What Happened in January 1969

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 2 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 2 Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Jan 2 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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Jan 2 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

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Jan 3 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 3 Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • Jan 4 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • Jan 4 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • Jan 4 A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers

  • Jan 5 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • Jan 5 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • Jan 5 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
  • Jan 5 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 5 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Tom Fogerty
  • Jan 6 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 US Congress doubles president salary
  • Jan 9 First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England

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Jan 9 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Jan 10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • Jan 10 Sweden is the 1st Western country to recognize North Vietnam
  • Jan 10 USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
  • Jan 11 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • Jan 11 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • Jan 12 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 12 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released first in the US
  • Jan 14 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
  • Jan 14 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 15 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 15 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • Jan 15 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announces that an official inquiry will analyse the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland

  • Jan 16 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • Jan 17 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 5 lands
  • Jan 18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • Jan 18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • Jan 19 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 20 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • Jan 20 U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
  • Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 22 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit

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Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 23 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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Jan 24 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 24 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • Jan 24 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • Jan 25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • Jan 26 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jan 26 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • Jan 26 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague
  • Jan 27 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
  • Jan 27 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Jan 27 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
  • Jan 27 Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years

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Jan 27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

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Jan 27 Australian Open Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes 1st leg of his successful second Grand Slam; beats Andres Gimeno 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

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Jan 27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

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Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

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Jan 29 Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jan 29 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • Jan 30 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
  • Jan 30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • Jan 31 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • Jan 1 Morris Chestnut, actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • Jan 1 Reemt Pyka, Bremerhaven GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • Jan 1 Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • Jan 1 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan
  • Jan 1 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress

Person of interestChristy Turlington

Jan 2 Christy Turlington, American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington
  • Jan 2 Rick Tabaracci, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 2 Robert Svehla, Martin Cze, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • Jan 2 Stephen Davies, Aust field hockey forward/vice capt (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jan 2 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • Jan 2 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

Person of interestTommy Morrison

Jan 2 Tommy Morrison, American heavyweight boxing champion and actor, born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Jan 3 Matt LaBounty, defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 3 Nikki Nelson, Topaz Lake Nev, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • Jan 3 Steve Poapst, Cornwall, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

Person of interestMichael Schumacher

Jan 3 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (7- time world F1 champion), born in Hürth, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jan 4 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • Jan 4 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • Jan 4 Lindsay Kennedy, actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 5 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 5 Derrick Ned, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 5 Kurt Barber, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 5 Marilyn Manson, singer/musician
  • Jan 5 Paul McGillion, Scottish actor
  • Jan 6 Alvin Morman, Rockingham NC, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 6 Jason Childs, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96)
  • Jan 6 Norman Reedus, American model and actor (The Walking Dead), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Jan 7 Chris Hatcher, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 7 Erric Pegram, NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 7 Todd Kinchen, NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 7 David Yost, American actor
  • Jan 8 Brian Boehringer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestR. Kelly

Jan 8 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 8 Jeff Abercrombie, American musician
  • Jan 8 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 9 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 9 Johanna Ikonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 10 Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 11 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Jan 11 Frank Robinson, WLAF defensive back (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Reemt Pyka, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Jan 11 Kyle Richards, American actress
  • Jan 12 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • Jan 12 Cam Russell, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jan 12 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Jan 13 Dan Footman, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 13 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Katarzyna Nowak, tennis star (1994 Futures France), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 13 Kevin Foster, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 13 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 13 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jan 14 Dave Grohl, drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • Jan 14 David Webb, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)

Person of interestJason Bateman

Jan 14 Jason Bateman, American actor (Arrested Development, Ozark), born in Rye, New York

  • Jan 14 Martin Bicknell, cricketer (England pace bowler 1993)
  • Jan 14 Rico Smith, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 15 Adam Burt, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 15 Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
  • Jan 15 Demetra Hampton, actress (Valentina)
  • Jan 15 Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 15 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 15 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 16 Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 16 Roy Jones Jr, American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 17 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer and director
  • Jan 17 Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • Jan 17 Tijs Verwest, (DJ Tiësto) Dutch DJ
  • Jan 18 Larry Webster, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Marvin Pope, CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 18 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • Jan 18 Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler, born in Washington, D. C.
  • Jan 19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 19 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 19 Luc Longley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 19 Orlando Palmeiro, Hoboken NJ, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 19 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer
  • Jan 19 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-born American author
  • Jan 19 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer
  • Jan 20 Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
  • Jan 20 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Patrick K. Kroupa, American computer hacker
  • Jan 20 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • Jan 21 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 21 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 21 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 21 Karina Lombard, American actress
  • Jan 21 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • Jan 22 Olivia d'Abo, actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy), born London, England
  • Jan 22 Christina Marie Leardini, playmate (Apr, 1991), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Jan 22 Keith Gordon, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 22 Ousmane Bary, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jan 22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96)
  • Jan 22 Vinnie Clark, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 18 Actress Audrey Hepburn marries 2nd husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 2 Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • Jan 2 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show,Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 3 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Franz Theodor Csokor, Austrian author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 9 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 15 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • Jan 16 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jan 17 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • Jan 23 Jaroslav Křička, Czech composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 30 Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 31 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)