1965

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

On August 11, 1965, Los Angeles’s South Central neighbourhood of Watts became a scene of the greatest example of racial tension America had seen. A Los Angeles police officer pulled over motorist Marquette Frye (who was with his brother Ronald); he suspected Marquette of driving drunk. While officers questioned them, a crowd of onlookers had begun to form. When Rena…
Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

Vintage: Watts Riots (1965)

In the predominantly black Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches a breaking point after two white policemen scuffle with a black motorist suspected of drunken driving. A crowd of spectators gathered near the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street to watch the arrest and soon grew angry by what they believed to be yet another incident of…
Vintage: Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1965 by Bill Ray

Vintage: Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1965 by Bill Ray

The Hells Angels are often depicted in semi-mythical romantic fashion like the 19th-century James–Younger Gang: free-spirited, iconic, bound by brotherhood and loyalty. At other times, such as in the 1966 Roger Corman film The Wild Angels, they are depicted as violent and nihilistic, little more than a violent criminal gang and a scourge on society. The club became prominent within,…
Vintage: Liza Minnelli as a Teenager in 1965 by Bill Eppridge

Vintage: Liza Minnelli as a Teenager in 1965 by Bill Eppridge

In March 1965, when LIFE photographer Bill Eppridge spent time on assignment with Judy Garland’s enormously talented daughter, Liza Minnelli was just turning 19 and launching what would prove to be a monumental career of her own. In fact, she was about to debut on Broadway in Flora the Red Menace, in a role that would make her, at the…
Vintage: B&W photos of Life in China (1965)

Vintage: B&W photos of Life in China (1965)

This collection of photographs were taken during Mark Gayn’s trip to China in 1965, and include images of factories, farms, protests, and political happenings. Mark Gayn was a Canadian journalist born near the Manchurian-Mongolian border on April 21, 1909. Over the 5 decade span of his career, he contributed articles to such publications as the Toronto Daily Star, the New…
Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)

Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)

On March 19, 1963, the Costa Rican volcano Irazu began an eruption lasting into 1965. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, was daily covered by additional ash. For 10 months the almost 300,000 inhabitants of metropolitan San Jose have been living in the “valley of the shadow of death.” via LA Times