Historical Events in December 1969

  • Dec 1 US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • Dec 1 LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis annouces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • Dec 2 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 2 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • Dec 3 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Dec 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 6 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Dec 8 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • Dec 8 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • Dec 11 Libya adopts constitution

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Dec 12 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 12 Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points)
  • Dec 12 Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
  • Dec 12 Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
  • Dec 13 Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
  • Dec 13 Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager
  • Dec 14 "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • Dec 14 Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Dec 15 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • Dec 15 SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • Dec 16 British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
  • Dec 16 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • Dec 17 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • Dec 18 "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • Dec 18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • Dec 19 Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
  • Dec 20 Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1
  • Dec 21 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • Dec 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

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Dec 28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • Dec 29 NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi