On This Day

What Happened in August 1969

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 1 Mariner 6 sends close-up photos of Mars

Music History

Aug 1 3-day Atlantic City Pop Festival opens at the Atlantic City Race Course in Hamilton Township, New Jersey; performers include: Procol Harum; Joni Mitchell; Chicago; Santana; Little Richard; Booker T and the MG's; Sir Douglas Quintet; Janis Joplin; Jefferson Airplane, B.B. King; The Byrds; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Tim Buckley; Hugh Masekela; Dr. John; and The Mothers of Invention; attendance estimated at 110,000

Music History

Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at his 10th high school reunion, in Hibbing, Minnesota

Historic Event

Aug 2 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet

  • Aug 5 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • Aug 5 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • Aug 8 The Beatles are photographed by Iain MacMillan crossing the street as they walk away from EMI Studios, for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album. [1]
  • Aug 9 Kander and Ebbs' musical "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 305 performances
  • Aug 9 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Aug 10 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF'er Don Drysdale, the last LA Dodger to play in Brooklyn, retires because of damage to his right pitching shoulder

  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • 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

Sports History

Aug 13 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0

Election of Interest

Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote

  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • 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

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez

  • Aug 16 First performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Auditorium Theater, Chicago)
  • Aug 16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting

Music History

Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane

  • Aug 16 V.V. Giri is elected the fourth President of India
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

PGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, NCR CC: Ray Floyd wins first of his 4 major titles by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player

  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants, 37-14 in their first meeting (pre-season)

Music History

Aug 17 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na

Music History

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

  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 19 Film adaptation of Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn, and starring Guthrie premieres
  • Aug 20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)
  • Aug 21 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • Aug 21 First Gap clothing store opens in Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 24 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 27 Lindy's Pride wins Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)

Sports History

Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

  • Aug 29 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • Aug 30 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • Aug 30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida
  • Aug 31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Graham Thorpe, English cricketer (England LHB Century on Test debut 1993), born in Farnham, Surrey, England
  • Aug 1 David Wain, American actor and director (Wet Hot American Summer), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Aug 2 Cedric Ceballos, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns), born in Maui, Hawaii,
  • Aug 2 Erik Meijer, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Uerdingen), born in Curaçao
  • Aug 2 Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer, born in Espinho, Portugal
  • Aug 2 Jan Axel Blomberg, Norwegian heavy metal drummer (Dimmu Borgir; Winds; Mayhem), born in Trysil Municipality, Norway
  • Aug 2 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 3 Doug Overton, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 4 Lee O'Leary, Compton CA, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Aug 4 Max Cavalera, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist and singer (Sepultura), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Aug 4 Norm Casola, CFL slot back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 4 Michael DeLuise, American actor
  • Aug 5 Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • Aug 5 Venkatesh Prasad, Indian cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler), born in Bangalore, India
  • Aug 5 Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • Aug 6 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • Aug 6 Elliott [Steven] Smith, American Oscar nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • Aug 6 Mike Budenholzer, American basketball head coach (Milwaukee Bucks 2018-19; Atlanta Hawks 2013-18; NBA Coach of the Year 2015, 19), born in Holbrook, Arizona
  • Aug 8 Jerome Henderson, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets) and coach/executive (NY Jets), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • Aug 8 Dick Togo [Shigeki Sato], Japanese professional wrestler, born in Odate, Akita, Japan
  • Aug 8 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress (Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • Aug 9 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 9 Troy Percival, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • Aug 10 Iain Fraser, Scarborough, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Aug 11 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Aug 11 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • Aug 11 Ashley Jensen, Scottish actress (Extras, After Life), born in Annan, Scotland
  • Aug 12 Kitty G [Katia Geiger], Leningrad Russia, cable tv actress
  • Aug 12 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 12 Stuart Williams, cricket batsman (31 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128; Leeward Islands, Nevis), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • Aug 12 Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
  • Aug 12 Tanita Tikaram, British pop-folk singer-songwriter ("Twist in My Sobriety"), born in Münster, West Germany
  • Aug 13 Alex Fernandez, Cuban-American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 13 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 14 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer, born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • Aug 14 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2001)
  • Aug 14 Keitaro Hoshino, Japanese boxer (WBA minimumweight title 2000-01, 02), born in Yokohama, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Aug 15 Eric Bieniemy, NFL running back (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 15 James Black, Canadian NHL center, 1989-2001 (Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, and 4 other teams), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Aug 15 Mark Heese, Canadian beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 15 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 15 Cris Judd, American actor/choreographer
  • Aug 16 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 16 Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • Aug 17 Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • Aug 17 Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), producer, and actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 17 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals) and sports announcer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 17 Maria Strandlund, Swedish tennis star (1987 Futures NOR), born in Akersberga Sweden
  • Aug 17 Linas Rimša, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • Aug 18 Christian Slater, American actor (Robin Hood, Untamed Heart, Heathers), born in New York City, New York
  • Aug 18 Isaac Austin, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Gridley, California
  • Aug 18 Masta Killa [Elgin Turner], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 18 Everlast [Erik Francis Schrody], American musician (House Of Pain), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Aug 18 Edward Norton, American actor (American History X), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Matthew Perry

Aug 19 Matthew Perry, Canadian-American actor (Chandler Bing on Friends), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts

  • Aug 19 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"; "21 Questions"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • Aug 19 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay), born in Centerville, Ohio
  • Aug 19 Emigdio Preciado, American criminal, fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted list, born in California
  • Aug 19 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player, born in Settsu, Japan
  • Aug 19 Patrick Van Horn, American actor (Swingers)
  • Aug 19 Clay Walker, American country singer ("Dreaming With My Eyes Open"), born in Vidor, Texas
  • Aug 20 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 20 Francisco Torres, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • Aug 20 Duke Droese, American professional wrestler, born in Lodi, California
  • Aug 21 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican baseball infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • Aug 21 Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-9th-1994), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 21 Nathan Jones, Australian professional wrestler and actor, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Aug 22 Hipolito Pichardo, Dominican pitcher (KC Royals), born in Jicomé, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 22 Maurice Graef, Dutch soccer player (VVW, Roda JC), born in Horn, Netherlands
  • Aug 23 Keith Tyson, English artist, born in Ulverston, United Kingdom
  • Aug 23 Jeremy Schaap, American Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, and author (Cinderella Man; Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics), born in NYC, New York

Catriona Matthew

Aug 25 Catriona Matthew, Scottish golfer (British Open 2009), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Aug 25 Elly Hakami, tennis star, born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 25 Mike Gisler, corner (New England Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Mike Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Aug 25 Vivek Razdan, cricket pace bowler (Indian Test 1989-90)
  • Aug 26 Elaine Irwin, American model (Almay Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren) and former wife of John Mellencamp, born in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 26 Nicole Arendt, American tennis player (1996 Aust doubles finalist), born in Somerville New Jersey
  • Aug 26 Ricky Bottalico, American MLB, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • Aug 26 Adrian Young, American drummer (No Doubt - "Don't Speak"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 27 Kipp Vickers, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 27 Mark Ealham, cricketer (Kent & England Test all-rounder 1996)
  • Aug 27 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 27 Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, professional dog trainer
  • Aug 27 Chandra Wilson, American actress
  • Aug 27 Avril Haines, American lawyer, 1st female Director of National Intelligence (2021-), born in New York City
  • Aug 28 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Aug 28 Mary McCartney, English photographer and daughter of Beatle Paul and Linda McCartney, born in London

Pierre Turgeon

Aug 28 Pierre Turgeon, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rouyn, Quebec

  • Aug 28 Jack Black, American actor (High Fidelity; Kung Fu Panda), comedian and singer (Tenacious D), born in Santa Monica, California

Sheryl Sandberg

Aug 28 Sheryl Sandberg, American technology executive (COO Facebook) and author (Lean In), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Aug 29 Me'Shell Ndegéocello [Michelle Johnson], American singer-songwriter ("If That's Your Boyfriend..."), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 29 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Aug 30 Dimitris Sgouros, Greek classical pianist, born in Athens, Greece
  • Aug 31 Andrei Trefilov, Russian NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Olympic silver 1998), born in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Russia
  • Aug 31 Andrew Cunanan, American serial killer (killed Gianni Versace),born in National City, California (d. 1997)
  • Aug 31 Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer (right-arm pace bowler since 1991)
  • Aug 31 Victor Alexander, American NBA forward/center (NY Knicks), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Weddings

Robert F. Engle

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, dies at 73
  • Aug 9 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered by the Manson family at 25
  • Aug 9 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

Murder of InterestSharon Tate

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

  • Aug 9 Voyteck Freykowski, Polish writer, murdered by the Manson family at 32
  • Aug 9 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • Aug 9 Steven Parent, American student, murdered by the Manson family at 18

Cecil Frank Powell

Aug 9 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

  • Aug 10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, dies at 88
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • Aug 15 Stijn Streuvels [Frank Lateur], Flemish writer (De Vlaschaard), dies at 97
  • Aug 16 Russ Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man; Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Philip Blaiberg, South African dentist, third person to receive an artificial heart, dies after 19 days at 59
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Erika Mann, German-American author (Other Germany) and daughter of Thomas Mann, dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • Aug 27 Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), dies at 85
  • Aug 28 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72

Rocky Marciano

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45