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The Year 1965

    -- Best Picture:  The Sound of Music
    -- Best Record:  A Taste of Honey, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass';  Best Album: September of My Years, Frank Sinatra (Reprise); Best Song: The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from The Sandpiper), Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel, songwriters.
  4 Jan President Lyndon Johnson's (LBJ) Great Society State of the Union Address .
12 Jan Hullabaloo premieres on NBC-TV.
16 Jan Outer Limits last airs on ABC-TV.
20 Jan The Byrds recorded Mr Tambourine Man that reached the number one spot on the pop music charts on 26 June. Song was considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit. Tune was written by Bob Dylan, as were two other hits for the group: All I Really Want to Do and My Back Pages. The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
30 Jan State funeral of Winston Churchill.
15 Feb Nat King Cole singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 48.
21 Feb Malcolm X, black Moslem leader, assassinated in New York, New York at 39.
23 Feb Stan Laurel comedian (Laurel & Hardy), dies in California of heart attack at 74.
  6 Feb Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' hits #1.
  7 Feb US begins regular bombing & strafing of North Vietnam.
  8 Feb Supremes release Stop In the Name of Love.
24 Feb Beatles begin filming Help! in the Bahamas.
  2 Mar Sound of Music opens.
  3 Mar Temptations' My Girl reaches #1.
  6 Mar 1st nonstop helicopter crossing of North America.
  7 Mar Alabama state troopers & 600 black protesters clash in Selma.
  8 Mar 1st United States (U.S.) combat forces arrive in South Vietnam (3,500 Marines).
13 Mar Beatles' Eight Days a Week, single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks.
15 Mar LBJ asks Congress to ensure everybody's right to vote.
18 Mar United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) launches Voshkod 2; Alexei Leonov makes 1st spacewalk (20 minutes).
23 Mar Gemini 3 launched, 1st US 2-man space flight (Grissom & Young).
25 Mar Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
  9 Apr Beatles Ticket to Ride is released in United Kingdom.
  9 Apr 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun.
15 Apr NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold.
27 Apr R. C. Duncan patents Pampers disposable diaper.
28 Apr U.S.  Marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966.
  3 May 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on the Early Bird Satellite.
13 May Rolling Stones record Satisfaction.
18 May Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Capt.
25 May Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in 1st round for Heavy Weight boxing title.
  7 Jun Gemini 4 completes 62 orbits.
17 Jun Kinks arrive in New York City, beginning their 1st U.S. tour.
19 Jun I Can't Help Myself, by The Four Tops, topped the pop & R&B charts. Motown group got their second & only other number one hit with Reach Out I'll Be There in 1966.  Other hits include: It's the Same Old Song, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Bernadette & Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) (their only million seller). The Tops, who had no personnel changes in their more than 35 years together were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
28 Jun 1st U.S. ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Johnson.
  6 Jul Rock group Jefferson Airplane forms.
10 Jul Rolling Stones score their 1st #1, I Can't Get No Satisfaction.
14 Jul U.S. Mariner IV, 1st Mars probe, passes at 6,100 miles (9,800 km).
19 Jul Shooting begins on Star Trek 2nd pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before.
22 Jul Till Death Us Do Part debuted on England's BBC-TV. The show was so popular that it became a TV series in Great Britain and was the forerunner of the 1971-92 CBS-TV hit, All in the Family, starring Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton.
24 Jul Bob Dylan releases Like a Rolling Stone.
25 Jul Bob Dylan appeared on stage at the Newport Folk Festival with an electric guitar. He was not well received, even with the classic folk song, Blowin' in the Wind. The electrified "poet laureate of a generation" was booed and hissed by the audience for being amplified. He was, in fact, booed right off the stage.
29 Jul Beatles movie Help! premiers; Queen Elizabeth attends..
30 Jul LBJ signs Medicare bill, which went into effect following year.
14 Aug Beatles tape an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show.
15 Aug Beatle's Shea Stadium concert.
29 Aug Astronauts Cooper & Conrad complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5.
30 Aug Casey Stengel announces his retirement after 55 years in baseball.
  4 Sep Beatles' Help!, single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks.
13 Sep Beatles release Yesterday.
13 Sep Today Show's 1st totally color broadcast.
14 Sep F-Troop premiers.
15 Sep Lost in Space premiers.
18 Sep Get Smart premiers.
  4 Oct Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (United Nations).
28 Oct Gateway Arch (630' (190m) high) completed in St. Louis, Missouri.
28 Oct Pope Paul VI proclaims Jews not collectively guilty for crucifixion.
  8 Nov Days of Our Lives premiers on television.
16 Nov 1st public announcement about Walt Disney World.
16 Dec W. Somerset Maugham English author (Of Human Bondage), dies at 91.
  1 Dec Airlift of refugees from Cuba to U.S. began.
  4 Dec Gemini 7 launched with 2 astronauts.
16 Dec Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit.
26 Dec Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand closes on Broadway.