On This Day

What Happened in September 1969

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 4th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi deposes King Idris in the Libyan revolution

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Sep 2 Ralph Houk signs 3-year contract to manage New York Yankees at $65,000 a season, then the biggest salary in MLB
  • Sep 2 The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.
  • Sep 5 Frente Obrero wins Dutch Antilles national elections
  • Sep 6 "Cabaret" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 6 TV sitcom "The Brady Bunch" created by Sherwood Schwartz premieres on ABC in the US

  • Sep 7 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; his 6th F1 win of the season
  • Sep 8 Suleiman Maghrabi appointed premier of Libya
  • Sep 8 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Court wins her third US singles title & 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 9 Allegheny Airlines flight 853 collides with a Piper Cherokee above Indiana, kills all 83 occupants
  • Sep 9 WCVN TV channel 54 in Covington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 10 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • Sep 10 US performs nuclear test at Grand Valley Colorado

  • Sep 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • Sep 13 Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Plastic Ono Band's (John, Yoko & Eric Clapton) 1st live performance

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 13 "Scooby-Doo Where are You" by Hanna-Barbera debuts on CBS in the US

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Sep 14 Male voters of Swiss Canton Schaffhausen reject female suffrage
  • Sep 15 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game
  • Sep 18 Tiny Tim & Miss Vicky get engaged

Sport awardRyder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • Sep 20 Virtual band Archies' single "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • Sep 20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • Sep 21 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Sep 21 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • Sep 21 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)
  • Sep 22 "Music Scene" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 22 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 23 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 23 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Outlaw Butch Cassidy
Outlaw
Butch Cassidy
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
  • Sep 24 1st Elvis convention, 2500 fans attend in Cincinnati
  • Sep 24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • Sep 24 Ton Duc Thang elected president of North Vietnam
  • Sep 24 Trial of "Chicago 8" (protesters at Dem National Conv) begins
  • Sep 26 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
  • Sep 26 Bolivia military coup under general Ovando Candia
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • Sep 28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • Sep 28 SPD wins West German Parliament elections
  • Sep 29 "Bright Promise" TV Daytime Soap; debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Letters To Laugh-In" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Love American Style" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Name Droppers" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Sale Of Century" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 7th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 7-6
  • Sep 29 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 29 Jackie DeShannon gets Gold Record for "Put Little Love in Your Heart"
  • Sep 29 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • Sep 29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • Sep 30 Atlanta's 10th straight win, clinches NL West pennant

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 103

  • Sep 1 Henning Berg, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 2 Mark Brettschneider, American actor (Jason-One Life to Live), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 2 Russell Freeman, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Sep 2 Shani Waugh, Australian golfer (US Open 2002 3rd), born in Bunbury West Australia
  • Sep 2 Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, American singer
  • Sep 2 Chris Kuzneski, American bestselling author
  • Sep 2 Stephen Peall, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Sep 3 Keith Traylor, American NFL defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1997-98, 2004), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sep 3 John Fugelsang, American actor
  • Sep 3 Noah Baumbach, writer, director and independent filmmaker (The Squid and the Whale), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 4 Alexander Coe, Welsh DJ and record producer, born in Bangor, United Kingdom
  • Sep 4 Noah Taylor, English-born actor, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 5 Dweezil Zappa, American rock guitarist and son of Frank Zappa, born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 5 Leonardo Araujo, Brazilian footballer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sep 5 Mark Ramprakash, English cricketer, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 6 Aaron Pierce, American NFL halfback (NY Giants), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 6 CeCe Peniston, American singer (Finally) and beauty queen (Miss Black Arizona 1989), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 6 Doug Pirini, New Zealand decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 6 Helen Labdon, English model (page 3), born in Bracknell, England
  • Sep 6 Ben Finegold, American chess player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 6 Michellie Jones, Australian triathlete (won two ITU Triathlon World Championships), born in Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
  • Sep 6 Michael Davis, American softball player (Solvents, et al)
  • Sep 7 Angie Everhart, American model and actress (Jade, Last Action Hero), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Darren Bragg, American outfielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Sep 7 Rudy Galindo, American figure skater, born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 7 Diane Farr, American actress (Numb3rs), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Sep 7 Jimmy Urine, American singer (Mindless Self Indulgence), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 8 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • Sep 8 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer (Nottingham Forest), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • Sep 8 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, born in Mancot, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2011)
  • Sep 9 Scott DeFreitas, American actor (Andy Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Sep 9 Sean Rooks, American basketball center (LA Lakers), born in New York City, New York
  • Sep 9 Constance Marie, American actress, born in East Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 10 Bob Spitulski, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 10 Matt Geiger, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Sep 10 Jonathon Schaech, American actor
  • Sep 11 Laura Sisk, American actress (Allison Rescott-Loving), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 11 Tracy Scroggins, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Checotah, Oklahoma
  • Sep 11 Eduardo Perez, American baseball player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 11 Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), born in Hollywood, Florida (d. 2008)
  • Sep 12 Ángel Cabrera, Argentine golfer (US Open 2007, US Masters 2009), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Sep 12 James Frey, American writer (Bright Shiny Morning), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 12 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; Presidents Cup 1998, 2000), born in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
  • Sep 13 Ilka Knickenberg, German actress
  • Sep 13 Shane Warne, Australian cricketer (leg spin bowler) , born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 13 Tyler Perry, American filmmaker (Tyler Perry's House of Payne), author and songwriter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 13 Bong Joon-ho, South Korean film director (Parasites), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Sep 15 DJ Kay Gee [Kier Gist], American musician (Naughty by Nature), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 15 Jim Curtiss, American writer
  • Sep 15 Jeffrey Schwarz, American film director and producer
  • Sep 16 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 16 Chester McGlockton, American NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Whiteville, North Carolina
  • Sep 16 Kathi Wolfgram, American rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 16 Marthijn Pothoven, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Sep 16 Justine Frischmann, English musician (Elastica), born in Kensington, London
  • Sep 17 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Sep 17 Rob Zamuner, NHL forward (Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada 1998)
  • Sep 17 Ken Doherty, Irish snooker player (world champion 1997), born in Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
  • Sep 18 Robert Coons, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brea, California
  • Sep 19 Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophonist (Lily Was Here), born in Amsterdam, Holland
  • Sep 19 Alkinoos Ioannidis, Greek-Cypriot singer and composer, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Sep 19 Tapio Wilska, Finnish singer (Sethian), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • Sep 20 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Sep 20 Victoria Dillard, American actress (Spin City), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 20 Megumi Kudo, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan
  • Sep 20 Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam
  • Sep 21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 21 Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Sep 21 Billy Porter, American actor and singer (Kinky Boots), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 22 Marian Chlad, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Sep 22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Sep 22 Matt Sharp, American musician (Weezer, The Rentals)
  • Sep 23 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 23 Patrick Fiori, French singer
  • Sep 23 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver
  • Sep 24 Andrew Greene, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 24 Gene Hunt, R&B musician (Acid Man)
  • Sep 24 Lisa Matthews, American Playboy model (Apr, 1990, Playmate of the Year 1991), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Sep 24 Megan Ward, actress (Kimberly Sayers-Dark Skies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 24 Shawn "Clown" Crahan, American musician (Slipknot)
  • Sep 24 Donald DeGrate, Jr., American music producer
  • Sep 24 Goya Toledo, Spanish actress and model (Amores Perros), born in Arrecife, Spain

Person of interestCatherine Zeta-Jones

Sep 25 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress (Chicago, The Terminal, The Legend of Zorro), born in Swansea, Wales

  • Sep 25 David Weathers, Lawrencburg TN, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Yankees)
  • Sep 25 Hansie Cronje, cricket captain (solid South African batsman)
  • Sep 25 Hal Sparks, American actor
  • Sep 26 Anthony Kavanagh, French-Canadian comedian, actor and singer
  • Sep 26 Andy Petterson, Australian footballer
  • Sep 26 Paul Warhurst, English footballer
  • Sep 26 David Ferguson, British murderer
  • Sep 27 Laura Wilson, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Utica, New York
  • Sep 27 Lester Holmes, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 27 Robert Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 28 L Janusz Hooker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 28 Mark Everett, American fugitive
  • Sep 28 Ben Greenman, American author
  • Sep 28 Nico Vaesen, Belgian footballer
  • Sep 29 Erika Eleniak, American Canadian actress (Baywatch) and Playboy playmate (Jul, 1989), born in Glendale, California

Person of interestKelly Robbins

Sep 29 Kelly Robbins, American golfer (LPGA C'ship 1995), born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Sep 29 Aleks Syntek, Mexican singer

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Polish politician and trade-union organizer Lech Wałęsa (25) weds Danuta Golos (20)

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 18 Actor Rod Taylor (39) divorces model Mary Hilem after 5 years of marriage

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Drew Pearson, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 William Flanagan, American composer, dies at 46
  • Sep 2 Harry Williams Millard, producer, dies of cancer at 41

Person of interestHo Chi Minh

Sep 2 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vietnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), dies at 79 of heart failure

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Sep 2 Willy Mairesse, Belgian auto racer (13 F1 GP; Nürburgring 1000km 1963; GT Spa GP 1965; Targa Florio 1966), dies from suicide at 40
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer, dies at 98
  • Sep 5 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 5 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Everett McKinley Dirksen, (Sen-R), dies at 73
  • Sep 8 Bud Collyer, TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), dies at 61
  • Sep 8 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, dies at 100
  • Sep 9 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Katherine Singleton, actress/Miss Universe (1926), dies at 65
  • Sep 13 Charles Foulkes, Canada gen/honorary citizen of Wageningen, dies at 66
  • Sep 14 James Anderson, actor (Connection, Five), dies at 48
  • Sep 18 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 19 Bert [Lambertus] Bakker, director Free Netherland/inventor, dies
  • Sep 19 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The ten Commandments), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 22 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, dies at 59
  • Sep 27 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81