Information for the Year 1965
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- The first US combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
- By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers are in Vietnam.
- US Marines land in the Dominican Republic as fighting persists between rebels and Dominican army (April 28).
- France withdraws its Atlantic fleet from NATO.
- Rhodesia unilaterally declares its independence from Britain (Nov. 11).
- Population: 3.345 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and more than 2,600 others arrested in Selma, Ala., during demonstrations against voter-registration rules (Feb. 1).
- Malcolm X, black-nationalist leader, shot to death at Harlem rally (Feb. 21).
- Blacks riot for six days in Watts section of Los Angeles: 34 dead, over 1,000 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested (Aug. 11-16).
- President: Lyndon B. Johnson
- Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
- Population: 194,302,963
- Life expectancy: 70.2 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $719.1 billion
- Federal spending: $118.23 billion
- Federal debt: $322.3 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $6,957
- Consumer Price Index: 31.5
- Unemployment: 5.2%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05
- Super Bowl The first Super Bowl was not played until the year 1967.
- World Series of Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Minnesota
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated Los Angeles Lakers
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadians defeated Chicago Blackhawks
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Margaret Smith defeated M. Bueno (6-4 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Roy Emerson defeated F. Stolle (6-2 6-4 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Lucky Debonair
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship UCLA defeated Michigan (SCORE 91-80)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Alabama (RECORD 9-1-1) and Michigan St. (RECORD 10-1-0)
- The Sound of Music premieres. An instant hit, the film was one of the top-grossing films of 1965 and remains one of film's most popular musicals.
- ABC pays an unprecedented $32 million for a four-year contract with the NCAA to broadcast football games on Saturday afternoons.
- Bill Cosby, starring in I Spy, becomes the first African American to headline a television show.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: My Fair Lady
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year The Girl From Ipanema by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Best Television Comedy Award Not Given in 1965
- Miss America: Vonda Kay Van Dyke (Arizona)
- Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite, is launched.
- Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford aboard Gemini VI perform the first rendezvous with another spacecraft, Gemini VII, with Frank Borman and James Lovell.
- Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov performs the first spacewalk (Mar. 18).
- Edward White II becomes the first American to walk in space (June 3).
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