• Lyndon Johnson began his first full term as President and proclaims his “Great Society”.
• The Watts riots raged for 5 days and killed 30 people.
• The first commercial communications satellite is launched.
• Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 civil rights activists in the third march from Selma, Alabama to the capitol in Montgomery.
• U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 flies by Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to return images from the Red Planet.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• Movies: “Dr. Zhivago” & “Sound of Music”
• T.V,: “Green Acres” & “Batman” and The Tom & Jerry cartoon series debute.
• This was the first year the U.S. quit using silver in its coins.
• Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in the first round of their championship rematch with the "Phantom Punch."
• Malcolm X is assassinated. (February 21)
• Winston Churchill
• Nat King Cole
• T.S. Elliot
• Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum: In April 1965, the name was officially changed to honor Arizona's war veterans.
• Lorna Lockwood is elected chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. She is the first woman in the United States to head a state supreme court.
• From the album, Help!
• This was also the first song by the band in which McCartney was featured on lead guitar.
• The inspiration of the title phrase is unclear,: McCartney said it was "a British Railways ticket to the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight". Lennon said it described cards indicating a clean bill of health carried by Hamburg prostitutes in the 1960s.
• The Beatles played in Hamburg early in their musical career, and "ride/riding" was slang for having sex.
• John Lennon once said it was one of the earliest heavy metal records made