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1965 Events

Stan Laurel, the wistful one, is dead

February 23. Stan Laurel,the thin and wistful half of Laurel and Hardy,has gone at the age of 74 to join his old partner, who died in 1957. They spent 30 years together making 200 films. His real name was Jefferson. The son of an actor from Ulverston,Lancashire, he sailed on a cattle boat from Liverpool to America in 1910 where Charlie Chaplin persuaded him to try films in 1917. Later he was cast in a two-reeler with Oliver Hardy. The rest is slap-stick history

Luther King jailed after race protest

February 1. The civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King and 300 supporters were attested today in Selma, Alabama, for parading without a permit. They were protesting at the slow pace of electoral reforms intended to give them the vote. At the rally King said: ‘ If Negroes could vote, there would be no oppressive poverty… our children would not be crippled by segregated schools and the whole community might live together in harmony.

The issue is crucial in Alabama, where blacks outnumber whites by six to four. At present only six per cent of eligible blacks are registered to vote

Old guard protest at MBEs for Beatles

June 15. Somehow the words, John Lennon, MBE, have an unexpected ring to them. And while the MBEs for all four Beatles in the Birthday honours list has delighted pop fans, it has outraged others. Some members of the Order of the British Empire are returning the insignia of the order as a protest against the awards to the Beatles. They feel that these honours, presumably suggested by the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, diminish the value of their own award.

Although every holder remains a member of the order, no matter what they choose to do with the actual insignia, at least nine people have chosen to protest against what one of them calls the ‘cheapening’ of their honour by sending it back to the Palace. The first to return his OBE was Hector Dupuis, a Canadian MP, who said the awards placed him on the same level as ‘vulgar nincompoops’

One-time boxing champ is shot dead

July 24. Freddie Mills, the former light-heavyweight champion of the world, has been found shot dead in a car in London’s Soho, aged 43.

As a professional fighter for 14 years Mills was rarely considered to rank in the highest class, and it was only a powerful pair of shoulders,and a lasting belief that he could beat anybody, that took him to the very top and, in a bruising fight with Gus Lesnevich, to the world title.

His subsequent ventures a Chinese restaurant, regular TV appearances, a night club - brought some financial trouble, but confirmed his popularity.

First woman High Court judge appointed

August 12. Judge Elizabeth Lane, aged 60, today became the country’s first woman High Court judge. She will sit in the Probate, Admiralty and Divorce Division and be addressed as Your Lordship in court. The appointment is her forth legal first: she was the first woman county court judge, the first women divorce commissioner and the first woman to preside over one of the Courts of the Inner London Sessions.

Judge Lane became a barrister in 1940, and made legal history six years later when she argued a murder appeal in the Lords. Her new job means a salary increase of £2,700 up to £8,000

Housewife to probe TV sex and violence

November 29. New demands for BBC-TV’s cleansing were made today by the housewife and ‘Clean Up TV’ campaigner Mrs Mary Whitehouse, when she announced the setting-up of the ‘National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association. Formed to tackle ‘BBC bad taste and irresponsibility’, the NVLA claims to have nearly 500,000 supporters. Mrs Whitehouse called for the BBC to be made more accountable both financially and in the way it monitors the morality of its output. She cited a recent play showing a crucifix being used as a pipe rack as an example of ‘bad taste’

Customs act as minis rise out of tax reach

November 5. Customs men have clamped down on rising skirts. Mini-skirts made famous by models like Jean ‘The Shrimp’ Shrimpton have forced them to change their regulations. Until now length determined whether a dress was a woman’s and liable to ten per cent purchase tax, or a child’s and so tax-free.

But they’ve become so short that officials are worried traders will pass one off as the other. From January 1, a dress will be taxed on bust size too, it was announced today. Anything over 32 inches will be classed as a woman’s dress.

The appeal of the mini, launched by the french designer Courreges and popularised by British talents like Mary Quant, has not only shocked the tax man. Moral watch-dogs have condemned it as a reflection of declining standards and the rise of the permissive society.

Yet despite the raised eyebrows the hemline shows no signs of falling. Young women, and some older ones, see it as the fashion epitome of their new freedom, particularly, since the advent of the Pill, sexual ones.

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Playing on this page Jukebox the UK’s Top 50 singles for the year 1965, also the yearly position the recording’s achieved for the year.