On This Day

Events in History in 1969 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 374 of 374

  • 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
  • Jul 1 Shelby Singleton buys Sun Records from Sam Phillips

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Jul 1 Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales is watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales and by millions on television

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Jul 3 Soviet N1 rocket explodes just after launch off at Baikonur Cosmodrome - one of the largest-ever non-nuclear human-made explosion, debris spread over 10 km
  • Jul 4 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK
  • Jul 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 4 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
  • Jul 6 Frente Obrero y Liberacion (FOL) forms in Curacao
  • Jul 7 Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English language

  • Jul 7 German newspaper Der Spiegel reveals Bishop Defregger of Munich is a war criminal
  • Jul 8 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam
  • Jul 8 IBM CICS is made generally available for the 360 mainframe computer
  • Jul 10 Chilean Association of Librarians created
  • Jul 12 As the 'marching season' reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many families in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
  • Jul 13 Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon

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Jul 13 North Ireland loyalist Ian Paisley addresses a crowd at Loughgall, County Antrim, and is reported to have said: "I am anti-Roman Catholic, but God being my judge, I love the poor dupes who are ground down under that system."

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • Jul 14 "Futbol War" between El Salvador and Honduras begins
  • Jul 14 The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • Jul 14 A 67-year-old Catholic civilian dies after being attacked by RUC officers in Dungiven; many consider this the first death of 'the Troubles'
  • Jul 15 Rod Carew ties record with his 7th steal of home in a season

Historic ExpeditionApollo 11 Bootprint

Jul 16 Apollo 11 launched, carrying 1st men to land on Moon

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Buzz Aldrin's bootprint, one of the first steps taken on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin's bootprint, one of the first steps taken on the Moon
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  • Jul 19 Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit

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Jul 20 Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin
  • Jul 21 Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)
  • Jul 21 Russia's Luna 15 impacts moon after 52 lunar orbits
  • Jul 22 USSR launches Sputnik 50 & Molniya 1-12 communications satellite
  • Jul 23 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 24 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
  • Jul 25 Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of an accident a week after the Chappaquiddick car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne

  • Jul 26 Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific
  • Jul 29 Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars
  • Jul 31 Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 3410 km
  • Jul 31 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 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

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Sep 1 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi deposes King Idris in the Libyan revolution

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Sep 2 The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.
  • Sep 5 Frente Obrero wins Dutch Antilles national elections
  • Sep 8 Suleiman Maghrabi appointed premier of Libya
  • Sep 9 Allegheny Airlines flight 853 collides with a Piper Cherokee above Indiana, kills all 83 occupants
  • Sep 10 US performs nuclear test at Grand Valley Colorado
  • Sep 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Male voters of Swiss Canton Schaffhausen reject female suffrage
  • Sep 18 Tiny Tim (37) & Miss Vicky (17) get engaged
  • Sep 22 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 24 1st Elvis convention, 2500 fans attend in Cincinnati
  • Sep 24 Ton Duc Thang elected president of North Vietnam
  • Sep 24 Trial of "Chicago 8" (protesters at Dem National Conv) begins
  • Sep 26 Bolivia military coup under general Ovando Candia
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 28 Minnesota vs Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • Sep 28 SPD wins West German Parliament elections
  • Sep 29 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 29 Jackie DeShannon gets Gold Record for "Put Little Love in Your Heart"
  • Sep 30 Atlanta's 10th straight win, clinches NL West pennant
  • 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 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • 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

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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
  • Nov 3 Congo president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Nov 6 1st Cy Young Award tie (Mike Cuellar, Balt & Denny McLain, Det)
  • Nov 9 "Bridge over Troubled Water" single recorded by Simon & Garfunkel

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Nov 12 Author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn expelled from the Soviet Writers Union

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Nov 12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP
  • Nov 12 US army announces investigating William Calley for alleged massacre of civilians at Vietnamese village of My Lai in March, 19
  • Nov 14 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US
  • Nov 14 Apollo 12 (Conrad/Gordon/Bean) launched for 2nd manned Moon landing
  • Nov 15 1st Jackson Five record to enter top 100 (I Want You Back)

VietnamVietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

Nov 15 An estimated 2 million people take part in the Vietnam War Moratorium demonstration across the United States

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Millions marched against the Vietnam War outside the White House
Millions marched against the Vietnam War outside the White House
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  • Nov 15 Wendy's Hamburgers, American fast food restaurant chains founded by Dave Thomas opens in Columbus, Ohio
  • Nov 16 1968 Mỹ Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported
  • Nov 17 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • Nov 18 Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi assigned to the Tate and LaBianca murders, will eventually convict Charles Mason for orchestrating the killings
  • Nov 19 Apollo 12's Charles Conrad and Alan Bean become the 3rd and 4th humans on the Moon
  • Nov 20 Alcatraz Island off SF, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • Nov 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 22 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • Nov 24 Apollo 12 returns to Earth
  • Nov 24 West German President Heinemann visits The Netherlands
  • Nov 24 Lt William L Calley charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial
  • Nov 26 Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon
  • Nov 28 Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 1 US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • Dec 1 LAPD Police Chief Edward Davis announces warrants for the arrest of the Manson cult for murder
  • Dec 2 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)

  • Dec 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 5 Four-node ARPANET network is established
  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Dec 8 Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
  • Dec 8 Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • Dec 11 Libya adopts constitution
  • Dec 12 Offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed, killing 14
  • Dec 13 Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
  • Dec 14 "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • Dec 14 Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
  • Dec 15 San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • Dec 16 British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
  • Dec 16 "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
  • Dec 17 USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
  • Dec 18 House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
  • Dec 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 25 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
  • Dec 25 India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91

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Dec 28 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 31 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi