On This Day

Events in History in October 1969

  • Oct 1 Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • Oct 1 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 2 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • Oct 4 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
  • Oct 4 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
  • Oct 8 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Oct 11 -28] Rome: 2nd bishop synod
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 6 launched; Soyuz 7 & 8 follow in next 2 days
  • Oct 11 Three people shot dead during street violence in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast
  • Oct 12 1st time 5 people in space
  • Oct 12 KDB-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KAPN
  • Oct 12 KHOF (now KAGL) TV ch 30 in San Bernardino/Glenda, CA (IND) begins
  • Oct 12 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 7 is launched
  • Oct 13 1st time 7 people in space
  • Oct 13 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 8 is launched

  • Oct 14 Palme government forms in Sweden
  • Oct 14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971
  • Oct 15 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • Oct 15 Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • Oct 16 Soyuz 6 returns to Earth
  • Oct 17 NY Nets move from Comack to Island Garden, Hempstead NY
  • Oct 17 Plastic Ono Band's "Cold Turkey" is released in UK
  • Oct 17 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 18 Federal government bans use of cyclamates artificial sweeteners
  • Oct 18 Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter arrested for marijuana possession
  • Oct 18 Soyuz 8 returns to Earth
  • Oct 19 Oakland Darryle Lamonica passes for 6 touchdowns vs Buffalo (50-21)
  • Oct 21 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • Oct 21 Leonard Gersh's "Butterflies are Free" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 21 German statesman Willy Brandt is elected chancellor of West Germany (1969-1974)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Oct 21 Maj Gen Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali
  • Oct 22 KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM
  • Oct 27 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to John Tinbergen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Ralph Nader sets up a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
  • Oct 29 US Supreme Court orders end to all school segregation "at once"
  • Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 31 Eastside race riot in Jacksonville, Florida