On This Day

Historical Events in November 1969

  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Nov 2 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium

Sports History

Nov 2 41-year old Detroit right wing Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick

  • Nov 3 Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium

Sports History

Nov 6 Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain

Album Release

Nov 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK

  • Nov 9 "Bridge over Troubled Water" single recorded by Simon & Garfunkel

Television Premiere

Nov 9 "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte", music special with arrangements by Michel Legrand, premieres on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

Nov 10 "Sesame Street" premieres on PBS TV

  • Nov 11 Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK

Music History

Nov 11 Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by the FBI for drunkenness

Historic Event

Nov 12 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union

Sports History

Nov 12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP

  • Nov 12 US army announces investigating William Calley for alleged massacre of civilians at Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 19
  • Nov 12 WJJY (now WJPT) TV channel 14 in Jacksonville, IL (ABC) 1st broadcast

Film & TV History

Nov 13 Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion

  • Nov 14 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US
  • Nov 14 Apollo 12 (Conrad/Gordon/Bean) launched for 2nd manned Moon landing
  • Nov 15 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)
  • Nov 15 The 1st ever colour television commercial in the UK, for Birds Eye peas, airs on ATV in the Midlands during a Thunderbirds episode

Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

Nov 15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

Music History

Nov 15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

  • Nov 15 Wendy's Hamburgers, American fast food restaurant chains founded by Dave Thomas opens in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 16 1968 Mỹ Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported
  • Nov 16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • Nov 17 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • Nov 18 Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi assigned to the Tate and LaBianca murders, will eventually convict Charles Mason for orchestrating the killings
  • Nov 19 Apollo 12's Charles Conrad and Alan Bean become the 3rd and 4th humans on the Moon
  • Nov 19 WENY TV channel 36 in Elmira, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 20 Alcatraz Island, off San Francisco, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • Nov 20 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

Sports History

Nov 20 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

  • Nov 21 KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 22 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • Nov 24 Apollo 12 returns to Earth
  • Nov 24 West German President Heinemann visits The Netherlands
  • Nov 24 Lt William L Calley charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial

Music History

Nov 25 John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

  • Nov 25 KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • Nov 26 Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon
  • Nov 28 Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 29 The Beatles' single "Something / Come Together" reaches #1
  • Nov 29 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Autostade, Montreal: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 29-11; first Grey Cup game played in its entirety on a Sunday
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

TV Show Appearance

Nov 30 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond makes his only appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Sweet Caroline" and "Holly, Holy"