January 10 - After 147 years, the last issue of the Saturday Evening Post is published.
January 14 - An explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 25.
January 15 - The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
January 19 - Student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square to
protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968.
January 20 - Richard Nixon succeeds Lyndon Johnson as President of the United States
January 30 - The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The
impromptu concert was broken up by the police.
February 3 - In Cairo Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestinian Liberation Organization leader
at the Palestinian National Congress and takes command the next day.
February 8 - The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post hits magazine stands.
February 13 - FLQ terrorists bomb the Stock Exchange in Montreal, Quebec.
March 1 - Major league baseballer Mickey Mantle announces his retirement.
March 1 - Dad's Army episode Operation Kilt is first broadcast.
March 1 - During a performance at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium, Jim Morrison of the
Doors is arrested for exposing himself during the show. Morrison is officially charged with
lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent behavior, open profanity and public drunkenness.
March 1 - John Kerry officially leaves active duty in Vietnam.
March 2 - In Toulouse, France the first Concorde test flight is conducted.
March 2 - Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River.
March 3 - In a Los Angeles, California court, Sirhan Sirhan admits that he killed
presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.
March 3 - Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.
March 10 - In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin
Luther King Jr. Ray would later retract his guilty plea.
March 13 - Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
March 17 - Golda Meir of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, becomes Prime Minister of Israel.
April 1 - The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the RAF.
April 4 - Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
April 22 - Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world
solo without stopping.
April 29 - First anniversary of the Broadway production of the musical Hair is
celebrated with free concert at Wollman Skating Rink.
May 16 - Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
May 17 - Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins to descend into Venus', atmosphere
sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure.
May 18 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 launches.
May 22 - Apollo program: Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 15,400 m of
the moon's surface.
May 26 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to earth after a successful eight-day
test of all the components needed for the upcoming first manned moon landing.
June 2 - In Ottawa, Canada the National Arts Center opens its doors to the
public for the first time.
June 8 - After the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) cancels the program,
the last Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour airs.
June 23 - Warren E. Burger is sworn in as chief justice of the United States
Supreme Court by retiring chief Earl Warren.
June 27 - The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights
movement in the U.S.
July 7 - French is made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government.
July 14 - Football War - after Honduras lost a soccer game against El Salvador, rioting
broke out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers. Of the 300,000 Salvadorean
workers in Honduras, tens of thousands were expelled, prompting a brief Salvadoran
invasion of Honduras. The OAS worked out a cease-fire on July 18, taking effect on July 20.
July 18 - Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on
Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, an aide who was in
the car with him, dies in the incident.
July 20 - Apollo program: The human race, represented by Neil Armstrong and
Buzz Aldrin, lands on the Moon. Apollo 11 lifted off for the moon on July 16 and
returned safely on July 24.
July 25 - Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine
stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own
military defense. This was the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war.
July 30 - Vietnam War: US President Richard M. Nixon makes an unscheduled visit
to South Vietnam and meets with President Nguyen Van Thieu and with US
August 4 - Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in
Paris, US representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan
Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.
August 5 - Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
August 9 - Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder five people including
Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring and, Abigail Folger. The next day The Family would murder
Rosemary and Leno LaBianca.
August 12 - Jack Lynch, Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, makes a speech to
the nation in which he asks the British Government to deploy a UN Peace-Keeping
mission in Northern Ireland.
August 13 - Serious border clash between Soviet Union and People's Republic of China.
August 14 - British troops deployed in Northern Ireland.
August 15 - The Woodstock Festival of music begins in upstate New York lasting
three days and featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
August 17 - Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast killing 248 people
and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).
September 1 - A coup in Libya brings Col. Moammar Qaddafi to power.
September 2 - The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed
in Rockville Centre, New York.
September 5 - My Lai Massacre: Lt. William Calley is charged with six specifications
of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.
September 22 - 25 Islamic conference in Rabat, Morocco after al-Aqsa Mosque fire
(Augusr 21) condemns Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.
September 28 - Social Democrats and Liberals have received a majority of votes in
the German parliamentary elections and decide to form a common government.
October 1 - In Sweden, Olof Palme is elected Labour party leader, replacing Tage
Erlander as prime minister on October 14.
October 9 - In Chicago, Illinois, the United States National Guard is called in for
crowd control as demonstrations continue in connection to the trial of the "Chicago
Eight" (trial started on September 24).
October 15 - Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in National
Moratorium antiwar demonstrations across the United States.
October 16 - The ("miracle") New York Mets win the World Series, besting the
heavily favored Baltimore Orioles, four games to one.
October 21 - Willy Brandt becomes Chancellor of West Germany.
October 21 - Siad Barre comes to power in Somalia in a coup.
October 31 - Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
November - Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.
November 3 - Vietnam War: US President Richard M. Nixon addresses his nation
on television and radio asking the "silent majority" to join him in solidarity on the
Vietnam War effort and to support his policies.
November 10 - Sesame Street premieres.
November 12 - Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre - Independent investigative journalist
Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
November 13 - Vietnam War: Anti-war protesters in Washington, DC stage a
symbolic "March Against Death".
November 14 - Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned
mission to the surface of the Moon (landed on the Moon on November 19).
November 15 - Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American
submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
November 15 - Vietnam War: In Washington, DC, 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a
peaceful demonstration against the war.
November 17 - Cold War: Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States
meet in Helsinki to begin SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic
weapons on both sides.
November 19 - Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan
Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum ("Ocean of Storms") and become the third
and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
November 20 - Vietnam War: The Cleveland Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs
of dead villagers from the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
November 21 - U.S. President Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington
on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972 Under the terms of the agreement,
the US is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.
November 21 - The first ARPANET link is established.
November 24 - Apollo program: The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the
Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
November 28 - The Newcomers stopped airing on the BBC.
December 1 - Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since
World War II (on January 4, 1970, the New York Times ran a long article, "Statisticians
Charge Draft Lottery Was Not Random").
December 4 - Black Panther members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot to
death in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
December 12 - Piazza Fontana Slaughter in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana). A U.S.
officer and C.I.A. agent called David Carrett involved.Ongoing events
Vietnam War (1964 - 1975).
War of Attrition, between Egypt and Israel, which lasted until August 1970. This
conflict was characterized by escalating artillery duels, air raids and commando missions.Year in topic
1969 in film
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
True Grit starring John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and others.
1969 in literature
1969 in music
The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame founded.
August 15 - August 17: The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was held at Max
Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, near Woodstock. Although 10,000
or 20,000 people were expected, over 400,000 attended. Among the many artists
who performed were Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, The Who, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young and the Grateful Dead. The weekend was rainy, the facilities
were overcrowded, and attendees shared food, alcohol, and drugs, although no
violence was reported. The Woodstock Festival represented the culmination of the
counterculture of the 1960s and the high point of the "hippie era."
The #1 Song was
"Aquarius (Let the Sunshine In)".
Graffiti art had fully developed into an art form, with distinctive styles, trends and
schools, by 1969; graffiti art is one of the four elements of hip hop, the musical form of
which is influenced by the success of the Last Poets and similar artists, beginning in 1969.
1969 in television
A live transmission from the moon is viewed by 600 million people around the world
when Neil Armstrong walks in the moon.
Tiny Tim gets married on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
The Brady Bunch premieres.Births
January 3 - Michael Schumacher
, Formula One driver; six-time champion of that series.
January 5 - Marilyn Manson
January 14 - Jason Bateman
January 14 - David Grohl
, drummer, composer.
January 16 - Roy Jones Jr.
January 17 - Lukas Moodysson
, film director.
January 20 - Skeet Ulrich
January 31 - Cornelia Adriana Maatje Otte
February 1 - Gabriel Batistuta
, Argentine football player.
February 5 - Bobby Brown
February 9 - Gabby Hayes
February 11 - Jennifer Aniston
, American actress.
February 11 - Bryan Eversgerd
, US baseball player.
February 11 - Shannon Long Gladstone
, Australian, Playboy magazine's
playmate for October 1988.
February 12 - Hong Myung-Bo
, South Korean football player.
March 1 - Javier Bardem
March 1 - Rob Janssen
, baseball player.
March 1 - Dafydd Ieuan
, drummer with the band Super Furry Animals.
March 19 - Connor Trinneer
, actor (Star Trek: Enterprise).
April 17 - Henry Ian Cusick
April 25 - Renée Zellweger
, actress (Bridget Jones's Diary, Chicago).
May 2 - Brian Lara
, Trinidadian cricketer.
May 3 - Daryl F. Mallett
, American author & actor.
May 7 - Eagle Eye Cherry
May 12 - Christiaan (van den Houten) van Amersfoort
May 14 - Cate Blanchett
, Australian actress.
May 15 - Emmitt Smith
, American football player.
May 16 - Steve Lewis
, American athlete.
May 18 - Robert Peter Dijksman
May 18 - Martika
, Cuban-American singer.
May 26 - Alain Knaff
June 14 - Steffi Graf
, German tennis player.
June 15 - Oliver Kahn
, German football player.
June 24 - Sissel Kyrkjebø
, Norwegian singer.
July 5 - John LeClair
, American NHL star.
July 9 - Rinaldo Antonio van den Houten
July 16 - Curtis Kenneth Haug
July 19 - Pernille Marie Petersen
August 2 - Fernando Couto
, football player.
August 6 - Elliott Smith
August 13 - Midori Ito
, Japanese figure skater.
August 18 - Edward Norton
August 18 - Christian Slater
August 19 - Matthew Perry
September 5 - Dweezil Zappa
, actor, musician, eldest son of Frank Zappa.
September 13 - Shane Warne
, Australian cricketer.
September 21 - Hendrikus Theodorus Adrianus (Harold) Temminck
September 25 - Hansie Cronje
, South African cricketer (+2002).
September 25 - Catherine Zeta-Jones
, Welsh actress.
October 3 - Gwen Stefani
, No Doubt frontwoman.
October 9 - Dina (Dineke) de Gelder
October 10 - Brett Favre
, American football player.
October 13 - Nancy Kerrigan
, figure skater.
October 14 - Nico Wilhelm (Nico) van den Houten
October 17 - Ernie Els
, South African golfer.
October 19 - Trey Parker
, co-creator of South Park.
October 20 - Juan Gonzalez
, baseball player.
October 30 - Clay Enos
November 4 - Matthew McConaughey
, American actor.
November 7 - Bryant H. McGill
, Major Poet.
November 20 - AQi Fzono
, Japanese composer.
November 21 - Ken Griffey, Jr.
, baseball player.
November 29 - Mariano Rivera
, baseball relief pitcher.
December 15 - Rick Law
, illustrator, producer.
December 21 - Julie Delpy
December 23 - Davy van de Sande
December 28 - Linus Torvalds
, Finnish programmer; original developer of Linux.Deaths
January 4 - Violet and Daisy Hilton
, conjoined twins, actresses.
January 5 - Aloysia Catharina Verheezen
January 8 - Albert Hill
, British athlete.
January 19 - Czech student Jan Palach
sets himself on fire in Wenceslas Square,
Prague in protest at the communist regime and the USSR's occupation
of the country.
January 25 - Irene Castle
January 29 - Allen Dulles
, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
February 4 - Thelma Ritter
February 4 - Fred Hampton
, Black Panther.
February 4 - Mark Clark
, Black Panther.
February 11 - James Lanphier
February 20 - Ernest Ansermet
February 26 - Levi Eshkol
, Prime Minister of Israel.
March 4 - Nicholas Schenck
, motion-picture empresario.
March 11 - John Wyndham
March 26 - John Kennedy Toole
March 27 - Jan de Vin
March 27 - B. Traven
March 28 - Dwight D. Eisenhower
, US General of the Army, 34th president of
the United States.
May 14 - Frederick Lane
, Australian swimmer.
May 19 - Coleman Hawkins
, jazz musician.
June 21 - Maureen Connolly
, tennis star.
July 18 - Mary Jo Kopechne
, congressional staffer for Edward Kennedy.
July 24 - Witold Gombrowicz
, Polish novelist and dramatist (b. 1904).
August 8 - Arjaantje van Huizen
August 9 - Sharon Tate
August 27 - Ivy Compton-Burnett
, English novelist.
August 31 - Rocky Marciano
, boxer, retired undefeated as world heavyweight champion.
September 2 - Ho Chi Minh
, President of North Vietnam.
September 13 - Pieter Daleboudt
October 12 - Sonja Henie
, Olympic and World Champion figure skater (b. 1912).
October 12 - Serge Poliakoff
, Russian painter.
October 21 - Jack Kerouac
, US author.
October 21 - Waclaw Sierpinski
, Polish mathematician.
October 30 - Pops Foster
, jazz musician (b. 1892).
November 12 - William F. Friedman
November 15 - Iskander Mirza
, first President of Pakistan.
December 5 - Her Serene Highness Princess Alice of Battenberg
mother of Prince
Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth II.
December 29 - Hermanus Johannes Korbee
December 31 - George Lewis
, jazz musician (b. 1900).To my Homepage