On This Day

What Happened in 1969

Important Events

  • Feb 4 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO
  • Feb 5 US population reaches 200 million

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1969 in Film & TV

  • Feb 24 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" film based on novel by Muriel Spark directed by Ronald Neame, starring Maggie Smith (Academy Award Best Actress) premieres in London
  • Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece
  • May 11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
  • Jun 18 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released

1969 in Music

  • Jan 12 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released first in the US
  • Jun 20 200,000 attend Newport '69', then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.
  • Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
  • Aug 15 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm

1969 in Sport

  • Mar 1 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average
  • Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
  • Jun 8 MLB ledgend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired

Did You Know?

The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.

On September 2, 1969


World Leaders in 1969

Famous People in 1969

Would You Believe?

Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

On November 20, 1969

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 18 Actress Audrey Hepburn marries 2nd husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti
  • Feb 16 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)
  • Mar 8 Marriage of 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione in Palermo

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 18 Actor Rod Taylor (39) divorces model Mary Hilem after 5 years of marriage

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