On This Day

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)

Sport awardPGA 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

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • Donald E Wahlberg Jr, American rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), 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

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? 51 years, 10 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo