On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1969

Historical Events

  • Baseball World Series: 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 at Shea Stadium for upset 4-1 series win; MVP: Mets 1B Donn Clendenon
  • 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
  • Soyuz 6 returns to Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Doug Hocking, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Spencer McLennan, CFL safety (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • Wendy Wilson, American pop vocalist (Wilson Phillips - 'Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), dies at 52
1969 Highlights

About October 16, 1969

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 1 month and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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