On This Day

Historical Events in 1969 (Part 2)

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  • Apr 3 Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start a policy of "Vietnamization", reducing American involvement
  • Apr 4 Haskell Karp receives the 1st temporary artificial heart, implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute in Houston
  • Apr 5 Massive anti-Vietnam War demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities
  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • Apr 7 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

Sports History

Apr 7 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

  • Apr 7 The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
  • Apr 8 First Major League Baseball game featuring a Canadian team; Montréal Expos beats NY Mets, 11-10 at Shea Stadium; KC Royals, SD Padres and Seattle Pilots also win on debut
  • Apr 8 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
  • Apr 9 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • Apr 12 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown
  • Apr 13 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • Apr 13 Closure of the Brisbane tramway network.
  • Apr 14 First regular-season MLB game played outside the United States; Montreal Expos beat St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7 at Parc Jarry, Montreal
  • Apr 14 KEET TV channel 13 in Eureka, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
  • Apr 14 Tornado strikes Dacca, East Pakistan killing 540
  • Apr 15 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea

Historic Event

Apr 17 Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party

  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 17 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert, at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California
  • Apr 17 People's Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
  • Apr 18 Greek actress and activist Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • Apr 19 Serious rioting in the Bogside area of Derry following clashes between Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association marchers and Loyalists and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
  • Apr 20 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
  • Apr 20 Bombs planted by Loyalists members of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • Apr 22 1st human eye transplant performed

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 22 American Joe Frazier KOs American Dave Zyglewick in 1st round to retain heavyweight boxing title, in Houston, Texas

  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • Apr 22 Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Westminster, makes a controversial maiden speech in the House of Commons concerning the situation in Northern Ireland
  • Apr 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney

NBA Finals

Apr 23 LA Lakers guard Jerry West scores 53 points in 120-118 NBA Finals Game 1 win over Boston Celtics at the LA Forum

  • Apr 23 Over 1000 square miles flooded in Shantung Province, China
  • Apr 23 Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death for killing US Senator Robert F. Kennedy (later commuted to a life sentence)
  • Apr 23 The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
  • Apr 24 Marshall Lin Biao named Mao's designated successor as the sole Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
  • Apr 24 Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians

Music History

Apr 24 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

  • Apr 24 US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • Apr 24 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • Apr 24 Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 25 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary")
  • Apr 26 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • Apr 26 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • Apr 26 Firestone World Bowling Tournament (Mercury Open) won by Jim Godman

Historic Event

Apr 28 Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France

  • Apr 28 Rock band King Crimson with Robert Fripp, Greg Lake & Ian McDonald debuts

Music Awards

Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win

  • Apr 29 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney records his second MLB no-hitter in 10-0 rout of Houston Astros
  • Apr 30 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Album Release

May 1 Reprise Records releases "Clouds", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 2nd studio album

  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Stanley Cup Final, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO: John Ferguson scores the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 2-1 for a 4 game series sweep

Sports History

May 5 Milwaukee Bucks sign #1 NBA Draft pick, star UCLA center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

  • May 5 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Historic Event

May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Historic Event

May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

  • May 7 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

Historic Publication

May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"

Film & TV History

May 11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

  • May 12 Pilot Ken Wallis achieves record speed for autogyros - 179 KPH
  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court

Music History

May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off San Francisco
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 16 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 17 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17 Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 Apollo 10 launches from Kennedy Space Center and later transmits the 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam
  • May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment
  • May 21 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface

Film & TV History

May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 23 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 24 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by cartoon band The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year, 1969)

Film Release

May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

Music History

May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Television Finale

May 27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

  • May 27 Walt Disney World construction begins at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • May 28 European Cup Final, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid: AC Milan striker Pierino Prati scores 3 in 4-1 win over Ajax; second title for I Rossoneri
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest
  • May 30 Australian Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium; record disputed (short course)
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 Riots by oil workers striking against economic and racial disparities in Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles spark calls for the island's independence

Sports History

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti leads for 116 laps to win for car owner Andy Granatelli in record time of 3:11:14.71; breaks previous record by nearly 5 minutes

  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8
  • May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance" in a Montreal hotel, during their second 'bed-in' for peace

Music Single

May 31 Stevie Wonder releases the single "My Cherie Amour" which goes on to become a soul classic

  • 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)
  • Jun 3 Last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder)
  • Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • 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
  • Jun 5 Dutch Antilles government of Kroon resigns
  • Jun 5 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jun 5 International communist conference begins in Moscow

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 combine on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

  • Jun 7 Tommy James and the Shondells release "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
  • Jun 7 Washington Senators draft Jeff Burroughs #1

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 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
  • 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

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

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

  • 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 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • 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 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)

  • 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

Film Release

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

Jun 20 Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France

  • Jun 20 A constitutional referendum in Rhodesia on declaring a republic is approved by 72% of the voting population
  • 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 French government of Couve de Murville resigns
  • 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 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 25 American Pancho González (41) beats Puerto Rican Charlie Pasarell (25) in 5 hour and 12 minute, 112-game marathon at Wimbledon
  • Jun 25 19th Berlin International Film Festival: "Early Works" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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 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 28 John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's
  • Jun 29 1st Jewish worship service at White House

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

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

  • Jun 30 Spain cedes Ifni to Morocco
  • 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
  • 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