On This Day

Events in History in August 1969

  • Aug 1 Mariner 6 sends close-up photos of Mars

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Aug 2 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 5 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • Aug 9 Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Aug 11 Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
  • Aug 12 Battle of the Bogside: RUC officers, backed by loyalists, entered the nationalist Bogside in armoured cars and tried to suppress the riot by using CS gas, water cannon and eventually firearms; the almost continuous rioting lasted for two days
  • Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • Aug 14 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • Aug 14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • Aug 16 First performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Auditorium Theater, Chicago)
  • Aug 16 V.V. Giri is elected the fourth President of India
  • Aug 17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • Aug 20 69 cm rainfall in Nelson County, Virginia (state record)
  • Aug 21 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • Aug 21 First Gap clothing store opens in Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
  • Aug 22 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • Aug 24 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • Aug 27 Lindy's Pride wins Hambletonian Stakes
  • Aug 27 Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)
  • Aug 30 Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida