Historical Events in 1969 (Part 4)

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  • 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

  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US and stays #1 for 11 weeks

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 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
  • 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

Television Premiere

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

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

Television Premiere

Nov 10 "Sesame Street" premieres on PBS TV

Music History

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)

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 The 1st ever colour television commercial in the UK, for Birds Eye peas, airs on ATV in the Midlands during a Thunderbirds episode
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • Nov 20 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur
  • 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 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
  • Nov 24 West German President Heinemann visits The Netherlands

Music History

Nov 25 John Lennon returns MBE to protest "against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts."

  • 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 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 The Beatles' single "Something / Come Together" reaches #1

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"

  • 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
  • Dec 1 LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis announces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • Dec 1 US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • Dec 2 "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 2 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • Dec 2 Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks
  • Dec 5 Four-node ARPANET network is established
  • Dec 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 6 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music Concert

Dec 6 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.

  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Dec 8 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • Dec 8 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • Dec 11 Libya adopts constitution

Film Premiere

Dec 12 Comedy film "The Magic Christian", starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr premieres in London, England

  • Dec 12 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points
  • Dec 12 Offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed, killing 14

Sports History

Dec 13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins

#1 in the Charts

Dec 14 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver, hits #1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100

  • Dec 14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta

TV Show Appearance

Dec 14 Jackson Five make their 1st appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

  • Dec 14 One of the most catastrophic flops in the history of showbusiness - the musical "La Strada" opens and closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 1 performance
  • Dec 15 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • Dec 15 San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • Dec 16 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • Dec 16 British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty

Film Premiere

Dec 16 Film adaptation of "Hello Dolly" starring Barbra Streisand premieres; wins 3 Academy Awards

  • Dec 17 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • Dec 18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London

Music Premiere

Dec 18 André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "Coco", inspired by the life of Coco Chanel, and starring Katharine Hepburn, opens at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC; runs for 329 performances, wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Dec 18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 19 Beatle's 7th Christmas fan-club single is released

#1 in the Charts

Dec 20 Peter, Paul & Mary's cover of John Denver's song "Leaving On A Jet Plane" reaches #1

TV Show Appearance

Dec 21 Diana Ross' final TV appearance as a Supreme on "The Ed Sullivan Show", performing “Someday We’ll Be Together", after which Sullivan announced her upcoming departure from the group

  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Washington Redskins) coaches his last football game, a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, for a 7-5-2 season and 105-35-6 career
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

Ballon d'Or

Dec 23 Ballon d'Or: Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera wins award for best European football player ahead of Cagliari forward Luigi Riva and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller

Sports History

Dec 24 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency [1]

  • Dec 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91
  • Dec 28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball

Film & TV History

Dec 28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi