What Happened on August 9, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances
  • Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders

Famous Birthdays

  • Divine Brown, [Estelle Marie Thompson], SF, prostitute (Hugh Grant)
  • Troy Percival, Fontana CA, pitcher (California Angels)

Famous Deaths

  • Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

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
  • Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)
  • Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)