1965 News and Pop Culture

Rock and roll was here to stay and we were a part of it. Whether listening to WLS on our transister radios, dancing at the Waterfront or spinning 45s at home, we helped change music forever.  Listen to Wooly Bully, our class song.   

Do you remember….?

How much things cost in 1965 

Yearly Inflation Rate USA                           1.59% 

DJ Industrial Average year-end close          969 

Average Cost of new house               $13,600.00 

Average Income per year                     $6,450.00 

Gas per Gallon                                        31 cents 

Average Cost of a new car                   $2,650.00 

Loaf of bread                                           21 cents 


What was in the news

  • On Palm Sunday, fifty-one tornadoes hit six Midwestern states killing 256 to 271 people and injuring some 1,500 more.

  • Race riots break out in Watts, California leaving large parts of the city burnt and looted and 34 dead. 

  • Lyndon B. Johnson announces his program to create Medicare and to expand his war on poverty

  • Several northeastern states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.  

  • In St. Louis, the 630-foot-tall parabolic steel Gateway Arch is completed

  • The Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote becomes law

  • The war in Vietnam worsens. President Johnson increases the number of troops to 125,000 from 75,000.  The Anti-War movement grows.

  • Pope Paul VI becomes the first Pope to visit the United States

  • Malcolm X shot in New York

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads civil rights march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery

  • Warren Buffet gains controlling interest in Berkshire-Hathaway.  Share price in 1965 - $18.00; today - $205,150.
  • US begins airlift of Cubans wishing to leave Cuba and live in America

  • Cigarette manufacturers were forced to add health warnings on cigarette packets.
  • Women's skirts get shorter; men's hair gets longer.


Quotable Quotes

"Sorry about that, Chief" - Get Smart
"Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous To Your Health"
- US Surgeon General
"Turn on, tune in and drop out" - Dr. Timothy Leary


Technology 1965

  • Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for Apollo.
  • Ranger 9 sends back live TV broadcast when it crashes on to the moon.
  • Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov is the first person to walk in space.
  • Astronaut Edward White walks in space during flight of Gemini 4
  • Hypertext is introduced for linking on the Internet
  • The Optical Disk (now Compact Disk) is invented 
  • A respirator that replaces the iron lung is developed 


Popular Culture

  • The Mary Quant designs the mini-skirt which becomes the fashion statement of the 60's. 
  • One of most popular films "Sound of Music" is released.
  • The Beatles release the movie and album "Help!".  They also play a live concert at Shea Stadium.
  • The Grateful Dead with Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia play their first concert, in San Francisco.


Popular Films

Mary Poppins

The Sound of Music


My Fair Lady

What's New Pussycat?

Cat Ballou


Top Television Shows (all G-rated unlike TV programs today)

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