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Major Events of 1965

1965 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXV) was the 65th year of the 20th century. 1965 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1965.
News Events of 1965

Vietnam war escalation begins, 150,000 US troops deployed to Vietnam.

United States invades the Dominican Republic.

US black nationalist leader, Malcolm X, is assassinated in Harlem.

Canada adopts the red and white maple leaf flag.


Rhodesia makes Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, in order to preserve white minority rule.

Construction of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis completed.

Gateway Arch

Mont Blanc Tunnel, which connects France and Italy, opens.

Early Bird is the first satellite placed in geo-synchronous orbit.

State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in Britain.

Cigarette advertising banned on British televison.

Bob Dylan "goes electric" (plays electric instruments with a rock sound) at the Newport Folk Festival.

Tom and Jerry cartoon series premieres on CBS.

UK introduces a 70 miles per hour maximum speed limit (applicable to rural roads and motorways) - previously there was no speed limit on these roads.

Death penalty for murder abolished in the UK.

The Beatles play to almost 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

Hindi becomes the official language of India.

Sports in 1965

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