What Happened in December 1969

Historical Events

  • 1st US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • 1st LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis annouces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • 2nd "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 2nd Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • 3rd John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 6th "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 6th 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
  • 6th USSR performs nuclear test
  • 8th Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • 8th Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • 11th Libya adopts constitution
  • 12th "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Striesand premieres
  • 12th Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points)
  • 12th Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
  • 12th Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
  • 13th Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
  • 13th Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager
  • 14th "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • 14th Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • 14th Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 15th Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • 15th SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • 16th British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
  • 16th "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • 17th USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • 18th "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • 18th House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • 18th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 18th "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • 19th Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
  • 20th Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1
  • 21st Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • 21st Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • 22nd Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • 25th 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • 25th India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 116

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

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4th 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
  • 5th Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman (1993- )
  • 5th Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
  • 5th Lewis Gordon Pugh, English swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker
  • 6th Elmore Spencer, NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 6th Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 6th Todd Black, Kenton Ohio, 800m runner
  • 6th Wayne Smith - Motorcycle racer
  • 7th Sabine Hack, West Germany, tennis star
  • 8th Antoon Kuil, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 8th Bobby Phillips, WLAF running back (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 8th Darrin Shannon, Barrie, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 8th Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
  • 8th Victor Green, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 8th Steve Van Wormer, American actor
  • 9th Allison Smith, actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 9th Greg[ory] Klingsporn, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 9th Ramon Garcia, Guanare Venezuela, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 9th Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer
  • 9th Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor
  • 10th Darren Berry, cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90)
  • 10th Nadim Khan, cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993)
  • 10th Rob Blake, Simcoe Ont, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings)
  • 10th Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
  • 11th Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer
  • 11th Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster
  • 11th Sean Grande, American sportscaster
  • 11th Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer
  • 12th Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills KS, playmate (Sep, 1993)
  • 12th Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 12th Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 12th Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 12th Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 12th Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
  • 12th Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • 13th Norm Krumpschmd, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 13th Sergei Fedorov, Pskov Russia, NHL forward (Detroit, Oly-S-1998)
  • 13th Tony Curran, Scottish actor (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 13th Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer (d. 2007)
  • 14th Arthur Numan, soccer player (PSV)
  • 14th Craig Jones, Nambour Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (NZ Open-1994)
  • 14th Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 14th Rogerick Green, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 15th Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • 15th Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 15th Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 15th Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • 16th Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 16th Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
  • 16th Martin Ulrich, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 16th Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei
  • 17th Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
  • 17th Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 17th Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 17th Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 17th Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 17th Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • 18th Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 18th Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
  • 18th Joanne Mills, Australian golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 18th Joe Randa, Milwaukee WI, infielder (KC Royals)
  • 18th Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • 18th Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • 18th T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 18th Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • 18th Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • 19th Kristy Swanson, actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • 19th Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • 19th Mike Alexander, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • 19th Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • 19th Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 19th Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 19th Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 19th Richard Hammond, English television presenter (Top Gear), born in Solihull, West Midlands
  • 19th Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 20th Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 21st Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 21st Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)
  • 21st Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
  • 21st Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
  • 22nd Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
  • 22nd Marcie Aguilar, Tucson AZ, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 22nd Myriam Bédard, Canadian athlete
  • 23rd Rodney Culver, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 23rd Stephen Grant, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 23rd Martha Byrne, actress (Lily-As the World Turns), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 23rd Greg Biffle, American racecar driver
  • 23rd Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • 24th Kenny "Damn" Kelly, Paterson NJ, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend)

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

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