Historical Events in 1969

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

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

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

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

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

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Jan 22nd 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 23rd Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24th Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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Jan 24th Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

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

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

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

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

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1st Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison
  • Feb 1st US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Feb 1st US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Feb 1st WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2nd KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2nd Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3rd "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Feb 3rd 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 4th The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Feb 4th 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • Feb 4th Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple

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Feb 4th John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 4th Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5th "Turn-On," debuts & cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • Feb 5th US population reaches 200 million
  • Feb 5th Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins
  • Feb 6th Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
  • Feb 6th 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 7th "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Feb 7th Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
  • Feb 7th Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • Feb 7th The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
  • Feb 8th Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • Feb 8th Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Feb 9th Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight
  • Feb 9th KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 10th LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 11th Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • Feb 11th Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
  • Feb 13th Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
  • Feb 13th Suriname government of Pengel resigns

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 17th Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Feb 17th Golda Meir sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel
  • Feb 18th Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
  • Feb 18th PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • Feb 19th 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • Feb 21st 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)

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Feb 21st Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 22nd Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • Feb 23rd Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • Feb 23rd WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 23rd 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough wins (157.95 MPH)
  • Feb 24th Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study planet's atmosphere
  • Feb 24th Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • Feb 24th 26th Golden Globes: The Lion in Winter, Peter O'Toole, & Joanne Woodward win
  • Feb 25th Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
  • Feb 25th Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
  • Feb 25th Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 25th West Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.
  • Feb 27th Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup
  • Feb 27th President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • Feb 28th Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR
  • Feb 28th Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Spr won by Rodnina & Ulanov of URS
  • Feb 28th Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colo Spr won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR
  • Feb 28th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by Tim Wood USA
  • Feb 28th Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • Mar 1st "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1st After 88 weeks Sgt Pepper drops off the charts
  • Mar 1st Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium

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Mar 1st NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

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

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

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 3rd Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
  • Mar 4th The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • Mar 5th Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
  • Mar 5th Gustav Heinemann elected president of West Germany
  • Mar 5th Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
  • Mar 7th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 8th 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 10th James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murder of Martin Luther King Jr
  • Mar 12th 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
  • Mar 12th 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
  • Mar 13th Apollo 9 returns to Earth
  • Mar 14th Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14th Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 15th US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • Mar 15th Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
  • Mar 16th Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 16th Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 16th Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
  • Mar 17th Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
  • Mar 17th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18th "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 19th British invade Anguilla
  • Mar 19th Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
  • Mar 19th The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
  • Mar 20th Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
  • Mar 20th US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
  • Mar 21st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 22nd "Billy" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Mar 22nd "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 22nd 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23rd Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 23rd Rally for Decency (Miami)
  • Mar 25th Andes Pact signed in Peru
  • Mar 25th John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
  • Mar 25th Pakistan Gen Agha Mohammed Jagja Khan succeeds Ayub Chan as pres
  • Mar 25th Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • Mar 26th Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • Mar 26th Nuclear reactor Dodewaard Neth goes into use
  • Mar 26th Soviet weather satellite Meteor 1 launched
  • Mar 27th Black Academy of Arts & Letters forms in Boston
  • Mar 27th Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • Mar 28th Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands cardinal
  • Mar 28th Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
  • Mar 29th Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
  • Mar 29th 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 29th 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 30th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Mar 30th 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 31st George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

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

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

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