As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* The Great Society Exceeds Expectations... And All Sense of Reality -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Fighting fire with fire -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* The Great Northeast Blackout -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
The Great Society Exceeds Expectations... And All Sense of RealityContributed by Alex Shrugged
"We can't prevent every little wiggle in the economic cycle... but... we now can prevent a major slide."
- -- Charles Schultze, LBJ's budget director... not the cartoonist. 
Fighting fire with fireContributed by Southpaw Ben
"Burn yourselves, not your cards"
This was the cry that went out from some New Yorkers during an anti-draft protest. One of those protesters did just that three days later. Through out 1965 multiple anti-war activists performed self-immolation in protest of the United State's involvement in Vietnam, especially the bombing and napalming of innocent civilians, especially women and children. The first was Alice Herz,  who was the first known activist in the United States to have set herself on fire protesting war, taking her example from Thích Quảng Đức, who was discussed in On Fire for Freedom of Faith. Next was Norman Morrison,, who went to outside the office of the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, handed his one year old daughter to someone in the crowd, then proceeded to douse himself in kerosene, and lit himself on fire. Finally, the last person to protest the war in this fashion was the man who's story I started with. Roger LaPorte went outside the Dag Hammarskjold Library on November 9th, just one week after Norman Morrison's protest, doused himself in gasoline, and set himself on fire.
The Great Northeast BlackoutContributed by Alex Shrugged
Maintenance workers set a protective relay (like a circuit breaker) for the electrical transmission line going out of a Niagara Falls power plant, but they set it too low. At 5:16 p.m. Eastern Time a small power surges trips the relay, and all heck breaks loose. The sudden dropout forces the next power plant to take up the slack. This also produces a power surge pulling that power plant off line. A cascade effect ensues as each power plant in turn is overloaded. Some areas are able to isolate themselves from the grid, but the rest are going down fast. The electrical grid collapses, and blacks out the Northeastern United States and a large portion of Canada for 13 hours. Companies like Eastman Kodak have their own power generators, and remain powered throughout this event. People with their own generators become islands of light in the midst of darkness. 
Notable BirthsNOTE: As we get closer to the current day, the "Notable Births" will become less notable and drop away for obvious reasons. Perhaps it should be replaced by "Notable Deaths."
- Dmitry Medvedev: Current Prime Minister of Russia. 
- Bashar al-Assad: Current President of Syria. (Nancy Pelosi liked him, but now he is the most evil man in the world after Putin.--alexshrugged) 
- J. K. Rowling: Author of the Harry Potter series. 
- Alexander Siddig: Dr. Bashir on Star Trek's Deep Space Nine. (Did anyone watch that show?--alexshrugged) 
- Amie F.: Mother of Southpaw Ben, born in PA, currently works as an RN at a nursing home.
- -- In Music: Shania Twain. 
- -- In Comedy: Chris Rock. 
- -- In Movies: Charlie Sheen, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. 
This Year in Film
- The Sound of Music: Julie Andrews has another big hit! 
- Doctor Zhivago: Russia is coming apart at the seams. (Again.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in TV
- -- In Comedy: Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie and Hogan's Heroes. 
- -- In Game Shows: The Dating Game and Supermarket Sweep. 
- -- In Westerns: Wild, Wild West and The Big Valley. 
- -- In Drama: I Spy (with Bill Cosby), and The FBI. 
This Year in Music
- The Beatles dominate with: Yesterday, Ticket to Ride and Help! (with a movie). 
- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction: The Rolling Stones. 
- Mr. Tambourine Man: The Byrds. 
In Other News
- Malcolm X is assassinated: Members of the Nation of Islam did it. (I am appalled.--alexshrugged)