What Happened in December 1969

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • Dec 1 LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis annouces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • Dec 2 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 2 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • Dec 3 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Dec 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 6 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Dec 8 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • Dec 8 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • Dec 11 Libya adopts constitution

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Dec 12 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 12 Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points)
  • Dec 12 Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
  • Dec 12 Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
  • Dec 13 Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
  • Dec 13 Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager
  • Dec 14 "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • Dec 14 Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Dec 15 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • Dec 15 SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • Dec 16 British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
  • Dec 16 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • Dec 17 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • Dec 18 "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • Dec 18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • Dec 19 Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
  • Dec 20 Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1
  • Dec 21 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • Dec 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

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Dec 28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • Dec 29 NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 116

  • Dec 2 Lewis Bush, NFL outside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 2 O J McDuffie, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Dec 2 Paul Francis Stankowski, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
  • Dec 3 Ed King, NFL guard (NO Saints)
  • Dec 3 Kwamie Lassiter, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 3 Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • Dec 4 Ferric Collons, NFL defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 4 Jacques Landry, Saskatoon Saskatchawan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 4 Marie-Josee Morneau, Longueuil Quebec, 56 kg judoka (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 4 Mik Middleton, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 4 Terry Glenn, wide receiver (New England Patriots)

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Dec 4 Jay Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • Dec 5 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman (1993- )
  • Dec 5 Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
  • Dec 5 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker
  • Dec 6 Elmore Spencer, NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Dec 6 Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec 6 Todd Black, Kenton Ohio, 800m runner
  • Dec 6 Wayne Smith - Motorcycle racer
  • Dec 7 Sabine Hack, West Germany, tennis star
  • Dec 8 Antoon Kuil, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • Dec 8 Bobby Phillips, WLAF running back (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 8 Darrin Shannon, Barrie, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Dec 8 Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
  • Dec 8 Victor Green, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Dec 8 Steve Van Wormer, American actor
  • Dec 9 Allison Smith, actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 9 Greg[ory] Klingsporn, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Dec 9 Ramon Garcia, Guanare Venezuela, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Dec 9 Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer
  • Dec 9 Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor
  • Dec 10 Darren Berry, cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90)
  • Dec 10 Nadim Khan, cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993)
  • Dec 10 Rob Blake, Simcoe Ont, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings)
  • Dec 10 Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
  • Dec 11 Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer
  • Dec 11 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster
  • Dec 11 Sean Grande, American sportscaster
  • Dec 11 Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer
  • Dec 12 Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills KS, playmate (Sep, 1993)
  • Dec 12 Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 12 Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 12 Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
  • Dec 12 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 12 Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
  • Dec 12 Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 13 Norm Krumpschmd, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Dec 13 Sergei Fedorov, Pskov Russia, NHL forward (Detroit, Oly-S-1998)
  • Dec 13 Tony Curran, Scottish actor (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 13 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 14 Arthur Numan, soccer player (PSV)
  • Dec 14 Craig Jones, Nambour Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (NZ Open-1994)
  • Dec 14 Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Dec 14 Rogerick Green, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 15 Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 15 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 15 Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 15 Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • Dec 16 Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 16 Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
  • Dec 16 Martin Ulrich, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)

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Dec 16 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Dec 17 Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
  • Dec 17 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • Dec 17 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 17 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 17 Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 17 Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 18 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 18 Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
  • Dec 18 Joanne Mills, Australian golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 18 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 18 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • Dec 18 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 18 T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 18 Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 18 Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Kristy Swanson, actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Dec 19 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 19 Mike Alexander, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 19 Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • Dec 19 Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 19 Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Dec 19 Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Dec 19 Richard Hammond, English television presenter (Top Gear), born in Solihull, West Midlands
  • Dec 19 Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
  • Dec 20 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Dec 21 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 21 Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)
  • Dec 21 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
  • Dec 21 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
  • Dec 22 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
  • Dec 22 Marcie Aguilar, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Dec 22 Myriam Bédard, Canadian athlete
  • Dec 23 Rodney Culver, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 23 Stephen Grant, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 23 Martha Byrne, actress (Lily-As the World Turns), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 23 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver
  • Dec 23 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • Dec 24 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 17 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • Dec 2 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • Dec 3 Ruth White, actress (Fugitive), dies of cancer at 55
  • Dec 3 Mathias Wieman, German actor (b. 1902)
  • Dec 4 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
  • Dec 7 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • Dec 7 Hugh Williams, actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Dec 8 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Raymond A Spruance, US admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83
  • Dec 13 Spencer Williams, Jr., American actor (b. 1893)
  • Dec 17 Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Donald Foster, actor (Herbert Johnson-Hazel), dies at 80
  • Dec 22 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • Dec 22 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Donald Foster, actor (Scaramouche), dies after long illness at 80
  • Dec 26 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69