Historical Events in 1969

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  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 2 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 2 Luis Ferr√© becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Jan 2 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

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Jan 2 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

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Jan 3 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 3 Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • Jan 4 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • Jan 4 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • Jan 4 A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers
  • Jan 5 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • Jan 5 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • Jan 5 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
  • Jan 5 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
  • Jan 6 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 US Congress doubles president salary
  • Jan 9 First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England
  • Jan 9 Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Jan 9 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland
  • Jan 10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • Jan 10 Sweden (1st Western country) recognizes North Vietnam
  • Jan 10 USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
  • Jan 11 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • Jan 11 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • Jan 12 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
  • Jan 14 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 15 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 15 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • Jan 15 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announces that an official inquiry will analyse the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • Jan 16 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • Jan 17 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • Jan 17 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 5 lands
  • Jan 18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • Jan 18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • Jan 19 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 19 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 20 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • Jan 20 U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
  • Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 22 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit

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Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 23 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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Jan 24 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 24 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • Jan 24 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • Jan 25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • Jan 26 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jan 26 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • Jan 26 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague
  • Jan 27 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
  • Jan 27 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Jan 27 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
  • Jan 27 Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years

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Jan 27 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

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Jan 27 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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Jan 27 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
  • Jan 28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

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Jan 29 Jimi Hendrix & Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jan 29 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • Jan 30 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
  • Jan 30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • Jan 31 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA

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
  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 After 88 weeks Sgt Pepper drops off the charts
  • Mar 1 Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium

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Mar 1 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
  • Mar 2 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
  • Mar 2 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
  • Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

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Mar 2 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 3 Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • Mar 4 The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • Mar 5 Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • Mar 5 Gustav Heinemann elected president of West Germany
  • Mar 5 Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
  • Mar 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 10 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murder of Martin Luther King Jr
  • Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
  • Mar 12 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
  • Mar 13 Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • Mar 15 Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 16 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
  • Mar 17 Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
  • Mar 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 19 British invade Anguilla
  • Mar 19 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • Mar 19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
  • Mar 20 Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
  • Mar 20 US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
  • Mar 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 22 "Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 23 Rally for Decency (Miami)
  • Mar 25 Andes Pact signed in Peru
  • Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
  • Mar 25 Pakistan Gen Agha Mohammed Jagja Khan succeeds Ayub Chan as pres
  • Mar 25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • Mar 26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 26 Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • Mar 26 Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • Mar 27 Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • Mar 27 Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • Mar 28 Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • Mar 29 Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • Mar 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30 Loyalists bomb water and electricity installations in Northern Ireland in the hope that the attacks would be blamed on the IRA and on elements of the civil rights movement, which was demanding an end to discrimination against Catholics

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Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Apr 1 Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corporation
  • Apr 1 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
  • Apr 1 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier (vertical take-off fighter) enters service with the RAF.

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Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 3 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
  • Apr 4 Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
  • Apr 5 Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds