Vietcong Predict Long War – September 27, 1965

In what turned out to be a very prescient report, Seymour Topping reported in the New York Times that the Vietnamese Communists, soon to be known as The Vietcong were bracing for a long war with America.

He wrote:

The Vietnamese Communists are telling their followers to steel themselves for a “protracted war.” This is their response to the United States military build-up in South Vietnam. In a reversal of ‘the propaganda line instituted early this year, political cadres of Vietcong have stopped talking about 1965 as the “year of decision,” “It may take 5, 10 or 20 years to defeat the Americans and if this generation does not succeed the next will,” the Vietcong rank and file are now told. This position, defined in repeated Vietcong radio broad-casts, has profound implications for United States policy. Among United States officials in Saigon there is tacit acceptance of the prospect of protracted war and interest in negotiations with the Communists has diminished. In the prevailing mood in Saigon, the preoccupation of the Johnson Administration in its public pronouncements with the possibility of negotiations seems somewhat unreal to most observers.

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Sonny and Cher on Ed Sullivan – September 26, 1965

Sonny and Cher performed their smash hit, I’ve Got You Babe on the Ed Sullivan Show, September 26, 1965.
The song had been a number one hit for three weeks in August of 1965.

On August 7, 1965, John Scott in the LA Times wrote about Sonny and Cher:

Two of the many recipients of teenagers’ current favor are Sonny and Cher, a young married pair—she’s 19; he’s 24—whose rise to national prominence in the R&R medium has been rapid and offbeat. Sonny Bono of Detroit and Cher LaPiere of Los Angeles met about two years ago for a Phil Spector session. They were married soon after starting their meteoric careers together under the management of two young fellows from the Bronx, Charles Green and Brian Stone… Both affect long hair in the strange (at least to us oldsters) fashion of today’s young entertainers. Sonny’s is a thick page boy job. Their attire is the acme of informality, usually consisting of slack suits, wide-wale corduroy pants with bell bottoms, buckskin shoes or sandals. “I don’t own a dress,” declared dark-haired Cher. Sonny doesn’t own a necktie. But our clothes are custom made and expensive.” “The kids don’t criticize; they accept you as you are,”Sonny said. “And since our appeal is to teenagers we have no qualms about looking ‘strange’ to older people.”

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How to Murder Your Wife Tops Box Office – September 25, 1965

On September 25, 1965, the top grossing movie was How to Murder Your Wife, starring Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi and Terry Thomas.

New York Times reviewer Bosley Crowther gave the film a qualified thumbs up when it was first released. He wrote:

With a speed and recklessness with plausibility that makes his logic as fragile as froth, he spins off a fantastic fable about a comic-strip artist who marries a girl in a wild, impulsive moment—he has seen her rise all but nude from a cardboard cake—and then finds himself beat by her good cooking and other basic uxorial accomplishments.

So he dreams up a way to dispose of her, which he first puts to public test through the autobiographical characters in his comic strip. Then, accused of murder when she senses his design and disappears, he makes such a scathing attack upon marriage in the courtroom that an all-male jury lets him off.

Believable or not, this stuff is funny just so long as one can go with the sour joke- -and that depends upon one’s tolerance of trivia and also, perhaps, upon whether one is a fellow or a girl. Most viewers should enjoy Mr. Lemmon’s elaborate impersonation of a vainglorious comicstrip creator who obviously suffers from arrested development, and everyone should be amused by Terry-Thomas’s picky playing of his misogynistic valet. Read more NY Times

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Bob Dylan andThe Band (The Hawks) First Show – September 24, 1965

Bob Dylan and The Band, who were still calling themselves The Hawks, made their first appearance together at Austin’s Municipal Auditorium (later renamed Palmer Auditorium), on September 24, 1965.

Bob Dylan and the Hawks  first concert, September 24, 1965

Bob Dylan and the Hawks first concert, September 24, 1965 from

On Sept. 24, 1965, Dylan opened his first Texas concert, a sold-out show at Austin’s Municipal Auditorium (later renamed Palmer Auditorium), with a solo acoustic set including “Gates Of Eden,” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” “Desolation Row” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.” After a short break, he returned with Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm — then called the Hawks — and launched into a loud, biting “Tombstone Blues,” followed by “Baby Let Me Follow You Down,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Ballad Of a Thin Man” and the big hit at the time, “Like a Rolling Stone.” Read more.

Dylan and the Hawks Set List

Dylan and the Hawks Set List Click to Enlarge

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Sharon Tate Letter to Grandmother – September 23, 1965

Four years before she was murdered by the Manson Family, Sharon Tate was working on her film debut in the movie “Eye of the Devil,” which premiered in 1966.

This video shows the contents of a letter she wrote on September 23, 1965, to her grandmother, Grace Tate, in Houston, Texas. The letter is written on hotel stationery (in beautiful handwriting, with just a few grammatical mistakes) from the Chateau de Castel-Novel in the Southwest of France. In the letter she tells “Nannie” how excited she is about her press coverage in a few London Newspapers. But then she tells her grandmother how boring it all is, and how she really can’t wait to come home.

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India Pakistan War Ceasefire – September 22, 1965

The India Pakistan War that lasted 17 days, ended on September 22, 1965 when the two countries more or less agreed to a U.N brokered ceasefire. Both sides also claimed victory.

The 1965 conflict began when Pakistan sent up to 30,000 troops into Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian soldiers invaded Pakistan in retaliation.
Over the years, both sides have claimed victory. Pakistan celebrates 6 September every year as “Defence of Pakistan Day” with a 21-gun salute and a victory parade. Indians meanwhile believe that their forces had the clear upper hand in the war. Read more, BBC

The 1965 War remains memorable for two things. One was a monumental miscalculation by Pakistan. President Ayub Khan, egged on by his scheming and feckless Foreign Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, sent a top-secret order to his army chief General Mohammed Musa: “As a general rule, Hindu morale would not stand for more than a couple of hard blows delivered at the right time and the right place. Such opportunities should therefore be sought and exploited.”

Secondly, India’s leadership – as it has done consistently over the past 2500 years – frittered away on the negotiating table what the soldiers won on the battlefield. Pradhan writes: “In a way, India’s leadership, out of its sense of restraint, fair play and endeavour to seek enduring peace and goodwill with the neighbour, seems to have missed opportunities to solve the problem.” Read more Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Anti-Busing Mrs. Hicks Re-elected – September 21, 1965

Mrs Hicks (Louise Day Hicks) was re-elected to the Boston School Committee by a wide margin on September 21, 1965. The Boston Globe wrote about her win:

The resounding victory for Mrs. Hicks indicates that she received bullet votes from possibly a third of all voters. (A “bullet” or “single shot” is a vote cast for one candidate with more than one to elect.

Hicks rose to national prominence because of her staunch opposition to the practice of busing African American children into predominately white schools in order to achieve racial balance.

Mrs. Hicks was the city’s most prominent opponent of busing, saying it was not what parents, especially those in her almost-all-white South Boston neighborhood, wanted. To her supporters, she was a champion of working-class residents and neighborhood schools. To her opponents, she epitomized an unwillingness to breach a deep-seated racial divide in deeply segregated Boston. More New York Times.

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