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Trivia
Sixties Academy Awards 1965 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Lee Marvin ( Cat Ballou )
Best Actress: Julie Christie ( Darling )
Best Film: The Sound Of Music
Sixties City Eurovision
Winner: Luxembourg
France Gall: 'Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son'
Sixties average weekly wage
Average Weekly Wage
£19.11s.9d
UK Population
54,350,000
World Population
3,345,409,879
Sixties Prices
1965 Prices
Sixties Births
1965 Births
Sixties Deaths
1965 Deaths

UK Involvement in Military Actions:
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation (1962-1966)
Dhofar Rebellion (1962-1975)
Aden Emergency (1963-1967)

General
Retail Price Index (RPI) 4.5% Index 15.1 Interest Rate (gross) on Savings Accounts 3.88%
News
Sony introduce the first home-use video recorder UK average house price £3,660
1965
Two American Gemini spacecraft rendezvous in orbit UK unemployment is quoted at 326,000
Comedian Tony Hancock marries Freddie Ross Liverpool win the F.A.Cup for the first time
The government cancels the multi-million pound TSR2 project

Freddie Trueman retires from Test cricket

BMC merges with the Pressed Steel Company The Queen withdraws Kim Philby's O.B.E.
  The first successful dental implants are made Police 'panda' cars are introduced
  DuPont Laboratories discover Kevlar Computer BASIC language is developed
  Miss Universe is Apasra Hongsakula (Miss Thailand) The computer 'mouse' is conceived
  Club 18-30 is launched at Spanish resort Lloret del Mar Miss World is Lesley Langley (Miss United Kingdom)
Zap! Splat! Pow! Batman makes his television debut on American ABC Soft contact lenses are worn for the first time
  Jim Clark wins the Indianapolis 500 and the World Championship Large numbers of U.F.O. sightings are reported across the U.S.A.
Fuzzy logic is invented by Lofti Zadeh at the University of California U.S. Marines are sent into Vietnam at Da Nang and napalm is used for the first time
Radio Scotland, Scotland's only pirate radio station begins broadcasting Bob Dylan uses an electric guitar for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival
  'EarlyBird', the world's first communications satellite, is launched by the U.S.A.  

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1965 Prices

English butter per lb - 3 shillings (15p)
16oz Baked beans - 9d (4p)
12oz Kellogg's Cornflakes - 1s 5d (7p)
2oz Nescafé - 2s 3d (11p)
16oz Omo washing powder - 1s 11d (9.5p)

Average house price £3,660
Gallon of petrol 5 shillings (25p)
E-type Jaguar £1867

UK inflation rate 5.0%


1965 Births


January 1 Laura Ingraham, talk show host and author
January 9 Joely Richardson, actress
January 20 Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones, future Countess of Wessex
January 22 DJ Jazzy Jeff, rapper, actor
January 27 Alan Cumming, actor
February 1 Brandon Lee, actor, son of Bruce Lee
February 1 Sherilyn Fenn, actress
February 1 Princess Stephanie of Monaco
February 11 Angie Ridgeway, golfer
February 11 Stephen Gregory, actor
February 18 Dr. Dre, rap music performer, music producer
February 23 Michael Dell, founder of Dell, Inc.
March 7 Jesper Parnevik, Swedish golfer
March 10 Rod Woodson, American football player
March 11 Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, television presenter
March 24 Mark Calaway, professional wrestler The Undertaker
March 25 Sarah Jessica Parker, actress
April 4 Robert Downey Jr., actor
April 7 Bill Bellamy, actor, comedian
April 15 Linda Perry, musician
April 16 Martin Lawrence, actor, comedian, producer
May 14 Eoin Colfer, writer
May 16 Krist Novoselic, bassist with Nirvana
May 28 Chris Ballew, musician
May 31 Brooke Shields, actress
June 1 Nigel Short, chess player
June 4 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer
June 7 Mick Foley, professional wrestler and author
June 10 Elizabeth Hurley, actress
June 15 Bernard Hopkins, boxer
July 22 Shawn Michaels, professional wrestler
July 26 Sandra Bullock, actress
July 28 Lori Loughlin, actress
July 31 Joanne Kathleen Rowling, author of Harry Potter
August 28 Shania Twain, singer/songwriter
September 11 Moby, musician
September 21 Cheryl Hines, actress
November 2 Shah Rukh Khan, actor
November 6 Greg Graffin, singer and founder of Bad Religion
November 7 Sigrun Wodars, East German athlete
November 21 Alexander Siddig, Star Trek actor
November 25 Bernie Kosar, American football quarterback
November 30 Ben Stiller, actor
December 3 Steve Harris, actor
December 3 Katarina Witt, figure skater
December 14 Craig Biggio, baseball player
December 20 Rich Gannon, American football quarterback
December 27 Salman Khan, actor, India



1965 Deaths

January 4 T. S. Eliot, American/British poet
January 12 Lorraine Hansberry, writer
January 14 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress, singer
January 20 Alan Freed, disc jockey
January 24 Winston Churchill, British politician
January 28 Maxime Weygand, soldier
January 28 Tich Freeman, record-breaking Kent leg spinner
February 13 Gloria Morgan-Vanderbilt, socialite
February 15 Nat King Cole, singer, musician
February 17 King Farouk of Egypt
February 21 Malcolm X, Black Muslim Movement activist
February 22 Felix Frankfurter, justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
February 23 Stan Laurel, British actor
February 26 George Adamski, UFO traveler
March 6 Margaret Dumont, actress
March 13 Corrado Gini, statistician
March 18 King Farouk I of Egypt
March 28 HRH Princess Mary, The Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson
June 22 David O. Selznick, producer
June 28 Red Nichols, jazz musician
July 1 Wally Hammond, cricketer
July 1 Harald Zwart, Norwegian film director
July 7 Moshe Sharett, second Prime Minister of Israel
July 25 Freddie Mills, boxer
August 27 Le Corbusier, Swiss architect
August 28 Giulio Racah, Israeli physicist
September 4 Albert Schweitzer, German physician
September 14 J.W. Hearne Middlesex and England all-rounder
September 15 Steve Brown, jazz musician
September 16 Fred Quimby, producer
September 27 Clara Bow, actress
October 21 Bill Black, musician
November 6 Clarence Williams, jazz musician
November 16 William Thomas Cosgrave, Irish politician
November 24 Queen Elizabeth of Belgium
November 25 Dame Myra Hess, English pianist
December 16 William Somerset Maugham, author
December 22 Richard Dimbleby CBE OBE

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Stanley Matthews becomes the first footballer to receive a knighthood
Television sees the start of the 'World of Sport' programme
T.S.Eliot dies aged 76
Elvis Presley celebrates his 30th birthday
Adam Faith cancels his South African tour when the government bans multi-racial audiences
Actress Jeannette MacDonald dies
The Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland and Ireland meet for the first time in 43 years
Alan Freed, the man who gave the world rock'n'roll, dies aged 43
The Iranian premier Hassan Ali Mansoor is assassinated
Sir Winston Churchill dies aged 91
Freddie Garrity has a narrow escape when a car crash throws him through the windscreen
Hindi becomes the official language of India
The state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill takes place at St.Paul's cathedral

Freddie Garrity

 


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The Luton ABC Cinema theater manager drops the curtain on P.J.Proby when the singer's pants split
Martin Luther King Jr and 700 demonstrators are arrested in Selma, Alabama
Spanish forces begin a blockade of Gibraltar
The one millionth Mini is produced
US begins regular bombing of North Vietnamese towns and villages
Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim and adopts the name Muhammad Ali
Beatle George Harrison has his tonsils removed
The first US combat troops are despatched to South Vietnam
Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
Singer Nat 'King' Cole dies of complications after surgery for lung cancer
The red and white maple leaf design is adopted as the official flag of Canada
John Lennon passes his driving test
King Farouk of Egypt dies aged 45
The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom
Elkan Allan, Head of Rediffusion TV's light entertainment, announces a ban on miming from April 2nd, a decision that particularly affects 'Ready Steady Go!'
Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after successfully photographing possible landing sites
The political activist Michael X is assassinated following his split from the Black Muslims
Strike aircraft TSR2 goes supersonic for the first time
The USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit in a Voskhod test
Comedian Stan Laurel dies aged 75, eight years after his partner Oliver Hardy
Shooting starts on the Beatles film 'Help'

Goldie the eagle escapes from London Zoo, flying wild in Regent's Park for 13 days

P.J. Proby

Goldie the eagle

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At 26, David Steele becomes Britain's youngest Member of Parliament
Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton as lead guitarist of The Yardbirds
Ernie Terrell becomes the WBA World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Bloody Sunday race riots occur in Selma, Alabama
3,500 United States Marines arrive in South Vietnam
Goldie, the London Zoo golden eagle is recaptured after 13 days of freedom
Aleksei Leonov becomes the first man to walk in space

NASA launches Ranger 9, the last of the unmanned lunar space probes
The first American 2-man spacecraft, Gemini 3, is launched
Transmission of TV pictures from the moon received as Ranger 9 impacts with the surface
A civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery is led by Martin Luther King, Jr
TV presenter Keith Fordyce leaves Rediffusion TV's 'Ready Steady Go!'

Aleksei Leonov

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The UK sees a budget increase in alcohol duty
The Kray twins are cleared at the Old Bailey of running a protection racket
The 'Early Bird' communications satellite is launched, taking station 22,300 miles above the equator, providing 'line of sight' communications between Europe and North America
The West German parliament extends the statute of limitations on Nazi war crimes
A machine-gun attempt on the Shah's life fails in Teheran
Fifty-one tornadoes hit the USA in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people
The first record company-sponsored commercial show is transmitted by Radio Caroline
Reggie Kray holds a celebrity wedding. Messages are sent by Judy Garland and Barbara Windsor
Soviet communications satellite Molnya-1 is launched
The Pennine Way is officially opened
In Rome, Harold Wilson becomes the first Labour Prime Minister to meet the Pope

The Kray Twins

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Philips Electric launch the 'Popmaster' portable transistor radio
Alan Price leaves The Animals - he can't tour easily due to a fear of flying
US president Lyndon B. Johnson sends troops to the Dominican Republic
Soviet space station Lunar V is launched
Lunar V fails to land on the moon
The Queen dedicates an acre of land at Runnymede to the assassinated John F. Kennedy
West Ham Utd win the European Cup-Winners Cup beating T.S.V.Munich 2-0
Tui Malila, the oldest tortoise or living animal ever, dies of natural causes
Aircraft pioneer Geoffrey DeHavilland dies
The decision to switch Britain to decimal currency is announced
A mining accident in Dhambas, India, kills 274
Duty-free cigarettes go on sale at Heathrow Airport at £1 for 200

Kennedy memorial Runnymede
 

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The House of Commons approves a Bill to impose a Corporation Tax on Company profits
The first Australian combat troops arrive in South Vietnam
US astronaut Ed White makes the first US space walk
A mining accident in Kakanji, Bosnia, kills 128
A BEA Trident makes the first automatic aircraft landing at Heathrow, flying from Paris
Mrs C.V.Ward becomes the first female member of The Stock Exchange
Jack Warner - 'Dixon of Dock Green', Frankie Vaughan and Coronation Street's Violet Carson are awarded the O.B.E. in the Queen's birthday list. The Beatles receive the M.B.E.
Two O.B.E.s return their honours in a protest over The Beatles' M.B.E. awards
The government announces plans to introduce a legal blood alcohol limit for drivers
Producer David O. Selznick dies
Jonathan Cape publishes John Lennon's second book 'A Spaniard In The Works' in the U.K.

Beatles MBE
 

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Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs and three others escape from Wandsworth prison
Mariner 4 sends back close-up pictures of Mars
The Mont Blanc Tunnel is used for the first time
'The Ivy League' are injured in a car crash in Baldock, Herts
Edward Heath becomes Conservative leader following the resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home
One F4C Phantom is shot down and three sustain damage in a raid at Kang Chi
Boxer Freddie Mills is found shot dead in his car in Soho, London
Bob Dylan is booed by fans at the Newport folk festival for playing with electric guitar backing
President Johnson announces an increase of US troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000
The Beatles film 'Help!' premieres in London
President Johnson signs the Social Security Act into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid
Edward Heath and Alec Douglas-Home
 

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Dave Clark Five vocalist Mike Smith suffers two broken ribs when they are mobbed by fans in Chicago
Cigarette advertising is banned from television in the U.K.
Andrew Loog Oldham starts Immediate Records
US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into United States law
The first Indonesian space rocket is launched
Singapore proclaims its independence from Malaysia
An explosion at a missile plant in Arkansas kills 53 people
Francois Mitterand announces his intention to run for the French Presidency
The Watts Riots begin in Los Angeles, California
Elizabeth Lane becomes the first woman to be appointed as a High Court Judge
55,000 people attend The Beatles concert at Shea Stadium
At the Auschwitz trials in Frankfurt, 66 ex-SS personnel receive life sentences
Keith Peacock becomes the first ever substitute to be used in English football

The Beatles at Shea Stadium

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Over 400 people reply to an advert in Hollywood Reporter, wanting to become one of 'The Monkees'
Pakistani troops enter the Indian sector of Kashmir
Albert Schweitzer dies aged 90
Indian troops march on Lahore
U Thant recommends China for UN membership
'Tom and Jerry' producer Fred Quimby dies
China protests against Indian provocations in its border region
In Iraq, Prime Minister Razzak's attempted coup fails
Radio 390 (formerly Radio Invicta and Radio King) begins broadcasting
Actress Clara Bow 'The flapper of the Twenties' dies
The largest tanker ship up to that time, the Tokyo Maru, is launched in Yokohama
Fidel Castro announces that anybody who wants to can immigrate to the USA
The Taal volcano erupts in Luzon, Philippines, killing hundreds
Aston Martin launch their first four-seater car, the DB6
EMI begin selling L.P. records through 3,000 grocers shops at 12s 6d each

Radio 390

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Ron Richards and John Burgess of EMI, Peter Sullivan of Decca and George Martin form A.I.R .
Fidel Castro announces that Che Guevara has left Cuba 'to fight imperialism abroad'
Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia attends negotiations in London
Paul VI becomes the first Pope to visit America
Pakistan sever diplomatic relations with Malaysia because of a disagreement in the UN
The Post Office Tower, Britain's highest building at 620ft, is opened in London
Robert Mitera’s tee shot, aided by a 50-m.p.h. tail wind, travels 447 yards to the pin, and drops in for the longest-ever hole-in-one. The golf course: Miracle Hills in Omaha, Nebraska
The Olympic Committee admits East Germany as a member
Gerry Marsden marries Pauline Behan, the secretary of his fan club
The Indonesian government declares the Communist party illegal
Bill Black, Elvis' bass player, dies from a brain tumour
Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Arthur Bottomley travel to Rhodesia for negotiations
The Soviet Union declares its support of African countries in case Rhodesia unilaterally declares independence
Brady and Hindley are charged with the 'Moors Murders'

The 630-foot-tall parabolic steel Gateway Arch is completed in St. Louis, Missouri
The U.S.A. detonates an 80 kiloton H-bomb over the Aleutian Islands

The Post Office Tower commemorative stamps

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Charles De Gaulle announces that he will stand in next French presidential election
Martial law is announced in Rhodesia
Cuba and the USA agree to start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States
'Pirate' station Radio Essex begins regular broadcasting
The death penalty is abolished in Britain
Roger Allen LaPorte sets himself on fire in front of the UN building in protest against the Vietnam war
Ian Smith declares unilateral independence for Rhodesia to prevent black majority rule
The UN Security Council recommends that other countries not recognize independent Rhodesia
Ireland's first Prime Minister, William Thomas Cosgrave, dies aged 85
The Soviet Union launches the Venera 3 space probe from Baikonur, Kazakhstan toward Venus
The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) concept is announced by Walt Disney as an innovative use for property that his company owns near Orlando, Florida. It is planned to be a "community of the future" designed to stimulate new ideas for urban living. It eventually opens in 1982
The UN Security Council recommends that all member states stop trading with Rhodesia
An experimental 70 m.p.h. speed limit is introduced on British motorways
Joseph Mobutu takes over in Congo after a military coup
France launches its first satellite 'A1 Asterix' from a site in Africa, becoming the third 'space' country
Philippines President Elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam
Mary Whitehouse launches the National Viewers and Listeners Association
The Canadian satellite Alouette 2 is launched

EPCOT

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Charles De Gaulle is re-elected as French president with 10,828,421 votes
The Redundancy Payments Act comes into force, changing the face of British Industry
Goldie the eagle escapes from London Zoo for the second time this year
Tanzania and Guinea sever diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom
Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 meet in Earth orbit
William Somerset Maugham dies
The British and US governments begin an oil embargo against Rhodesia
Ronnie Scott opens his jazz club in Soho
The Soviet Union announces that it has supplied rockets to North Vietnam
Konrad Adenauer resigns from the post of chairman of the Christian Democratic party
Richard Dimbleby CBE OBE dies aged 52
A cabinet reshuffle makes Roy Jenkins Home Secretary and Barbara Castle Minister of Transport
The B.P. oil rig 'Sea Gem' collapses in the North Sea killing 13 people
Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines

BP rig 'Sea Gem'

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