On This Day

December 1965 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Airlift of refugees from Cuba to US began
  • Dec 1 South Africa's government says children of white fathers are white
  • Dec 3 USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon
  • Dec 4 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell

Astronaut Frank Borman
Frank Borman
  • 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.


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

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • 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
  • Dec 9 Nikolai Podgorny replaces Anastas Mikoyan as president of Soviet Praesidium
  • Dec 10 Dutch ends economic boycott of Rhodesia
  • Dec 12 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155
  • Dec 12 Vivian Beaumont Theater opens at 65th St & Amsterdam Ave NYC
  • Dec 13 Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow
  • Dec 15 3rd cyclone of year kills 15,000 at the mouths of the Ganges River in Bangladesh

  • Dec 15 Gemini 6 launched; makes 1st rendezvous in space (with Gemini 7)
  • Dec 15 Queen Juliana opens Zeeland Bridge to Oosterschelde
  • 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)
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 19 French President De Gaulle re-elected (Mitterrand gets 45%)

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Dec 26 "Funny Girl" based on the life of Fanny Brice, with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as President of the Philippines

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 9 Vecepia Towery, American Survivor contestant
  • Dec 13 Marko Mäetamm, Estonian artist, born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • Dec 16 Melanie Sloan, American attorney
  • Dec 27 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Martine Robine, French journalist and Miss France 1984, born in Comines, Nord, France
  • Dec 30 Heidi Fleiss, American madam
  • Dec 31 Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 31 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Deaths in History

Person of interestJoseph Erlanger

Dec 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), dies of heart disease at 91

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Joseph Erlanger
  • Dec 6 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar, dies at 90
  • Dec 13 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), dies at 60
  • Dec 16 William Somerset Maugham, English author (Razor's Edge), dies at 91
  • Dec 20 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (classified human into races), dies at 73
  • Dec 24 William M. Branham, Christian minister (b. 1906)
  • Dec 26 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, dies at 63
  • Dec 27 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)