What Happened in October 1969

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • Oct 1 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots last game in Seattle, lose 3-1 to As in front of 5,473
  • Oct 2 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Oct 4 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Bkln Myrtle Beach
  • Oct 4 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
  • Oct 4 Baseball's 1st divisional playoff games, Mets beat Braves 9-5 & Orioles beat Twins 4-3 in 12 innings
  • Oct 5 Carol Mann wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 5 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Oct 6 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 9 Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together"
  • Oct 11 -28] Rome: 2nd bishop synod

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 6 launched; Soyuz 7 & 8 follow in next 2 days
  • Oct 11 Three people shot dead during street violence in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast
  • Oct 12 1st time 5 people in space
  • Oct 12 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KAPN
  • Oct 12 KHOF (now KAGL) TV ch 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, CA (IND) begins
  • Oct 12 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 7 is launched
  • Oct 13 1st time 7 people in space
  • Oct 13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • Oct 13 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 8 is launched
  • Oct 14 Palme government forms in Sweden
  • Oct 14 Race riots in Springfield Mass
  • Oct 14 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, Mets win Baseball World Series 5-0
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971.
  • Oct 15 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • Oct 15 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 15 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Oct 16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • Oct 17 NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY
  • Oct 17 Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK
  • Oct 17 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 18 Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners
  • Oct 18 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter arrested for marijuana possession

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Oct 18 Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
  • Oct 19 J Bock & S Harnicks musical "Rothschilds" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Oct 19 Mary Mills wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • Oct 19 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)
  • Oct 19 20th Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 26 points
  • Oct 20 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 21 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • Oct 21 Leonard Gersh's "Butterflies are Free" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 Willy Brandt elected chancellor of West Germany

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Oct 21 Maj Gen Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali
  • Oct 22 KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM
  • Oct 22 Paul McCartney denies rumors of his death
  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Oct 24 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together
  • Oct 26 Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 26 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 27 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to John Tinbergen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Ralph Nader sets up a consumer organization knowns as Nader's Raiders

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
  • Oct 29 Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation "at once"
  • Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 30 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Oct 31 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 121

  • Oct 1 Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza, Mexico, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Oct 1 Igor Ulanov, Krasnokamsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Oct 1 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz musician
  • Oct 1 Zach Galifianakis, American actor (The Hangover, Birdman) born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Oct 2 Marcus Robertson, NFL safety/cornerback (Houston/Tenn Oilers)
  • Oct 2 Matthew Walbeck, catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 2 Mitch English, American actor
  • Oct 2 Damon Gough, English singer
  • Oct 2 Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Oct 3 Carl Thomas, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 3 Eddie Sutter, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 3 Mike Saunders, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 3 Shane Butterworth, actor (Timmy-Bad News Bears)
  • Oct 3 Stephen Scahill, New Zealand golfer, born in Featherston
  • Oct 3 Travis Hill, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 3 Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter (No Doubt), born in Fullerton, California

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • Oct 3 Tetsu, Japanese bassist (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
  • Oct 4 Lucas Parsons, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 5 Karyn Parsons, actress (Hilary-Fresh Prince of Bel Air) [or Oct 8 66]
  • Oct 5 Martin Driever, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 6 Byron Black, Zimbabwe, tennis star
  • Oct 6 Jeff Lay, rower (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 6 Martha Richards, Hudson WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Safeco Classic-21st)
  • Oct 6 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 6 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • Oct 7 Brent Dorman, Ocala Florida, Canadian Tour golfer
  • Oct 7 Martin Haywood, cricketer (NSW opening batsman)
  • Oct 7 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • Oct 7 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler
  • Oct 7 Maria Whittaker, English model
  • Oct 8 Dylan Neal, US actor (Dylan Shaw-Bold & the Beautiful)
  • Oct 8 Jeremy Davies, American actor
  • Oct 9 Charles Jordan, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 9 Dwayne Sabb, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Oct 9 P.J. Harvey, English musician
  • Oct 9 Steve McQueen, English filmmaker and artist (12 Years a Slave), born in London
  • Oct 10 Brett Favre, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Oct 10 Scott Anthony Murray Nelson, Geelong Australia, NZ 20k walker (Oly-96)
  • Oct 11 Cal Dixon, NFL center/guard (NY Jets)
  • Oct 11 Mike Kerr, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 11 Prince Constantijn, CF Aschwin, of Netherlands
  • Oct 11 Ty Murray, rodeo cowboy(5-time all-around world champion)
  • Oct 12 Alison Peek, Australia, field hockey halfback/midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 12 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • Oct 12 David Collins, Bethpage NY, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996)
  • Oct 12 Jose Valentin, Manati Puerto Rico, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Oct 12 Kimberly Ann Grimm, Mt Lake Park Md, Miss Maryland-America (1991)
  • Oct 12 Nancy Ann Kerrigan, Woburn Mass, figure skater (Olympics-silver-1994)
  • Oct 12 Terry Ray, NFL strong safety (NE Patriots)
  • Oct 12 Martie Maguire, American musician (Dixie Chicks)
  • Oct 13 Cady McClain, actress (Dixie Martin-All My Children), born in Burbank, California
  • Oct 13 Rhonda Mapp, WNBA center/forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • Oct 13 Tim Crabtree, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Oct 14 Mark Verhoeven, Dutch soccer player (MVV/NEC)
  • Oct 14 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • Oct 14 David Strickland, American actor (d. 1999)
  • Oct 15 Curtis Cotton, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Oak Raiders, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 15 Vítor Baía, Portuguese footballer
  • Oct 15 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • Oct 16 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 16 Doug Hocking, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Oct 16 Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • Oct 16 Spencer McLennan, CFL safety (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 16 Wendy Wilson, rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 16 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter
  • Oct 16 Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • Oct 16 Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Oct 17 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Oct 17 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 17 Theodore Ernest Els, PGA golfer (1994 US Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 17 Wood Harris, American actor
  • Oct 17 Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • Oct 17 Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • Oct 18 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Oct 18 Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • Oct 19 Zdeno Ciger, Martin Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Oct 19 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
  • Oct 19 DJ Sammy [Samuel Bouriah], Spanish DJ, born in Mallorca
  • Oct 19 John Edward, American TV Psychic
  • Oct 20 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Oct 20 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • Oct 20 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 20 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Oct 21 John McMullen, Santa Rosa California, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA-15th)
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Oct 21 Tracy Yarbrough, Miss Idaho USA (1996)
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, American football player
  • Oct 22 Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • Oct 22 Kevin Carrasco, S P de Macoris Dom Rep, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 22 Spike Jonze, American director and film producer
  • Oct 22 Helmut Lotti, Belgian singer
  • Oct 23 Brooke Theiss, California, actress (Wendy-Just the 10 of Us, Good & Evil)
  • Oct 23 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • Oct 24 Arthur Rhodes, Waco Texas, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Oct 24 Kelvin Pritchett, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 24 Morena Corwin, Seoul, Korea, playmate (Sep, 1992)
  • Oct 24 Adela Noriega, Mexican actress
  • Oct 25 Corey Harris, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 25 Eric Guliford, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 24 "Love Story" actress Ali MacGraw (30) weds film producer Robert Evans (39)

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Katharine Susannah Prichard, novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (won 11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, actor (Waldo-Johnny Staccato), dies at 81
  • Oct 12 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Shermake, president of (Somalia), murdered

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 21 Jack Kerouac, American (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • Oct 21 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (b. 1882)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, actor (Threepenny Opera, Tonio Kroeger), dies at 84
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Oct 30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55