On This Day

What Happened on July 5, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Famous Birthdays

  • Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • 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
  • RZA [Robert Fitzgerald Diggs], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), dies of natural causes at 58
  • Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85