February 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Feb 1 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • 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 Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 US population reaches 200 million
  • 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,
  • Feb 7 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • Feb 23 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • 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 25 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Andrew Breitbart, conservative blogger and publisher, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2015)
  • Feb 6 David Hayter, American Voice of Solid Snake
  • Feb 10 Joe Mangrum, American artist
  • Feb 11 Mary Stoker, Miss Wisconsin USA (1996)
  • Feb 12 Shauna Lyn Searles, Miss California USA (1996)
  • Feb 12 Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
  • Feb 15 Josh Marshall, American journalist
  • Feb 20 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
  • Feb 21 Tony Meola, American footballer
  • Feb 22 Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist
  • Feb 27 Victoria Fair, Jackson Michigan, Miss Michigan-America (1991)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • Feb 14 Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • Feb 23 Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, King Saudia, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
  • Feb 26 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 27 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)