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1965

Baby Boomer Births

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Population: 194,302,963
  • Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
  • Unemployment: 5.2%
  • Average Annual Salary: $7,704
  • Minimum Wage: $1.25 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,350
  • Gasoline: $0.31 cents per gallon
  • House: $21,500
  • Bread: $0.21 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.05 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.05 cents

Major U.S. Events

  • Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama;Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., & more than 2,600 others arrested during demonstrations against voter-registration rules
  • Blacks riot for six days in Watts section of Los Angeles: 34 dead, over 1,000 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested

Major World Events

  • The first U.S, combat troops are sent to South Vietnam
  • France withdraws its Atlantic fleet from NATO
  • Fidel Castro announces that Che Guevara has left Cuba 'to fight imperialism abroad'

January

  • Malcolm X, black-nationalist leader, shot to death at Harlem rally
  • 3,500 U.S. Marines arrive in South Vietnam
  • Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. begin march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery

April-July

  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000
  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare & Medicaid

August-December

  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into United States law
  • Joseph Mobutu takes over in Congo through a military coup

Top Songs

  • (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
  • Yesterday by The Beatles
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds
  • Help! by The Beatles
  • Downtown by Petula Clark

Other New Songs

  • Stop! In The Name Of Love by The Supremes
  • Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys
  • I'm Telling You Now by Freddie and the Dreamers
  • Wolly Bully by Sam The Sham and the Pharoes
  • My Girl by The Temptations

Top Movies

  • The Sound of Music
  • Cat Ballou
  • A Patch of Blue
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Help!

Top Books

  • Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
  • The Dead Lecturer by Amiri Baraka
  • The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming
  • Those Who Love by Irving Stone
  • The Looking-Glass War by John le CarrĂ©

Top TV Shows (1964-65)

  • Bonanza
  • Bewitched
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • The Lucy Show
  • The Adventures of Mr. Magoo
  • The Addams Family

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Los Angeles Dodgers d. Minnesota Twins

Pro Football: Championship

  • NFL: Green Bay Packers d. Cleveland Browns
  • AFL: Buffalo Bills d. San Diego Chargers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Chicago Black Hawks

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Michigan State Spartans
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Boxing: Ernie Terrell wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Dave Marr is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Manuel Santana and Cliff Drysdale win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Lucky Debonair wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Jim Clark wins Indianapolis 500
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