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 Deaths

  • Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer, dies at 83
1969 Highlights

About July 3, 1969

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 5 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer