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1965 Newspaper Headlines Summary

1965 newspaper headlines include stories about the abolition of the death penalty in Britain, the funeral of Winston Churchill, and the inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson as the U.S. President. It was also the year in which the Beatles performed the first concert in the history of rock music in New York, and Laurel, of iconic duo Laurel and Hardy, died from a heart attack. An authentic 1965 newspaper is a wonderful gift idea to commemorate this year in history for someone special.

DateEvent
20th January 1965Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in for his full term as U.S. President.
27th January 1965The State funeral of Sir Winston Churchill takes place with the largest assembly of statesmen in the world until the 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II.
6th February 1965Sir Stanley Matthews plays his final First Division football game, at the record age of fifty years and five days.
18th February 1965Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
23rd February 1965Stan Laurel, British actor and one half of the famous ‘Laurel And Hardy‘ double act (b. 1890) dies three days after suffering a heart attack. His comedy partner had died nine years earlier, in 1957.
23rd April 1965The Pennine Way officially opens.
31st May 1965Racing driver Jim Clark wins the Indianapolis 500. He wins the Formula One world driving championship later in the year.
22nd July 1965Sir Alec Douglas-Home resigns as leader of the British Conservative Party.
26th July 1965The Maldives receive full independence from Great Britain.
27th July 1965Edward Heath becomes Leader of the Conservative Party.
1st August 1965Cigarette advertising is banned on British television.
15th August 1965The Beatles perform the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing at Shea Stadium in New York.
8th October 1965The Post Office Tower opens in London.
29th October 1965Ian Brady and Myra Hindley appear in court, charged with the murders of Edward Evans (17), Lesley Ann Downey (10), and John Kilbride (12).
8th November 1965The Murder Act of 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom.
22nd December 1965A seventy miles per hour speed limit is imposed on British roads.
27th December 1965The British oil platform ‘Sea Gem’ collapses in the North Sea.
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