On This Day

June 1969 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 2 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 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 The International communist conference begins in Moscow.
  • Jun 7 Washington Senators draft Jeff Burroughs #1

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Jun 8 General Franco closes Spain's frontier with Gibraltar

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Jun 8 Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August
  • Jun 9 Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice
  • 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 Supreme Court rules suspension of Adam Clayton Powell Jr from House

Oh! Calcutta! - The Bare FactsOh! Calcutta! - The Bare Facts

Jun 17 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)

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A brief cover-up by the cast of
A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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  • 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
  • Jun 19 State troopers ordered to Cairo Ill, to quell racial disturbances

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Jun 20 Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 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)
  • 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 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 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 29 1st Jewish worship service at White House
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 9 Eric Wynalda, American footballer
  • Jun 10 Kate Snow, American TV journalist
  • Jun 18 Christopher Largen, American author, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Jun 19 Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur
  • Jun 20 Michael Gerber, American parody author, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 21 Gabriella Paruzzi, Italian skier
  • Jun 29 Tōru Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Mayor of Osaka), born in Tokyo
  • Jun 29 Claude Béchard, Canadian politician (Member of the National Assembly of Quebec), born in Saint-Philippe-de-Néri, Quebec

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 22 Writer and producer R. L. Stine (25) weds editor Jane Waldhorn

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine

Deaths in History


Person of interestMiles Dempsey

Jun 6 Miles Dempsey, British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), dies of cancer at 72

British WWII General Miles Dempsey
British WWII General
Miles Dempsey
  • Jun 11 John L. Lewis, American labour leader, formed Congress of Industrial Organizations, dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 16 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 24 Maria Delgado, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 24 Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 29 Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies