What Happened on May 17, 1969

Historical Events

  • "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), born in Whittier, California (d. 2020)
  • Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • Clarence "Pants" Rowland, American baseball manager (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox 1915-18) and MLB umpire (American League 1923-27), dies at 91
  • Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
1969 Highlights

About May 17, 1969

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 8 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension
  • UK #1 Song: Get Back - The Beatles with Billy Preston