What Happened in August 1969

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
  • Aug 1 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 1 Mariner 6 sends close-up photos of Mars

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Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

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Aug 2 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 3 Reds beats Phillies 19-17
  • Aug 3 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • Aug 4 Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a HR outside of Dodger Stadium
  • Aug 5 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • Aug 5 Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium
  • Aug 5 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • Aug 6 Balt Orioles pull their 3rd triple play (5-4-3 vs KC Royals)
  • Aug 9 "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances
  • Aug 9 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Aug 10 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • Aug 10 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Stroh's-WBLY Golf Open
  • Aug 11 Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
  • Aug 11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • Aug 12 Battle of the Bogside: RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms; the almost continuous rioting lasted for two days
  • Aug 13 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
  • Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • Aug 14 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • Aug 14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

  • Aug 16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 17 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Aug 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Southgate Ladies' Golf Open
  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)

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Aug 18 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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Aug 18 Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)
  • Aug 21 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Tournament of Champs Golf Tournament
  • Aug 24 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 27 Lindy's Pride win Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)

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Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Aug 29 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • Aug 30 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • Aug 30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • Aug 31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • Aug 1 Graham Thorpe, cricketer (England LHB Century on Test debut 1993)
  • Aug 1 Kevin Jarvis, Lexington KY, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Aug 1 David Wain, American actor
  • Aug 2 Cedric Ceballos, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns)
  • Aug 2 Erik Meijer, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Uerdingen)
  • Aug 2 Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer
  • Aug 2 Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem)
  • Aug 2 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist
  • Aug 3 Doug Overton, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets)
  • Aug 4 Lee O'Leary, Compton CA, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Aug 4 Max Cavalera, Brazilian rock vocalist/guitarist (Sepultura)
  • Aug 4 Norm Casola, CFL slot back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 4 Michael DeLuise, American actor
  • Aug 5 Halle Cioffi, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 5 James Fuller, NFL/WLAF safety (N O Saints, Frankfurt Galaxy, Scotland)
  • Aug 5 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 5 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • Aug 5 Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)
  • Aug 6 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • Aug 6 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • Aug 6 Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Dave Smits, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Aug 7 Jodi Figley, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 7 Keith Cash, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 7 Ludovit Tatos, Lynnwood Wash, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Aug 7 Travis Brown, Durango Colo, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 8 Jerome Henderson, NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 8 Dick Togo, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Aug 9 Divine Brown, [Estelle Marie Thompson], SF, prostitute (Hugh Grant)
  • Aug 9 Troy Percival, Fontana CA, pitcher (California Angels)
  • Aug 10 Iain Fraser, Scarborough, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Aug 11 Dave Pashko, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 CPGA Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 11 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Aug 11 Wilfried Elzinga, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Aug 11 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • Aug 12 Kitty G, [Katia Geiger], Leningrad Russia, cable tv actress
  • Aug 12 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 12 Nate Gwynne, Davis California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Aug 12 Stuart Williams, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman 1994- )
  • Aug 12 Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
  • Aug 13 Alex Fernandez, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 13 Midori Ito, ice skater (Oly-silver-92), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 14 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer
  • Aug 14 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ (d. 2001)
  • Aug 15 Eric Bieniemy, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)
  • Aug 15 James Black, Regina, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Aug 15 Mark Heese, beach volleyballer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 15 Pavel Kamentsev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Aug 15 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 15 Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
  • Aug 16 Becky Delos Santos, playmate (April, 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 16 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 16 Carl Henkel, Torrance California, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 16 Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • Aug 17 Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Oly-gold-92)
  • Aug 17 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 17 Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
  • Aug 18 Christian Slater, actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers)
  • Aug 18 Isaac Austin, NBA center (Miami Heat)
  • Aug 18 Masta Killa, American rapper
  • Aug 18 Everlast, American musician
  • Aug 18 Edward Norton, American actor
  • Aug 19 Matthew Perry, Canadian/American actor (Chandler Bing on Friends), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Scott Ford, Norbrooke Germany, golfer (1994 Trafalgar CPGA-2nd)
  • Aug 19 Nate Dogg, American rapper
  • Aug 19 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • Aug 19 Emigdio Preciado, Hispanic fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted list
  • Aug 19 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player
  • Aug 19 Patrick Van Horn, American actor
  • Aug 19 Clay Walker, American singer
  • Aug 20 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 20 Francisco Torres, jockey
  • Aug 20 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 21 Andujar Cedeno, La Romana Dom Rep, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • Aug 21 Josee Chouinard, Rosemont Quebec, figure skater (Olymp-9th-1994)
  • Aug 21 Nathan Jones, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australian professional wrestler and actor
  • Aug 22 Hipolito Pichardo, Esperanza Dom Rep, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Aug 22 Maurice Graef, soccer player (VVW, Roda JC)
  • Aug 23 Amanda Hope, playmate (Jul, 1992), born in Austin, Texas
  • Aug 23 Clayton Holmes, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 23 Keith Tyson, English artist
  • Aug 23 Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter
  • Aug 25 Catriona Matthew, golfer (1995 British Open-12th), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Aug 25 Derek Fung, Hong Kong, Canadian Tour golfer
  • Aug 25 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 25 Mike Gisler, corner (New England Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Mike Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Vivek Razdan, cricket pace bowler (Indian Test 1989-90)
  • Aug 26 Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Allentown Penn, wife of John Cougar
  • Aug 26 Mike Gisler, NFL guard/center (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 26 Nicole Arendt, Somerville NJ, tennis star (1996 Aust doubles finalist)
  • Aug 26 Ricky Bottalico, New Britain CT, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Aug 27 Kipp Vickers, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 27 Mark Ealham, cricketer (Kent & England Test all-rounder 1996)
  • Aug 27 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 27 Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, professional dog trainer
  • Aug 27 Chandra Wilson, American actress
  • Aug 28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 28 Mary McCartney, daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Economist Robert F. Engle (26) weds psychologist Marianne Eger

Economist Robert F. Engle
Robert F. Engle

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6 Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (b. 1896)
  • Aug 9 Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • Aug 9 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 9 Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • Aug 9 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • Aug 9 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 9 Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

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Aug 9 Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Aug 10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, actor (For Heaven's Sake), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • Aug 15 Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • Aug 16 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Erika Mann, German/US author/daughter of Thomas Mann, dies
  • Aug 27 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • Aug 27 Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, dies
  • Aug 28 Clarence R Hennecke, actor (Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72

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Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano