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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1965!


  • Lyndon B. Johnson begins his first full term as the 36th President
  • Hubert Humphrey sworn in as Vice President
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) founded
  • MEDICARE established
  • Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, resulting in the arrest of Martin Luther King, Jr. and 2,600 other blacks during the three-day demonstrations against voter registration rules
  • Black nationalist leader Malcolm X assassinated at a Harlem Rally in New York City
  • Los Angeles' Watts section explodes with racial rioting over a six-day period leacing 1,000 injured, 4,000 arrested, 34 dead, and more than $175 million in property damage
  • A power failure in Ontario, Canada, plunges the East Coast, including Boston and New York City, into darkness
  • U.S. continues to send troops to Viet Nam
  • James Russell invents the compact disc
  • Stephanie Louise Kwolek patents KEVLAR
  • COMSAT launches Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is unveiled
  • Between April 11 and April 12 over 48 tornados rip paths of destruction through Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio leaving 271 people dead and over $200 million in damage in what would become known as the Palm Sunday Outbreak
  • Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Minnesota Twins in the World Series
  • Ralph Nader's, Unsafe at Any Speed, cautions Americans against driving the popular Corvair


  • Heartbeat Theater
  • Meet the Press
  • Theater Five
  • Sherlock Holmes


  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Get Smart
  • The FBI
  • The Legend of Jesse James
  • Run For Your Life
  • F Troop
  • My Mother, The Car
  • Please, Don't Eat the Daisies
  • Gidget
  • The Big Valley
  • Lost in Space
  • I Spy
  • Dean Martin Show
  • Wild Wild West
  • Hogan's Heroes
  • Smothers Brothers' Show
  • Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • Gilligan's Island
  • Green Acres


  • Astroturf
  • Soft contact lenses
  • GI Joe action figures
  • Battleship (the game)
  • Operation
  • Man From U.N.C.L.E. Headquarters Transmitters
  • Slot car racing
  • Go-go boots
  • Lava lamps


  • Car: $2,350
  • Gasoline: 31 cents per gallon
  • House: $21,500
  • Bread: 21 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.05 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 5 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $7,704
  • Minimum Wage: $1.25 per hour


  • The Sound of Music - a drama by Robert Wise starring Julie Andrews


  • Fiddler on the Roof - based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, starring Zero Mostel and Maria Karnilova


  • The Keepers of The House by Shirley Ann Grau (fiction)
  • The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy (drama)
  • The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger (history)
  • Henry Adams by Ernest Samuels (biography)
  • 77 Dream Songs by John Berryman (poetry)
  • O' Strange New World by Howard Mumford Jones (non-fiction)


  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), New York, established by the United Nations in 1946


  • Help! by the Beatles
  • You've Lost That Loving Feeling by the Righteous Brothers
  • 1-2-3 by Len Berry
  • These Boots Are Made for Walkin by Nancy Sinatra
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