On This Day

What Happened on January 27, 1969

Day of the Week: Monday

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)

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley

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 (James)
  • Patton Oswalt, American actor and writer
  • Phil Plantier, 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