On This Day

Events in History in February 1969

  • Feb 1 Tim Wood wins second of 3 straight US Men's Figure Skating titles whilst Janet Lynn takes first of her 5 consecutive Women's National Championships in Seattle

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 3 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill

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Feb 4 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Feb 4 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • Feb 4 Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 5 US population reaches 200 million
  • Feb 6 The New Ulster Movement forms, promoting moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who support Northern Ireland Prime MinisterTerence O'Neill
  • Feb 7 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
  • Feb 7 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service
  • Feb 8 Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • Feb 8 Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Feb 9 1st flight of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • Feb 11 Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
  • Feb 13 Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
  • Feb 13 Suriname government of Pengel resigns

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Feb 17 Golda Meir sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Israel

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir

  • Feb 18 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
  • Feb 18 PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • Feb 21 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazakhstan (explodes)
  • Feb 23 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
  • Feb 24 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study planet's atmosphere
  • Feb 24 Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • Feb 25 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
  • Feb 25 West Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 27 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Feb 27 President Nixon visits West Berlin
  • Feb 28 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Rodnina & Ulanov of the Soviet Union
  • Feb 28 Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colorado Springs won by Gabriele Seyfert of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Tim Wood of USA
  • Feb 28 Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister