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

Event of interestEvent 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 receiver (New England Patriots)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

16th 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
  • 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, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 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, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey

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, Italian 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