On This Day

What Happened on January 2, 1969

Historical Events

  • "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

Historic Event

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

  • Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 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
  • Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Famous Birthdays

Christy Turlington

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

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

Tommy Morrison

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

  • William Fox-Pitt MBE, English equestrian (Olympic silver team 2004, 12; bronze 2008; World Equestrian Games gold team 2010), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
1969 Highlights

About January 2, 1969

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 11 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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