In case you don’t “do” roman numerals, MCMLXV stands for 1965 – the year I was born.

I thought I’d take a look at what was going on in the world during that year.  Below you’ll see a few facts from various categories that give a taste of what 1965 was all about. It’s by no means a complete list – that would take up far too much space and I’m sure you’d be bored after 5 minutes!


  • UK Inflation Rate: 5.0%
  • Average UK House Price: £3,660
  • Gallon of Petrol: 5 shillings (or 26 new pence)
  • E-type Jaguar: £1,867


  • Sarah Jessica Parker (Mar 25)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Apr 4)
  • J.K. Rowling (Jul 31)
  • Shania Twain (Aug 28)
  • Moby (Sep 11)
  • Ty Pennington (Oct 19)
  • Ben Stiller (Nov 30)


  • FA Cup winners: Liverpool
  • The Derby: Sea Bird
  • The Grand National: Jay Trump
  • World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers
  • AFL Championship: Buffalo Bills
  • Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens
  • Wimbledon Ladies Champion: Margaret Smith
  • Wimbledon Mens Champion: Roy Emerson
  • The US Masters: Jack Nicklaus


  • Australia joined the Vietnam War
  • Hindi became the official language of India
  • The Maple leaf became Canada’s new national flag symbol
  • Rhodesia declared Unilateral Independence from Great Britain and became Zimbabwe
  • Gambia gained independence from Britain
  • The Maldives gained independence from Britain
  • Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs escaped from Wandsworth Prison and fled to Brazil
  • The first commercial satellite, Early Bird, is launched into space (Apr 6) by NASA to transmit telephone and television signals
  • Sony introduces the Betamax home video recorder
  • France withdraws its Atlantic fleet from NATO
  • Malcolm X killed (Feb 21)
  • Post Office Tower opens in London
  • 70mph speed limit imposed on British roads
  • Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, left his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes (Mar 18), becoming the first person to walk in space
  • The Beatles were awarded the MBE
  • The Mont Blanc Tunnel between Italy and France opened (Jul 16)
  • The Beatles performed their last concert in Britain at the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales (Dec 12)


  • Best Picture: My Fair Lady
  • Best Actor: Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
  • Best Actress: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Peter Ustinov (Topkapi)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lila Kedrova (Zorba The Greek)
  • Best Director: George Cukor (My Fair Lady)
  • Best Sound: Warner Bros Sound Dept (My Fair Lady)
  • Best Song: Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)


  • You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – Righteous Brothers
  • Stop In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
  • My Girl – The Tempations
  • Eight Days A Week – The Beatles
  • Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
  • Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
  • Get Off Of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
  • Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
  • Help! (Movie and Album) – The Beatles
  • Rubber Soul (Album) – The Beatles


  • The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, is the top grossing film
  • Thunderball
  • My Fair Lady
  • Mary Poppins
  • Cat Ballou
  • Dr Zhivago
  • The Ipcress File
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold


  • Dune (Frank Herbert)
  • The Man With The Golden Gun (Ian Fleming)
  • At Bertram’s Hotel (Agatha Christie)
  • Desolation Angels (Jack Kerouac)
  • Dr Bloodmoney (Philip K Dick)
  • The Long Walk To Freedom (Nelson Mandela)
  • The Tomb and Other Tales (H P Lovecraft)


  • T.S. Eliot (Jan 4).
  • Winston Churchill (Jan 24)
  • Nat King Cole (Feb 15)
  • Stan Laurel (Feb 23)