On This Day

What Happened in June 1969

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV
  • Jun 2 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • Jun 3 Last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder)
  • Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • Jun 4 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana and survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft
  • Jun 5 Dutch Antilles government of Kroon resigns
  • Jun 5 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 5 International communist conference begins in Moscow

Sports History

Jun 6 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

Television Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

  • Jun 7 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8

Television Premiere

Jun 7 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash combine on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

  • Jun 7 Tommy James and the Shondells release "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
  • Jun 7 Washington Senators draft Jeff Burroughs #1

Music Premiere

Jun 7 Supergroup Blind Faith's debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech

  • Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Ann Haydon-Jones of England 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 for her 3rd French singles title
  • Jun 8 "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 8 21st Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", Don Adams and Susan St James win

Music History

Jun 8 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

Historic Event

Jun 8 General Franco closes Spain's frontier with Gibraltar

  • Jun 8 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Jun 8 MLB legend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired

  • Jun 8 Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem
  • Jun 9 Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice
  • Jun 11 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK; recording involved only John (guitars, vocals, percussion) and Paul (bass, drums, piano, backing voice)
  • Jun 13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones

TV Show Appearance

Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Sports History

Jun 14 Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7

  • Jun 15 "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV
  • Jun 15 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • Jun 15 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • Jun 15 The Campaign for Social Justice publish a second edition of 'Northern Ireland The Plain Truth' which set out the allegations of discrimination against Catholics by Unionists in the region
  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules suspension of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr from House of Representatives violated Article I of the Constitution by citing reasons beyond the exclusive list of qualifications in the article [1]

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Jun 17 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

  • Jun 18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government

Film Release

Jun 18 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released

  • Jun 19 State troopers ordered to Cairo Ill, to quell racial disturbances

Music Concert

Jun 20 200,000 attend Newport '69', then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.

Historic Event

Jun 20 Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France

  • Jun 20 A constitutional referendum in Rhodesia on declaring a republic is approved by 72% of the voting population
  • Jun 21 1st reported hearing of pirate radio WGHP (With God's Help Peace)

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jun 21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • Jun 21 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"

Music History

Jun 22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

  • Jun 22 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution
  • Jun 22 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) stage a protest by blocking the Lecky Road in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 23 French government of Couve de Murville resigns

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 23 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 23 Warren E. Burger sworn in as US Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Jun 23 24 Africans from the Graaff-Reinet district, Cape Province, appear in the Grahamstown Supreme Court on charges under the Sabotage Act; alleged they had conspired or incited others to kill White people or police
  • Jun 25 American Pancho González (41) beats Puerto Rican Charlie Pasarell (25) in 5 hour and 12 minute, 112-game marathon at Wimbledon
  • Jun 25 19th Berlin International Film Festival: "Early Works" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco
  • Jun 27 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • Jun 28 Police carry out an early morning raid on gay bar Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, NY; about 400 to 1,000 patrons riot against police, it lasts 3 days. Beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement
  • Jun 28 John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's
  • Jun 29 1st Jewish worship service at White House

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

Baseball Record

Jun 29 On 'Billy Williams Day' at Wrigley Field, Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive MLB games played (896) as Chicago sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1

  • Jun 30 Spain cedes Ifni to Morocco
  • Jun 30 In South Africa, General Laws Amendment Bill is passed; the Bill contains far-reaching provisions and restrictions affecting the administration of justice and the disclosure of evidence

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Ari Sulander, Finnish ice hockey goaltender (World C'ship gold 1995; Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 1 Erin Hartwell, American time trial cyclist (Olympic bronze/silver-92, 96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 1 Luis García Postigo, Mexican soccer striker (79 caps; UNAM, Atlético Madrid, Real Sociedad) and commentator (TV Azteca), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jun 2 David Wheaton, tennis star (1987 US junior boys), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 2 Kurt Abbott, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • Jun 2 Cy Chadwick, English actor
  • Jun 3 Ray Roberts, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Jun 3 Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese musician
  • Jun 4 Regi Blinker, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jun 4 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Jun 4 Tine Moberg-Parker, Canada Europe class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Jun 4 Horatio Sanz, Chilean-born comedian
  • Jun 5 Brian McKnight, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 6 Douglas Lee Mitchell, American heavy metal artist (Southgang), born in Miles, Michigan
  • Jun 6 Mike Croel, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Jun 6 Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer (Indian Test left-arm spinner 1996-2001), born in Gadag, Karnataka, India
  • Jun 7 Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jun 7 Mark Sohn, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Jun 7 Kim Rhodes, American actress
  • Jun 8 Glenn Rogers Jr, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jun 8 Laurel Martin, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 8 J.P. Manoux, American actor, born in Fresno, California
  • Jun 8 Marcos Siega, American director and producer (The Vampire Diaries), born in New York City
  • Jun 8 David Sutcliffe, Canadian American actor (Gilmore Girls), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Jun 9 Mitch McLee [Douglas Lee Mitchell], American rock drummer (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"), born in Georgia
  • Jun 9 Eric Wynalda, American soccer player and coach, born in Fullerton, California
  • Jun 10 Tony McCoy, NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jun 10 Ronny Johnsen, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 10 Kate Snow, American TV journalist
  • Jun 11 Johan Hansma, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Marknesse, Netherlands
  • Jun 11 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)

Peter Dinklage

Jun 11 Peter Dinklage, American actor (Games of Thrones), born in Morristown, New Jersey

  • Jun 11 Steven Drozd, American rock singer-songwriter, and drummer (The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 11 Matt McGrath, American actor, born in New York City
  • Jun 12 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • Jun 12 Mathieu Schneider, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders, Toronto), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 12 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Omen, Bikini), born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • Jun 13 Jamie Walters, American actor (The Heights; Beverly Hills 90210), and singer ("How Do You Talk To An Angel?"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 13 Robert Harris, American former NFL defensive end (NY Giants), born in Riviera Beach, Florida
  • Jun 13 Søren Rasted, Danish musician (Aqua), born in Blovstrød, Denmark
  • Jun 13 Svetlana Krivelyova, Russian shot put athlete (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bryansk, Russia
  • Jun 14 Éric Desjardins, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Canada), born in Rouyn, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 14 Eugene Chung, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts), born in Prince George's County, Maryland

Steffi Graf

Jun 14 Steffi Graf, German tennis player (Golden Slam 1988, 22 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Mannheim, Germany

  • Jun 14 Kyle Hebert, American voice actor for anime and video game, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jun 15 Demetra Hampton, American actress (Valentina), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cedric Pioline

Jun 15 Cedric Pioline, French tennis player (runner-up US Open 1993, Wimbledon 1997), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Ice Cube

Jun 15 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jun 15 Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Jun 15 Sheldon Kennedy, Brandon, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 15 Oliver Kahn, German footballer
  • Jun 16 L B Stephens, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jun 16 MC Ren [Lorenzo Jerald Patterson], American rapper, born in Compton, California
  • Jun 16 Mark Crossley, Welsh footballer
  • Jun 17 Karen Nystrom, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic silver 1998), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 17 Kevin Thornton, American R&B vocalist (Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up")
  • Jun 17 Patric Kjellberg, hockey forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998)
  • Jun 17 Paul Tergat, Kenyan long distance runner, born in Riwo, Baringo District, Kenya
  • Jun 18 Jay Leeuwenburg, American NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 18 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • Jun 18 Vito LoGrasso, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 18 Christopher Largen, American author, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Jun 19 Lara Spencer, American TV personality
  • Jun 19 Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur
  • Jun 20 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Jun 20 Malivai Washington, tennis star (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • Jun 20 Michael Gerber, American parody author, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 21 Chris Perez, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jun 21 Donovan Osborne, Amercian pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Roseville, California
  • Jun 21 Gabriella Paruzzi, Italian skier
  • Jun 21 Pat Sansone, American rock guitarist, and keyboard player (Wilco, since 2005 -"I Might"), born in Meriden, Mississippi
  • Jun 22 Derek Russell, NFL wide receiver (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jun 23 Elbert Ellis, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers)
  • Jun 23 Martin Klebba, American actor
  • Jun 23 Noa [Achinoam Nini], Israeli singer ("There Must Be Another Way"), born in Bat Yam, Israel
  • Jun 24 Melissa Gurney, California, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
  • Jun 24 Sean Maye, 400m/800m runner
  • Jun 24 Todd Lewis, 10k runner, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop and operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Jun 24 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • Jun 25 Alina Ivanova, Russian race walker (indoor 3K world record), born in Kildishevo, Yadrinsky District, Russia
  • Jun 25 Armand Benneker, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • Jun 25 Jurgen Streppel, Dutch soccer player (Telstar/RKC), born in Voorst, Netherlands
  • Jun 25 Matt Gallant, American television host (The Planet's Funniest Animals), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jun 26 Colin Greenwood, English musician (Radiohead), born in Oxford, England
  • Jun 26 Harry Boatswain, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 26 Mike Myers, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Troy Auzenne, American NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in El Monte, California
  • Jun 26 Ingrid Lempereur, Belgian swimmer, born in Messancy, Belgium
  • Jun 28 Danielle Brisebois, American actress (Archie's Place, Big Bad Mama 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 28 Tichina Arnold, American actress, born in Queens, NYC, New York
  • Jun 28 Ayelet Zurer, Israeli actress, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jun 29 Erik Tammer, American soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Simon Brown, English cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Durham, Northamptonshire), born in Cleadon, England
  • Jun 29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • Jun 29 Claude Béchard, Canadian politician (Member of the National Assembly of Quebec), born in Saint-Philippe-de-Néri, Quebec
  • Jun 29 Ilan Mitchell-Smith, American academic and actor (Weird Science), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 30 Jim Montgomery, Canadian NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 30 Ken Gernander, American NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Coleraine, Minnesota

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 15 British-American romance novelist, Jackie Collins (31) weds 2nd husband, American theatrical producer Oscar Lerman (49), at the home of her sister Joan

Leo Durocher

Jun 19 American baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago; divorce in 1980

R. L. Stine

Jun 22 Writer and producer R. L. Stine (25) weds editor Jane Waldhorn


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Michiyo Tsujimura, Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist (components of green tea), dies at 81
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 4 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • Jun 5 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75

Miles Dempsey

Jun 6 Miles Dempsey, British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), dies of cancer at 72

  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • Jun 11 John L. Lewis, American labour leader, formed Congress of Industrial Organizations, dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53

Maureen Connolly

Jun 21 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34

Judy Garland

Jun 22 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • Jun 23 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jun 24 Maria Delgado, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jun 24 Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 24 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, American instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
  • Jun 29 (Frederick) "Shorty" Long, American soul singer and pianist ("Here Comes The Judge"; "Devil In A Blue Dress"), dies in a boating accident at 29
  • Jun 29 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76