Life & Times 1965


World Population3,347,361,927
United States Population195,000,000
Average annual income$5,998
New House$40,000
New Car$2,350
Minimum Wage$1.25
Gallon of Gas$.24
Gallon of Milk$1.07
Dozen Eggs$.91
Loaf of Bread$.21
Postage Stamp (ground)$.04


The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam
Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama as Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights march is attacked by police
NASA launches Gemini 3, first US two-person space flight
Mariner 4 flyby of Mars
President Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid
The anti-war student-run National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States
Northeast Blackout of 1965: Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 1/2 hours
Riots in Watts, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California
US bombs North Vietnam
Black Muslim leader Malcolm X assassinated in New York
British fashion designer Mary Quant introduces the miniskirt
"Lava lamps" (originally "Astrolights") become popular
Early Bird communications satellite launched
An explosion at a Titan II missile silo near Searcy, Arkansas kills 53
First space walk (Ivan Leonov)


Up the Down Staircase - Bel Kaufman
The Importance of Being Ernest (Play) - Oscar Wilde
The Source - James A. Michener
Those Who Love - Irving Stone
The Man with the Golden Gun - Ian Fleming
Dune - Frank Herbert
Georgy Girl - Margaret Forster
The Green Berets - Robin Moore
Hotel - Arthur Hailey


The Sound of Music (Best picture)
Darling (Best actress, Julie Christie
Cat Ballou (Best actor, Lee Marvin)
Doctor Zhivago
Ship of Fools
The Collector
The Flight of the Phoenix
Inside Daisy Clover
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
A Thousand Clowns
The Greatest Story Ever Told
For a Few Dollars More
The Sons of Katie Elder
The War Game


1 Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
2 I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
3 Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
4 You Were On My Mind - We Five
5 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers
6 Downtown - Petula Clark
7 Help - Beatles
8 Can't You Hear My Heartbeat - Herman's Hermits
9 Crying in the Chapel - Elvis Presley
10 My Girl - Temptations
11 Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys
12 King of the Road - Roger Miller
13 The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Aikens
14 Hold Me, Thrill Me - Mel Carter
15 Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
16 I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
17 This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
18 The "In" Crowd Ramsey Lewis Trio
19 Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits
20 Stop In the Name of Love - Supremes
21 Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
22 Silhouettes - Herman's Hermits
23 I'll Never Find Another You - Seekers
24 Cara, Mia - Jay & the Americans
25 Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds
26 Cast your Fate to the Wind - Sounds Orchestral
27 Yes, I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
28 What's New Pussycat - Tom Jones
29 Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
30 Hang on Sloopy - McCoys
31 Ticket to Ride - Beatles
32 Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Wayne Newton
33 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
34 Game of Love - Mindbenders
35 The Name Game - Shirley Ellis
36 I Know a Place - Petula Clark
37 Back in My Arms Again - Supremes
38 Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis
39 The Jolly Green Giant - Kingsmen
40 Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte - Patti Page