Historical Events in October 1969

  • Oct 1 Concorde 001 jet airplane test flight breaks sound barrier
  • Oct 1 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • Oct 2 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Oct 4 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
  • Oct 4 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • Oct 4 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters

Television Debut

Oct 5 Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV

  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.

Music Single

Oct 9 The Supremes release single "Someday We'll Be Together", Diana Ross' last recording with the group

Music History

Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

  • Oct 10 British progressive rock band King Crimson releases their debut album "In The Court Of The Crimson King"
  • Oct 11 -28] Rome: 2nd bishop synod

Music History

Oct 11 American blues musician Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

  • Oct 11 Soyuz 6 launched; Soyuz 7 & 8 follow in next 2 days
  • Oct 11 Three people shot dead during street violence in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast
  • Oct 12 1st time 5 people in space simultaneously (Soyez 6 & Soyez 7)
  • Oct 12 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara, California changes call letters to KAPN
  • Oct 12 KHOF (now KAGL) TV channel 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, California (IND) begins
  • Oct 12 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 7 is launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan

Sports History

Oct 13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins

  • Oct 13 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 8 is launched
  • Oct 14 Palme government forms in Sweden
  • Oct 14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Music Awards

Oct 15 3rd Country Music Association Award: Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette win

Sports History

Oct 15 Baltimore's Earl Weaver becomes first manager since 1935 to be ejected World Series game as his Orioles slump to a 2-1 Game 4 defeat to NY Mets at Shea Stadium

  • Oct 15 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 at Shea Stadium for upset 4-1 series win; MVP: Mets 1B Donn Clendenon
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
  • Oct 17 NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY
  • Oct 17 Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK
  • Oct 17 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth

Music History

Oct 18 British singer Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

  • Oct 18 Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners
  • Oct 18 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter arrested for marijuana possession
  • Oct 18 Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
  • Oct 19 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "The Rothschilds", starring Halden, Jill Clayburgh, and Robby Benson opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 505 performances, winning 2 Tony Awards
  • Oct 19 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)

Sports History

Oct 19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium

  • Oct 20 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 21 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)

Election of Interest

Oct 21 German statesman Willy Brandt is elected chancellor of West Germany (1969-1974)

  • Oct 21 Leonard Gersh's "Butterflies are Free" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Maj Gen Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali
  • Oct 22 KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM

Music History

Oct 22 Paul McCartney denies greatly exaggerated rumors of his death

  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Oct 24 Pakistani cricketing brothers Hanif, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test together; drawn 1st Test v NZ in Karachi
  • Oct 26 WHMA (now WJSU) TV channel 40 in Anniston, AL (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 27 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to John Tinbergen

Historic Event

Oct 27 Ralph Nader sets up a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders

  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain

Sports History

Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award

  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 US Supreme Court orders end to all school segregation "at once"
  • Oct 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 30 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 31 Eastside race riot in Jacksonville, Florida

Music Single

Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side