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SMU 50-Year Reunion

Memory Lane: 1965 History

Births:  Peter Krause, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeremy Piven


The Oscars:

Best Picture: The Sound of Music.

Best Actor: Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou.

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Darling.

Best Song: "The Shadow of Your Smile," The Sandpiper.

Nobel Prize:

Peace: UNICEF.

Pulitzer Prize:

International Reporting: Peter Arnett.

The Grammies:

Record: Herb Alpert: A Taste of Honey.

Male Vocalist: Frank Sinatra, It Was a Very Good Year.

Female Vocalist: Barbra Streisand, My Name Is Barbra.


Other Major Films of 1965: Doctor Zhivago, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Thunderball, The Great Race, The Pawnbroker, A Thousand Clowns, The Collector, Ship of Fools, Othello, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Help!, Juliet of the Spirits, The Cincinnati Kid, The Train, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Greatest Story Ever Told.

New TV Series of 1965: Get Smart, Lost in Space, F Troop, Secret Agent, I Spy, The FBI, My Mother the Car, Hogan's Heroes, The Wild, Wild, West, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Run for Your Life, The Julie Andrews Show, The Big Valley, Honey West.

A Charlie Brown Christmas marked the first TV appearance of the Peanuts characters.

Diana Rigg first appeared as Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers.

Color television arrived: 96% of NBC's shows were in color, 50% of CBS's and 40% of ABC's.

"Early Bird," the first commercial communications satellite, was launched.

Top Songs: "King of the Road," "Downtown" "A Hard Day's Night."

Top Fads of 1965: Frisbees and lava lamps.


USC running back Mike Garrett won the Heisman Trophy.

The Associated Press named Alabama the #1 football team, while the UPI picked Michigan State.

Arkansas edged Nebraska, 10-7, in the Cotton Bowl.

The Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers scored a record-tying 6 touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers: 4 rushing, 1 pass reception, 1 return.

The Green Bay Packers beat the Cleveland Browns, 23-12, for the NFL title.

The World Boxing Association stripped Muhammad Ali of his heavyweight title after he defied their rules against rematches and knocked out Sonny Liston again.

Willie Shoemaker rode Lucky Debonaire to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

The Boston Celtics won their 7th consecutive NBA title.

For the second straight year, John Wooden's UCLA team was the Division 1 college basketball champion.

The L.A. Dodgers' Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.

After a 55-year career, Casey Stengel announced his retirement from baseball.

The Dodgers beat the Minnesota Twins in 7 games to win the World Series.

Other Events of 1965:

In his State of the Union address, President Johnson called for the creation of a "Great Society."

Riots in the Watts area of Los Angeles killed 35 people and injured hundreds of others.

The first mass-bombing raid of the war hit a Vietcong base 30 miles north of Saigon.

Op-art became popular.

A cheating scandal at the U.S. Air Force Academy forced the resignation of 105 cadets.

The first manned Gemini flight was piloted by Virgil Grissom and John Young.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led 3,200 marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

The words "Caution: cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health" first appeared on cigarette packs.

Pope Paul VI visited New York to address the UN General Assembly on world peace.

Bell-bottom trousers became a popular fashion trend.

The Supreme Court ruled that the 1950 law requiring registration by American communists to be unconstitutional.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed.

Most of the northeastern U.S. suffered a 13-hour blackout.

A 2-bedroom condominium sold for $38,500 in Washington DC's new Watergate complex.

Pop-top cans were introduced.

The first protesters were arrested for burning their draft cards.

Silver was removed from quarters and dimes.

Charles DeGaulle was elected President of France.

Medicare was created as part of the Social Security System.

Black activist Malcolm X was assassinated.

SMU in 1965:

Willis Tate is President.

Meadows Museum opens.

First African-American faculty member, Dr. William S. Willis, Jr., is hired by the university and joins the department of sociology-anthropology.

Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Court and Garden is dedicated.

Jerry LeVias is the first African American athlete to sign a letter of intent and to be offered an athletic scholarship to a SWC school.

The first classes take place in the $9.5 million Owens Arts Center.

The Alumni Association’s “Fillies’ Furniture Fund” launches a national campaign to collect 7,500 trading stamps in order to furnish the new Alumni Center. Volunteers collect enough stamps to buy folding tables and chairs for the center. The family of R.L. Thornton Sr. donates the rest of the furnishings for the building.

Music Library opens.