On This Day

What Happened on January 27, 1969

Historical Events

  • 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
  • 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)

Australian Men's Tennis Open

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

Appointment of Interest

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics 1996)
  • Michael Kulas, Canadian singer-songwriter (James, 1997-2001), and record producer born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Patton Oswalt, American comedian, actor (The King of Queens; The Goldbergs) and writer, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Phil Plantier, american MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)

Famous Deaths

  • Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, dies at 67
1969 Highlights

About January 27, 1969

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 11 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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