What Happened on July 5, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Haylea Petrie, Australian softball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • John Leclair, St Albans VT, NHL forward (Team USA, Philadelphia)
  • John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Oly-96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Joshua Crayton, Redondo Beach California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • RZA, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

Famous Deaths

  • Ben Alexander, dies at 58
  • Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85