On This Day

What Happened on February 23, 1969

Historical Events

  • 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass
  • Groundbreaking TV documentary series "Civilisation" presented by art historian Kenneth Clark premieres on BBC2 in the UK
  • Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 75
  • Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", dies of a heart condition at 36
1969 Highlights

About February 23, 1969

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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