What Happened on August 17, 1969

Historical Events

  • Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • NY Jets beat NY Giants, 37-14 in their first meeting (pre-season)

PGA Championship

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

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • Donnie Wahlberg, American pop singer (New Kids On The Block - "Hangin' Tough"), actor (Band of Brothers; Boomtown), and producer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals) and sports announcer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Linas RimÅ¡a, Lithuanian classical and jazz composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • Maria Strandlund, Swedish tennis star (1987 Futures NOR), born in Akersberga Sweden
  • Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean K-pop singer (Rose of Betrayal; Festival), and actress, born in Jecheon-si, South Korea

Famous Deaths

  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Philip Blaiberg, South African dentist, third person to receive an artificial heart, dies after 19 days at 59
1969 Highlights

About August 17, 1969

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
  • UK #1 Song: Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones