What Was Going On The Year I Was Born

I’ve got nothin’. I have a million things worthy of my blog (which isn’t saying a whole lot) but very little time and even less gumption to post anything. So I’m cheating. Gotta love blogthings!

In 1965 (the year you were born)

Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara calls for a nationwide network of bomb shelters

Former leader of the Black Muslims, Malcolm X, is shot and killed in New York City

To protest voting rights discrimination, civil rights demonstrators begin a march for Selma to Montgomery with federal troop protection

The first commercial satellite, Early Bird, is launched into space by Nasa to transmit telephone and television signals

Voting Rights Act is signed into law

Riots by young blacks in the Watts area of Los Angeles begin, causing $200 million in damage

Hurricane Betsy claims 75 lives in southern Florida and Louisiana

United States President Lyndon Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address

Dr. Dre, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr., Shania Twain, Moby, and Ben Stiller are born

Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series

Green Bay Packers win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, is the top grossing film

Dune by Frank Herbert is published

The Beatles’ Rubber Soul is released

“Satisfaction” by Rolling Stones is a top hit

The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing songs from their new album Help!

Sony introduces the Betamax, a home video tape recorder

Nearly all of NBC’s programs are now broadcast in color

I Dream of Jeannie premieres


  1. Swishy on April 23, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Wow! A lot happened during your year!

  2. Jenster on April 23, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    What can I say? It was a good year. Oh wait. Some of that stuff wasn’t so good, huh? LOL I was born down the street from where the Watt’s Riots happened, but a couple of months later. Something to be proud of, no??

  3. Slackermommy on April 24, 2007 at 12:33 am

    I love reading those.

  4. Dorky Dad on April 24, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Clearly the most important thing on there is the premier of I Dream of Jeanie.

  5. Terri on April 24, 2007 at 2:06 am

    That was the year we had a great family vacation – at least in my book! We went to San Clemente, went to the beach everyday for a week (maybe longer??). Mom was pregnant, I got to be in the water ALL DAY! Bliss! Oh, and then you came a few months later 🙁 (LMAO!!! I’m so funny!) No, we have enjoyed you, you are always so entertaining!

  6. Jenster on April 24, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Slackermommy – They are fun, aren’t they??DD – Why, that goes without saying!! But you said it and that’s okay.Terri – I’m not sure which is worse. Did I ruin your life or was I the jester?? Or maybe both?? LOL

  7. Rosie on April 24, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I was living in Clovis, New Mexico with dreams of being a ballerina. Things didn’t quite work out the way I planned back in ’65.

  8. Jen on April 24, 2007 at 11:59 am

    My DH was born in 1965 as well. Betamax and the Beatles in the same year? What a year!

  9. Katybug on April 24, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Rubber Soul is THE BEST Beatles album EVER, without a doubt! And don’t even THINK about arguing with me. It WAS a VERY good year! I was born about a month before JFK was shot (1963, so no one has to stop & think). Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique, launching a middle-class feminist movement. Michael Jordan, Quentin Tarantino, Conan O’Brien, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt are born. Hmm…well 2 out of 5…uh, well…okay, so 1963 sucked. HEY! The remote control was authorized by the FCC!!! Permission to be lazy GRANTED!!! WOO HOO!!!

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