May 1965 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
  • May 1 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
  • May 2 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
  • May 3 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
  • 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 Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
  • May 5 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
  • May 8 1st shut put over 70' (Randy Matson 70' 7")
  • May 9 Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
  • May 11 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
  • May 11 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000

Statue of Liberty

May 11 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument

  • May 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 12 Israel and West Germany establish diplomatic relations with an exchange of letters
  • 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 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • May 16 Bomb destroys USAF base Bien Hoa, South Vietnam
  • May 16 The Campbell Soup Company introduces SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand

Dolby Laboratories Founded

May 18 American engineer Ray Dolby founds Dolby Laboratories in London, England

  • May 19 Patricia R. Harris named 1st US black female ambassador (Luxembourg)
  • 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 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 Fighting along the Indian and Pakistan border
  • 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 28 Fire & explosion at Dhori mine in Dhanbad India kills 400
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • May 9 Ken Nomura, Japanese auto racer (D1 Grand Prix 2006, 08 runner-up), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • May 13 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (d. 2006)
  • May 13 Natalie Massenet, entrepreneur and founder of Net-a-Porter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • May 17 Richard Baumhammers, American spree killer
  • May 24 Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan

Yahya JammehYahya Jammeh (58 years old)

May 25 Gambian dictator (1994-2017), born in Kanilai, Gambia

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Howard Spring, Welsh writer and critic (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • May 3 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, dies at 75
  • May 4 Norman Brokenshire, TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
  • May 9 Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (13th Chancellor of Austria), dies at 62
  • May 10 Hubertus van Mook, Dutch colonial administrator (Acting Governor General of the Dutch East Indies 1942-48), dies at 70
  • May 11 Lode Baekelmans, Belgian writer (Tille), dies at 84
  • May 14 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), dies at 83
  • May 15 Adrian Schoevers, Dutch director (Schoevers Institution), dies
  • May 18 Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis, Dutch historian of science (biography of Archimedes), dies at 72
  • May 19 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Nights and Days), dies at 75
  • May 21 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, dies at 82
  • May 22 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • May 22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies
  • May 23 David Smith, sculptor, dies