1965 was a simple year.
January 1 - A Palestinian Liberation Organization is formed under the leadership of Fatah leader Yasser Arafat.
February 9 - First US troops are sent to South Vietnam.
February 19 - Declaration of independence of the African state of Gambia within the British Commonwealth.
February 20 - NASA's Ranger 8 spacecraft successfully sends 7,137 images of the Moon in the last 23 minutes of its mission before crashing into the Sea of Tranquility.
March 2 - US and South Vietnamese air forces begin Operation Rolling Thunder, a three-year campaign to bomb North Vietnam.
March 7 - State and local police in Selma beat up a group of about 600 civil rights activists during a march on Montgomery.
March 18 - During the flight of the spaceship "Sunrise 2", Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov got out of the spacecraft and became the first man to go into outer space.
June 8 - US Army in South Vietnam is authorized to undertake offensive operations.
June 19 - The Civil Rights Act is passed by the US Congress after an 83-day filibuster.
June 19 - General Huari Boumedienne overthrows Algerian President Ahmed bin Bela.
July 14 - Mariner 4, an American spacecraft launched in 1964, takes the first photographs of Mars.
July 16 - An 11.6 km long tunnel under Mont Blanc was opened, connecting Italy and France.
August 6 - US President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Act, bringing it into force.
August 9 - Malaysia expels Singapore from its membership due to a fierce ideological conflict between their ruling parties.
November 25 - A military coup led by General Joseph Mobutu overthrows President Joseph Casa-Wubu in Congo.
December 7 - Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI abolish the mutual excommunication of the two churches, which in 1054 began the schism between the two Christian churches.
January 4 - Julia Ormond, English actress
January 4 - Guy Forge, French tennis player
January 5 - Winnie Jones, English-Welsh actor and footballer
January 9 - Maggie Bougs, American basket