On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1969

Historical Events

  • "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances
  • Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders

Famous Birthdays

  • Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • Troy Percival, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California

Famous Deaths

  • Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

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

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderSharon Tate

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

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)
  • Voyteck Freykowski, American director, murdered
  • Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
1969 Highlights

About August 9, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo