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1965 Historical Event(s)
- February 2, 1965 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Snake in Chinese astrology.
- February 9, 1965 – Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
- March 18, 1965 – Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
- March 21, 1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
- May 12, 1965 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
- September 6, 1965 – War of 1965: India retaliates following Pakistan’s Operation Grand Slam which resulted in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 that ends in a stalemate and follows the signing of the Tashkent Declaration.
- September 30, 1965 – The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, is introduced.
- November 24, 1965 – Joseph Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.
- November 28, 1965 – Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s call for “more flags” in Vietnam, Philippines President Elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in South Vietnam.
- December 15, 1965 – Gemini program: Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.
Who Were Born On 1965?
- January 16, 1965 – Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
- February 2, 1965 – Carl Airey, English footballer
- February 5, 1965 – Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer
- March 7, 1965 – Steve Beuerlein, American football player
- May 3, 1965 – Mikhail Prokhorov, Russian self-made businessman
- May 20, 1965 – Ted Allen, American television host
- June 15, 1965 – Adam Smith, American politician
- August 11, 1965 – Embeth Davidtz, American actress
- September 13, 1965 – Jeffrey Ross, American comedian
- November 4, 1965 – Pata, Japanese musician