On This Day

December 1965 in History

Events in History

  • 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 USSR launches Luna 8; it crashes on the Moon
  • Dec 4 2 passenger planes collide above Danbury, Connecticut, 4 die

Historic Event

Dec 4 Gemini 7 launched with Frank Borman and Jim Lovell

  • 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

  • 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 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 Dutch 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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

Historic Event

Dec 30 Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as President of the Philippines

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

  • 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)