Throwback Thursday 1965

​Construction on Sylvania's St. Joseph Catholic Church that currently stands on Main Street began in 1965.  Also occurring that year in Sylvania, in Ohio, and around the world:

  • The area’s first discotheque, Express-A-Go-Go, is opened by Gladieux. 

  • Sylvania’s water wells are dry, the water table in the area has dropped, because of the water crisis a contract is signed with Toledo for water and sewage, a water tower is built in Burnham Park.

  • Sylvania is permitted by the Ohio State Board of Health to dump sewage in Ten Mile Creek until July.  Sylvania Country Club and Crestview threaten to sue because of the stench from the dried up creek.

  • LaRoy’s Tavern has an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays for $1.00.

  • Chandler Ace Hardware on Main Street has porcelain stoves on sale for $165, at Sterling half gallons of milk are 3 for $1.00, A&P sells sirloin steaks at 87 cents per pound.

  • Daryl Jervis opens a dance studio on Holland-Sylvania Road.

  • U.S unemployment is 5.2%,  gas is 31 cents a gallon, and a stamp costs five cents.

  • Sylvania’s Janet Adams twirls her baton in Lyndon Johnson’s Inaugural Parade in D.C on Jan. 20th.

  • The Sylvania Villagers hold their annual dance in February at the Sunningdale Country Club, music by Jack Runyan’s Commanders.

  • In March, after several years in an ‘advisory’ position (requested by France as it tried to combat communism in its colony of Vietnam), 3,500 United States Marines are sent to South Vietnam, the first American combat troops there.  Australia and the Philippines send troops to help a few months later. Russia sends rockets to aid North Vietnam. By the year’s end, the U.S. is sending hundreds of thousands of more young Americans to join the fight. By the war’s end 10 years later, 303,644 of them will come home wounded, 58,282 will die.

  • Also in March, on Bloody Sunday about 200 Alabama State Troopers clash with 525 civil rights demonstrators on a bridge in Selma, Alabama.  A week later and across the bridge, 1,600 protest for civil rights, and in D.C. President Lyndon B. Johnson sends a bill to Congress, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Martin Luther King leads 25,000 over the bridge to Montgomery.

  • Tom & Jerry make their cartoon debut on CBS,  Days of our Lives debuts on NBC. Dr. Zhivago and Sound of Music are in theatres, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins win Academy Awards.

  • Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov leaves his spacecraft for 12 minutes and becomes the first person to walk in space, a few months later a U.S. astronaut does the same.

  • More than 50 tornadoes hit the Midwest on Palm Sunday, 1,500 people are injured and nearly 300 lost.

  • After the first major ‘teach-in’ is organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Ann Arbor at U of M., the SDS brings 25,000 Vietnam War protestors to march in Washington, DC.  Soon 100,000 protest around the country.

  • Pope Paul VI announces that a council has decided that Jews are not collectively responsible for the killing of Christ.

  • The Social Security Act of 1965 is signed into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.

  • The Pillsbury Doughboy makes his debut.

  • Ben Stiller, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Julia Ormond, Diane Lane, Chris Rock, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr., Shania Twain, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Brooke Shields, J. K. Rowling, Mario Lemieux, Heidi Fleiss, and Rodney King are born.

  • Edward R. Murrow, T. S. Eliot, Winston Churchill, Moonlight Graham, Malcolm X, Stan Laurel, Adlai Stevenson, Dorothy Dandridge,  Albert Schweitzer, and Nat King Cole die.

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