August 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Mariner 6 sends close-up photos of Mars

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Aug 2 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 4 Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a HR outside of Dodger Stadium
  • Aug 5 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • Aug 5 Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium
  • Aug 9 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Aug 11 Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
  • Aug 12 Battle of the Bogside: RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms; the almost continuous rioting lasted for two days
  • Aug 13 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
  • Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • Aug 14 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • Aug 14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

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Aug 18 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Aug 20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)
  • Aug 21 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • Aug 22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • Aug 24 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • Aug 27 Lindy's Pride win Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)
  • Aug 30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 9 Divine Brown, [Estelle Marie Thompson], SF, prostitute (Hugh Grant)
  • Aug 14 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ (d. 2001)
  • Aug 19 Emigdio Preciado, Hispanic fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted list
  • Aug 23 Keith Tyson, English artist
  • Aug 26 Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Allentown Penn, wife of John Cougar
  • Aug 27 Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, professional dog trainer
  • Aug 28 Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive (COO Facebook) and author (Lean In), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 29 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player
  • Aug 31 Andrew Phillip Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versache)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Economist Robert F. Engle (26) weds psychologist Marianne Eger

Economist Robert F. Engle
Robert F. Engle

Deaths in History

  • Aug 6 Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (b. 1896)
  • Aug 9 Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • Aug 9 Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • Aug 9 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • Aug 9 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 9 Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

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Aug 9 Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Aug 10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • Aug 14 Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • Aug 15 Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • Aug 17 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • Aug 18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • Aug 27 Erika Mann, German/US author/daughter of Thomas Mann, dies
  • Aug 27 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • Aug 27 Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, dies