Life in 1965 – Popular Culture Facts


This page offers an insight into life in 1965 and includes World news, political leaders, prices, population statistics and information about the popular culture of 1965.

The year 1965 began on a Friday. It was not a leap year.

1965 In The News

Life in 1965 - Winston Churchill Funeral
Funeral Procession for Winston Churchill

30th January – Winston Churchill given a state funeral.

21st February – Malcolm X assassinated.

2nd June – First Australian troops sent to Vietnam.

16th July – The Mont Blanc tunnel in the Alps opened.

9th September – Hurricane Betsy caused over $1 billion worth of damage.

8th December – The Race Relations Act UK addressed racial discrimination.


Life in 1965 – Prices

dollar bill

Average house:
UK – £3,269; USA – $13,600
Petrol per gallon:
UK – £0.24; USA – $0.31
Loaf of Bread:
UK – £0.06; USA – $0.21
Gold per ounce:
UK – $35.12, USA – $35.3

Life in 1965 – Population

World Map

World: – 3,350,249,978 
Australia: – 11,439,384
Canada: – 20,071,104
China: – 715,546,432
India: – 494,963,584
Soviet Union: 126,541,296
United States: – 193,526,000
United Kingdom: – 54,350,000


Life in 1965 – Music

Popular MusicBest Selling Single:
UK – Tears – Ken Dodd
USA – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
AUS – Que Sera, Sera/ Shakin’ All Over – Normie Rowe
CAN – Shakin’ All Over – Chad Allan & the Expressions

Best Selling Album:
UK – The Sound of Music – Original Broadway Cast
USA – Mary Poppins – Original Soundtrack
AUS – The Sound of Music – Original Broadway Cast
CAN – No data – Charts began 1968

Popular Artists:
The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Petula Clark, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Supremes, The Temptations


On the Bookshelves

BookshelfBooks Published in 1965:

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Dune – Frank Herbert
Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
Stoner – John Williams
The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverley Cleary

At the Movies

Movies Films1965 Top Movies (USA box office figures):

1. The Sound of Music – $75 million
2. Dr Zhivago – $43 million
3. Thunderball – $27 million
4. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines – $14 million
5. The Great Race – $11.4 million


Life in 1965 – World Leaders

Life in 1965 - Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson UK Prime Minister

Australia Prime Minister – Robert Menzies 
Canada Prime Minister – Lester Pearson
China President – Liu Shaoqi
India Prime Minister – Lal Bahadur Shastri
Soviet Union Leader – Leonid Brezhnev after 14th October
United States President – Lyndon B Johnson
United Kingdom Prime Minister –  Harold Wilson


Born in 1965

James Nesbitt born 1965
James Nesbitt

15th January – James Nesbitt (Actor)
20th January – Sophie, Countess of Wessex (Royal Family)
14th March – Aamir Khan (Film Director)
30th March – Piers Morgan (TV Personality)
10th May – Linda Evangelista (Model)
1st July – Carl Fogarty (Motorcycle Racer)
21st November – Björk (Singer/Songwriter)

Died in 1965

TS Eliot
T.S. Eliot

4th January – T. S. Eliot (Poet)
24th January – Winston Churchill (Politician)
15th February – Nat King Cole (Musician)
23rd February – Stan Laurel (Actor)
7th March – Louise Mountbatten (Swedish Royal Family)
14th March – Marion Jones (Tennis Player)
4th September – Albert Schweitzer (Physician)


1965 Sport Highlights

Roy Emerson tennis player 1965

Football – Liverpool won the FA Cup
Cycling – Felice Gimondi (ITA) won the Tour de France
Tennis – Roy Emerson won the Australian Open and  Wimbledon
Golf – British Open won by Peter Thomson; US Open won by Gary Player; Jack Nicklaus beat the Masters record with 17 under par.
Baseball – Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series
Horse Racing – Arkle won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the second time; Lucky Debonair won the Kentucky Derby


Christmas Wishlist

Chatter Telephone 1965

G I Joe Action Figure
Barbie and Ken Dolls
Fisher Price Chatter Telephone
Etch A Sketch
Matchbox Cars
Easy Bake Oven

What Was New?

Astroturf invented 1965

Compact Discs (CDs) invented
Astroturf (called Chemgrass) invented
Soft Contact Lenses invented
Aspartame produced but not yet authorised
Collapsible baby buggy patented
Portable defibrillator first used



First published 2021; updated and republished Mar 30 2022 @ 12:35 pm – Updated – Apr 27, 2022 @ 10:55 am