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Events of 1965


The British Politician Winston Churchill died.

The United States launched the Tiros 9 weather satellite.

The unmanned Gemini 2 was launched


Canada changed to the Maple Leaf flag.

Malcolm X was assassinated.

Gambia received it’s independence from Britain.

Pegasus 1 was launched to detect micro meteoroids

Ranger 8 was launched to send pictures back from the Moon.

The USSR launched Kosmos 57 into Earth’s orbit.


Australia’s world record breaking swimmer Dawn Fraser was suspended and banned for ten years for misconduct.

TGI Friday’s opened it’s first restaurant New York.

The first man to walk in space was cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2.

The first American two man spacecraft Gemini 3 was launched into Earth’s orbit. Aboard were Gus Grissom and John Young.


Intelsat 1 The Early Bird communications satellite was launched and began it’s commercial service in June.


Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500.

Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round with a Phantom Punch and retained his Heavy Weight title.

The USSR launched Luna 5.


The second man to walk in space was American Edward White leaving the spacecraft Gemini 4.

John Lennon's book "A Spaniard in the Works" was published.

Freddie Mills the former world light heavyweight boxing champion was found shot in his car.

Michel Fazy ran the mile in 3 minutes 53.6 seconds


The Mont Blanc road tunnel linking France and Italy was opened to traffic.

Mariner 1V sent back the first pictures of Mars.

The photographer David Bailey married the film actress Catherine Deneuve.

Cigarette advertising was banned on British television.


The American silent film star Clara Bow died in Los Angeles, California, aged sixty.

London's Post Office Tower was opened by the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. It was the tallest building in England.

USSR launched Lunar 7 which crash landed on the Moon.


The S.S. "Yarmouth Castle" burned and sank off the Bahamas.

Craig Breedlove set the land speed record.

France launched Asterix and became the third country to launch a satellite.

Lee Breedlove the wife of Craig, sets the female land speed record at over 300 mph in Utah

The seventy mph speed limit was introduced on U.K. motorways.


Gemini 6 & Gemini 7 performed the first controlled rendezvous in Earth’s orbit.

Sea Gem a British off shore oil platform collapsed.

Writer William Somerset Maugham died in France.

Movies of 1965

Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin CAT BALLOU.

THE CINCINNATI  KID Featured Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson.

Directed by David Lean and starred Omar Sharif and Julie Christie DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.

Produced and directed by George Stevens THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.

Directed by Richard Lester HELP!  starred The Beatles .

Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris in THE HEROES OF TELEMARK.

Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd and Gordon Jackson THE IPCRESS FILE.

OPERATION CROSSBOW Starred Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Tom Courtenay and John Mills.

The Fourth James Bond Film THUNDERBALL.

Directed by Mark Robson, starred Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard VON RYAN’S EXPRESS.

WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? With Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole and Ursula Andress.



Sixties Events 1965

 Essential Artists

Herb Alpert

The  Animals

The Beach Boys

The Beatles

The Bee Gees

Cilla Black

Chuck Berry


Blood Sweat Tears

Booker T & Mgs

Buffalo Springfield


Bob Dylan


Tom Jones

The Kinks

Cliff Richard

The Rolling Stones

Instrumental Groups