Historical Events in January 1969

  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 2 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 2 Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Jan 2 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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Jan 2 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

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Jan 3 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 3 Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • Jan 4 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • Jan 4 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • Jan 4 A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers

  • Jan 5 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • Jan 5 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • Jan 5 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
  • Jan 5 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 5 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • Jan 6 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
  • Jan 6 WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 7 US Congress doubles president salary
  • Jan 9 First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England

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Jan 9 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Jan 10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • Jan 10 Sweden is the 1st Western country to recognize North Vietnam
  • Jan 10 USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
  • Jan 11 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • Jan 11 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • Jan 12 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III, Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7; MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 12 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released first in the US
  • Jan 14 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
  • Jan 14 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jan 15 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 15 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • Jan 15 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announces that an official inquiry will analyse the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland

  • Jan 16 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • Jan 17 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 5 lands
  • Jan 18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • Jan 18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • Jan 19 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • Jan 19 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT
  • Jan 20 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • Jan 20 U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Western Division ties Eastern Division, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Detroit, LW

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Jan 21 A partial meltdown at the Lucens nuclear reactor in Switzerland seriously contaminating the cavern containing the reactor; the plant is sealed and decommissioned
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 22 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 23 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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Jan 24 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jan 24 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • Jan 24 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • Jan 25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • Jan 26 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jan 26 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • Jan 26 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague

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Jan 26 1st Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 27 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
  • Jan 27 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Jan 27 Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)

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Jan 27 Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years

Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley
Northern Ireland First Minister
Ian Paisley

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jan 27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes 1st leg of his successful second Grand Slam; beats Andrés Gimeno of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jan 28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

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Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

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Jan 29 Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jan 29 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • Jan 30 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
  • Jan 30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • Jan 31 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA