On This Day

What Happened on July 3, 1969

Historical Events

  • 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Grimsby, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
1969 Highlights

About July 3, 1969

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 4 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer