Flashback Facts From 1965
1965: From the Beatles to Vietnam
The year 1965 is a blur to me. I was just two years old and all I cared about was food and clean diapers. Oh, and that there was someone to entertain me. However, after much research, I have learned that it was quite a year. Here's a sampling of why:
- The Beatles were still going strong.
- The "Sound of Music" movie was a smash success.
- Also "Green Acres" the TV show made its debut — I remember watching Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert years later. Heck, I still have the theme song stuck in my head!
- On a somber note, Vietnam was still in full force and soldiers were being shipped out alive, and either shipped back in body bags or so traumatized that life was never the same for them again. Such a devastating time in history. By the end of 1965, over 190,000 soldiers were in Vietnam. Australia began to ship their forces over during this year. The war continued to worsen.
- Bill Cosby got his big break starring in the TV sitcom, "I Spy."
- Another sitcom many of us enjoyed was "I Dream of Jeannie" — Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman had us all wishing we could one day find a Jeannie in a bottle.
- Diet Pepsi also made a big splash as the latest no calorie soft drink. Canned Spaghettios made mom's job a bit easier when it came to lunch time.
- In 1965 the Pillsbury Doughboy, Popping Fresh was born . . . who hasn't wanted to poke his belly? Even today, he brings a smile to so many faces.
This was a year of many great memories for many. Some good, some not so good. No matter the outcome of 1965, there is no doubt that many of you learned lessons along the way.
Whether you were or weren't born before 1965, join me in a walk down memory lane.
1965 Flashback Facts
- The respirator replaced the Iron Lung.
- Lyndon B. Johnson was President.
- The life expectancy was 70.2 years old.
- The population of the world was 3.345 billion
- The US population was 194 million
- The US begins to airlift Cubans wishing to live in the USA
- Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov was the first person to walk in space (for 12 minutes).
- The optical disk, which is now called the compact disk, was invented by James Russell.
- Human rights activist Malcom X was assassinated on February 21.
- Florida International University is founded in Miami.
- It became the first year that health warnings appeared on a pack of cigarettes.
- Cigarette TV advertising was banned in Britain.
- The skateboard and super ball were the hottest toys.
- Men began to grow their hair longer.
- Women's skirts began to get shorter — the mini skirt was the fashion statement at the time.
- Hypertext was introduced for linking to the Internet, and the rest is history.
- The Beatles release the movie and album, "Help!"
- "Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered on CBS.
- Cool Whip was introduced by General Foods, and within three months it was the top selling whipped topping product.
- The first Subway sandwich shop opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
- Diet Pepsi made its debut.
- The Pillsbury Dough Boy, "Popping Fresh" was born.
- There were 1,800,000 marriages and 479,000 divorces.
- John Lennon passed his driving test.
- The New York Jets signed quarterback Joe Namath.
- T.G.I Fridays opened first restaurant in NYC.
- The Academy Award for best best picture went to, "My Fair Lady."
- Miss America was Vonda Kay Van Dyke of Arizona.
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- The Academy of Country Music (ACM) began awarding country music's finest superstars for their talent and stardom.
- The average household income was $6,450.
- A gallon of gas was 31 cents.
- Bread was 21 cents a loaf.
- Houses averaged $13,660, with new homes averaging about $21,000.
- Rent was about $118 a month.
- New cars costed an average of $2,650.
- A postage stamp was .05 cents.
- Payphone calls were .10 cents.
- Hershey bars were .05 cents.
- I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
- I Can't Get No Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
- Ticket To Ride - The Beatles
- My Girl - The Temptations
- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
- Help me, Rhonda - Beach Boys
- Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
- Over and Over - Dave Clark Five
- Hang on Sloopy - McCoys
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Happy 50th Birthday!
If you are one of the lucky ones who were born in 1965 and will turn 50 years old in 2015, I wish you a Happy Half-Century Birthday!
Remember, age is just a number...it's all about how you feel. Being fifty is nifty.
Famous People Who Turn 50 in 2015 . . .
- Chris Rock (Actor and Comic) February 7th
- Carrot Top (Stand Up Comedy) February 25th
- Sarah Jessica Parker (Actress, "Sex and the City") March 25th
- Piers Morgan (TV Personality) March 30th
- Deb Neyens (I'm honored to call her my friend) March 30th
- Robert Downey Jr (Actor) April 14th
- Jon Cryer (Actor, "Two and a Half Men") April 16th
- Brooke Shields (Actress and Model) May 31st
- David Spade (Actor) July 22nd
- Slash (Guitarist) July 23rd
- JK Rowland (Author, Harry Potter) July 31st
- Shania Twain (Country music singer) August 28th
- Charlie Sheen (Actor, "Two and a Half Men") September 3rd
- Ty Pennington (Television Host, "Extreme Makeover") October 19th
- Ben Stiller (Actor, "Meet the Parents") November 30th
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