What Happened in July 1969

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jul 1 Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales is watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales and by millions on television

Music History

Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after he crashes his car near Durness in the Scottish Highlands

  • Jul 1 Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips
  • Jul 2 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • Jul 2 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry

Music History

Jul 3 Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island opens, 78, 000 attend over 4 days; performers include: George Benson; Blood, Swet, and Tears; Jeff Beck; James Brown; Bill Evans; Sun Ra; Mothers of Invention; Dave Brubeck; Miles Davis; Stephane Grapelli; and Sly & The Family Stone

  • Jul 3 Soviet N1 rocket explodes just after launch off at Baikonur Cosmodrome - one of the largest-ever non-nuclear human-made explosion, debris spread over 10 km
  • Jul 4 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

Music History

Jul 4 140,000 attend 2-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia; performers include: Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Led Zeppelin; Delaney and Bonnie; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat; Joe Cocker; Chuck Berry; Spirit; and Johnny Winter

  • Jul 4 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
  • Jul 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam

Music History

Jul 6 "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger begins filming in and around Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia

  • Jul 6 Frente Obrero y Liberacion (FOL) forms in Curacao
  • Jul 7 Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English language
  • Jul 7 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals Bishop Defregger of Munich is a war criminal
  • Jul 8 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer
  • Jul 8 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam

Sports History

Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

  • Jul 10 Chilean Association of Librarians created

Music Single

Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • Jul 12 As the 'marching season' reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many families in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
  • Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951

Historic Event

Jul 13 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."

  • Jul 13 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon

Film Release

Jul 14 "Easy Rider", directed by Dennis Hopper, starring himself, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, is released

  • Jul 14 "Futbol War" between El Salvador and Honduras begins
  • Jul 14 A 67-year-old Catholic civilian dies after being attacked by RUC officers in Dungiven; many consider this the first death of 'the Troubles'
  • Jul 14 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • Jul 14 WMUL (now WPBY) TV channel 33 in Huntington, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew steals home for his career best 7th time of the season, against Chicago

Agreement of Interest

Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

  • Jul 19 Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit

Sports History

Jul 20 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

Historic Event

Jul 20 Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module

  • Jul 21 Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • Jul 21 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits

Music History

Jul 22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit

  • Jul 22 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite

Sports History

Jul 23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 24 Apollo 11 returns to Earth

Music History

Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

Historic Event

Jul 25 Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne

  • Jul 26 Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific

LPGA Championship

Jul 27 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Concord GC: Betsy Rawls wins her second LPGA C'ship, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Carol Mann and Susie Maxwell Berning

  • Jul 29 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars
  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • Jul 30 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 3410 km
  • Jul 31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Famous Birthdays

Jenni RiveraJenni Rivera (1969-2012)

Jul 2 Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

  • Jul 2 Kevin Hearn, Canadian keyboardist, guitarist, and accordion player (Barenaked Ladies; Thin Buckle), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • Jul 2 Matthew Cox, American convicted felon
  • Jul 5 Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • Jul 5 John LeClair, American NHL left wing (first American-born player to score 50 goals in 3 straight NHL seasons; Philadelphia Flyers), born in St Albans, Vermont
  • Jul 5 RZA [Robert Fitzgerald Diggs], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 6 Brian Van Holt, American actor (Bo Sinclair-House of Wax), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Michael Grant, British reggae-rock keyboardist and singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jul 6 Sophia Witherspoon, American WNBA guard (NY Liberty), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Jul 7 Cree Summer, American actress (Freddie-Different World), born in Los Angeles, California

Joe SakicJoe Sakic (53 years old)

Jul 7 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002) and executive (GM Colorado Avalanche), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

  • Jul 7 Nathalie Simard, French Canadian singer, born in Île d'Orléans, Canada
  • Jul 7 Robin Weigert, American actress, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 7 Sylke Otto, German luger, born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • Jul 8 Bobby Ayala, American pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Oxnard, California
  • Jul 8 Dana Hall, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Bellflower, Calirfornia
  • Jul 8 Ernie Young, American baseball outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 8 Lori Hallier, Canadian actress (Shannon-Santa Barbara), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Jul 8 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • Jul 9 Jerry Drake, NFL defensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 9 Robert Gordon, American CFL and Arena football receiver, 1991-2005 (Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and 7 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Venkatapathy Raju, cricketer (Indian slow left-armer)
  • Jul 10 Alexandra Hedison, American actress
  • Jul 10 Gale Harold, American actor
  • Jul 11 David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • Jul 12 Alan Mullally, English cricket left-arm fast bowler (19 Tests, 58 wickets; 50 ODIs, 63 wickets), born in Southend-on-Sea, England
  • Jul 12 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death), born in Sonora, Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Jul 12 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist (d. 2007)
  • Jul 13 (Mark) "Barney" Greenway, British extreme metal-punk vocalist (Napalm Death), born in Great Barr, England
  • Jul 13 Ewan Beaton, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jul 13 Jamie Walter, actor (Pirate Island)
  • Jul 13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • Jul 13 Ken Jeong, American comedian and actor (Community, The Hangover), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 13 Kim Braatz, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jul 13 Oleg Serebrian, Moldovan politician and political scientist
  • Jul 13 Shaun Greatbatch, English darts player (first player to hit perfect 9-dart finish on live television 2002), born in Newmarket, England (d. 2022)
  • Jul 14 Jose Hernandez, Puerto Rican infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 15 John Crotty, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jul 15 Johnny Scott, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • Jul 15 Peter Ciavaglia, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • Jul 16 Daryl Mitchell, American actor (Tommy Webber-Galaxy Quest), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 16 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netball GD, WD (95 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002; Adelaide Thunderbirds, Auckland Diamonds), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jul 16 Rain Pryor, American actress (Head of the Class) and daughter of Richard Pryor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 17 Tommy Soderstrom, Swedish NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 18 Elizabeth Gilbert, American author (Eat Pray, Love), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jul 18 Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Jul 19 David Goldsmith, actor (Eric-Models Inc), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Jul 19 Gabrielle [Bobb], British pop singer and songwriter ("Dreams"; "Rise"), born in Hackney, London
  • Jul 19 Matthew Libatique, American cinematographer
  • Jul 20 Giovanni Lombardi, Italian cyclist
  • Jul 20 Josh Holloway, American actor
  • Jul 20 Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies), born in Auburn, Washington
  • Jul 21 Emerson Hart, American singer-songwriter (Tonic -"If You Could Only See"), born in Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 22 Despina Vandi [Malea], Greek pop singer ("Ipofero"), born in Tübingen, Germany
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cassels, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Bramalea, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 23 Dmitri Khristich, Ukrainian NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Jul 23 Fernanda Ribeiro, Portuguese 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Penafiel, Portugal
  • Jul 23 Raphael Warnock, American pastor and politician (Senator from Georgia, 2021-), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jul 24 Chris King, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez (53 years old)

Jul 24 American actress (Selena) and pop singer (J. Lo; Jenny From The Block), born in The Bronx, New York

  • Jul 24 Rick Fox, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
  • Jul 24 Steve Jennings, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 25 Andrea Wieland, American field hockey goaltender (Olympics 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 25 Jon Barry, American NBA guard (LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 25 Trevor Peres, American heavy metal guitarist (Obituary - "The End Complete"), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 26 Greg Colbrunn, American MLB infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Fontana, California
  • Jul 26 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 26 Marc Boutte, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jul 27 Linda Burgess, American basketball forward (L.A. Sparks), born in Madison, Alabama

Triple HTriple H (53 years old)

Jul 27 American pro wrestler (14 x world champion; D-Generation X stable), born in Nashua, New Hampshire

  • Jul 28 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • Jul 28 Dana White, American Ultimate Fighting Championship President, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 Garth Snow, American hockey goalie (Olympics 1994, Flyers), born in Wrentham Massachusetts
  • Jul 28 Jaimie Dawson, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jul 28 Jarrod Hanks, American gymnast (Olympic-92, 96), born in Lafayette Louisiana
  • Jul 29 Alison Dunlap, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 30 Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)
  • Jul 30 Robert Porcher, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jul 30 Simon Baker, Australian actor, born in Launceston, Australia
  • Jul 31 Kenneth D. Schisler, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 31 Loren Dean, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 31 Richard Griffith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 31 Rudolf Martin, German actor (Anton-All My Children), born in Berlin, Germany

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 3 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Georges Ronsse, Belgian road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ship 1928, 29), dies at 63
  • Jul 5 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), dies of natural causes at 58
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • Jul 5 Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Jul 5 Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies of heart disease at 68
  • Jul 8 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • Jul 9 Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • Jul 9 Pierre Capdevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Madiba Thembekile, Nelson Mandela's son, dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 15 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day; The Wages of Fear), dies after long illness at 56
  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper [Marion], American actress (Foreign Correspondent, Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), dies of coronary thrombosis at 54
  • Jul 19 Mary Jo Kopechne, American political campaign specialist and Ted Kennedy's car passenger, drowns at 28
  • Jul 19 Pavel I Apostolov, Russian military bandmaster, dies
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Jul 23 Dell Floyd, American editor, author and playwright (Little Accident), dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • Jul 25 Douglas Moore, American concert, stage, and film composer (The Ballad of Baby Doe), dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), dies after illness at 81
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; Most Happy Fella), dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, Hungarian American composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Ramón Grau, Cuban politician, 6th and 10th President of Cuba, dies at 87
  • Jul 30 Oda Blinder [Yolanda Corsen], Curaçao-Dutch poet (Doorstep), dies at 50