1960s Pop History – 1965

President: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
The population of the United States is 193,526,000
National Debt is 322.3 Billion (+6.2 billion)
Unemployment is 5.2%
Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
Family median income = $6,900 (up $300. from 1962)
Academy Award : My Fair Lady (click to buy) (Best Picture)
Grammy Award : The Girl From Ipanema (click to buy) (Best Song); Hello, Dolly! (click to buy) (Best Album)
Pulitzer Prize : The Keepers of the House (click to buy) (Fiction)
Cost of a first-class stamp is $0.05
Sir Winston Churchill is laid in state at St Paul’s Cathedral, his funeral has the largest assembly of statesmen in the world
Bloody Sunday and the March from Selma to Montgomery, AL witnessed more violence against civil rights activists in Alabama
President Johnson gets the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed quickly in response to the violent events in Selma, AL
Indonesia and Pakistan go to war over border disputes
In Houston, Texas, the Harris County Domed Stadium is opened (later renamed the Astrodome)
President Johnson’s doubles the number of young men who are drafted and doubles troop strength in Vietnam
President Johnson signs a law penalizing the burning of draft cards with up to 5 years in prison and a $1,000 fine
Hurricane Betsy roars ashore near New Orleans, LA causing $1.42 billion in damage and killing 76
The Tom & Jerry cartoon series debuts on CBS television
Pope Paul VI visits the United States and holds a Mass at Yankee Stadium
Fidel Castro opens up emigration to the US
Freedom Flights begin, Castro agrees to allow an airlift for Cubans who want to emigrate to the U.S. (by 1971 250,000 Cubans take advantage of this program)
The Pillsbury Doughboy, is created, it later becomes an American icon
Tokyo officially becomes the largest city in the world, taking the lead from New York City
France withdraws from NATO
Racially charged riots in the Watts section of Los Angeles, CA claim 34 lives with over 1000 injured
Two U.S. scientist discover cosmic background radiation which confirms the “Big Bang” theory
The U.S. Mint switches to “clad” or sandwich coins to conserve silver by eliminating its use in dollars, half-dollars, quarters, and dimes
The New York blackout affects 30 million people in seven states and Ontario and lasts for 13 hours
Alberto VO5 Hairspray is introduced by Alberto-Culver a Canadian Company
Television debuts included: Hogans Heroes, Green Acres, I Deam of Jeannie, My Mother the Car, I Spy, and Get Smart    (click show title for more info)

See also Celebrity Birthdays 1965

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