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Por­tuguese nav­i­ga­tor Fer­di­nand Mag­el­lan reached the Pa­cific Ocean af­ter pass­ing through the South Amer­i­can strait that now bears his name.

Fire en­gulfed the Co­coanut Grove night­club in Bos­ton, killing 492 peo­ple in the dead­li­est night­club blaze ever.

Ernie Davis of Syra­cuse Univer­sity be­came the first African-Amer­i­can to be named win­ner of the Heis­man Tro­phy.

The United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to­ward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, send­ing back pic­tures of the red planet.

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