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.

Iron Lung used to help patients breathe when their bodies couldn't do this simple task on their own.
Iron Lung used to help patients breathe when their bodies couldn't do this simple task on their own.

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!"

Bill Cosby's big break came in 1965 when he starred in "I Spy" alongside Robert Culp
Bill Cosby's big break came in 1965 when he starred in "I Spy" alongside Robert Culp

More Facts

  • "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.

Mini skirts were introduced . . . so was up-skirting, possibly?
Mini skirts were introduced . . . so was up-skirting, possibly?

Flashback Costs

  • 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.

Joe Namath NY Jets 1965
Joe Namath NY Jets 1965

#1 Songs

  • 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

I Dream of Jeannie starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden debuted in 1965 until 1970.
I Dream of Jeannie starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden debuted in 1965 until 1970.

Popular Girl Names

  • Lisa
  • Mary
  • Karen
  • Kimberly
  • Susan
  • Patricia
  • Donna
  • Linda
  • Cynthia
  • Angela

Popular Boy Names

  • Michael
  • John
  • David
  • James
  • Robert
  • William
  • Mark
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Jeffrey

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Country Music Star Shania Twain was born in 1965. She turns 50 years old in 2015
Country Music Star Shania Twain was born in 1965. She turns 50 years old in 2015

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'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

Temptations - My Girl

Where were you in 1965?

  • I was not even an egg yet.
  • I was born in 1965.
  • I was alive and well, but I was too young to remember anything.
  • I remember plenty. I'll share some memories in the comment section below.
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Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe

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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

This is a fun series. I hope you do more of them. Yes, I was a junior in high school in 1965, so everything you mentioned I remembered quite well. :)

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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I certainly wasn't even an egg. Interesting and useful.

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ChitrangadaSharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting flashback facts from 1965! Many memories got refreshed.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!

DJ Anderson 22 months ago

I could spend all day listening to all those old songs.

This article was great fun.

I was just a babe in 1965.

Some thought I was a HOT babe. Ha, ha

And, the crowd roars with laughter!

Super job on this hub. Up and shared!


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Same as bill....a junior in HS. (no we're not twins...he flunked a grade...maybe 2) The good news is I can and do remember every last thing on the lists....all the people mentioned and the MUSIC....all of it. It was a great year, but then, I think if you ask a Boomer, they'll all say it was a wonderful, magical time.

Like right about now.....10:22 am Thurs.....I'd be in Geometry Class with Sister Thomas Ann (yikes! spooky) trying desperately to get a note passed to my BFF Char on the other side of the classroom......because she was moved there to keep us apart, because we laughed ourselves silly through the entire 45 minute class.

Hmmmm...some things never change, GF. BTW, my final grade in that class was 97. Geniuses don't need to pay attention.

To all the teens out there......I'm kidding. Pay attention, study hard, go to school.....and get good grades!!

A wonderful walk down Memory Lane, GF and I simply adore those walks......UP+++tweeted & Pinned....shared too

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CrisSp 22 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Well, well, my parents were still dating then. I was pooped out couple of years just before the 70's arrived. .:) What fun page to read!

Love all the songs listed. I grew up listening to them. Nostalgia! Now, "I've got you babe" is going to my jukebox page.

Meanwhile, sending you some love from the sky. ~

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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

Linda, I love this! I was eight in 1965. We had just moved to Philly and had a finished basement. When I wasn't playing school (my parents bought six old desks from an elementary school that was being refurbished and painted them in primary colors), I was listening to my 45s and pretending I was an ice-skating champion. The floors were perfect for sliding in my socks, which I did to the music.

The '60s were great times of change. I think those of us who remember them have as many good memories as there was unrest. Many of us grew up in the '60s. I wouldn't change it for the world.

Thanx for this wonderful trip down memory lane and the sing-along. I still remember all the words!

I really enjoyed this, Linda.

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DeborahNeyens 22 months ago from Iowa

Thanks a lot for reminding me that I have a big birthday coming up next year. : ) And who knew Piers Morgan and I were born on the same day?

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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa

In 1965 South Africa was about 20 years behind America. Those warnings on cigarette boxes appeared for the first time somewhere in the 80's, if not later. Excellent flashback facts from 1965!

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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks y'all I enjoyed reading your memories of 1965. I'm enjoying doing the research for the flashback facts articles...I'm learning so much! :)

Deb...I've added your name to the list of lucky ones turning 50 in 2015! I look forward to welcoming you to the 50 is Nifty Club.

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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

1965 was a big year for me. Doc Hyatt got his degree in Vet. Medicine, and we took off for a new life in Florida with two little kids, and one on the way! I enjoyed reading this so much, because I remember so much of the music, etc. from that year.

Very fun Hub to read!

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marcoujor 22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

I am loving the comments, along with this awesome and fun look back at 1965...

I was 4-years of age and still I sang my tender heart out to these tunes in my basement... don't get me started on the 'Green Acres' theme (LOL)-- just a stone's throw from where Shauna was ice-skating her way to fame...!

I am shocked that TGIFridays and Subway are both turning the big '50'.

Voting UP and UABI and sharing. Love, MM

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Phyllis Doyle 22 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love going over flashbacks like this. I remember it all for 1965. I was married in November of that year. Favorite singers for both my husband and me were Sonny and Cher - I thought they would be together forever.

I wore mini skirts and hot pants. I had a brother in the Vietnam War who was MIA - thank God he survived and came home.

"It was the best of times - it was the worst of times." (where is that quote from?)

Thanks for this trip down memory lane. I so enjoyed it.

Up,U,A,B,I and H+

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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

Voted way up and sharing! I guess technically I was an egg (aren't they in the female's body from birth or something?) but anyhow I wouldn't be born for years. This is a terrific series and captures culture in a snapshot. Sad how Bill Cosby turned out. And Carrot Top is that ... um young? My grandmother tells me how men in her era were up skirting. They used to put small mirrors on their shoes. She worked in an ice cream store and there were some real greasers but she laughs about them now.

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word55 22 months ago from Chicago

Thank you Sunshine625, The best thing about 1965 is that you were born :-). Yes, you took many of us down wonderful memory lane. That was a great year. I had my 3rd girlfriend by then. Yes, I turned out to be quite a lady's man. I always treated the ladies well and with loving respect. The music you pointed out here was fantastic. I wrote letters to my brother who fought in Vietnam. Thank God he came back alive. Keep looking wonderful and writing to please our our hearts. Happy Birthday coming!

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA

I was a senior in high school, set to graduate in January of 1966. (San Francisco had so many baby boomer kids that they had to split the school year into 'mid-terms' with some kids graduating in January, and the others in the traditional June.)

I remember going in to math class one day, and one of the girls who was a half-year ahead of me was crying. Her boyfriend had been shipped to Vietnam, and had been killed. They had planned to marry when he came home. It shocked me. I killed my own innocence. It was the first time it really hit me that you did not have to be "old" to die.

The Sound of Music was a big hit with me; I saw it 7 times! I remember the Sounds of Silence song, but not many of the others; I wasn't really into the music of my peers, but of my parents' era. I caught up with the Beach Boys et all many years later. LOL

Voted up, useful and interesting.

@Phyllis Doyle-- Your quote is from "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. It is the opening statement in the first paragraph of that novel. ;-)

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Sam Montana 22 months ago

A lot sure happened in 1965. I was 7 years old, but remember quite a bit. The Beatles of course and I remember the space program as a little kid. The war in Vietnam was on the TV news every night and I think that is something everyone my age remembers.

Personally, that was a year I remember well. Living in Denver, there was a flash flood one night that cut right through the city down the S. Platte River. I remember everyone up and down the street packing their cars with belongings in case we had to go to higher ground. Thankfully we didn't.

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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

I'm old enough to remember the 60's. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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Credence2 22 months ago from Florida (Space Coast)

I like to do these kinds of hubs too, nice layout. Kudos from a guy both alive and kicking during 1965!

Hey, Sam Montana I was living in Denver in 1965 as well. What high school did you graduate from?

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Sam Montana 22 months ago

Hi Credence2, GW. Do you remember the flood of '65?

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Credence2 22 months ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Yes indeed, Sam we were on a house on a hill and did not get the basement flooded. It was that Platte River again?

This is crazy, I am a GW grad, class of 1972! We may have been attending the school at the same time. I am retired in Florida, now, but like to get back to the next reunion slated for 2017...

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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

I was in the eleventh grade in 1965 so much of this swirled around me. It was a time of innocence for me as I was sheltered from so much by my family but just a few years later my friends went to Vietnam and many never came home. One of my best male friends came back so damaged that he never has led a normal life

Very interesting post, Sunshine ---and a walk down memory lane for me..

Angels are on the way to you.

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Dip Mtra 22 months ago from World Citizen

Where was I in 1965? Don't remember much other than being nine years old and mom being alive still. I will try to recollect every year of the past decades after reading this article. Thanks for making me try to remember.

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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Fifty is nifty! What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I was six years old then and do remember a lot. Later, I remember watching all of these shows and Sonny and Cher too. My mom said I would love to twist and shout to the Beatles when I was just four, I believe. lol I remember watching The Wizard of Oz for the first time that year. I remember the mini shirt and in later years, everyone was still wearing them including me. I loved that show I Dream of Jeannie and must have watched the reruns later in life, as I did not realize the show is that old!

I thought that TGI Fridays and Subway were new restaurants, but I guess they did not come down to the Deep South until recent years. I remember when the postage stamp was .04 cents, but maybe I was too young and just thought it was .04 instead of .05?

Now, as far as Joe Namath, before going off to the NY Jets, he was the star quarterback for Alabama. Just the past weekend, we watched the big rivalry game between Alabama and Auburn, and they showed Joe Namath in the sky box ... still looks pretty good for being as old as he is now. However, I was shocked, being in my mind, I remember him as shown in your photo here. Roll Tide Roll : )

Fun hub!

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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Roll Tide Roll! Thank you ALL for sharing your memories! The comments are becoming more interesting than the flashback facts! :)

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ezzly 22 months ago

My sis was born in 1969 so I'll have to show this to her ! :)

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Vellur 22 months ago from Dubai

An interesting flashback from 1965, enjoyed reading. Interesting and informative hub.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 22 months ago

Wish I looked as good as Shania Twain or Brooke Shields does! Fun hub Sunshine, especially for those of us turning the big 50 soon.

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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Happy almost 50th B-Day Glimmer!!

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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I was married and had two children. Lisa was 6 and Todd was 2. Randy was still in the thinking stage and born later in '71. What fun, living the year 1965 again. Thanks, Linda.

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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

Hiya Linda, can't believe I missed this! I was five years old and do remember the programs and the songs, this was great! amazing memories!

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teaches12345 22 months ago

I love this series you write and hope you are going to post more. I was quite young in 1965 but I can still remember some of the music listed, especially Hang On Snoopy! Thanks for the memories.

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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Audrey, Nell and Dianna...Thank you for sharing your memories of 1965. Time sure flies when you are having fun! :)

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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

This was fun! I loved, loved I Dream of Jeannie!

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

A blast from the past no doubt, Sunshine.

I was in eleventh grade that year...thinking about prom, a special boy friend, prom, graduation...and it was the year that I knew for sure I was born to write( even though I had been 'writing' since I was a wee girl old enough to hold a pencil).

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

I am one of the Baby Boomers here. I was a senior in high school in 1965 and thankfully remember it well. (The mind is the first thing to go.) Anyway, it was a big year for folk music too and Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio and the likes were riding high along with madras plaid! Everyone had a madras plaid skirt, yes skirt. Mini-skirts were on the cusp and we used to roll up our uniform skirts to make them a bit shorter even though the nuns sometimes caught on and made us roll them back down.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist. Thanks for the memories.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

I always fantasized about living in Jeannie's bottle...not so much anymore since I have become a bit more claustrophobic, but hey it's a fantasy! :)

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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Awww PS, Thank you for sharing your 1965 memory! :)

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Sunshine625 20 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Awesome memories, Mary! I'm sure the nuns frowned upon the mini skirts! :)

Teresa 19 months ago

The figure you have for the average cost of a house in 1965 is wrong. It was about $21,000.

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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, Teresa!

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