On This Day

Historical Events in May 1965

  • May 1 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • May 1 Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as 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 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

USAStatue of Liberty

May 11 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • 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

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May 16 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • May 16 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa, South Vietnam

  • 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

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May 18 Ray Dolby founds Dolby Laboratories in London, England

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 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 M√ľnchen 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 at 2:12 of round 1 at Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight boxing title

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 Final, San Siro, Milan: Jair da Costa scores winner as defending champions Internazionale beat Benfica, 1-0
  • 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 awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

May 29 French Championships Men's Tennis: 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 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner Bowrey wins her 2nd French singles crown; upsets doubles partner Margaret Smith 6-3, 6-4
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test at Ecker Algeria (Underground)
  • 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