Historical Events in February 1969

Sports History

Feb 1 In his first start in a Ford, legendary driver Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California; previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths

  • Feb 1 Tim Wood wins second of 3 straight US Men's Figure Skating titles whilst Janet Lynn takes first of her 5 consecutive Women's National Championships in Seattle
  • Feb 1 WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Music Premiere

Feb 3 Musical adaptation of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 121 performances

Election of Interest

Feb 3 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections

  • Feb 4 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • Feb 4 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman as general counsel to Apple Records

Appointment of Interest

Feb 4 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

  • Feb 4 Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 4 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

  • Feb 5 "Turn-On," debuts and cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • Feb 5 United States population reaches 200 million
  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vice-president, general manager, and head coach of NFL Washington Redskins
  • Feb 6 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
  • Feb 6 The New Ulster Movement forms, promoting moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who support Northern Ireland Prime MinisterTerence O'Neill

Television Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

  • Feb 7 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
  • Feb 7 British rock band The Who record their song "Pinball Wizard" at Morgan Studio's, London
  • Feb 7 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • Feb 7 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service
  • Feb 8 Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • Feb 8 Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Feb 9 1st flight of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • Feb 9 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Feb 10 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

  • Feb 11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • Feb 11 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
  • Feb 13 Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
  • Feb 13 Suriname government of Pengel resigns
  • Feb 16 "Andrei Rublev", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Anatoly Solonitsyn and Ivan Lapikov, premieres in Moscow after a limited release in 1966
  • Feb 16 Detroit Red Wings' captain Alex Delvecchio picks up an assist in a 6-2 defeat at Minnesota to become the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points
  • Feb 17 "Cloud Nine" 9th studio album by The Temptations is released (Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group 1969, Billboard Album of the Year 1969)

Music Recording

Feb 17 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it is never released

  • Feb 18 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
  • Feb 18 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • Feb 21 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazakhstan (explodes)

Contract of Interest

Feb 21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators

  • Feb 22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at an American parimutuel race at a major US track aboard Cohesian at Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Feb 23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass
  • Feb 23 Groundbreaking TV documentary series "Civilisation" presented by art historian Kenneth Clark premieres on BBC2 in the UK
  • Feb 23 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • Feb 23 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film Premiere

Feb 24 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" film based on novel by Muriel Spark directed by Ronald Neame, starring Maggie Smith (Academy Award Best Actress) premieres in London

  • Feb 24 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study planet's atmosphere
  • Feb 24 Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • Feb 25 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album at Abbey Road Studio, london
  • Feb 25 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 25 West Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet

Coup d'├ętat

Feb 27 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup

  • Feb 27 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Rodnina & Ulanov of the Soviet Union
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colorado Springs won by Gabriele Seyfert of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Tim Wood of USA
  • Feb 28 Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister