The Johnson Administration gave up its effort to repeal section 14(B) of the Taft Hartley Act (Right to Work). (14B) guarantees the states the right to enact laws which prohibit compulsory union membership dues. Such laws have been described as “Right to Work” laws by their proponents. Organized labor opposed 14(B) when it was enacted in 1947, and has continued to oppose it to this day, arguing that it gives management an unfair advantag in Right to Work states.
With the working title “This Bird has Flown,” the Beatles recorded the first take of their landmark hit, “Norwegian Wood.”
“Norwegian Wood” began to be written by John Lennon while on a skiing vacation in St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps with his wife Cynthia and producer George Martin and his wife between January 25th and February 7th, 1965. “It was during this time that John was writing songs for ‘Rubber Soul,’” George Martin recalls, “and one of the songs he composed in the hotel bedroom, while we were gathered round, nursing my broken foot, was a little ditty he would play to me on his acoustic guitar. He’d say, ‘What do you think of this one?’ It had a slightly sick lyric, which was very apt to me nursing my injured toe. The song was ‘Norwegian Wood.’” Read more, Beatlesbooks.com
The Agony and the Ecstasy was the top grossing film for the week that ended October 10, 1965. The New York Times panned the movie, calling it “a a pseudo-personal drama that is as impersonal and emotionless as glass.”
With Mary Martin performing the role of Dolly Levi, 4,000 American troops in Vietnam watched a full scale theatrical production of the Broadway show, “Hello Dolly.” October 9, 1965 saw the first of 11 shows that Martin and the cast of “Dolly” would perform in Vietnam. The Los Angeles Times reported that “Opening night for ‘Hello Dolly in Vietnam came at high noon in sweltering weather and suffering humidity, inside an Air Force maintenance hanger. General William C. Westmoreland and Premier Nguyen Cao Ky were also in attendance
LBJ Gall Bladder Operation – October 8, 1965
On October 20, 1965 in one of the most famous photographs of his presidency, LBJ revealed his scar to the press.
The following year in a cartoon that became almost as famous as Johnson’s scar-revealing photo, caricaturist David Levine depicted Johnson showing off his scar, which was in the shape of a map of Vietnam.
A Russian Moon Landing that was attempted on October 7, 1965 is believed to have failed.
From Reuters:Signals from Luna 7, Russia’s two-ton space craft designed to reach the moon stopped at eight minutes past 11 last night, the time scheduled for impact. Sir Bernard Lovell, who was in charge of tracking operations at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, said : We can’t say at the moment what this means. We don’t know whether it is a crash landing or whether it is continuing to work, and the Russians have deliberately switched off the signals.” Later he said that all the evidence indicated that Luna made a destructive impact on the moon. He went on:— “It is impossible to do more than guess at what, if anything, has gone wrong. but out assumption was that the Russians intended to make a soft landing of instruments on the lunar surface ” On that assumption the final stages of firing the retrorockets were only partially successful.”