What Happened on January 1, 1969

Historical Events

  • 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
1969 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • Morris Chestnut, American actor (Ricky-Boyz n the Hood; The Enemy Within), born in Cerritos, California
  • Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress
  • Paul Lawrie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1999; Ryder Cup 2012), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), born in Sturgis, Michigan (d. 2018)
Born in 1969

Famous Deaths

  • Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), dies at 87

About January 1, 1969

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 8 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • UK #1 Song: Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - Marmalade