01 – Stanley Matthews is the first ever professional footballer to be knighted.
01 – The first hydrofoil service begins on Sydney Harbour in Australia.
02 – Indonesia withdraws from the United Nations.
04 – Poet and author T S Eliot dies.
04 – President Johnson, in his State of The Union message, outlines his program to make America “The Great Society”.
07 – The Kray twins are remanded in custody in London.
08 – Singer Adam Faith cancels concerts in Johannesburg, South Africa, after being refused permission to play to multi-racial audiences.
12 – The bodies of two teenage girls are found in sandhills at Wanda Beach, Cronulla, Sydney.
16 – 30 people are killed when a US Air Force jet crashes into houses in Wichita, Kansas.
20 – US Disc Jockey Alan Freed, dies in poverty at Palm Springs, Florida, aged 43.
24 – Former British PM Winston Churchill dies in London, aged 90.
27 – Australian police are given powers to arrest without a warrant in Queensland as a result of an ongoing strike at Mt Isa Mines.
30 – Sir Winston Churchill is buried in a village churchyard near his family’s ancestral home at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
01 – Civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King and 300 supporters are arrested in Selma, Alabama, for parading without a permit. They were protesting at the slow pace of electoral reforms intended to give them the vote.
07 – American aircraft begin bombing targets in North Vietnam after attacks by the North Vietnamese on American areas in the South.
08 – Cigarette advertising is banned from British television.
11 – Ringo Starr marries childhood sweetheart, Maureen Cox, in London.
15 – Nat King Cole dies of cancer.
18 – The Gambia becomes an independent state.
20 – The US spacecraft Ranger 8 relays 7,000 pictures of the moon before crashing, on target, into the Sea of Tranquility.
21 – US Black leader Malcolm X is shot to death at a Harlem rally in New York City by rival Black Muslims.
22 – Prince Philip opens the Royal Mint in Canberra, Australia.
23 – Stan Laurel, the thin and wistful half of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, dies at the age of 74.
23 – Royal Australian Mint opened in Canberra by the Duke of Edinburgh.
02 – Australian Swimming Union bans Dawn Fraser from competitive swimming for ten years after an incident at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games where Fraser allegedly stole a flag from the palace of the Japanese Emperor.
04 – David Attenborough is made Head of BBC2
07 – Civil Rights ‘Freedom Marchers’ on a march from Selma to Montgomery are met at the end of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma by Sheriff Jim Clark, accompanied by a mounted posse and the Alabama State Troopers. Bullwhips and clubs are used to break up the march and over 50 people are severely injured.
07 – Qantas Boeing jet City of Townsville completes first non-stop Pacific flight from San Francisco to Sydney.
09 – Trial of the Kray twins begins in London.
10 – First National Service lottery is drawn in Australia to select young men for military service (pictured).
18 – The Rolling Stones urinate against the wall of a garage in England and are arrested for insulting behaviour.
18 – Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov somersaults into space on first spacewalk from his craft Voskhod 2.
19 – Nicolae Ceausescu becomes first secretary of the Romanian Communist party.
21 – A 54-mile Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery begins with 3200 marchers and ends with over 25,000 led by Martin Luther King. LBJ sends 4,000 troops to protect the participants from hostile rednecks after Governor Wallace refuses to mobilise the National Guard.
23- US astronauts Virgil Grissom and John W Young make three revolutions of the Earth in Gemini 3. This is the first US two-man space crew.
25 – British singer Tracie Young is born.
26 – 25,000 Civil Rights marchers converge on Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
27 – Jay Trump wins the Grand National.
28 – An earthquake in Chile kills over 400 people.
31 – The conflict in Vietnam continues to escalate alarmingly as President Johnson sends 3,500 US Marines into Da Nang to help protect the sprawling air base against guerrilla attack. These two battalions of troops are the first fighting soldiers America has committed to the war. All the others have been officially classed as “advisers” to the South Vietnamese forces.
01 – Helena Rubinstein, cosmetics manufacturer, dies aged 93
05 – US actor Robert Downey Jr is born in New York.
06 – Early Bird, the world’s first commercial communications satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral. It is first used to broadcast television on 2 May.
06 – The Kray twins are cleared at the Old Bailey of running a protection racket.
09 – Indian and Pakistani troops clash on the Kutch-Sind border.
11 – Jack Nicklaus wins the US Masters golf tournament with a record score of 271.
23 – The Pennine Way is opened. The trail runs for 268 miles from Edale, in the northern Derbyshire Peak District, north through the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland National Park and ends at Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border.
23 – First Soviet communications satellite, Molnya-1, is launched.
29 – Australian PM Menzies announces Australia will send troops to Vietnam.
30 – US Marines sent to Dominican Republic to protect US citizens after a military junta seizes power.
01 – Liverpool win their first FA Cup, defeating Leeds United 2-1 after extra time.
02 – World’s first commercial communications satellite, Early Bird, begins transmission, linking USA, Canada, UK and Europe.
04 – First Australian Army battalion leaves for Vietnam.
07 – Ian Smith’s pro-white Rhodesian Front Party is elected to power in Southern Rhodesia.
11 – Australian Labor party loses NSW for first time in 24 years.
12 – West Germany establishes diplomatic links with Israel. Ten Arab states break off relations in protest.
12 – Soviet attempt to land Lunar V on the moon fails.
12 – Over 10,000 people are killed in East Pakistan in a violent cyclone.
19 – West Ham win the European Cupwinners’ Cup beating TSV Munich 2-0.
24 – The British government announces that Britain is to switch to the metric system.
01 – Governor Nelson Rockefeller abolishes the death penalty in the state of New York.
03 – Major Edward White becomes the first American to walk in space. He spends 14 minutes outside the Gemini 4 spacecraft. White is so excited by his spacewalk that he has to be persuaded back into Gemini by his partner, Major James McDivett who stayed inside the capsule.
09 – Frenchman Michel Jazy sets a new record by running a mile in 3 minutes 53.6 seconds at Rennes.
19 – Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella is deposed in a bloodless coup. Col. Houari Boumédienne takes over.
30 – John Riding’s boat, Sjo Ag (Sea Egg), becomes the smallest boat to cross the Atlantic. It is only twelve feet long and took 67 days to complete the crossing.
01 – Medicare, senior citizens’ government medical assistance program, begins in Australia.
09 – First Australians killed in Vietnam. Private Bill Nalder, aged 18, is Australia’s first fatality.
15 – Mariner 4 sends back the first detailed photographs of Mars, showing surface craters but no artificial ‘canals’. The atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide.
16 – Mont Blanc tunnel linking France and Italy opens.
19 – Korean statesman Syngman Rhee, first president of South Korea, dies.
20 – In Britain, the House of Lords unexpectedly approve a Bill to abolish hanging by a majority of 100.
22 – Sir Alec Douglas-Home resigns as British Tory leader.
25 – Bob Dylan appears at a folk rock festival at Newport, Rhode Island and performs with an electric guitar for the first time. Purists in the audience boo him off stage.
26 – Pam Burridge, Australian surfing champion, is born.
01 – Marianne Faithfull appears at the Morecambe Winter Gardens.
02 – Australian Labor Party drops White Australia policy.
03 – The US Defense Department announces sharply increased draft quotas, as more and more troops are assigned to Vietnam.
06 – The Small Faces‘ debut single, Whatcha Gonna Do About It? is released by Decca.
09 – Singapore gains independence from Malaysia.
11 – Riots break out in the Watts area of Los Angeles in protest of continuing police brutality against the black population. Rioting will only end after six days, 36 deaths and $200 million worth of property damage.
13 – Jefferson Airplane make their debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club – a club owned by Marty Balin, the band’s co-founder.
13 – Bob Dylan‘s Like A Rolling Stone is rush-released in the UK. As it is six minutes long, a special abbreviated edition has to be produced for DJ’s.
15 – The Beatles play at New York’s Shea Stadium to 56,000 screaming fans – at that time the biggest crowd ever to attend a rock concert. The group are paid a record $160,000 for the single gig.
18 – Catherine Deneuve and English photographer David Bailey are married in London.
21/29 – Gemini 5 with Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad Jr aboard makes 120 orbits of the Earth.
30 – Gene Vincent appears at Blackpool South Pier.
31 – It becomes illegal for Americans to burn draft cards.
01 – Pakistani troops cross into Kashmir over cease-fire line.
03 – American actor Charlie Sheen is born Carlos Estevez in New York.
04 – Dr Albert Schweitzer, the missionary doctor who spent his life in Gabon, Africa, dies.
04 – The Who visit Battersea Dog’s Home in London to buy a guard dog but return to find their van full of musical equipment has been stolen.
06 – India invades West Pakistan.
08 – The Severn Bridge opens, linking Aust and Beachley.
09 – Roma Mitchell becomes Australia’s first woman judge.
13 – Zak Starkey, son of Beatle Ringo Starr, is born.
13 – Pakistanis bomb Bombay.
18 – In Australia, St George win their 10th straight rugby league grand final with a 12-8 win over South Sydney.
20 – US House of Representatives approves the use of force to resist communism.
20 – United Nations orders India and Pakistan to stop fighting.
24 – The island of Mauritius becomes independent within the Commonwealth.
25 – Essendon wins the VFL Grand Final in Australia, defeating St Kilda 14.21 (105) to 9.16 (70).
30 – The first episode of Thunderbirds is aired on British television.
04 – Pope Paul VI sets foot in New York where he is to address the UN. He is the first pope to visit America.
06 – London’s tallest building (at the time), the Post Office Tower, is opened by prime minister Harold Wilson. The tower stands 620 feet tall and has a revolving restaurant on top. The lift travels at 12 mph – the fastest lift in Europe.
08 – Australian PM Menzies is made Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.
15 – Pope Paul VI decrees all Jews cannot be held to blame for Christ’s death.
19 – During a House of Unamerican Activities Committee investigation into the Ku Klux Klan, Imperial Wizard Robert Shelton refuses on constitutional grounds to produce records or answer questions.
26 – The Beatles receive MBEs (Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon will return his MBE in 1969, citing, among other things, “our support of America in Vietnam”.
27 – 36 die as an airliner crashes on landing at Heathrow Airport in London.
28 – In England, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are charged with the “Moors Murders”. The body of 10-year-old Lesly Ann Downey was found on Saddleworth Moor in the Pennines 13 days ago.
30 – US planes bomb a friendly village in Vietnam by mistake, killing 48 and injuring 55.
31 – Anabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow) is born.
01 – In Japan, the high-speed train begins a scheduled service from Tokyo to Osaka,
travelling 321 miles in 3 hours 10 minutes.
01 – Seven people die as hurricane-force winds batter Britain.
02 – Light Fingers wins the Melbourne Cup.
04 – White Rhodesia breaks with Britain. Britain declares Prime Minister Ian Smith’s Declaration of Independence illegal and imposes economic sanctions.
07 – Four miners are killed in an underground fire at Bulli colliery in NSW, Australia.
09 – A power failure at Niagra Falls blacks out New York City, parts of eight states of northeast USA and two provinces of southeast Canada. About 30 million people find themselves in the dark.
09 – A new Act abolishes the Death Penalty in Britain.
15 – Walt and Roy Disney announce plans for a new theme park in Florida, Walt Disney World. A plot of 43 square miles has been purchased for $5 Million dollars. Construction begins in 1969, with the first phase opened in 1971.
20 – A week-long battle in Vietnam‘s Ia Drang Valley leaves 240 US soldiers dead and 470 wounded.
22 – Bob Dylan marries former model Sara Lowndes.
22 – Cassius Clay beats Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas to keep his world boxing crown.
25 – In the Congo Republic, General Mobutu imposes five years of army rule.
26 – France launches its first satellite from the Sahara desert.
27 – 25,000 anti-war demonstrators march on Washington DC.
27 – Ken Kesey hosts his first ‘Acid Test’, at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall.
04 – Gemini 7 orbits the Earth 206 times with astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell aboard in 330 hours 35 minutes 17 seconds, convincing the US it is possible to reach the moon.
09 – Nikolai Podgorny replaces Anastas Mikoyan as president of USSR.
10 – XP Ford Falcon named Wheels Car of the Year. It is the first Australian-made car to receive this honour.
15 – NASA successfully launches Gemini 6 with astronauts Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford aboard. It completes 16 orbits of the Earth and meets Gemini 7 in orbit.
15 – Sydney-Newcastle Expressway opens in Australia.
16 – British novelist Somerset Maugham dies. Maugham had also served as a spy during World War I.
17 – Ronnie Scott opens his jazz club in Frith Street, London.
18 – Nine African states break off diplomatic relations with Britain for not using force against Rhodesia.
24 – US temporarily suspends bombing runs in North Vietnam.
27 – The BP oil rig Sea Gem capsizes and sinks in the North Sea. 13 people perish.
30 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes sixth President of Philippines.
Also This Year . . .
- Electronic phone exchange gives customers extra services.
- Colour news film arrives.
- Kodak offers Super 8 film for home movies.
- One millionth Mini car is produced in UK.
- US losses in Vietnam since 1961 now exceed 1,300 dead and 6,100 wounded.