Historical Events in August 1969

Music History

Aug 1 3-day Atlantic City Pop Festival opens at the Atlantic City Race Course in Hamilton Township, New Jersey; performers include: Procol Harum; Joni Mitchell; Chicago; Santana; Little Richard; Booker T and the MG's; Sir Douglas Quintet; Janis Joplin; Jefferson Airplane, B.B. King; The Byrds; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Tim Buckley; Hugh Masekela; Dr. John; and The Mothers of Invention; attendance estimated at 110,000

  • Aug 1 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 1 Mariner 6 sends close-up photos of Mars

Music History

Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at his 10th high school reunion, in Hibbing, Minnesota

Historic Event

Aug 2 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium
  • Aug 5 Mariner 7 flies past Mars

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet

  • Aug 5 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
  • Aug 8 The Beatles are photographed by Iain MacMillan crossing the street as they walk away from EMI Studios, for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album. [1]
  • Aug 9 Kander and Ebbs' musical "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 305 performances
  • Aug 9 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Aug 10 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win

Sports History

Aug 11 Future Baseball HOF'er Don Drysdale, the last LA Dodger to play in Brooklyn, retires because of damage to his right pitching shoulder

  • Aug 12 Battle of the Bogside: RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms; the almost continuous rioting lasted for two days
  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million

Sports History

Aug 13 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0

Election of Interest

Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote

  • Aug 14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • Aug 14 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez

  • Aug 16 First performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Auditorium Theater, Chicago)

Music History

Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane

  • Aug 16 V.V. Giri is elected the fourth President of India
  • Aug 16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants, 37-14 in their first meeting (pre-season)

PGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, NCR CC: Ray Floyd wins first of his 4 major titles by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player

Music History

Aug 17 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na

Music History

Aug 18 Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"; he survives

  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 19 Film adaptation of Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn, and starring Guthrie premieres
  • Aug 20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)
  • Aug 21 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • Aug 21 First Gap clothing store opens in Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
  • Aug 22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • Aug 22 The Beatles last official group photo session, at John & Yoko's home 'Tittenhurst Park', near Ascot
  • Aug 23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 24 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 27 Lindy's Pride wins Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)

Sports History

Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

  • Aug 29 KYUS TV channel 3 in Miles City, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 30 3-day 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival opens in Tenino Washington - 25,000 attend; performers include: James Cotton; Country Joe and the Fish; Flying Burrito Brothers; Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks; Mississippi Fred McDowelll; Steve Miller Band; and Sons of Champlin
  • Aug 30 3-day New Orleans Pop Festival opens - 25,000 attend; performers include: Spiral Staircase;. Rex; The Byrds; Janis Joplin: Grateful Dead; Chicago; Dr. John; and Santana
  • Aug 30 3-day Texas International Pop Festival opens in Lewisville, Texas - 125,000 attend, ; performers include: Chicago Transit Authority; Delaney and Bonnie and Friends; Grand Funk Railroad; Janis Joplin; B.B. King; Led Zeppelin; Nazz; Sam and Dave; Sly and the Family Stone; and Johnny Winter
  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by American Steve Melnyk
  • Aug 30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale, Florida