From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on September 11, 2017:
1965: The Backdrop
Lyndon Johnson was inaugurated as president following a landslide electoral victory. Malcolm X was assassinated two weeks before Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Over the six-day Watts Riots, 34 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured. The Social Security Act and Voting Rights Act were signed into law. The Indo-Pakistani War was fought. Ed White performed the first American spacewalk during Gemini 4. Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champion by knocking out Sonny Liston one minute into their bout.
My Fair Lady won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was the no. 1 single. Singapore became an independent nation. The Beatles performed the first stadium concert ever at Shea Stadium. Amid growing Vietnam War protests, president Johnson signed a law criminalizing the burning of draft cards. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed. J.K. Rowling and Craig Biggio were born, and Branch Rickey and Moonlight Graham died.
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Originally published: September 11, 2017. Last Updated: September 11, 2017.