February 1965 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam

Historic Event

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
  • Feb 2 Joe Orton's "Loot" premieres in Brighton
  • Feb 3 105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating in exams
  • 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 7 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
  • Feb 7 US begins regular bombing & strafing of N Vietnam
  • 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
  • Feb 12 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Feb 13 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
  • Feb 15 Red Maple Leaf Flag becomes the official flag of Canada
  • Feb 16 Pegasus 1 launched to detect micro-meteors
  • Feb 17 US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
  • 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 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 USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test)
  • Feb 23 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Princess St├ęphanie of Monaco, born in the Prince's Palace of Monaco, Monaco
  • Feb 3 Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • Feb 9 Igor Babailov, Russian-born American portrait and figurative painter, born in Udmurtia, Russia

Brett KavanaughBrett Kavanaugh (57 years old)

Feb 12 American judge, born in Washington, D.C.

  • Feb 16 Adama Barrow, Gambian politician, President of Gambia (2017-), born in Mankamang Kunda, Gambia
  • Feb 16 Dave Lombardo, Cuban drummer (Slayer)
  • Feb 20 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)

Michael DellMichael Dell (57 years old)

Feb 23 American computer manufacturer (Dell Technologies), born in Houston, Texas

  • Feb 23 Robert "Bob" Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 24 Jane Swift, former acting Governor of Massachusetts

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Richard P. Blackmur, American critic, poet and publisher (Good European), dies at 61
  • Feb 4 U C Greyhound, champion trotter (horse), dies at 33
  • Feb 13 William Heard Kilpatrick, American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 93
  • Feb 19 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63

Malcolm XMalcolm X (1925-1965)

Feb 21 African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

  • Feb 22 Felix Frankfurter, American jurist and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939-62), dies of congestive heart failure at 82

Jimmie Lee JacksonJimmie Lee Jackson (1938-1965)

Feb 26 American civil rights protester and church deacon, shot and killed at 26 by an Alabama State Trooper

  • Feb 28 Adolf Scharf, president of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74