What Happened in February 1969

Historical Events

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Feb 1 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Feb 1 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Feb 3 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections

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Feb 4 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Feb 4 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • Feb 4 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple

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Feb 4 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 4 Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 "Turn-On," debuts & cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • Feb 5 US population reaches 200 million
  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins
  • Feb 6 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
  • Feb 6 The New Ulster Movement forms, promoting moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who support Northern Ireland Prime MinisterTerence O'Neill,

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Feb 7 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
  • Feb 7 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • Feb 7 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
  • Feb 8 Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • Feb 8 Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Feb 9 Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight
  • Feb 9 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 10 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • Feb 11 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
  • Feb 13 Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
  • Feb 13 Suriname government of Pengel resigns

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 17 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Feb 17 Golda Meir sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel
  • Feb 18 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
  • Feb 18 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • Feb 19 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • Feb 21 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)

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Feb 21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • Feb 23 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • Feb 23 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough wins (157.95 MPH)
  • Feb 24 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study planet's atmosphere
  • Feb 24 Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • Feb 24 26th Golden Globes: The Lion in Winter, Peter O'Toole, & Joanne Woodward win
  • Feb 25 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
  • Feb 25 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 25 West Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.
  • Feb 27 Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup
  • Feb 27 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Spr won by Rodnina & Ulanov of URS
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colo Spr won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR
  • Feb 28 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by Tim Wood USA
  • Feb 28 Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 120

  • Feb 1 Bryan Jacob, Palatka Fla, 59 kg (130 lbs) weightlifter (Oly-1992, 96)
  • Feb 1 John Moore, Australian baseball catcher (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 1 Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 1 Joshua Redman, American musician
  • Feb 1 Brian Krause, American actor (Charmed), born in El Toro, Californai
  • Feb 1 Patrick Wilson, American musician (Drummer for Weezer)
  • Feb 1 Andrew Breitbart, conservative blogger and publisher, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 2 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Feb 2 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 2 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 2 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • Feb 3 Casey Weldon, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 3 Jeff Christy, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 3 Robert Pack, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 3 Terry Bradshaw, US baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 3 Retief Goosen, professional golfer
  • Feb 3 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2015)
  • Feb 4 Brad Cornett, US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Feb 4 Chris Crooms, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 4 Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 4 Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Feb 4 Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • Feb 4 Brandy Ledford, American actress and model
  • Feb 5 Bobby Brown, Roxbury Ma, US singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative")
  • Feb 5 Michael Sheen, Welsh actor
  • Feb 6 Anna Acker-Macosko, Marshfield WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Gold Coast Tour)
  • Feb 6 April Lerman, actress (Lila-Charles in Charge), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Bob Wickman, Green Bay WI, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
  • Feb 6 Greg Patrick, WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 6 James Jones, NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 6 Kurt Abbott, US baseball player (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 6 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95)
  • Feb 6 Tim Sherwood, English footballer and manager, born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
  • Feb 6 David Hayter, American Voice of Solid Snake
  • Feb 7 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 7 Fiona Robinson, Collie Western Aust, basketball player (Oly-bronze-96)
  • Feb 8 Herb Hohenberger, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • Feb 8 Mary McCormack, actress, (Murder One, Private Parts)
  • Feb 8 Shiva Rose, American actress
  • Feb 9 Jeff Pahukoa, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 9 Jimmy Smith, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Peta Edebone, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Feb 9 Thomas Brandl, Bad Tolz GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Feb 9 Todd Lyght, US football quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 10 Jayhawk Owens, catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 10 Tim Clark, US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 10 Joe Mangrum, American artist
  • Feb 10 Laurie Dhue, American television personality
  • Feb 11 Bryan Eversgerd, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)

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Feb 11 Jennifer Aniston, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Rachel-Friends)

  • Feb 11 Joe Valerio, NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 11 Kevin King, US baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Feb 11 Mark Atkinson, cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman)
  • Feb 11 Mary Stoker, Miss Wisconsin USA (1996)
  • Feb 11 Shannon Long, Gladstone Australia, playmate (Oct, 1988)
  • Feb 12 Colin Keely, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 12 Shauna Lyn Searles, Miss California USA (1996)
  • Feb 12 Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
  • Feb 12 Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer
  • Feb 12 Meja [Anna Kullersten}, Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • Feb 13 Ahlam, Bahraini singer
  • Feb 14 Chad Magee, Tyler TX, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Shreveport Open-36th)
  • Feb 14 Harry Colon, NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 14 Jeff Graham, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets)
  • Feb 14 Roy Barker, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers)
  • Feb 14 Shana Zadrick, Grand Junction Colo, model (Guess Jeans)
  • Feb 15 Brian Williams, Lancaster SC, pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros)
  • Feb 15 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 15 Josh Marshall, American journalist
  • Feb 15 Bryan Williams, American record executive and rapper
  • Feb 16 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 16 Fermin Cacho, Barcelona Spain, 1500m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)
  • Feb 16 Tim Costo, US baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 16 David Heath, American professional wrestler better known as Gangrel
  • Feb 17 David Klingler, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals)
  • Feb 17 Joel Steed, NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 17 Levon Kirkland, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 17 Traci Adell, playmate (July, 1994), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 17 Tuesday Knight, American actress
  • Feb 18 Alexander Mogilny, Khavarovsk, 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres)
  • Feb 18 Igor Larionov, Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Team Russia, Detroit)
  • Feb 19 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • Feb 20 Tommy Vardell, El Cajon, California, American NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 20 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
  • Feb 20 Gedo, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 21 Dean Noel, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Feb 21 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier (Olympic-gold-1992)
  • Feb 21 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician
  • Feb 21 Tony Meola, American footballer
  • Feb 21 Eric Wilson, American musician
  • Feb 22 Kahryn Tough, volleyball (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Feb 22 Leslie Spalding, Billings MT, golfer (Montana Women's Amat-90, 91)
  • Feb 22 Mark Chmura, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 22 Shawn Jefferson, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots)
  • Feb 22 Thomas Jane, American actor
  • Feb 22 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer
  • Feb 22 Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist
  • Feb 22 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • Feb 22 Byron Stroud, American bassist
  • Feb 22 Clinton Kelly, American television personality

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • Feb 5 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 9 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11 James Lanphier, actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12 Johanna EFG Tourniaire, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • Feb 14 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 18 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Feb 23 Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, King Saudia, dies at 67
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 25 Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
  • Feb 26 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 27 John Boles, actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Feb 27 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)