This Day in History

MLK Jr. Begins Selma to Montgomery March

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. begins the historic Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama, advocating for voting rights and challenging racial segregation in the United States. This pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement brought national attention to systemic injustice and ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

LBJ Advocates for Equal Voting Rights

On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a historic address to a joint session of Congress, calling for equal voting rights for all Americans. In his speech, known as the “We Shall Overcome” speech, Johnson denounced racial discrimination in voting practices and urged Congress to pass legislation to protect the voting rights of […]

“Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama

Civil rights activists, including John Lewis and Hosea Williams, led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, demanding voting rights for African Americans. However, they were met with violence from state troopers, an event famously known as “Bloody Sunday.” This brutal crackdown sparked national outrage and ultimately contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights […]

Malcolm X is Assassinated in New York City

On February 21st, 1965, civil rights leader Malcolm X was assassinated during a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Malcolm X’s legacy as a prominent advocate for Black empowerment and civil rights continues to inspire movements for social justice around the world.

Canada Adopts the Maple Leaf Flag 

On this day in 1965, Canada officially adopted the Maple Leaf flag as its national flag, replacing the Union Jack. The distinctive red and white flag with a stylized maple leaf has since become an enduring symbol of Canadian identity and pride.

T.S. Eliot, Renowned Poet, Passes Away

On this day in 1965, the world bid farewell to T.S. Eliot, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. His works, including “The Waste Land” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” left an indelible mark on literature.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Premieres

On this festive day in 1965, the beloved animated special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” made its debut on television, becoming an instant classic and capturing the hearts of audiences worldwide.

The Great Northeast Blackout

A massive power outage struck the northeastern United States and parts of Canada on November 9th, 1965, leaving millions of people without electricity for hours. This event underscored the vulnerabilities of modern infrastructures and led to significant improvements in power grid systems.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

The iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, a symbol of westward expansion in the United States, was completed on this day. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, this architectural marvel stands as a testament to human ambition and engineering prowess.

Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, the first Pope ever to visit the US and the Western hemisphere.