1965 Rather Dull and Cool. Poor Summer and Snowy November
In the year that Winston Churchill died, and Sir Stanley Matthews hung up his football boots at the age of 50, a speed limit of 70 mph was introduced on British roads. Edward Heath became leader of the Conservative opposition replacing Sir Alec Douglas-Home who resigned, and the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, failed to prevent Ian Smith declaring unilateral independence in the white minority country Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe). President Lyndon Johnson sent 3,500 Marines to Vietnam in March, the first combat troops to arrive in the country. By the end of the year there 120,000 troops engaged in the Vietnamese War. In the music world, the charts were dominated by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but the longest chart topper in 1965 was the 5 weeks at number one enjoyed by Ken Dodd with 'Tears'.