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: 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

  • Haylea Petrie, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jenji Kohan, American television writer and producer (Orange is the New Black), born in Los Angeles
  • John Leclair, St Albans VT, NHL forward (Team USA, Philadelphia)
  • John Oostendorp, 220 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Joshua Crayton, Redondo Beach California, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • RZA, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

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