What Happened in July 1969

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Charles Philip Arthur George invested as Prince of Wales

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jul 1 Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips
  • Jul 2 Ireland bowl out West Indies for 25 at Londonderry, win by 9 wkts
  • Jul 2 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • Jul 3 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
  • Jul 4 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jul 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 4 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 83rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats John Newcombe (64 57 64 64)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Filming begins on "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Jul 6 Frente Obrero y Liberacion (FOL) forms in Curacao
  • Jul 7 Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English lang
  • Jul 7 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals Bishop Defregger of Munich is a war criminal
  • Jul 8 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
  • Jul 8 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer.
  • Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th
  • Jul 10 Chilean Association of Librarians created

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • Jul 12 98th British Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 280 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 12 As the 'marching season' reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many familles in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
  • Jul 13 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon
  • Jul 13 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Ladies' Supertest Golf Open
  • Jul 13 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."
  • Jul 14 "Futbol War" between El Salvador & Honduras begins
  • Jul 14 Soccer war - Salvador-Honduras (1000 dead)
  • Jul 14 WMUL (now WPBY) TV channel 33 in Huntington, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 14 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • Jul 14 A 67-year-old Catholic civilian dies after being attacked by RUC officers in Dungiven; many consider this the first death of 'the Troubles'
  • Jul 14 Francis McCloskey, a Catholic civilian, dies one day after being hit on the head with a baton by an officer of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) during street disturbances in Dungiven, County Derry
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jul 15 Rod Carew ties record with his 7th steal of home in a season

1stApollo 11 Bootprint

Jul 16 Apollo 11 launched, carrying 1st men to land on Moon

  • Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • Jul 19 Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 1st Moon Landing: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11, 530 million watch live global broadcast

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin
  • Jul 20 Carol Mann wins LPGA Danbury Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jul 20 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 21 Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • Jul 21 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits
  • Jul 22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit
  • Jul 22 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite
  • Jul 23 40th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 9-3 at RFK Memorial, Wash DC
  • Jul 23 All star MVP: Willie McCovey (SF Giants)
  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 24 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jul 25 1st performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Fillmore East, NY)
  • Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • Jul 25 Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne
  • Jul 26 Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 27 15th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 29 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars
  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke & Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Pianist Liberace
  • Jul 30 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 3410 km
  • Jul 31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, La

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

  • Jul 1 Gary Brown, NFL running back (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 1 Graham Lloyd, cricketer (son of David, Lancashire batsman, Eng ODI 96)
  • Jul 2 Matthew Cox, American convicted felon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera
  • Jul 3 Elan Carter, Nutley NJ, playmate (June, 1994)
  • Jul 3 Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Jul 4 David Wittman 1.5k runner, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jul 4 Tim Jackson, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 5 Haylea Petrie, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jul 5 John Leclair, St Albans VT, NHL forward (Team USA, Philadelphia)
  • Jul 5 John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jul 5 Joshua Crayton, Redondo Beach California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Jul 5 RZA, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
  • Jul 5 Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • Jul 6 Michael Grant, vocalist (Musical Youth)
  • Jul 6 Sophia Witherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • Jul 6 Brian Van Holt, American actor
  • Jul 7 Amy Carlson, Elmhurst Il, actress (Josie-Another World) [1969-Approx]
  • Jul 7 Cree Summer, actress (Freddie-Different World)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 7 Joe Sakic, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • Jul 7 Sylke Otto, German luger
  • Jul 7 Nathalie Simard, French Canadian singer
  • Jul 7 Robin Weigert, American actress
  • Jul 8 Bobby Ayala, Oxnard CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jul 8 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jul 8 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 8 Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-4th-1995)
  • Jul 8 Lori Hallier, Victoria BC Canada, actress (Shannon-Santa Barbara)
  • Jul 8 Sugizo Japanese guitarist and singer
  • Jul 9 Jerry Drake, NFL defensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 9 Robert Gordon, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jul 9 Venkatapathy Raju, cricketer (Indian slow left-armer)
  • Jul 10 Marty Cordova, outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 10 Gale Harold, American actor
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Hedison, American actress
  • Jul 11 David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • Jul 12 Alan Mullally, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler 1996)
  • Jul 12 Sabine Hack, Ulm Germany, tennis star (1995 Jakarta)
  • Jul 12 Jesse Pintado, American guitarist (Napalm Death) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 13 Ewan Beaton, Winnipeg Manitoba, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Jul 13 Jamie Walter, actor (Pirate Island)
  • Jul 13 Kim Braatz, Santa Ana California, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 13 Richard Roelofsen, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • Jul 13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • Jul 13 Oleg Serebrian, Moldovan politician and political scientist
  • Jul 14 Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jul 15 Christina Novak, Miss Arizona USA (1996)
  • Jul 15 John Crotty, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jul 15 Johnny Scott, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • Jul 15 Lorenzo Williams, NBA center (Wash Wizards, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Jul 15 Peter Ciavaglia, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994), born in Albany, New York
  • Jul 15 Richard Fletcher Pride III, Tuscaloosa AL, PGA golfer (1994 Fed Exp)
  • Jul 16 Rain Pryor, actress (Head of the Class)/daughter of Richard
  • Jul 16 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netballer
  • Jul 16 Daryl Mitchell, American actor
  • Jul 17 Tommy Soderstrom, NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 18 Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 David Goldsmith, New Brunswick NJ, actor (Eric-Models Inc)
  • Jul 19 Matthew Libatique, American cinematographer
  • Jul 20 Josh Holloway, American actor
  • Jul 20 Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist
  • Jul 20 Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies)
  • Jul 20 Vitamin C, American singer
  • Jul 21 Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
  • Jul 22 Despina Vandi, Greek singer
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cassels, Bramalea, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • Jul 23 Dimitri Khristich, Kiev Ukr, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • Jul 23 Fernanda Ribeiro, Portugal, 10k runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Jul 23 Reyhan Agaoglu, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jul 24 Chris King, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jul 24 Rick Fox, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
  • Jul 24 Steve Jennings, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 24 Jennifer Lopez, actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jul 25 Andrea Wieland, field hockey goaltender (Olympics-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 25 Angela Melini, Saigon, Vietnam, playmate (Jun, 1992)
  • Jul 25 Jon Barry, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors)
  • Jul 25 Kevin Smith, NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jul 25 Trevor Peres, US, metal guitarist (Obituary-The End Complete)
  • Jul 26 Greg Colbrunn, Fontana CA, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Jul 26 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder)
  • Jul 26 Marc Boutte, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 26 Patrick Alfred Bates, PGA golfer (1994 NIKE Dakota Open), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 27 Jason Woolley, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 27 Linda Burgess, WNBA forward (LA Sparks)
  • Jul 27 Triple H, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 28 Corey Raymond, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jul 28 Frank Lickliter, Nike golfer (1993 White Rose-24th), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Jul 28 Garth Snow, Wrentham Mass, US hockey goalie (Olympics-1994, Flyers)
  • Jul 28 Jaimie Dawson, Geneva Switz, Canadian badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 28 Jarrod Hanks, Lafayette LA, US gymnist (Olympic-92, 96)
  • Jul 28 Wendi Simmons, Santa Rosa California, heptathlete
  • Jul 28 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 28 Dana White, UFC President
  • Jul 29 Alison Dunlap, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 30 Duane Bock, Southampton NY, golfer (1991 Low Amateur NY State Open)
  • Jul 30 Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)
  • Jul 30 Robert Porcher, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jul 30 Simon Baker, Australian actor
  • Jul 31 Langa Sibanda, Miss Universe-Zimbabwe (1996)
  • Jul 31 Loren Dean, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 3 Brian Jones, guitarist (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 25
  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Ben Alexander, dies at 58
  • Jul 5 Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Jul 5 Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Jul 7 Erskine Sanford, dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • Jul 9 Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor/director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Madiba Thembekile, Nelson Mandela's son, dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 15 Peter Van Eyck, dies after long illness at 56
  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • Jul 19 Mary Jo Kopechne, in Ted Kennedy's car, drowns at 28
  • Jul 19 Pavel I Apostolov, Russian military bandmaster, dies
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Jul 23 Deli Floyd, writer, dies
  • Jul 24 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • Jul 25 Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, actor (Spoilers, Dixie), dies after illness at 81
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Ramón Grau, Cuban president (b. 1882)