On This Day

January 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 People's Democracy (PD) begin a march from Belfast to Derry, inspired by ML King's Selma to Montgomery march in the US
  • Jan 2 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • Jan 2 Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Jan 2 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Historic Event

Jan 2 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

  • Jan 3 Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • Jan 4 France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • Jan 4 A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers
  • Jan 5 Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
  • Jan 5 Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
  • Jan 5 USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
  • Jan 7 US Congress doubles president salary
  • Jan 9 First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England

Historic Event

Jan 9 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland

  • Jan 10 Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • Jan 10 Sweden is the 1st Western country to recognize North Vietnam
  • Jan 10 USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
  • Jan 11 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • Jan 14 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
  • Jan 14 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
  • Jan 15 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • Jan 15 Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • Jan 15 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announces that an official inquiry will analyse the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • Jan 16 Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • Jan 17 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 5 lands
  • Jan 18 Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • Jan 18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay, killing all 38 people on-board
  • Jan 20 Richard M Nixon inaugurated as US president
  • Jan 20 U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
  • Jan 21 A partial meltdown at the Lucens nuclear reactor in Switzerland seriously contaminating the cavern containing the reactor; the plant is sealed and decommissioned
  • Jan 22 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
  • Jan 23 Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
  • Jan 24 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

Historic Event

Jan 24 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

  • Jan 24 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • Jan 24 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • Jan 25 US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • Jan 26 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • Jan 26 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague
  • Jan 27 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
  • Jan 27 9 Jews publicly executed in Damascus, Syria
  • Jan 28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • Jan 29 Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
  • Jan 30 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
  • Jan 31 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Christi Paul, American news anchor
  • Jan 2 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • Jan 12 David Mitchell, English novelist (Cloud Atlas), born in Southport, England
  • Jan 17 Lukas Moodysson, Swedish film writer & director, born in Lund, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Jan 20 Patrick K. Kroupa, American hacker & activist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • Jan 28 Linda Sanchez, American politician
  • Jan 30 Carolyn Kepcher, American businesswoman & reality TV show star (The Apprentice), born in Westchester County, New York

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, die at 60
  • Jan 5 Franz Theodor Csokor, Austrian author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • Jan 15 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • Jan 18 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)