On This Day

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 Once influential daily sports newspaper, 'Soviet Sport' declares Czech super-star distance runner Emil Zatopek a "public enemy" after he supports democratic wing of the Communist Party at start of the Prague Spring
  • Jan 2 Robert B. Nemiroff's stage drama "To Be Young, Gifted & Black" adaptated from the writings of his late wife of Lorraine Hansberry, starring Ruby Dee, 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 2 The Beatles begin rehearsals, while being filmed, for the Let It Be project at Twickenham Film Studios, London

Music History

Jan 3 John Lennon's "Two Virgins" album declared pornographic in New Jersey

  • 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)

Album Release

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

Music Single

Jan 6 The Supremes release single "I'm Livin' In Shame"

  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 US Congress doubles presidential salary
  • Jan 9 First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Super Bowl

Jan 12 Super Bowl III, Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7; MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB

  • Jan 12 Atlantic Records releases eponymous debut album of Led Zeppelin in 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

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

  • 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 16 Jan Palach, a Czech student, self-immolates in protest after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
  • 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 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • Jan 19 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT
  • Jan 20 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • Jan 20 U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Western Division ties Eastern Division, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Detroit, LW

  • Jan 21 A partial meltdown at the Lucens nuclear reactor in Switzerland seriously contaminating the cavern containing the reactor; the plant is sealed and decommissioned
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 22 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
  • Jan 23 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

Historic Event

Jan 24 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

  • 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

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 26 1st Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1

  • 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)

Appointment of Interest

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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

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

  • Jan 28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville

Sports History

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

Music History

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

  • 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, England
  • Jan 31 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Morris Chestnut, actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • Jan 1 Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • Jan 1 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • Jan 1 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • Jan 1 Paul Lawrie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1999; Ryder Cup 2012), born in Aberdeen, Scotland

Christy Turlington

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

  • Jan 2 Róbert Švehla, Slovak NHL defenceman (Florida Panthers 573 games; Slovakia 44 games), born in Martin, Slovakia
  • Jan 2 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • Jan 2 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer (IBF, IBO and Ring magazine light heavyweight titles 2004-05), born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica

Tommy Morrison

Jan 2 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

  • Jan 2 William Fox-Pitt MBE, English equestrian (Olympic silver team 2004, 12; bronze 2008; World Equestrian Games gold team 2010), born in London, England
  • Jan 3 Nikki Nelson, American country singer (Highway 101 - "Cry Cry Cry"; "Whose Lonely Now"), born in La Mesa, California

Michael Schumacher

Jan 3 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (World F1 champion 1994-95, 2000-05), born in Hürth, Germany

  • Jan 3 Jarmo Lehtinen, Finnish rally co-driver (15 WRC wins with Mikko Hirvonen), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jan 3 Gerda Weissensteiner OMRI, Italian luger and bobsleigh pilot (Olympic gold women's singles 1994), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • Jan 4 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • Jan 4 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • Jan 4 Lindsay Kennedy, American actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 5 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • Jan 5 Kurt Barber, American NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Marilyn Manson [Brian Warenr], American shock-rock singer-songwriter (Marilyn Manson - "The Dope Show"; "Tainted Love"), artist and actor, born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Paul McGillion, Scottish actor, born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 5 Shaun Micheel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2003), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 6 Alvin Morman, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Rockingam, North Carolina
  • Jan 6 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96), born in Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Jan 6 Norman Reedus, American model and actor (The Walking Dead), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Jan 7 Chris Hatcher, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Jan 7 Erric Pegram, American NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 7 Todd Kinchen, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 7 David Yost, American actor & producer, born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Jan 8 Brian Boehringer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 8 Maria Salgueiro, Portuguese folk and world music singer, and songwriter (Madredeus, 1987-2007), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 8 Jeff Abercrombie, American rock bassist (Fuel, 1989-2010 - "Shimmer"), born in Kenton, Tennessee
  • Jan 8 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 9 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 9 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • Jan 11 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Jan 11 Kyle Richards, American actress
  • Jan 12 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • Jan 12 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jan 12 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
  • Jan 12 Olga Domuladzhanova, Russian boxer (World amateur heavyweight gold 2001), born in Tashkent, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jan 13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Jan 13 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Katarzyna Nowak, tennis star (1994 Futures France), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 13 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Dave Grohl

Jan 14 Dave Grohl, American drummer, singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Nirvana; Foo Fighters), born in Warren, Ohio

Jason Bateman

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

  • Jan 14 Martin Bicknell, English cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 14 wickets; 7 ODIs, 13 wickets; Surrey), born in Guildford, England
  • Jan 14 Rico Louis Smith Jr., American football player (wide receiver for Cleveland Browns, 1992-95), born in Compton, California
  • Jan 15 Adam Burt, American NHL defenseman, 1988-2001 (Hartford Whalers, and 3 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 15 Delino DeShields, American baseball infielder, 1990-2002 (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, and 3 other teams), born in Seaford, Delaware
  • Jan 15 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Jan 15 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 15 Siupeli Malamala, Tongan NFL offensive lineman, 1992-99 (NY Jets), born in Tonga
  • Jan 16 Chelan Kozak, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Jan 16 Roy Jones Jr., American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 17 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer & director, born in Lund, Sweden
  • Jan 17 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • Jan 17 Tiësto [Tijs Michiel Verwest], Dutch DJ and record producer considered the "Godfather of EDM", born in Breda, Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Marvin Pope, American 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, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 19 Junior Seau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 19 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 19 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Jan 19 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Jan 19 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Jan 19 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer, born in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 20 Andre Cason, American sprinter, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Jan 20 Melissa Rivers, American TV hostess (MTV, CBS Morning News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Patrick K. Kroupa, American hacker & activist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 20 Nicky Wire [Jones], Welsh rock bassist and lyricist (Manic Street Preachers), born in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 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, English-American actress (Wonder Years, Single Guy), born in London, England
  • Jan 22 Keith Gordon, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Jan 22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 22 Vinnie Clark, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Brendan Shanahan, Canadian NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings), born in Mimico, Canada
  • Jan 23 Eric Carter, American CFL cornerback (CFL All Star 1995, 98, 2001, 02; Hamilton Tiger-Cats, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Jesup, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Ariadna Gil, Spanish actress, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian soccer winger (17 caps Soviet Union, 6 caps CIS, 36 caps Russia; Manchester United, Rangers), born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • Jan 24 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Port Kembla, New South Wales
  • Jan 24 Stephanie Romanov, American model & actress, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 24 Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Jan 25 Jesse Harte, American heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • Jan 25 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 Penny Moore, American WNBA player (Charlotte Sting)
  • Jan 25 Kina Cosper, American rock and R&B singer (Brownstown), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 27 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics 1996)

Famous Weddings

Audrey Hepburn

Jan 18 Actress Audrey Hepburn (39) marries 2nd husband Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti; divorce in 1982

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), dies at 87
  • 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 3 Buzz Borries, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Navy 1932–34), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, die at 60
  • Jan 4 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), dies at 88
  • 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 operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • 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 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter ("Taking a Chance on Love"), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jan 17 Grazyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist, 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 19 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Jan Palach, Czech student, dies of burns from self-immolation at 20
  • Jan 23 Jaroslav Křička, Czech composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Washington Senators), dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 30 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), dies of influenza complicated by pneumonia 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)