Historical Events in June 1969

  • Jun 1 Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV
  • Jun 2 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)

Historic Publication

Jun 3 Innovative and much loved children's picture book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle is published

  • Jun 3 Last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder)
  • Jun 4 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana and survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft

Music History

Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" ((recorded by just John and Paul), backed with George Harrison's song, "Old Brown Shoe" in the US

  • Jun 5 Dutch Antilles government of Kroon resigns
  • Jun 5 International communist conference begins in Moscow
  • Jun 5 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut

Sports History

Jun 6 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

Television Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

  • Jun 7 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8

Television Premiere

Jun 7 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash perform duet on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Ann Haydon-Jones of England 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 for her 3rd French singles title

Music Premiere

Jun 7 Supergroup Blind Faith's debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech

  • Jun 7 Tommy James and the Shondells release single "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
  • Jun 7 Washington Senators draft Jeff Burroughs #1
  • Jun 8 "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 8 21st Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", Don Adams and Susan St James win

Music History

Jun 8 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Historic Event

Jun 8 General Franco closes Spain's frontier with Gibraltar

  • Jun 8 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Jun 8 MLB legend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired

  • Jun 8 Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem
  • Jun 9 Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice
  • Jun 11 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK; recording involved only John (guitars, vocals, percussion) and Paul (bass, drums, piano, backing voice)
  • Jun 13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones

TV Show Appearance

Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Sports History

Jun 14 Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7

  • Jun 15 "Hee Haw" with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV
  • Jun 15 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • Jun 15 The Campaign for Social Justice publish a second edition of 'Northern Ireland The Plain Truth' which set out the allegations of discrimination against Catholics by Unionists in the region
  • Jun 15 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • Jun 16 US Supreme Court rules suspension of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr from House of Representatives violated Article I of the Constitution by citing reasons beyond the exclusive list of qualifications in the article [1]

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Jun 17 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

Film Release

Jun 18 "The Wild Bunch", directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, is released

  • Jun 18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • Jun 19 State troopers ordered to Cairo Ill, to quell racial disturbances

Music Concert

Jun 20 200,000 attend Newport '69, then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear

  • Jun 20 A constitutional referendum in Rhodesia on declaring a republic is approved by 72% of the voting population

Historic Event

Jun 20 Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France

  • Jun 21 1st reported hearing of pirate radio WGHP (With God's Help Peace)

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jun 21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • Jun 21 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"

Music History

Jun 22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

  • Jun 22 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution
  • Jun 22 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) stage a protest by blocking the Lecky Road in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 23 24 Africans from the Graaff-Reinet district, Cape Province, appear in the Grahamstown Supreme Court on charges under the Sabotage Act; alleged they had conspired or incited others to kill White people or police
  • Jun 23 French government of Couve de Murville resigns

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 23 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 23 Warren E. Burger sworn in as US Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Jun 25 19th Berlin International Film Festival: "Early Works" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 American Pancho Gonz├ílez (41) beats Puerto Rican Charlie Pasarell (25) in 5 hour and 12 minute, 112-game marathon at Wimbledon
  • Jun 27 Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco
  • Jun 27 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • Jun 28 John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's
  • Jun 28 Police carry out an early morning raid on gay bar Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, NY; about 400 to 1,000 patrons riot against police, it lasts 3 days. Beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement
  • Jun 29 1st Jewish worship service at the White House

Baseball Record

Jun 29 On 'Billy Williams Day' at Wrigley Field, Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive MLB games played (896) as Chicago sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

  • Jun 30 In South Africa, General Laws Amendment Bill is passed; the Bill contains far-reaching provisions and restrictions affecting the administration of justice and the disclosure of evidence
  • Jun 30 Spain cedes Ifni to Morocco