On This Day

Historical Events in July 1969

Music History

Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after he crashes his car near Durness in the Scottish Highlands

  • Jul 1 Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips

Historic Event

Jul 1 Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales is watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales and by millions on television

  • Jul 2 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • Jul 2 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry
  • Jul 3 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jul 3 Soviet N1 rocket explodes just after launch off at Baikonur Cosmodrome - one of the largest-ever non-nuclear human-made explosion, debris spread over 10 km
  • Jul 4 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

Music History

Jul 4 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

  • Jul 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 4 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam

  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Music History

Jul 6 Filming begins on "Ned Kelly" starring Mick Jagger

  • Jul 6 Frente Obrero y Liberacion (FOL) forms in Curacao
  • Jul 7 Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English language
  • Jul 7 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals Bishop Defregger of Munich is a war criminal
  • Jul 8 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
  • Jul 8 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer

Sports History

Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th

  • Jul 10 Chilean Association of Librarians created

Music Single

Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • Jul 12 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951
  • Jul 12 As the 'marching season' reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many families in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
  • Jul 13 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon

Historic Event

Jul 13 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."

Film Release

Jul 14 "Easy Rider", directed by Dennis Hopper, starring himself, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, is released

  • Jul 14 "Futbol War" between El Salvador and Honduras begins
  • Jul 14 WMUL (now WPBY) TV channel 33 in Huntington, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 14 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • Jul 14 A 67-year-old Catholic civilian dies after being attacked by RUC officers in Dungiven; many consider this the first death of 'the Troubles'
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew steals home for his career best 7th time of the season, against Chicago

Agreement of Interest

Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

  • Jul 19 Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit

Historic Event

Jul 20 Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module

Sports History

Jul 20 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

  • Jul 21 Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • Jul 21 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits

Music History

Jul 22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit

  • Jul 22 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite

Sports History

Jul 23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 24 Apollo 11 returns to Earth

Music History

Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

Historic Event

Jul 25 Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne

  • Jul 26 Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific

LPGA Championship

Jul 27 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Concord GC: Betsy Rawls wins her second LPGA C'ship, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Carol Mann and Susie Maxwell Berning

  • Jul 29 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars
  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • Jul 30 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 31 Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 3410 km
  • Jul 31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana