Historical Events in 1965

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  • Jan 1 31st Orange Bowl: #5 Texas beats #1 Alabama, 21-17
  • Jan 1 31st Sugar Bowl: #7 LSU beats Syracuse, 13-10
  • 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 1 51st Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan beats #8 Oregon State, 34-7

Film & TV History

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

  • 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.
  • 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

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 Bollingen Prize for Poetry awarded to Horace Gregory [1]
  • 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

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

Meeting of Interest

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

  • Jan 20 The Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
  • Jan 20 The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars & return
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • Jan 23 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber
  • Jan 23 Musical variety program "King Family Show", featuring big band vocal group The King Sisters, premieres on ABC TV
  • 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

Australian Men's 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

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

  • Feb 1 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam

Sports History

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.

  • Feb 1 Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama
  • Feb 1 NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster

Film & TV History

Feb 1 Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news

  • Feb 2 Joe Orton's "Loot" premieres in Brighton
  • Feb 3 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating in exams
  • Feb 3 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • Feb 3 Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture
  • Feb 3 Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
  • 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
  • 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 President Johnson deploys 1st US combat troops to South Vietnam, with 3500 marines sent to protect key US airbase near Da Nang

Music Single

Feb 8 The Supremes release single "Stop In the Name of Love"

  • 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

Music History

Feb 15 John Lennon passes his driving test

  • 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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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.

  • Feb 18 Frank Gifford announces his retirement from football for broadcasting
  • 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"; unhappy with the results, it was given to P.J. Proby to record, the Beatles version was unreleased until 1996 on Anthology 2
  • Feb 20 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
  • Feb 20 Turkish government of Uerguplu forms

Historic Event

Feb 21 Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York City

  • Feb 22 Rodgers & Hammerstein's television musical "Cinderella", starring Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon, with Pat Carroll and Celeste Holm, premieres on CBS-TV
  • 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 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
  • Feb 27 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

Musical Finale

Feb 27 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical "High Spirits", based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit", closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 375 performances

  • Mar 1 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
  • Mar 1 Gas explosion kills 28 in apartment complex in La Salle, Quebec
  • Mar 1 WPSX TV channel 3 in Clearfield, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 2 Montcalm Community College founded in Sidney, Mich

Film Premiere

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)

  • Mar 2 US Air Force begins Operation Rolling Thunder, a three year sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam
  • Mar 3 The Temptations' "My Girl" reaches #1
  • Mar 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 3 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Music Premiere

Mar 5 1st performance of Walter Piston's 8th Symphony (his last), by the Boston Symphony, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf

  • Mar 5 Ernie Terrell beats Eddie Machen by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in Chicago, Illinois to win vacant WBA heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 5 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence
  • Mar 6 12th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 91-85
  • Mar 6 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America, JR Willford
  • Mar 6 Bruce Taylor hits 105 for NZ v India in 1st Test Cricket innings
  • Mar 6 Frank Loesser's musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallée, closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 1415 performances, 7 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize

Historic Event

Mar 7 Alabama state troopers and 600 black protesters clash in Selma during "Bloody Sunday", protesters, including future congressman John Lewis beaten and hospitalized

  • Mar 7 Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
  • Mar 7 Christian-democrats win parliament in Chile
  • Mar 8 First US combat forces arrive in Vietnam, on the beaches of Da Nang
  • Mar 10 "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" album by Buck Owens is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1965)
  • Mar 10 Dutch Princess Margriet & Pieter van Vollenhoven get engaged

Historic Event

Mar 11 Indonesia President Sukarno signs the 'Supersemar' order, giving army commander Lt. Gen. Suharto authority to do whatever he "deemed necessary" to restore order

  • Mar 12 "Wooly Bully" single released by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • Mar 13 Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music History

Mar 13 British guitarist Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds due to the band moving away from traditional blues; Jeff Beck becomes his replacement

  • Mar 14 Israeli cabinet approves diplomatic relations with West Germany
  • Mar 15 T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in NYC
  • Mar 15 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 17 Beatles announce their second film is titled "8 Arms to Hold You" ; later changed to "Help!"
  • Mar 18 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Mar 18 A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."

1st Person to Walk in Space

Mar 18 Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space

  • Mar 18 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
  • Mar 18 Rolling Stones fined £5 each for public urination
  • Mar 18 USSR launches Voshkod 2
  • Mar 19 Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
  • Mar 19 Rembrandt's "Titus" sells for then record 7,770,000 guilders
  • Mar 19 Stoica becomes president & Ceausescu party leader of Romania
  • Mar 19 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.
  • Mar 20 10th Eurovision Song Contest: France Gall of Luxembourg wins singing "Poupee de cire, poupee de son" written by Serge Gainsbourg in Naples
  • Mar 20 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan, 91-80; Bruins' back-to-back National titles; Gail Goodrich 42 points

Historic Publication

Mar 20 Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

  • Mar 20 Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi
  • Mar 20 Wales misses out on a 4th Grand Slam after losing to France, 22-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris despite winning the Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 21 Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Mar 21 US Ranger 9 launched; takes 5,814 pictures before lunar impact
  • Mar 22 Dudley Senanayake wins his third in general elections in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Election of Interest

Mar 22 Nicolae Ceausescu is elected General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party

  • Mar 22 US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong
  • Mar 23 Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young)
  • Mar 23 Moroccan army shoots on demonstrators, about 100 killed
  • Mar 24 US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
  • Mar 25 Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Mar 25 West German Bondsdag extends war crimes retribution
  • Mar 27 119th Grand National: Tommy Smith becomes first American jockey to win GN aboard US trained and owned horse, Jay Trump at 100/6
  • Mar 30 Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others
  • Mar 31 Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier killing 47 of 51 occupants
  • Apr 1 South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years
  • Apr 1 Syncom 3, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, passes from civilian to military control
  • Apr 2 Hochhuths play "Stellvertreter" banned in Italy
  • Apr 3 1st atomic powered spacecraft (snap) launched
  • Apr 4 The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.

Academy Awards

Apr 5 37th Academy Awards: "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

  • Apr 5 Lava Lamp Day celebrated
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite launched
  • Apr 7 Bevan Congdon makes a stumping as 12th man NZ v Pakistan
  • Apr 8 India & Pakistan forces engage in a border fight

Baseball Record

Apr 9 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun

  • Apr 9 Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 29th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins the 2nd of his 6 Masters titles with a tournament record 271 (−17); beats Gary Player and Arnold Palmer by a record 9 strokes

  • Apr 11 40 tornadoes strike US midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000
  • Apr 12 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • Apr 13 1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by New York Senator Jacob Javits
  • Apr 13 7th Grammy Awards: "The Girl From Ipanema", The Beatles win
  • Apr 13 The Beatles record their single "Help!"
  • Apr 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Theater Premiere

Apr 15 James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 15 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • Apr 16 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • Apr 19 "Whipped Cream & Other Delights", fourth full album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Band, is released
  • Apr 19 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in NYC) begins operating
  • Apr 19 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in race record 2:16:33
  • Apr 19 At a cost of $20,000, the outer Astrodome ceiling is painted because of sun's glare, this causes the grass to die
  • Apr 19 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • Apr 20 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
  • Apr 21 New York World's Fair reopens for 2nd & final season
  • Apr 23 "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" single released by the Four Tops (Billboard Song of the Year 1965)
  • Apr 23 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
  • Apr 24 "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 performances
  • Apr 24 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • Apr 25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1