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1965 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

A Quick Look Back at 1965

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1965?

  1. According to the CQ Almanac, “The U.S. economy continued into its fifth consecutive year of expansion in 1965—the longest boom since the end of World War II. By the end of the year, the expansion—which began in February 1961—was 59 months old. Performing beyond expectations, the economy set records in most areas.”
  2. Unemployment was 4.1% in December, “nearly a full percentage point below the level of December 1964.” The inflation rate was 1.61%, up from 1.31% a year earlier.
  3. President Johnson signed the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 into law. The bill required cigarette makers to print health warnings on cigarette packages about the harmful effects of smoking.
  4. The first U.S. combat troops—two battalions of 3,500 Marines—arrived in South Vietnam to defend the American airbase at Da Nang from Viet Cong attacks. By the end of the year, U.S. troop levels in Vietnam reached 184,300.
  5. President Johnson also signed the Voting Rights Act into law, which guaranteed African Americans the right to vote.
  6. In the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, 47 confirmed tornadoes touched down in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  7. On November 9, at 5:27 PM, “a blackout occurred as several Northeastern states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting as long as 13 hours. The blackout covered 80,000 miles and affected more than 30 million people.”
  8. After an eight-month voyage to Mars, the Mariner 4 spacecraft took close-up photographs of the Red Planet.
  9. Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
  10. The St. Louis Arch, “a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel” on the waterfront of St. Louis, was completed.
  11. On April 21, McDonald’s became a publicly-traded company. Its initial public offering (IPO) was $22.50 per share, and “the stock price rose quickly to $30 per share on the first day of trading.”
  12. The first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  13. Alan Stillman opened the first TGI Fridays restaurant in New York, and Joe Gold opened the first Gold’s Gym in Venice, California.
  14. In 1965, $1.00 could buy any of the following: a movie ticket, three gallons of gas, 20 first-class stamps, a gallon of milk, a package of 10 Gillette razor blades, a bottle of 100 Bufferin tablets, 20 one-ounce Hershey bars, or a double-decker hamburger with French fries, salad, and ice cream for dessert.
  15. NBC’s Today Show began to broadcast in color, and the soap Days of Our Lives premiered on NBC.
  16. Peter Jennings became the anchor of ABC’s flagship evening news program.
  17. At the 37th Academy Awards, My Fair Lady won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (George Cukor).
  18. The Green Bay Packers were the NFL champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series, and the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Stanley Cup.
  19. William Eckert was elected as baseball’s fourth commissioner by a unanimous vote of the 20 major league club owners.
  20. In 1965, Apple Jacks, Bar One, Bounty paper towels, Gatorade, Honeycomb, Nice ‘n Easy, and SpaghettiOs all appeared in the marketplace for the first time.
  21. Micharl Kerpan from Tulsa, Oklahoma won the 38th Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “eczema.”

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 1965-65:

  1. Bonanza (NBC)
  2. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
  3. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  4. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
  5. Batman (Thursday, ABC)

Here are ten food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Baked Alaska
  2. Frozen TV dinners
  3. Gelatin molds
  4. Lipton Onion Soup dip
  5. Lobster Newberg
  6. Spaghetti-Os
  7. Teem (lemon and lime flavored soft drink)
  8. Tuna noodle casserole
  9. Tunnel of fudge cake
  10. Waldorf salad

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1965. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1960s-themed trivia quiz.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1965.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 1965.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1965
  2. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1965?
  3. History Facts From the USA and World
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Nobel Prize Winners
  7. Best-Selling Books
  8. Most Popular Television Shows From 1965-66
  9. Favorite Radio Shows
  10. Highest-Grossing Films
  11. Horror Movies From 1965
  12. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  13. Top 40 Songs for the Year
  14. Food and Beverage Trivia
  15. Famous Birthdays
  16. Noteworthy Weddings
  17. Well-Known People Who Died
  18. America’s Largest Corporations
  19. Companies and Brands Established During 1965
In 1965, General Motors was America’s largest corporation.

In 1965, General Motors was America’s largest corporation.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1965

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (red delicious): 19 cents for a three-pound bag
  2. Bacon (Armour Star): 69 cents for a one-pound package
  3. Bananas: Three pounds for 29 cents
  4. Beans (Van Camp’s, baked): $1.00 for ten 16-ounce cans
  5. Beef (ground chuck): 59 cents a pound
  6. Beef (sirloin steak): 85 cents a pound
  7. Bisquick: 45 cents for a 35-ounce box
  8. Butter (Land O’Lakes): 69 cents for a one-pound package
  9. Cake mix (Pillsbury): $1.00 for four 19-ounce boxes
  10. Cereal (Post Crispy Critters): 44 cents for a 13-ounce box
  11. Chicken (broilers or fryers): 27 cents a pound
  12. Chow mein (Chun King, frozen): 59 cents a package
  13. Cocoa (Nestle’s): 49 cents for a 16-ounce can
  14. Coffee (Nescafe, instant): $1.50 for a 10-ounce jar
  15. Cookies (Burry’s Scooter Pies): 45 cents for a 14-ounce package
  16. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz): 33 cents for a 12-ounce box
  17. Cream cheese (Kraft Philadelphia brand): 10 cents for a three-ounce package
  18. Eggs: 53 cents a dozen
  19. Fish (Starkist solid tuna): Three seven-ounce cans for $1.00
  20. Flour (Hecker’s): 49 cents for a five-pound bag
  21. Grapefruit: 49 cents for a five-pound bag
  22. Ham (Hormel, canned): $2.99 for a four-pound can
  23. Jelly (Polander, assorted varieties): 29 cents for an 18-ounce jar
  24. Juice (Stokely, tomato): $1.00 for four 46-ounce cans
  25. Ketchup (Heinz): $1.00 for five 14-ounce bottles
  26. Macaroni (Muellers): 43 cents for two one-pound boxes
  27. Margarine (Nucoa): 31 cents for a one-pound package
  28. Milk (nonfat): 95 cents a gallon
  29. Onions: 10 cents for a three-pound bag
  30. Oranges (Temple): 49 cents for ten
  31. Potato chips (Wise): 49 cents for a 16-ounce bag
  32. Potatoes: 79 cents for a 10-pound bag
  33. Soda (Cott, assorted varieties): 79 cents for three 28-ounce bottles
  34. Soup (Campbell’s, assorted varieties): $1.00 for six ten-ounce cans
  35. TV dinners (Swanson): 69 cents apiece
In 1965, Bounty paper towels first appeared on grocery store shelves.

In 1965, Bounty paper towels first appeared on grocery store shelves.

2. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1965?

  1. According to the CQ Almanac, “The U.S. economy continued into its fifth consecutive year of expansion in 1965—the longest boom since the end of World War II. By the end of the year, the expansion—which began in February 1961—was 59 months old. Performing beyond expectations, the economy set records in most areas. The gross national product (the value of all goods and services) totaled $675.6 billion, up $47 billion from 1964 and $9.4 billion above the original Government estimate.”
  2. Did the 1964 Federal income tax cut continue to play a role in the expansion of the American economy a year later? CQ Almanac comments that “As 1965 began, tax cuts enacted the previous year continued to stimulate the economy as did the recovery from automobile strikes in late 1964. The Council of Economic Advisers in early 1966 said that increased sales, employment, earnings, and investment continued to spark the economy as 1965 progressed. The CEA said the 1964 tax cut had lifted consumption and investment spending by $30 billion by the end of 1965.”
  3. Unemployment was 4.1% in December, “nearly a full percentage point below the level of December 1964, and only a shade above the Administration's 4–percent ‘interim’ goal. For all of 1965, the rate was 4.6 percent compared to 5.2 percent a year earlier.”
  4. Joblessness among non-white adults was 6.6% in 1965, down from 8.2% the previous year. By the same token, unemployment for white teen-agers was 12.2% in 1965, down from 13.3 percent in 1964. CQ Almanac tells us that “An important exception to the pattern was non-white teen-agers, with a 1965 unemployment rate of 25.3 percent, only slightly lower than the 26.2 percent rate in 1964.”
  5. Comparatively, the jobless rate was 6.6% in 1960, 6.0% in 1961, 5.5% for both 1962 and 1963, and 5.0% in December 1964.
  6. Inflation was 1.61%, up from 1.31% a year earlier. The BLS explains that “Purchasing power decreased by 1.61% in 1965 compared to 1964. On average, you would have to spend 1.61% more money in 1965 than in 1964 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 1964 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.02 in 1965.”
  7. Detroit (2.30%) experienced the highest rate of inflation between 1964 and 1965. Other metropolitan areas with high inflation rates during the same period were Boston (1.88%), San Francisco (1.88%), and New York (1.61%).
  8. Conversely, Seattle (0.98%) had the lowest rate of inflation between 1964 and 1965. Other cities with low inflation rates at the same time were Dallas-Fort Worth (1.07%), Houston (1.20%), and Atlanta (1.30%).
  9. San Francisco (4.22%) experienced the highest rate of inflation between 1965 and 2020, and Detroit had the lowest rate (3.75%).
  10. Between 1965 and 2020, the cost of medical care increased an average of 5.65% annually. During the same period, housing increased an average of 4.19% each year, and food and beverages had an average yearly increase of 3.90%.
  11. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Retail prices of food, both at home and away from home, rose in all of the 21 large metropolitan areas for which data are available separately between December 1963 and December 1968. The largest increases were recorded for Washington (20.2 percent), Kansas City (18.1 percent), and St. Louis (17.9 percent). The BLS adds that “Over the 5 years from December 1963 to December 1968, price increases for all food [at home and away from home] were smallest in the West Coast cities of Los Angeles (10.7 percent), Seattle (11.7 percent), and San Francisco (12.3 percent). Prices in New York also rose noticeably less than the U.S. average of 15 percent.”
  12. Median household income in the U.S. was $6,900, a gain of about $310 over 1964.
  13. In 1965, a gallon of nonfat milk cost 95 cents, flour was 59 cents for a five-pound bag, and chicken fryers were 27 cents a pound.
  14. The average cost of a new home was $21,000, up from $20,500 in 1964.
  15. Americans paid an average of $2,650 for a new car, up from $2,250 the previous year.
  16. The average monthly rent was $118.00.
  17. The price for a gallon of regular gas averaged 31 cents.
  18. A first-class stamp cost five cents.
  19. The federal minimum wage was $1.25.
  20. The prime rate held steady at 5.0% for the year.
  21. On the last day of trading for 1965, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 969.00.
  22. The price of gold averaged $35.50 per ounce.
  23. In 1965, the sticker price for a new Chevrolet Impala was $2,295. On the other hand, you could also purchase a new Ford Mustang for $2.427.
  24. A telephone call from a pay phone cost 10 cents.
  25. You would also pay a dime for a copy of the Monday-Saturday New York Times.
  26. A six-pack of beer cost 99 cents, and a pack of cigarettes averaged $1.60.
  27. In 1965, $1.00 could buy any of the following: a movie ticket, three gallons of gas, 20 first-class stamps, a gallon of milk, a package of 10 Gillette razor blades, a bottle of 100 Bufferin tablets, 20 one-ounce Hershey bars, or a double-decker hamburger with French fries, salad, and ice cream for dessert.
  28. Men’s neckties were $2.50 apiece, a Black & Decker deluxe drill cost $14.95, and decorator bedspreads were $2.50 each.
  29. Revlon lipstick cost $1.25, a can of hairspray was 47 cents, and Revlon nail enamel cost 75 cents for crème and 90 cents for frosted.
  30. You could also get a hot dog and coke at a lunch counter for 49 cents.
In 1965, the first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

In 1965, the first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

3. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States, and Hubert Humphrey was the vice president.
  2. On January 2, Martin Luther King Jr. started a campaign to register black voters.
  3. On January 4, President Johnson unveiled his “Great Society” program during his State of the Union address. Politico.com explains that “For the first time in U.S. history, Johnson called for congressional approval of large-scale federal aid for elementary and secondary education; ambitious new medical programs for the elderly (Medicare) and for low-income people (Medicaid); more funding for his War on Poverty, which Congress had approved in 1965; broad federal support for the arts and the humanities; overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, and a host of other domestic reforms.”
  4. President Johnson’s State of the Union address on January 4, 1965 was the first to be broadcast on national television.
  5. On January 22, the United States launched the TIROS 9 weather satellite.
  6. On January 24, Winston Churchill—a former prime minister of the United Kingdom—died at his home in London at the age of 91. Since 1949, Churchill had suffered eight strokes, the last of which was on January 15, 1965.
  7. On January 27, Aides to President Johnson, along with National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, sent a memo to the President “stating that America's limited military involvement in Vietnam is not succeeding, and that the U.S. has reached a 'fork in the road' in Vietnam and must either soon escalate or withdraw.”
  8. On February 1, Peter Jennings became the anchor of ABC’s flagship evening news program. Prior to Jennings, anchors of the news broadcast in the early 1960s, sometimes for short periods, “included Alex Dreier, John Secondari, Fendall Winston Yerxa, Al Mann, Bill Shadel, and the three-person team of John Cameron Swayze (formerly of NBC), Bill Lawrence, and Bill Sheehan.”
  9. On February 15, Canada adopted its new red and white flag with a red maple leaf in the center. The date is now celebrated every year as National Flag of Canada Day.
  10. On March 8, the first U.S. combat troops—two battalions of about 3,500 Marines—arrived in South Vietnam to defend the American airbase at Da Nang from Viet Cong attacks. In the coming months, they were followed by thousands more combat forces. (Stripes.com points out that “In his inaugural address in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson made no direct mention of the war in Vietnam. But within weeks the president would redefine America’s role in the war with dire consequences for the country.”)
  11. On March 9, with the war escalating in Vietnam, President Johnson authorized the use of Napalm, “a petroleum based anti-personnel bomb that showers hundreds of explosive pellets upon impact.”
  12. On March 15, the first TGI Fridays opened in New York City.
  13. On March 18, Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
  14. On April 9, in the first game at the Astrodome, Houston beat the Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hit the first indoor home run.
  15. On April 11-12, in the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, 47 confirmed tornadoes touched down in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  16. On April 21, the New York World’s Fair reopened for a second and final season.
  17. On April 21, McDonald’s became a publicly-traded company.
  18. On May 4, MLB legend Willie Mays hit his 512th home run, breaking Mel Ott's NL record of 511 HRs.
  19. On May 16, Campbell’s Franco-American brand added SpaghettiOs to their product line.
  20. On June 7, Sony Corporation introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995.
  21. On June 17, 11.08 inches of rain fell in Holly, Colorado, setting a 24-hour state record.
  22. On July 15, the Mariner 4 spacecraft sent back the first pictures of Mars. After an eight-month voyage to the Red Planet, Mariner 4 made the first flyby of Mars, “becoming the first spacecraft to take close-up photographs of another planet. The images show lunar-type impact craters, some of them touched with frost in the chill Martian evening.”
  23. On July 27, President Johnson signed the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 into law. The bill required cigarette makers to print health warnings on cigarette packages about the harmful effects of smoking.
  24. On July 28, President Johnson announced that he would send 44 more combat battalions to Vietnam, thereby increasing the U.S. military presence to 125,000 men. Monthly draft calls were also doubled to 35,000.
  25. On July 31, cigarette advertising was banned on British television.
  26. On August 6, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which guaranteed African Americans the right to vote. According to History.com, “the bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state, and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to Black people.”
  27. On August 31, President Johnson signed a bill that criminalized draft card burning.
  28. On September 13, NBC’s Today Show began broadcasting in color.
  29. On October 6, Dodgers's pitcher Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series, because it fell on Yom Kippur—the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar.
  30. On October 8, the Post Office Tower opened in London, and became the tallest building in England.
  31. On October 28, the St. Louis Arch, “a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel” on the waterfront of St. Louis, was completed.
  32. On November 8, the soap Days of Our Lives premiered on NBC. After 55 years, the show is still thriving.
  33. On November 9, at 5:27 PM, “a blackout occurred as several Northeastern states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting as long as 13 hours. The blackout covered 80,000 miles and affected more than 30 million people.”
  34. On November 14, the U.S. government sent 90,000 more soldiers to Vietnam.
  35. On November 17, William Eckert was elected as baseball’s fourth commissioner by a unanimous vote of the 20 major league club owners.
  36. On November 19, ABC Radio began a weekly Vietnam Update report.
  37. On December 9, the New York Times reported that the U.S. was unable to stop the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into the South despite extensive bombing.
  38. On December 25, President Johnson ordered that all bombing operations in North Vietnam stop, hoping to spur peace talks.
  39. On December 29, CBS purchased the NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year.
  40. According to HistoryPlace.com, “By year's end U.S. troop levels in Vietnam reached 184,300. An estimated 90,000 South Vietnamese soldiers deserted in 1965, while an estimated 35,000 soldiers from North Vietnam infiltrated the South via the Ho Chi Minh trail. Up to 50 percent of the countryside in South Vietnam is now under some degree of Viet Cong control."
In 1964, the Buffalo Bills were the AFL champions.

In 1964, the Buffalo Bills were the AFL champions.

4. Sports Trivia

Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.

  1. AFL Champions: Buffalo Bills
  2. Indianapolis 500: Jim Clark
  3. Kentucky Derby: Lucky Debonair
  4. NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
  5. NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
  6. NCAA Football Champs: Alabama and Michigan
  7. NFL Champions: Green Bay Packers
  8. Orange Bowl: Texas over Alabama
  9. Rose Bowl: Michigan over Oregon State
  10. Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
  11. Sugar Bowl: LSU over Syracuse
  12. Tour de France: Felice Gimondi
  13. U.S. Open Golf: Gary Player
  14. U.S. Open Tennis: Manuel Santana/ Margaret Smith
  15. Wimbledon (men/women): Roy Emerson/Margaret Smith
  16. World Series Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In 1964, the Green Bay Packers were the NFL champs.

In 1964, the Green Bay Packers were the NFL champs.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 1960s, radio, film, television, and books defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. In 1965, popular baby names were Michael, John, David, James, Lisa, Mary, Karen, and Kimberly.
  2. The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 70.21 years.
  3. Favorite Halloween costumes included the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, and Batman.
  4. The most popular holiday gifts were G.I. Joe, Chatty Cathy, Ken Doll, Barbie’s Dream House, the Easy-Bake Oven, Suzie Homemaker, the Wham-O Super Ball, Lite-Brite, Hot Wheels, and Flatsy Dolls.
  5. Favorite candies back in 1965 included Starburst, Swedish Fish, Lemonheads, Now & Laters, Astro Pops, Cadbury Creme Eggs, and SweeTarts.
  6. Fashion icons for the year were Brigitte Bardot, Doris Day, Patty Duke, Barbara Eden, Jane Fonda, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Julie London, Sophia Loren, Tina Louise, Elizabeth Montgomery, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Jean Shrimpton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dawn Wells.
  7. Vonda Van Dyke (Arizona) won the Miss America crown.
  8. Sue Ann Downey (Ohio) became Miss USA.
  9. Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” was William Westmorland, a United States army general who commanded the U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.
  10. Cars that were introduced in 1965 included the Cadillac Callais, Chevrolet Caprice, Chrysler Valiant (AP6), Dodge Coronet, Dodge Monaco, Ford Bronco, Plymouth Satellite, and the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
  11. Other consumer products that were launched in 1965 included Apple Jacks (cereal), Bar One (chocolate bar), Bounty (paper towels), Gatorade (sports-themed beverage), Honeycomb (cereal), Nice ‘n Easy (hair coloring), and SpaghettiOs (canned sauce that contains circular pasta).
  12. On February 15, John Lennon passed his driver’s test.
  13. On March 2, the world premier of the film The Sound of Music took place at New York’s Rivoli Theater.
  14. On March 10, Neil Simon's play, The Odd Couple, starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Unger, opened on Broadway. The show closed on July 2, 1967 after 964 performances.
  15. On April 5, at the 37th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 1964, My Fair Lady won an Oscar for Best Picture, George Cukor (My Fair Lady) won an Oscar for Best Director, Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  16. On June 12, Sonny & Cher made their first television appearance on American Bandstand.
  17. On July 16, the Mont Blanc Tunnel between France and Italy opened to traffic.
  18. On September 12, at the 17th Primetime Emmy Awards, Edward P. Ancona Jr., Barbra Streisand, Bill Harp, Joe Layton, Peter Matz, David Karp, Paul Bogart, Clair McCoy, L. B. Abbott, Dick Van Dyke, Bob O’Bradovich, Lynn Fontaine, Phil Hymes, Warren Clymer, Alfred Lunt, Leonard Bernstein, William W. Spencer, Richard Lewine, Carl Reiner, George Schaefer, and Roger Englander all received Outstanding Individual Achievement awards.
  19. On December 9, A Charlie Brown Christmas—a TV special that was based on the comic strip Peanuts—premiered on CBS. Wikipedia tells us that A Charlie Brown Christmas “has been honored with an Emmy and a Peabody Award, and became an annual presentation in the United States, airing during the Christmas season every year since its debut.
  20. Television shows that premiered during 1965 included Hullabaloo (NBC), the King Family Show (ABC), My Mother the Car (NBC), F-Troop (NBC), Green Acres (CBS), I Spy (NBC), The Big Valley (ABC), Gidget (ABC), Hogan's Heroes (CBS), Lost in Space (CBS), The Dean Martin Show (NBC), The Wild, Wild West (CBS), I Dream of Jeannie (NBC), The FBI (ABC), and The Beatles (ABC).
  21. Disney magazine (1965-2005) began publishing.
  22. The first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
  23. The board games Mystery Date and Trouble were both introduced.
  24. ABC paid $32 million “for a four-year contract with the NCAA to broadcast football games on Saturday afternoons.”
  25. Bill Cosby, who was cast alongside Robert Culp in the adventure series I Spy, became the first African American to have a starring role in a TV series.
In 1965, the St. Louis Arch, “a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel” on the waterfront of St. Louis, was completed.

In 1965, the St. Louis Arch, “a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel” on the waterfront of St. Louis, was completed.

6. Nobel Prize Winners

Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.

This Nobel Prize information from 1965 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.

  • Chemistry: Robert Burns Woodward
  • Literature: Mikhail Sholokhov
  • Peace: UNICEF
  • Physics: Julian Schwinger, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, and Richard Feynman
  • Physiology or medicine: Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and Andre Lwoff

7. Best-Selling Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

  1. The Source by James A. Michener.
  2. Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman.
  3. Herzog by Saul Bellow.
  4. The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
  5. The Green Berets by Robin Moore.
  6. Those Who Love by Irving Stone.
  7. The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming.
  8. Hotel by Arthur Hailey.
  9. The Ambassador by Morris West
  10. Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk

8. Most Popular Television Shows From 1965-66

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen TV Research.

1. Bonanza (NBC)

2. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)

3. The Lucy Show (CBS)

4. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)

5. Batman (Thursday, ABC)

6. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)

7. Bewitched (ABC)

8. The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)

9. Hogan's Heroes (CBS)

10. Batman (Wednesday, ABC)

11. Green Acres (CBS)

9. Favorite Radio Shows

Britannica.com tells us that “The decades between 1960 and 1980 witnessed the slow development of competition between established public-service broadcasters as well as the growing popular appeal of advertiser-supported music formats on pirate stations or developing local outlets.” In addition, FM radio expanded in many nations, and became the “fastest-growing segment of the broadcast business in the United States.”

Here are some of the most popular radio programs from 1965:

  1. Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club
  2. Ma Perkins
  3. Major League Baseball on NBC Radio
  4. Midwestern Hayride
  5. Milkman’s Matinee
  6. Monitor
  7. Moon River
  8. Pop Chronicles
  9. Ranger Bill
  10. Suspense (radio drama)
  11. The Bing Crosby - Rosemary Clooney Show
  12. The Black Mass (horror-fantasy radio drama)
  13. The Credibility Gap
  14. The Eternal Light
  15. The Romance of Helen Trent
  16. The Standard School Broadcast
  17. Theatre-Five
  18. Unshackled!
  19. Young Doctor Malone
  20. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
In 1965, The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film.

In 1965, The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film.

10. Highest-Grossing Films

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. Dr. Zhivago
  3. Thunderball
  4. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying
  5. That Darn Cat!
  6. The Great Race
  7. Cat Ballou
  8. What’s New, Pussycat
  9. Shenandoah
  10. Von Ryan’s Express

11. Horror Movies From 1965

Horror films for the year included The Beach Girls and the Monster, Bloody Pit of Horror, Color Me Blood Red, Curse of the Fly, Dark Intruder, Devils of Darkness, Die, Monster, Die!, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, The Embalmer, Fanatic, Frankenstein Conquers the World, Gamera, the Giant Monster, Illusion of Blood, Monsters Crash the Pajama Party, Nightmare Castle, Orgy of the Dead, Planet of the Vampires, Repulsion, The Seventh Grave, The Skull, Terror-Creatures from the Grave, and Two on a Guillotine.

12. Biggest Pop Music Artists

Popular music artists from the year 1965 included Barbara Mason, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billy Stewart, Gene Chandler, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Herman's Hermits, The Impressions, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Petula Clark, The Righteous Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Sonny & Cher, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Temptations.

In 1965, Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club was one of the most popular radio shows.

In 1965, Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club was one of the most popular radio shows.

13. Top 40 Songs for the Year

This music trivia from 1965 has been made available courtesy of MusicOutfitters.com.

1. Wooly Bully: Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs

2. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch): The Four Tops

3.(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones

4. You Were On My Mind: We Five

5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin': The Righteous Brothers

6. Downtown: Petula Clark

7. Help!: The Beatles

8. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat: Herman's Hermits

9. Crying In the Chapel: Elvis Presley

10. My Girl: The Temptations

11. Help Me, Rhonda: The Beach Boys

12. King of the Road: Roger Miller

13. The Birds and the Bees: Jewel Aikens

14. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me: Mel Carter

15. Shotgun: Jr. Walker & The All Stars

16. I Got You Babe: Sonny and Cher

17. This Diamond Ring: Gary Lewis and The Playboys

18. The "In" Crowd: Ramsey Lewis Trio

19. Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter: Herman's Hermits

20. Stop! In The Name Of Love: The Supremes

21. Unchained Melody: The Righteous Brothers

22. Silhouettes: Herman's Hermits

23. I'll Never Find Another You: The Seekers

24. Cara Mia: Jay and The Americans

25. Mr. Tambourine Man: The Byrds

26. Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Sounds Orchestral

27. Yes, I'm Ready: Barbara Mason

28. What's New Pussycat?: Tom Jones

29. Eve of Destruction: Barry McGuire

30. Hang On Sloopy: The McCoys

31. Ticket to Ride: The Beatles

32. Red Roses for a Blue Lady: Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra

33. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1: James Brown and The Famous Flames

34. The Game of Love: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

35. Name Game: Shirley Ellis

36. I Know a Place: Petula Clark

37. Back In My Arms Again: The Supremes

38. Baby, I'm Yours: Barbara Lewis

39. Jolly Green Giant: The Kingsmen

40. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte: Patti Page

In 1965, tuna noodle casseroles were real crowd-pleasers.

In 1965, tuna noodle casseroles were real crowd-pleasers.

14. Food and Beverage Trivia

GoodHousekeeping.com tells us that “Like fashion, food falls in and out of style. Back when kids of the '50s and '60s were growing up, family dinners meant these dishes were front and center at every family get-together, holiday meal, or cocktail party your parents threw. Many of these recipes evolved from the appeal of new ‘convenience’ foods ranging from canned soups to boxed cake mixes.”

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 1965:

  1. 7-Up (lemon and lime flavored soft drink)
  2. Ambrosia (Ambrosia is an American fruit salad. “Most ambrosia recipes contain canned or fresh pineapple, canned mandarin orange slices or fresh orange sections, miniature marshmallows, and coco.”)
  3. Apple cake
  4. Baked Alaska (Baked Alaska “is a dessert consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue.”)
  5. Beef bourguignon (Beef bourguignon, also called beef Burgundy, “is a beef stew braised in red wine, often red Burgundy, and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions, and garlic, and garnished with pearl onions, mushrooms, and bacon.”)
  6. Beef Stroganoff (Beef Stroganoff is a Russian dish consisting of “sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce.”)
  7. Bubble-Up (lemon and lime flavored soft drink)
  8. Cheese in a can
  9. Chicken a la King
  10. Chicken pot pie
  11. Chiffon pie
  12. Coca-Cola
  13. Frozen dinners
  14. Gelatin molds
  15. Hires root beer
  16. Lipton Onion Soup dip
  17. Lobster Newberg (Lobster Newberg “is an American seafood dish made from lobster, butter, cream, cognac, sherry, eggs, and Cayenne pepper.”)
  18. Meatloaf
  19. Mountain Dew (citrus flavored soft drink)
  20. Orange Crush (orange flavored soft drink)
  21. Party mixes
  22. Pepsi-Cola
  23. Pineapple upside down cake
  24. Royal Crown Cola (aka RC Cola)
  25. Scalloped potatoes
  26. Shrimp cocktail (Shrimp cocktail “is a seafood dish consisting of shelled, cooked prawns in a Marie Rose sauce or cocktail sauce, served in a glass. It was the most popular hors d'œuvre in Great Britain, as well as in the United States, from the 1960s to the late 1980.”)
  27. Spaghetti-Os
  28. SPAM (Spam “is a brand of canned cooked pork made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was introduced by Hormel in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. By 2003, Spam was sold in 41 countries on six continents and trademarked in over 100 countries.”)
  29. Squirt (grapefruit flavored soft drink)
  30. Swedish meatballs (Swedish meatballs “are cooked in a rich, roux-based, creamy gravy made with beef or bone broth and sour cream.”)
  31. Teem (lemon and lime flavored soft drink)
  32. Tuna noodle casserole
  33. Tunnel of fudge cake
  34. Vernon’s ginger ale
  35. Waldorf salad (A Waldorf salad “is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes, dressed in mayonnaise, and traditionally served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.”)
In 1965, Waldorf salads were all the rage.

In 1965, Waldorf salads were all the rage.

15. Famous Birthdays

Here are some of the famous people who were born in 1965:

  1. Ben Stiller: Movie actor
  2. Brandon Lee: Movie actor
  3. Brooke Shields: Movie actress
  4. Charles Esten: Comedian
  5. Charlie Sheen: TV actor
  6. Elizabeth Hurley: Movie actress
  7. J. K. Rowling: Young adult author
  8. Kevin James: Movie actor
  9. Liz Hemmings: Instagram star
  10. Martin Kratt: TV producer
  11. Martin Lawrence: Movie actor
  12. Melissa McBride: TV actress
  13. Michael Bay: Director
  14. Rob Brydon: Movie actor
  15. Robert Downey Jr.; Movie actor
  16. Sarah Jessica Parker: TV actress
  17. Scottie Pippen: Basketball player
  18. Shania Twain: Country singer
  19. Steve Kerr: Basketball coach
  20. Viola Davis: Movie actress

16. Noteworthy Weddings

  1. On January 1, novelist Michael Crichton married high school sweetheart Joan Radam.
  2. On February 11, Beatle Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were married.
  3. On March 26, playwright Tom Stoppard married nurse Josie Ingle.
  4. On May 15, director Martin Scorsese and Laraine Brennan were married.
  5. On May 25, boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson married Millie Bruce.
  6. On June 18, actress and singer Rita Moreno and cardiologist Leonard Gordon were married.
  7. On June 19, NBA forward Bob Pettit married Carole Crowell.
  8. On June 22, actress Lana Turner and Robert P. Eaton were married.
  9. On July 15, actress Joan Rivers married TV producer Edgar Rosenberg.
  10. On August 14, former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda and director and producer Roger Vadim were married.
  11. On September 17, tennis star Billie Jean King married attorney Larry King.
  12. On September 25, novelist Danielle Steel and banker Claude-Eric Lazard were married.
  13. On October 7, actress and comedian Phyllis Diller married actor Warde Donovan.
  14. On November 22, singer and songwriter Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes were married.
  15. On December 2, comedian Tony Hancock married publicist Freddie Ross.

17. Well-Known People Who Died

  1. January 4: T. S. Eliot (an American-born British poet and essayist)
  2. January 14: Jeanette McDonald (an American singer who is best remembered for her films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier)
  3. January 24: Winston Churchill (the former British prime minister)
  4. February 15: Nat King Cole (an American singer famous for the songs Unforgettable and Mona Lisa)
  5. February 23: Stan Laurel (a British comedian who played in the Laurel & Hardy films)
  6. February 26: Jimmie Lee Jackson (an American civil rights activist)
  7. March 17: Quentin Reynolds (an American newscaster)
  8. April 15: Sydney Chaplin (an English actor and the half brother of Charlie Chaplin)
  9. April 27: Edward R. Murrow (an American newscaster)
  10. May 1: Spike Jones (an American bandleader)
  11. June 1: Curly Lambeau (a former NFL head coach)
  12. June 7: Judy Holliday (an American singer and actress who played in the films Born Yesterday and Adam's Rib)
  13. June 23: Mary Boland (an American stage and film actress who played in the films Boy Trouble and New Moon)
  14. July 3: Trigger (Roy Rogers’ horse)
  15. July 14: Adlai Stevenson (the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations)
  16. July 24: Constance Bennett (an American actress who played in the films Madame X and Topper)
  17. July 24: Irene Browne (an American stage and film actress who played in the film Peg O' My Heart)
  18. August 8: Shirley Jackson (an American author who wrote the novel Road Through the Wall)
  19. August 27: Le Corbusier (a Swiss-French architect and city planner)
  20. September 27: Clara Bow (an American silent screen actress)
  21. November 8: Dorothy Kilgallen (an American newspaper columnist)
  22. November 16: Harry Blackstone Sr. (an American magician)
  23. December 5: Joseph Erlanger (an American physiologist who invented shock therapy)
  24. December 12: Johnny Lee (an American actor who played in Song of the South and the Amos 'n' Andy Show)
  25. December 16: William Somerset Maugham (an English author who wrote the novel Razor's Edge)
In 1965, Bonanza was the most popular TV show.

In 1965, Bonanza was the most popular TV show.

18. America’s Largest Corporations

Money.CNN tells us that “Since 1955, when the first FORTUNE 500 was created, more than 1,800 companies have appeared on the list. Many of these companies have changed names over this period, owing to mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies. Other companies have gone private, or simply changed their names.”

Here is the 1965 FORTUNE 500:

  1. General Motors
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. Ford Motor
  4. General Electric
  5. Mobil
  6. Chrysler
  7. U.S. Steel
  8. Texaco
  9. IBM
  10. Gulf Oil

Here is the 1955 FORTUNE 500, the year in which the list was created:

  1. General Motors
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. U.S. Steel
  4. General Electric
  5. Esmark
  6. Chrysler
  7. Armour
  8. Gulf Oil
  9. Mobile
  10. DuPont

19. Companies and Brands Established During 1965

  1. A. J. Foyt Racing: An American racing car team in the IndyCar series
  2. Dolby Laboratories: A company that specializes in audio noise reduction
  3. Dollar Rent A Car: A car rental enterprise
  4. Donlen Corporation: A fleet leasing and management company
  5. Fotomat: A retail chain that specialized in photo finishing
  6. Gensler: A design and architecture firm
  7. Gold’s Gym: A chain of fitness centers that has locations all over the world.
  8. Icicle Seafoods: An “American seafood processor and wholesaler with land-based and vessel-based processing facilities throughout Alaska.”
  9. Iowa Great Lakes Recording Company: A recording studio
  10. The Martin Agency: An American advertising agency
  11. Petco: A retail chain that sells pet supplies
  12. Princess Cruises: Based on net revenue, the second-largest cruise line.
  13. Rush Enterprises: An international retailer of new and used trucks
  14. Turner Broadcasting System: A television and media conglomerate
  15. Yoplait: The world’s largest franchise brand of yogurt
In 1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy made his debut in an advert for crescent dinner rolls.

In 1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy made his debut in an advert for crescent dinner rolls.

References:

In 1965, Gold’s Gym—a chain of fitness centers that has locations all over the world—was started by Joe Gold in Venice Beach, California.

In 1965, Gold’s Gym—a chain of fitness centers that has locations all over the world—was started by Joe Gold in Venice Beach, California.

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