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The Baby Boom Years: 1965

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The definitive collection of 1960s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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  • J. K. Rowling
  • Dr. Dre
  • Brooke Shields
  • Charlie Sheen


  • The Beatles release Yesterday, The Stones Satisfaction and The Who My Generation.
  • Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Literature Festival.


  • Mary Quant’s miniskirts democratize fashion.
  • Yves Saint Laurent’s colorblock shift dresses are all the rage.


  • Joe Namath shocks the pro ranks by spurning the NFL and signing with the Jets of the upstart AFL.


  • The first American combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
  • The red and white maple leaf design is inaugurated as the flag of Canada.
  • Fidel Castro announces that anyone who wants can emigrate to the U.S.; Freedom Flights begin.


  • U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 is the first spacecraft to return images from what planet?
  • Our appetite for all things British was insatiable in 1965, but back in the Britain the times they were a-changin’. Which decree did not occur in Britain this year?

a. Britain adopts the metric system. b. The first speed limits are established on British motorways.
c. Britain bans cigarette advertising on TV. d. Relaxation of pub hours - no need to drink up at 11pm.

  • Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as the greatest song of all time, declaring “No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time.” This Bob Dylan brought poetry to Rock. Name the influential song and album it graced.
  • Oh, the anticipation! Any minute, that door was going to open, and your dreamboat destiny would take its form. No girl get-together was complete without what 1965 board game?


  • T. S. Elliot
  • Nat King Cole
  • Winston Churchill
  • Malcolm X

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. The Name Game — Shirley Ellis
  2. A Lover’s Concerto — The Toys
  3. This Diamond Ring —Gary Lewis & The Playboys
  4. Help Me, Rhonda — The Beach Boys
  5. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ —The Righteous Brothers
  6. Wooly Bully —Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
  7. 1-2-3 — Len Barry
  8. Treat Her Right — Roy Head
  9. I Got You Babe — Sonny & Cher
  10. Eve Of Destruction — Barry McGuire