What Happened on August 5, 1969

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • 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
  • The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin

Famous Birthdays

  • Halle Cioffi, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • James Fuller, NFL/WLAF safety (N O Saints, Frankfurt Galaxy, Scotland)
  • Robert Scott, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)