What Happened on January 27, 1969

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 14 spies hanged in Baghdad

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1st Men's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Rod Laver beats Andres Gimeno (6-3, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

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1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)

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Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years

Famous Birthdays

  • Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
  • Michael Kulas, Canadian singer (James)
  • Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer
  • Phil Plantier, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67