texas
  • Oct 6 Ruben Sierra, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)
  • Oct 7 Juul Ellerman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Twente), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 8 Ardal O'Hanlon, Irish comedian and actor (Father Ted), born in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland
  • Oct 8 C. J. Ramone [Christopher Ward], American rock bassist, and vocalist (The Ramones, 1989-95 - "Scattergun"), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 8 Martin Mayhew, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Daytona Beach, California
  • Oct 8 Matt Biondi, American swimmer (8 Olympic gold-84, 88, 92), born in Moraga, California
  • Oct 8 Ross Flemer, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 10 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • Oct 10 Rebecca Pidgeon, British-American actress, singer and songwriter, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 10 Steve Scalise, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 10 Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • Oct 11 Alexander Hacke, German musician (Einstürzende Neubauten), born in Berlin
  • Oct 11 Chris Spielman, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Oct 11 Julianne McNamara, American gymnast (Olympic gold, uneven bars 1984), born in Flushing, New York
  • Oct 11 Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor (Young Indiana Jones, Powder), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Oct 12 Chris Chandler, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Everett, Washington
  • Oct 12 Hirokazu Yasuhara, Japanese video game designer (Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Japan
  • Oct 12 J. J. Daigneault, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 12 Scott O'Grady, American Air Force fighter pilot, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 12 Todd Krygier, American NHL left wing (Anaheim, Washington), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Charlie Jones, British session bass player, songwriter, and record producer (Robert Plant), born in Bristol, England [some sources cite 1963]
  • Oct 13 Johan Museeuw, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Varsenare, Belgium
  • Oct 13 Syarhyey Hyerasimets, Belarusian soccer midfielder (25 caps; Shakhter Donetsk, Dinamo Minsk) and manager (Okzhetpes, Piter Saint Petersburg), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2021)
  • Oct 14 Constantine Koukias, Tasmanian composer and opera director, born in Hobart, Australia
  • Oct 14 Jüri Jaanson, Estonian rower
  • Oct 14 Karyn White, American singer (Superwoman, Romantic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 15 Daniel Held, American 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 16 German Titov, NHL center (Calgary Flames, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 16 Tom Tolbert, American sports broadcaster (KNBR SF-'The Razor & Mr. T'; NBC, ESPN, ABC) and basketball forward (GS Warriors, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 17 Connie Ann Hearn, actress (New Kind of Family), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Oct 17 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • Oct 18 Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist ("I Wonder Why"), born in Bloise, Idaho
  • Oct 19 Brad Daugherty, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1988, 89, 91–93; Cleveland Cavaliers) and broadcaster (ESPN College Basketball & NASCAR), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Oct 19 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • Oct 19 Todd Park Mohr, American musician (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 20 Chad Hennings, American NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Elberon, Iowa
  • Oct 20 Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian NHL goalie (Team Russia, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 20 Norman Blake, Scottish musician (Teenage Fanclub), born in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire
  • Oct 20 William Zabka, American actor (The Karate Kid), born in New York City
  • Oct 21 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Oct 21 Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 22 John Wesley Harding [Wesley Stace], British singer-songwriter ("Here Comes The Groom"), and novelist (Wonderkid), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • Oct 23 Al Leiter, American pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets), born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • Oct 23 Augusten Burroughs [Christopher Richter Robison], American writer (Running with Scissors), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 24 Donald Frank, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina
  • Oct 24 Kyriakos Velopoulos, Greek politician, born in Essen, Ruhr, West Germany
  • Oct 24 Vernice Smith, American NFL guard (Phoenix Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Oct 25 2 Cold Scorpio [Charles Bernard Scaggs], American professional wrestler, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 25 Steve Decker, American baseball catcher (SF Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Oct 25 Warren Ayres, Australian cricketer (Victorian right-handed batsman since 1987-88), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Oct 25 Þorsteinn Bachmann, Icelandic actor (Life in a Fishbowl)
  • Oct 26 Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 26 Gil Heredia, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • Oct 26 Kelly Rowan, Canadian actress and producer, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Oct 26 Ken Rutherford, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman & latterly capt), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Oct 26 Kim Cooper, Australian softball 3rd baseman and shortstop (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • Oct 26 Mark McLoughlin, Canadian CFL placekicker (CFL All Star 1994, 96, 99; Grey Cup 1992, 98, 2001; Calgary Stampeders), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 26 Sakari Oramo, Finnish conductor (City of Birmingham Symphony, 1998-2008; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 2008-21; BBC Symphony, 2013-23), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 26 Wayne Martin, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • Oct 28 Charles David Denler, American composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut 
  • Oct 28 Eric Floyd, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Oct 28 Jami Gertz, actress (Less the Zero, Crossroads, Solarbabies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 28 Luigi Miraglia, Italian Latinist
  • Oct 28 Mark Carrier, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 29 Peter Timmons, Canadian alt-rock-folk drummer (Cowboy Junkies - "Sweet Jane"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 29 Steven Sweet, American heavy metal artist (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), born in Wadsworth, Ohio
  • Oct 30 Charnele Brown, American actress (Kim-A Different World), born in East Hampton, New York
  • Oct 30 Gavin Rossdale, English singer-songwriter (Bush - "Sixteen Stone") and actor, born in London, Englnd
  • Oct 30 Kevin Edwards, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Oct 31 Blue Edwards, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 31 Rob Rackstraw, British voice actor, born in Sunderland, England

Famous Weddings

Phyllis Diller

Oct 7 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan

  • Oct 16 American singer Leslie Uggams (32) weds her childhood friend and later manager Grahame Pratt in NYC

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Edward E "Doc" Smith, American sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
  • Oct 3 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), dies from a malignant brain tumor at 51
  • Oct 5 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 6 Georges Vandertongerloo, Flemish sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • Oct 11 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, dies at 70
  • Oct 11 Walther Stampfli, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 80
  • Oct 13 Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist (1948 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering effects of DDT), dies at 66
  • Oct 15 Carl Hoff, American orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • Oct 17 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), dies at 91
  • Oct 18 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 18 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91
  • Oct 21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumor at 39
  • Oct 21 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • Oct 22 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of PKI (1951-65), murdered at 42
  • Oct 22 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • Oct 22 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Courage To Be), dies at 79
  • Oct 26 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • Oct 26 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • Oct 27 Edythe Wright, American big band era singer (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 1935-39), dies of pancreatic cancer at 51
  • Oct 27 Frans Luitjes, Dutch track and field athlete, dies of lymph node inflammation at 21
  • Oct 28 Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris
  • Oct 28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist ("Flamingo"; "Temptation"), dies at 52
  • Oct 29 Bill McKechnie, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1940 Cincinnati Reds) and coach (World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
  • Oct 29 Mehdi Am Barka, Moroccan socialist leader, murdered in Paris
  • Oct 31 Rita Johnson, American actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 53