On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1969

Historical Events

  • Kander and Ebbs' musical "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, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California

Famous Deaths

  • Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered by the Manson family at 25

Cecil Frank Powell

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

  • 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

Murder of InterestSharon Tate

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

  • Steven Parent, American student, murdered by the Manson family at 18
  • Voyteck Freykowski, Polish writer, murdered by the Manson family at 32
1969 Highlights

About August 9, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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