Historical Events in December 1965

  • Dec 1 Airlift of refugees from Cuba to US begins
  • Dec 1 South Africa's government says children of white fathers are white
  • Dec 3 "Rubber Soul", the sixth studio album by the Beatles, is released in the United Kingdom
  • Dec 3 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 3 USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon
  • Dec 4 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances
  • Dec 4 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die
  • Dec 4 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)

Historic Event

Dec 4 Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell

Contract of Interest

Dec 4 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000

  • Dec 6 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • Dec 6 Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.

Excommunication

Dec 7 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054

  • Dec 8 Abe Burrows' "Cactus Flower" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 8 Nikolai Podgorny succeeds Mikojan as president of USSR
  • Dec 8 Pope Paul VI signs 2nd Vatican council

Television Premiere

Dec 9 "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the first Peanuts animated special premieres on CBS in the US

Sports History

Dec 9 Frank Robinson is traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles

  • Dec 9 Nikolai Podgorny replaces Anastas Mikoyan as president of Soviet Praesidium
  • Dec 10 "Yearling" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Dec 10 Dutch ends economic boycott of Rhodesia
  • Dec 10 Test Cricket debut of Doug Walters v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 11 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 11 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances

NFL Record

Dec 12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

  • Dec 12 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155
  • Dec 12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain at Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales
  • Dec 12 Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St & Amsterdam Ave NYC
  • Dec 13 Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow
  • Dec 14 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 15 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh
  • Dec 15 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • Dec 15 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
  • Dec 15 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
  • Dec 15 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball
  • Dec 16 Gemini 6 returns to Earth
  • Dec 16 Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit
  • Dec 16 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV becomes King of Tonga
  • Dec 17 British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
  • Dec 17 David Levy begins his search for comets
  • Dec 17 Dutch government shuts Limburgs coal mine
  • Dec 17 Largest newspaper-Sunday NY Times at 946 pages (50 cents)

Music Concert

Dec 17 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act

  • Dec 18 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 18 Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Splash down in Atlantic after two week Gemini VII mission
  • Dec 18 Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates

Election of Interest

Dec 19 French President De Gaulle re-elected over François Mitterrand

Film Premiere

Dec 22 "Doctor Zhivago" based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC

  • Dec 22 Belgian government shuts 6 coal mines
  • Dec 22 Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour
  • Dec 22 Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up
  • Dec 25 The Yemeni Nasserite Unionist People's Organisation is founded in Taiz

Historic Event

Dec 25 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to bombing operations in North Vietnam, hoping to spur peace talks

  • Dec 26 "Funny Girl" based on the life of Fanny Brice, with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
  • Dec 26 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year's win over SD

Radio History

Dec 26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Benfica striker Eusébio wins award for best European football player; first Portuguese national to win, and still only Benfica player
  • Dec 28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Newcombe & Tony Roche beat José Luis Arilla & Manuel Santana of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give Australia unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 4-1

Film Premiere

Dec 29 "Thunderball", 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo, Japan

  • Dec 29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

Music Single

Dec 29 The Supremes release single "My World is Empty Without You"

Historic Event

Dec 30 Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as President of the Philippines