On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1969

Historical Events

  • Mariner 7 flies past Mars

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin

Famous Birthdays

  • Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 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-)
1969 Highlights

About August 5, 1969

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 51 years and 7 months
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo