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Ten On Tuesday

I’ve got birthdays on the brain this week and our list topic definitely reflects that. Let’s share 10 Headlines from the Year I Was Born! It was 1965 and here’s what was in the newspaper:

Yes, I have the local newspaper from the day I was born. My mom was a saver.

  1. Malcolm X Assassinated in Harlem.
  2. President Lyndon B. Johnson Announces Program to Create Medicare.
  3. Power Blackout in Canada and New York Affects Over 30 Million People.
  4. US Forces Authorized to Fight in Vietnam.
  5. 25,000 March on Washington to Protest War.
  6. Voting Rights Act Becomes Law.
  7. Watts Ghetto Riots Leave 34 Dead.
  8. Sir Winston Churchill Dead.
  9. Supreme Court Strikes Down Compulsory Anti-Birth Control Laws.
  10. Soviet Cosmonaut Leonov First Man to Float in Space.
Of course I don’t remember any of these things but I do remember my mom telling me about the Blackout of November 9, 1965. I was only 7 weeks old and she said she sat in a rocking chair with me, staring out the window into the blackness and wondering if she was going to see me grow up because she thought it was the end of the world. So many of the other headlines from that year have shaped our world  – the War in Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement – and become a very important part of our history. It was fun to learn some things about 1965 and to claim them as my own.

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  1. I love that you have the paper from the day you were born! I saved them for my girls (at my husband’s suggestion!) and I’m so glad I did. It sometimes seems like THESE times are troubled, but I think we’re going to see a lot from the 60’s and 70’s that was just as bad (or worse).

  2. I remember very clearly the headlines of your year. 1965 was my first year of high school and I was very aware of the world around me. Wow, what an incredible year it was.

  3. Happy birthday! What a tumultuous day! Malcom X and Churchill on the same day. I remember that blackout. Neighbors came over and invited us to dinner as they had a gas stove. We weren’t invited to people’s homes for dinner much so that memory really stands out.

    Today the Palestinians formally request UN recognition of their statehood. A helicopter has been hovering loudly outside my building just beyond sight for over an hour. Who knows what’s going on or will happen.

    I always thought September 21st was the autumnal equinox, but I see it comes a little later than the others, so Thursday it is.

    Anyway, have a really great day!

  4. Some years are more. . . eventful . . . than others. You were born in a very exciting time! What a fun topic this is! 🙂

  5. Happy birthday! What a lot of poignant stuff to happen in one year. Incidentally, though I now live in PA, I was born at Brockton hospital, lived in Weymouth until I was 6 (hit by a car there! And just got back yesterday from visiting my dad, a lifetime Weymouth resident), then lived in Brockton until I was 13. Shipped off to Vermont after that. I miss my New England! Your posts and pictures make me so crazy nostalgic for Massachusetts. Happy birthday again! Enjoy it!

  6. Great list…I was a little older than you that year. While I don’t remember those headlines, I do remember those times.

  7. A very exciting time, indeed! I was a few years behind, so watching everything but not really participating as much.

    I just joined Ten on Tuesday and this one was fun. It was quite interesting to look back.

  8. I don’t have a newspaper from the day I was born, but I DO have the TV Guide from that week. If Mom hadn’t been otherwise occupied, she could have been watching Candid Camera!

  9. Happy almost birthday. I loved today’s topic enough to go to all the blogs you showed as participating. In 1965, I was a scared 20-year-old moving to Denver with my first (bad lol) husband. I remember a big baby boom in August, 1966, exactly nine months after the blackout. And yes, my birth year was 1945, obviously a very eventful year, almost overwhelming! Again, great topic! Jo

  10. Happy almost-birthday, Carol! I was born in 1965 also, just under 6 weeks after you. The only part of the newspaper I have from then is the entry a few days later titled “They named the baby!” And that was from the Kansas City paper (Times or Star, I’m not sure which; we had one in the morning and one in the evening the entire time I was growing up). It’s fun to read the names that were popular then. It’s not something our paper does now, even in the small city I live in now.

  11. That day my brother was having a birthday party. Just imagine a bunch of six year old boys at our house when the power went out.I was nine, so you are just a young thing!

  12. It’s so cool that your mom thought to save the paper from your birth day. I wish I had thought to do that when my girls were born. My dad had been drafted and my parents were in So. Carolina when I was born. The Cuban Missile Crisis had been adverted, but my mom thought about my future as well while she carried me. That future always seems to have a murky hue, but our moms keep our rose colored glasses on – until it was our turn to put them on our daughters, yes?

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