May 1965 calendar

May 1965

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1965.
The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1965: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1965?


  • 01 May 1965 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
  • 02 May 1965 New Faces of 1965 opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • 03 May 1965 Don Steele, begins a 40+ year radio career at KRTH (Los Angeles, California)
  • 05 May 1965 First large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam.
  • 06 May 1965 Lawry and Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against West Indies.
  • 07 May 1965 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 09 May 1965 Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • 11 May 1965 Flora, the Red Menace opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 12 May 1965 Israel and West Germany exchange letters, beginning diplomatic relations.
  • 13 May 1965 Rolling Stones record Satisfaction
  • 14 May 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 15 May 1965 Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • 16 May 1965 Roar of the Greasepaint opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • 18 May 1965 Gene Roddenberry suggests 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Captain
  • 19 May 1965 Patricia R Harris named 1st US black female ambassador
  • 20 May 1965 Yorkshire all out for 23 versus Hampshire at Middlesbrough.
  • 21 May 1965 US Senator Alan Bible of Nevada introduces a bill that would give the Treasury Secretary the power to dictate what coins could be traded at a premium. It would also prohibit exportation of US coins, prohibit the melting of silver coins by unauthorized persons, outlaw unreasonable hoarding of coins, and outlaw buying or selling non-rare coins at more than face value.
  • 22 May 1965 Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious hits #66
  • 23 May 1965 Franz Jonas elected president of Austria.
  • 24 May 1965 US Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional.
  • 25 May 1965 Dave Davies of Kinks stumbles and is knocked unconscious on stage
  • 26 May 1965 Revised International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea takes effect.
  • 27 May 1965 Inter Milan wins 10th Europe Cup 1 in Milan, Italy.
  • 28 May 1965 Fire and explosion at Dhori mine in Dhanbad, India kills 400.
  • 29 May 1965 A mining accident in Dhanbad, India kills 274.
  • 30 May 1965 Vivian Malone, is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama
  • 31 May 1965 Jim Clark becomes first foreigner in 49 years to win Indianapolis 500 car race.
  • 18 May 1965 Israeli spy Eli Cohen is hanged in Damascus, Syria.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1965?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
  2. - Ticket To Ride
  3. - Help Me, Rhonda
  4. - Game Of Love
  5. - Count Me In

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ticket To Ride
  2. - Long Live Love
  3. - King Of The Road
  4. - Crying In The Chapel
  5. - Where Are You Now (My Love)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1965?

The Founding Father by Richard J. Whalen

The Founding Father


"The remarkable bestseller about Joseph P. Kennedy- the grandson of an Irish immigrant and father to President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy."

Reminiscences by Douglas MacArthur



His memoir, written in his own words and completed only weeks before his death. It spans over half a century worth of modern history. He was able to offer unique perspectives on the conflicts he participated in from his position …

Journal Of A Soul by Pope John XXIII

Journal Of A Soul


Pope John XXIII is the pope that has attracted so much attention and universal affection in this century.

How To Be A Jewish Mother by Dan Greenburg

How To Be A Jewish Mother


Book by Greenburg Dan

Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Up The Down Staircase


Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase, one of the most beloved novels of all time, is among the most loved. It has been translated in sixteen languages and made into a prize-winning motion movie. The play was staged at high …