On This Day

December 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • Dec 1 LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis announces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • Dec 2 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • Dec 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 5 Four-node ARPANET network is established
  • 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
  • Dec 12 Offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed, killing 14
  • Dec 13 Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
  • Dec 14 "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • Dec 15 San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • Dec 16 British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
  • Dec 16 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • Dec 17 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • 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 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Sajid Javid, British politician, Home Secretary (2018-), born in Littleborough, England
  • Dec 9 André Heinz, American environmentalist and son of Senator Henry John Heinz III and Teresa Heinz
  • Dec 12 Sophie Kinsella, English author (Confessions of a Shopaholic), born in London, United Kingdom

Person of interestLei Jun

Dec 16 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • Dec 17 Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 24 Ed Milliband, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party, 2010–15), born in Fitzrovia, London
  • Dec 25 Bernhard Jr., Prince of Netherlands, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Dec 27 Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist

Person of interestLinus Torvalds

Dec 28 Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American software engineer (developed Linux operating system), born in Helsinki, Finland

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • Dec 31 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter & newspaper columnist, born in Arbroath, United Kingdom

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • Dec 4 Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
  • Dec 13 Raymond A Spruance, U.S. Navy admiral (Battle of Midway), dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Arturo da Costa e Silva, 27th President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin, French poet and author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Johannes Gerard van Dillen, Dutch economic historian (Of Wealth & Oligarchists), dies at 86