December 1969 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 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
  • 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 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 21 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • Dec 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 8 Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
  • Dec 11 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster
  • Dec 12 Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 16 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Dec 17 Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 22 Marcie Aguilar, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Dec 25 Bernhard Jr, Prince of Netherlands
  • Dec 27 Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist
  • Dec 28 Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer programmer
  • Dec 31 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter and newspaper columnist

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • Dec 4 Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
  • Dec 13 Raymond A Spruance, US admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67