60s generation

1965 Major events

By jmakary
  • 1965

  • the NewYork Jets

    the NewYork Jets
    Jan 2, The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $427,000.
  • new chancellor

    A new chancellor is appointed for the University of California at Berkeley. It is announced that political activity will be allowed on campus. Students are to be allowed to hold rallies and speak from the steps of the administration building, Sproul Hall.
  • state of union address

    In his State of the Union address, President Johnson proclaims his Great Society. Also he announces plans to promote birth control abroad, using "our knowledge to help deal with the explosion in world population and the growing scarcity in world resources."
  • prime ministers

    The prime ministers of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland meet for the first time in 43 years, a sign of improving relations.
  • spain

    In Spain, Generalissimo Francisco Franco meets with Jews to discuss legitimizing their communities.
  • vietnam

    A Viet Cong raid on a base in Pleiku , South Vietnam kills 8 Americans.
  • president johnson

    President Johnson orders more bombing in North Vietnam.
  • Canada

    Canada makes a new flag.
  • Malcom X

    In New York, Malcolm X is assassinated in front of 400 people.
  • The first ground force

    In Vietnam, 3,500 U.S. Marines arrive -- the first ground force units from a foreign power since the war between the Vietnamese and the French.
  • Alabama police

    In Montgomery, Alabama, police attack 600 SNCC marchers
  • Martin luther king

    Martin Luther King leads 3,200 marchers from Selma to Montgomery
  • Germans and israel

    West Germany and Israel establish diplomatic relations.
  • Arab

    Several Arab nations break diplomatic ties with West Germany
  • south vietnam

    Nguyen Cao Ky takes power in South Vietnam as Prime Minister. Nguyen Van Thieu is the official chief of state. It's the 10th government in South Vietnam in 20 months.
  • the Japanese and Koreans

    Japan and South Korea renew ties with a Treaty of Basic Relations, signed in Tokyo.
  • Increase of Soldiers

    President Johnson announces that he has ordered an increase in US military forces in Vietnam to 125,000. To accomplish this, the monthly draft call is raised from 17,000 to 35,000.
  • Establishing medicare

    President Johnson signs the Social Security Act into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Cigarettes are banned on tv in Britain

    In Britain, advertising cigarettes on television is banned.
  • voting rights

    President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law.
  • Independance

    Singapore separates from the Federation of Malaysia, becoming a sovereign nation. Lee Kuan Yew is its prime minister.
  • Racism at its worse

    In Haneville, Alabama, an Episcopal seminarian, Jonathan Daniels, on his way with some teenage blacks to buy a soda, at a store known to sell to blacks, is met at the door by a deputy sheriff with a shotgun who aims his gun and threatens to "blow their brains out." Daniels steps in front of the others and is shot to death. An all white jury will acquit the deputy of the charge against him: manslaughter.
  • Soviet Scientists

    Soviet scientists condemn Trofim Lysenko, the Stalinist biologist, for pseudo science.
  • Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro announces that anyone can leave for the United States.
  • Anit-war marches

    Anti-war marches take in various locations around the country. In Berkeley, a march intending to pass into Oakland to an army base leaves campus, fills Telegraph avenue from curb to curb and stretches one mile from Ashby Avenue back to the campus. It is stopped at the Oakland border by a line of Oakland police.
  • Muslim vigilante Groups

    Muslim vigilante groups are massacring anyone believed to be communist. This includes people in labor unions. President Sukarno complains that left-wing organizations are the "victims of false slander." He orders the army to "shoot to kill" to stop the massacres, but he is ignored.
  • paris

    In Paris, an internationally celebrated Moroccan leftist in exile, Mehdi Ben Barka, disappears, never to be seen again.
  • Britain will not grant independance

    Britain has declared that it will not grant independence for its colony of Southern Rhodesia until majority rule is created there. The majority of the people there are black. The leader of the white government there, Ian Smith, declares independence.
  • Chinese continue to be associated with communism

    In Indonesia, vigilantes with enemy-lists continue invading villages across Indonesia. Ethic Chinese continue to be associated with communism and are targeted. The army has captured Aidit and he is executed. Soon the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, Andrew Gilchrist, will total the slaughter victims at 400,000. Sweden's ambassador will describe this as a “very serious under-estimate.”
  • cancel of elections

    Mobutu cancels elections set for next spring, saying he will rule as president for the coming five years.
  • Oil embargo

    The British government begins an oil embargo against Rhodesia. The United States joins the effort.
  • New philipino President

    Ferdinand Marcos has won an election and takes office as President of the Philippines.