On This Day

What Happened on October 12, 1969

Historical Events

  • 1st time 5 people in space simultaneously (Soyez 6 & Soyez 7)
  • KDB-AM in Santa Barbara, California changes call letters to KAPN
  • KHOF (now KAGL) TV channel 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, California (IND) begins
  • Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 7 is launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan

Famous Birthdays

  • Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (British Columbia Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • José Valentín, MLB infielder, 1992-2007 (Milwaukee Brewers, and 3 other teams), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Martie Maguire, American country fiddler, songwriter, and vocalist (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks; Court Yard Hounds), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Terry Ray, American NFL & CFL football strong safety; NFL, 1992-2004 (New England Patriots, Edmonton Eskimos, and 3 other teams), born in Belgium

Famous Deaths

  • Serge Poliakoff, Russian-French abstract painter, dies at 69

Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57

Figure Skater and Actress Sonja Henie
Figure Skater and Actress
Sonja Henie

1969 Highlights

About October 12, 1969

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 52 years and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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