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Nineteen Sixty Five

1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told



President:    Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice President:    Hubert H. Humphrey
Population of USA:    198,712,056 approx.
Life expectancy:   70.5 years
Unemployment 3.8%

Average Income $ 5,942.00
Minimum wage $ 1.20 per hour
Cost of new house $ 22,700.00
Cost of new car $ 3,115.00 (Chevy Impala Station Wagon)
Cost of 1st class stamp $ .05
Cost of gallon of gas $ .24
Price of a dozen eggs $ .37
Price of gallon of milk $ 1.03 25% of milk is delivered by milkmen
Hershey candy bar $ .05
Local pay phone call $ .10

Most Popular baby names?

Girls:  Lisa, Maria, Karen, Mary, Kimberly, Susan, Patricia, Cynthia, Linda and Donna

Boys: Michael, James, John, David, Robert, William, Richard, Mark, Thomas, and Jeffery

NEWS of 1965

  1. Congress passes a law that Cigarette Packages MUST carry the Warning “Caution Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.”
  2. Great Britain bans Cigarette As on TV * the US finally follows Suit in 1971.
  3. Ralph Nadar publishes his book “Unsafe at any speed” regarding the Chevy Corvair      (Chevy stops producing car in 1969)
  4. Diet Pepsi Hits the National Market Place Making its Debut.
  5. The Mini Skirt Makes Its Premier Debut – Making it an Instant & HOT SUCCCESS!
  6. Y. Jets sign Quarterback Joe Namath.
  7. Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim and takes the name Muhammad Ali.
  8. The U.S. Begins Bombing and strafing North Vietnam.
  9. The first T.G.I. Fridays opens in New York City.
  10. Pampers Disposable Diapers are Patented by R.C. Duncan.
  11. Spaghetti-O’s are introduced.
  12. Mariner IV, the first Mars probe, passes Mars @ 6,100 miles and sends back pictures     of Mars for the first time.
  13. LBJ signed the Medicare Bill which went into effect in 1966.
  14. Race Riots in the Watts section of LA caused 34 deaths and over 200 business were destroyed in the fracus.
  15. ABC Radio began a weekly “Vietnam Update” report.
  16. The Voting Rights Act became Law.
  17. The Gateway Arch (630 feet high) is completed in St. Louis commemorating the Louisiana Purchase of 1808.
  18. Willie Shoemaker rides “Lucky Debonair” to win the Kentucky Derby.
  19. The Soviets Launched a Rocket into the Solar Orbit.
  20. Leo Fender sells his company to Columbia records for $13 million.
  21. A massive power failure (November 9th at5:17 pm) blacks out 7 U.S. states, Ontario and Quebec.  It starts in Quebec and in less than 10 minutes it reaches New York City stranding about 800,000 commuters.
  22. University of Florida Urologists develop a new “Rehydrating Drink” called Gatorade.
  23. Chemist Norman Stingley accidentally discovers a plastic that bounces, sells it to Wham-O and so begins the $.98 superballs.  By Christmas over 7 million are sold.
  24. Table top Slot Cars are introduced overtaking the Electric Trains in Popularity.
  25. Trimline phones (with the dial in the handset) is introduced.
  26. Kellogg Pop Tarts are created.

Automakers introduce New Models :

  1. Chevrolet is the first to build more than 3 million Cars / Trucks in a Single year.
  2. Chevy replaces the legendary 409 with the new 396 as the new top of the line engine.
  3. Toyota Introduces the 4 door Corolla to Compete with Volkswagen
  4. Soft top Convertibles peak, and by 1975 only the Cadillac Eldorado has a Soft Top.

New Catch Phrases and terms for 1965

  1. “Would You Believe?” From Get Smart
  2. “Please Don’t Squeeze the Charmin!” Whipple (played by Dick Wilson)
  3. Chicano
  4. Antigravity
  5. Biological clock
  6. A bomb (for a football pass)
  7. Degradable
  8. Isolated camera
  9. Kook
  10. Mono (sound transmission/recording)
  11. Parameter
  12. “The Pill” Oral Contraceptive
  13. Residual (Royalties on TV Reruns)
  14. Skateboard
  15. Skydiving
  16. Solar cell
  17. Town house


  1. Kristin Davis
  2. Carrot Top
  3. Brain Bosworth
  4. Sarah Jessica Parker
  5. Robert Downey Jr.
  6. Jon Cryer
  7. Martin Lawrence
  8. Todd Bridges
  9. Brooke Shields
  10. David Spade
  11. Charlie Sheen
  12. Shania Twain
  13. Rob Zombie
  14. Dre
  15. Trent Reznor (9 inch nails)
  16. Courtney Love
  17. Slash
  18. Ravi Coltrane (saxophonist)
  19. Zak Starkey (drummer for The Who, Oasis) son of Ringo Starr
  20. Cindy Herron (En Vogue)

Famous People Who Passed Away in 1965

  1. Alan Freed … pioneering DJ who coined the phrase “Rock and Roll
  2. Malcolm X is Shot and Killed Harlem (at age 39)
  3. S. Elliot
  4. Winston Churchill “Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
  5. Nat King Cole
  6. Stan Laurel  “Arthur Stanley Jefferson
  7. Spike Jones
  8. Adlai Stevenson (Politician)

What’s on TV in 1965  – TV Highlights of 1965

  1. Hullabaloo premiers on NBC (first guests were: The New Christy Minstrals, Joey Heatherton, and comedian Woody Allen)
  2. Outer Limits Aired it’s last show in January of 1965
  3. Peter Jennings (26 yrs old) becomes Anchor for ABC Nightly News
  4. Barbra Streisand stars in TV show “My name is Barbra” on CBS
  5. Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names for the captain on a new Science Fiction show “Star Trek” One of them is Kirk.
  6. The 2nd“pilot” of Star Trek is shot “Where no man has gone before”
  7. Wagon Train Ended It’s Series (442 episodes)
  8. Jack Benny Show Ended  (343 episodes)
  9. My Mother the Car Debuts (30 episodes)
  10. F-Troop makes it’s debut (65 episodes)
  11. I Spy premiers (82 episodes)
  12. The Big Valley premiers  Starring Barbara Stanwick and young Lee Majors
  13. And Linda Evans (112 episodes)
  14. Gidget premiers on ABC
  15. Hogan’s Heroes premiers on CBS (168 “filmed” episodes
  16. Lost in Space premiers
  17. The Dean Martin Show premiers on NBC runs until 1974
  18. The Wild Wild West premiers
  19. I Dream of Jeannie aires for the first time under strict censorship
  20. Get Smart premiers on NBC and CBS
  21. The FBI starring Ephram Zimbalist Jr. debuts  (240 episodes)
  22. A Beatles cartoon is Introduced.
  23. The “Days of our Lives” premiers as a 30 minute soap (going to 1 hour in 1975)
  24. A Charlie Brown Christmas Made it’s Debut and has been running every Christmas season since.

Emmy’s of 1965

  1. Best Drama The Fugitive
  2. Best Actor Bill Cosby  for I Spy
  3. Supporting Actor James Daly  for Eagle in a Cage
  4. Best Actress Barbara Stanwick for The Big Valley
  5. Supporting Actress Lee Grant for Peyton Place


  1. Best Comedy Dick Van Dyke Show
  2. Actor Dick Van Dyke for Dick Van Dyke Show
  3. Supporting Actor Don Knotts for The Andy Griffith Show
  4. Actress Mary Tyler Moore for Dick Van Dyke show
  5. Supporting Actress Alice Pearce for Bewitched

Best Variety Show The Andy Williams Show

Top Movie $$ Dollar Makers of 1965

  1. Doctor Zhivago
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. Cat Ballou

Top selling song in Australia  Normie Rowe “Que Sera Sera”

Top selling song in the UK The Seekers “I’ll never find another you”

Top selling song in Canada Petula Clark “Downtown”

Other Movie Releases in 1965

  1. James Bond “Thunderball”
  2. The Nanny
  3. The Beatles “Help”
  4. Ship of Fools
  5. Othello (with Sir Laurence Olivier)
  6. The Pawnbroker (with Rod Steiger)
  7. The Spy who came in from the Cold (Richard Burton)
  8. The Flight of the Phoenix
  9. The Agony and The Ecstasy
  10. The Greatest Story ever Told
  11. The Great Race


  1. Best Picture The Sound of Music
  2. Best Director Robert Wise for The Sound of Music
  3. Best Actor Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou
  4. Best Supporting Actor Martin Balsam for A Thousand Clowns
  5. Best Actress Julie Christie for  Darling
  6. Best Supporting Actress Shelley Winters for A Patch of Blue

The Grammy Winners of 1965

  1. Song of the Year Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong
  2. Record of the Year The Girl from Ipanema” by Gilberto & Getz
  3. Album of the Year Getz/Gilberto (Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto)
  4. Best New Artist The Beatles


  1. Vocal-Female People by Barbra Streisand
  2. Vocal-Male Hello Dolly by Louis Armstrong
  3. Vocal-Group A Hard Days night by The Beatles

R & B

  1. Vocal-Female Nancy Wilson for “How Glad I am”
  2. Vocals-Duo/Group Four Tops for  “I can’t help myself”

Comedy Album Bill Cosby “I Started Out As a Child”

Best Instrumental The Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini


  1. Vocal-Female Dotty West for “Here comes my baby”
  2. Vocal-Male Roger Miller for “Dang Me”
  3. Best Recording Roger Miller for “Dang Me”
  4. Best Song/Single Roger Miller for “Dang Me”
  5. Best Album Roger Miller for “Dang Me/Chug-a-lug”
  6. Best New Artist Roger Miller

Folk – Folk Performance Gale Garnet for “We’ll sing in the Sunshine”

Best Score for Movie Funny Girl

Music Trivia for 1967

  1. John Lennon Passed his Driving test.
  2. “The Tennessee Waltz” is declared the State Song of Tennessee (duh?)
  3. Johnny Cash is arrested in El Paso Texas on drug charges, pleads guilty and gets a 30- day suspended sentence and a $1,000.00 fine.
  4. Johnny Cash is banned from the Grand Ole Opry.
  5. Protest Songs and Patriotic – themed songs start appearing.  One of the first songs was “Hello Vietnam by Johnnie Wright, which was written by Tom T. Hall.
  6. George Jones is held for questioning for a Murder in Houston Texas, but A Lie detector test cleared Him of any wrong doing.
  7. Rocker Conway Twitty (Harold Jenkins) makes his Country Music debut, and many country DJ’s refused to play him because he was a “Rock and Roll singer.”
  8. Sonny and Cher made their TV debut on American Bandstand.
  9. The Who release first album “I Can’t Explain.”
  10. The song “Super-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-docious” hits #66 on Billboard.
  11. Dave Davies of “The Kinks” stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage.
  12. The Rolling Stones Score their first US #1 Song “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”
  13. Beatles play to over 55,000 at Shea Stadium.
  14. The Beatles and Elvis spend an Evening together (I don’t ask, I just type)
  15. Bob Dylan is booed off stage at NY’s Forest Hills.
  16. The Supremes released “My world is Empty Without You”
  17. Sonny & Cher’s first release goes #1 “I Got You Babe.”
  18. The Grateful Dead debut – and the Beginning of the “Dead Heads” Come to LIFE!
  19. The Delfonics Debut.
  20. The Byrd’s Musical Career Begins.
  21. Jefferson Airplane Makes their Debut.
  22. Pink Floyd Debut.
  23. Paul and Paula Break up.
  24. Commercial Sales of “Pre Recorded Music Cassettes” begin in Europe.

October 23, 1956, is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man’s desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required.

– John F Kennedy
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1965 Baby The Rain Must Fall Steve Mcqueen

Top 100 Songs For 1965


  1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones, The
  2. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie) Four Tops, The
  3. Wooly Bully Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
  4. My Girl Temptations, The
  5. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Righteous Brothers, The
  6. Downtown Petula Clark
  7. Help! Beatles, The
  8. Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat Herman’s Hermits
  9. Crying In the Chapel Elvis Presley
  10. You Were On My Mind We Five
  11. I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
  12. Mrs. Brown (Lovely Daughter) Herman’s Hermits
  13. The Birds and the Bees Jewel Aikens
  14. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Mel Carter
  15. Shotgun Jr. Walker & the All Stars
  16. Help Me, Rhonda Beach Boys, The
  17. This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  18. The “In” Crowd Ramsey Lewis Trio
  19. King of the Road Roger Miller
  20. Stop! In The Name Of Love Supremes, The
  1. Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers, The
  2. Silhouettes Herman’s Hermits
  3. I’ll Never Find another You Seekers, The
  4. Cara, Mia Jay & the Americans
  5. Mr. Tambourine Man Byrds, The
  6. Cast Your Fate to the Wind Sounds Orchestral
  7. Yes, I’m Ready Barbara Mason
  8. What’s New Pussycat? Tom Jones
  9. Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire
  10. Hang on Sloopy McCoys, The
  11. Ticket to Ride Beatles, The
  12. Red Roses for a Blue Lady Bert Kaempfert and His Orch.
  13. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag James Brown & the Famous Flames
  14. Game of Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
  15. The Name Game Shirley Ellis
  16. I Know A Place Petula Clark
  17. Back in My Arms Again Supremes, The
  18. Baby I’m yours Barbara Lewis
  19. The Jolly Green Giant Kingsmen, The
  20. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte Patti Page
1965 Battle Of The Bulge Henry Fonda
1965 Beach Blanket Bingo Frankie Avalon Annette Funicello
  1. Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
  2. I’m Telling You Now Freddie & The Dreamers
  3. Ferry Cross the Mersey Gerry & the Pacemakers
  4. Just Once In My Life Righteous Brothers, The
  5. Seventh Son Johnny Rivers
  6. I’m Henry VIII, I Am Herman’s Hermits
  7. A Walk in the Black Forest Horst Jankowski
  8. For Your Love Yardbirds, The
  9. California Girls Beach Boys, The
  10. Go Now Moody Blues, The
  11. Goldfinger Shirley Bassey
  12. Down in the Boondocks Billy Joe Royal
  13. Baby the Rain Must Fall Glenn Yarbrough
  14. Catch Us If You Can Dave Clark Five
  15. Eight Days A Week Beatles, The
  16. Just A Little Beau Brummels
  17. You Turn Me on Ian Whitcomb
  18. I’ll be Doggone Marvin Gaye
  19. Save Your Heart for Me Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  20. Tired Of Waiting For You Kinks
  1. Count Me in Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  2. All Day and All of the Night Kinks, The
  3. What the World Needs Now Is Love Jackie DeShannon
  4. Its Not Unusual Tom Jones
  5. She’s About a Mover Sir Douglas Quintet
  6. Shake Sam Cooke
  7. Wonderful World Herman’s Hermits
  8. Nowhere To Run Martha & the Vandellas
  9. Heart Full of Soul Yardbirds, The
  10. Love Potion Number Nine Searchers, The
  11. Laurie (Strange Things Happen) Dickie Lee
  12. Baby Don’t Go Sonny & Cher
  13. It Ain’t Me Babe Turtles, The
  14. Tell Her No Zombies, The
  15. I Go To Pieces Peter & Gordon
  16. Red Roses for A Blue Lady Vic Dana
  17. Don’t Just Stand There Patty Duke
  18. The Tracks of My Tears Miracles, The
  19. Too Many Rivers Brenda Lee
  20. I like It Like That Dave Clark Five
1965 Shenendoah James Stewart
1965 Harum Scarum Elvis Jpg
  1. Laugh, Laugh Beau Brummels
  2. Take Me Back Little Anthony & the Imperials
  3. It’s the Same Old Song Four Tops, The
  4. You Got Your Troubles Fortunes, The
  5. Hold What You’ve Got Joe Tex
  6. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Animals, The
  7. Little Things Bobby Goldsboro
  8. The Last Tlme Rolling Stones, The
  9. Do You Believe In Magic Lovin’ Spoonful, The
  10. All I Really Want To Do Cher
  11. True Love Ways Peter & Gordon
  12. I Want Candy Strangeloves, The
  13. Keep Searchin’ Del Shannon
  14. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved) Marvin Gaye
  15. Treat Her Right Roy Head
  16. The Race Is On Jack Jones
  17. I’m A Fool Dino Desi & Billy
  18. The Boy from New Your City Ad Libs, The
  19. Ooo Baby Baby Miracle, The
  20. Laugh at Me Sonny Bono

1965 In Pictures



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