What Happened in October 1969

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • Oct 1 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • Oct 2 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Oct 4 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
  • Oct 4 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
  • Oct 4 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 6 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 9 Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together"
  • Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

  • Oct 11 -28] Rome: 2nd bishop synod

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 6 launched; Soyuz 7 & 8 follow in next 2 days
  • Oct 11 Three people shot dead during street violence in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast
  • Oct 12 1st time 5 people in space
  • Oct 12 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KAPN
  • Oct 12 KHOF (now KAGL) TV ch 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, CA (IND) begins
  • Oct 12 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 7 is launched
  • Oct 13 1st time 7 people in space
  • Oct 13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • Oct 13 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 8 is launched
  • Oct 14 Palme government forms in Sweden
  • Oct 14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971
  • Oct 15 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • Oct 15 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 15 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash & Tammy Wynette wins

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Oct 16 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, New York Mets win Baseball World Series 4-1
  • Oct 16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series

  • Oct 17 NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY
  • Oct 17 Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK
  • Oct 17 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 18 Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners
  • Oct 18 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter arrested for marijuana possession

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Oct 18 Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
  • Oct 19 J Bock and S Harnicks musical "Rothschilds" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Oct 19 Mary Mills wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • Oct 19 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)
  • Oct 19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • Oct 20 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 21 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • Oct 21 Leonard Gersh's "Butterflies are Free" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 German statesman Willy Brandt is elected chancellor of West Germany (1969-1974)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Oct 21 Maj Gen Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali
  • Oct 22 KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM
  • Oct 22 Paul McCartney denies rumors of his death
  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Oct 24 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together
  • Oct 26 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 27 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to John Tinbergen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Ralph Nader sets up a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
  • Oct 29 Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation "at once"
  • Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 30 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Oct 31 Eastside race riot in Jacksonville, Florida

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • Oct 1 Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza, Mexican murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • Oct 1 Igor Ulanov, Krasnokamsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Oct 1 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz musician
  • Oct 1 Zach Galifianakis, American actor (The Hangover, Birdman), born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Oct 2 Marcus Robertson, NFL safety/cornerback (Houston/Tenn Oilers)
  • Oct 2 Matthew Walbeck, catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 2 Mitch English, American actor
  • Oct 2 Damon Gough, English singer
  • Oct 2 Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Oct 3 Carl Thomas, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 3 Eddie Sutter, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 3 Mike Saunders, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 3 Shane Butterworth, actor (Timmy-Bad News Bears)
  • Oct 3 Stephen Scahill, New Zealand golfer, born in Featherston
  • Oct 3 Travis Hill, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)

Person of interestGwen Stefani

Oct 3 Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter (No Doubt), born in Fullerton, California

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • Oct 3 Tetsu, Japanese bassist (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
  • Oct 4 Lucas Parsons, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 5 Karyn Parsons, actress (Hilary-Fresh Prince of Bel Air) [or Oct 8 66]
  • Oct 5 Martin Driever, WLAF tight end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 6 Byron Black, Zimbabwe, tennis star
  • Oct 6 Martha Richards, Hudson WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Safeco Classic-21st)
  • Oct 6 Robert Person, pitcher (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 6 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • Oct 7 Brent Dorman, Ocala Florida, Canadian Tour golfer
  • Oct 7 Martin Haywood, cricketer (NSW opening batsman)
  • Oct 7 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • Oct 7 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler
  • Oct 7 Maria Whittaker, English model
  • Oct 8 Dylan Neal, American-Canadian actor (Dylan Shaw-Bold & the Beautiful), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Oct 8 Jeremy Davies, American actor (Saving Private Ryan), born in Traverse city, Michigan
  • Oct 9 Charles Jordan, American wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Dwayne Sabb, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Oct 9 P.J. Harvey, English musician, singer and songwriter, born in Bridport, Dorset, England
  • Oct 9 Steve McQueen, British filmmaker and artist (12 Years a Slave), born in London, England
  • Oct 10 Brett Favre, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Oct 11 Cal Dixon, American NFL center and guard (NY Jets), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 11 Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, youngest son of Queen Beatrix and Claus von Amsberg, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 11 Ty Murray, American rodeo cowboy (5-time all-around world champion), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 12 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Australia
  • Oct 12 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 12 David Collins, American rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Thousand Oaks, California
  • Oct 12 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 12 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • Oct 12 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • Oct 12 Martie Maguire, American musician (Dixie Chicks), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 13 Cady McClain, American actress (Dixie Martin-All My Children), born in Burbank, California
  • Oct 13 Rhonda Mapp, American WNBA center and forward (Charlotte Sting), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Oct 13 Tim Crabtree, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Oct 14 Mark Verhoeven, Dutch soccer player (MVV/NEC)
  • Oct 14 P J Brown, NBA center/forward (NJ Nets, Miami Heat)
  • Oct 14 David Strickland, American actor (d. 1999)
  • Oct 15 Curtis Cotton, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Oak Raiders, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 15 Vítor Baía, Portuguese football goalkeeper, born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Oct 15 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • Oct 16 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 16 Doug Hocking, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Oct 16 Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • Oct 16 Spencer McLennan, CFL safety (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 16 Wendy Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 16 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter
  • Oct 16 Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • Oct 16 Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Oct 17 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Oct 17 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 17 Theodore Ernest Els, PGA golfer (1994 US Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 17 Wood Harris, American actor
  • Oct 17 Rick Mercer, Canadian comedian
  • Oct 17 Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti
  • Oct 18 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Oct 18 Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • Oct 19 Zdeno Ciger, Martin Slo, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Oct 19 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
  • Oct 19 DJ Sammy [Samuel Bouriah], Spanish DJ, born in Mallorca
  • Oct 19 John Edward, American TV Psychic
  • Oct 20 Chantel Tremitiere, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Oct 20 Guillermo Perez-Roldan, Argentina, tennis star
  • Oct 20 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Oct 20 Juan Gonzalez, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Oct 21 John McMullen, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA-15th), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Oct 21 Mo Lewis, American football player
  • Oct 22 Cuty [Yumi] Suzuki, Kawaguchi Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • Oct 22 Kevin Carrasco, S P de Macoris Dom Rep, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 22 Spike Jonze [Adam Spiegel], American director and film producer (Her, Three Kings, Where the Wild Things Are), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • Oct 22 Helmut Lotti, Belgian singer
  • Oct 23 Brooke Theiss, California, actress (Wendy-Just the 10 of Us, Good & Evil)
  • Oct 23 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • Oct 24 Arthur Rhodes, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Waco, Texas
  • Oct 24 Kelvin Pritchett, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 24 Morena Corwin, Seoul, Korea, playmate (Sep, 1992)
  • Oct 24 Adela Noriega, Mexican actress
  • Oct 25 Corey Harris, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 25 Eric Guliford, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints)
  • Oct 25 Josef Beranek, Czech NHL center (Vancouver Canucks, Olympic Gold 1998), born in Litvinov
  • Oct 25 Larry Thomas, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 25 Oleg Salenko, Russian former footballer

Person of interestSamantha Bee

Oct 25 Samantha Bee, Canadian-American comedian, actress, and television host, born in Toronto, Ontario

Comedian and TV Host Samantha Bee
Comedian and TV Host
Samantha Bee
  • Oct 26 Mark Sweeney, Framington Mass, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 24 "Love Story" actress Ali MacGraw (30) weds film producer Robert Evans (39)

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Katharine Susannah Prichard, novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), dies of throat cancer at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Shermake, president of (Somalia), murdered

Person of interestJack Kerouac

Oct 21 Jack Kerouac, American (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • Oct 21 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), dies at 87
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Oct 30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55