1969 Happenings


Notice the new stadium seating on the right side of the stadium. There are also new stadium seating on the left side.  Charlie Festerling class of 1968 made this happen. John Del Corral class of 68 and others originally painted the stadium stairs in a star burst.

e         Events & Timelines for 1969              e

                    1969 Prices                    e      

House $40,000.00
Car $2,475.00
Milk $1.26
Gas $.36
Bread $.23
Postage Stamp: $0.06
Avg. Income $8,547.00



e            Top Movies of 1969               e

1. The Love Bug
2. Funny Girl
3. Bullet
4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
5. Romeo and Juliet
6. True Grit
7. Midnight Cowboy
8. Oliver!
9. Goodbye Columbus
10. Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

Many of us first met in 1964 at Los Altos Junior High School.  We formed some long lasting friendships into High School and beyond.  This is one of the reasons why our reunions have been so successful!  When we hear some of these great oldies it takes us back like a time machine to some of those great times and places.  Do you remember some of these great oldies.


e              MUSIC...LOT'S OF MUSIC!!!                           e

Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. At a Rolling Stones concert in Altamont, California, a fan was stabbed to death by Hell's Angels, a biker gang that had been hired to provide security for the event.

Even more famous than the Altamont concert is Woodstock, which consisted of dozens of the most famous performers in the world at the time, playing together in an atmosphere of peace with nature and love, with many thousands of concertgoers; it is still one of the largest concerts in the history of the world.

Soul Shakedown was the debut album by Bob Marley & the Wailers, who would go on to become one of the most popular groups around the world. The album achieved very little popularity outside of the group's native country, Jamaica, but began establishing themselves as superstars there. Musically, Soul Shakedown is more ska than reggae , the style of music the Wailers would eventually make world-famous; the pioneering style of the music helped move ska and rocksteady towards reggae.

David Bowie's debut single, " Space Oddity ", became a huge hit this year, partially due to the remarkable coincidence that it was released in the same year as American astronauts first landed on the moon. The song, the story of an astronaut named Major Tom who goes into space and is entranced by the beauty of seeing Earth from such a great distance and consequently lets himself float off into space, never again to return, was chosen by the BBC as the theme song for the television coverage of the moon landing. The remainder of the album, Man of Words/Man of Music , was too avant-garde for mainstream acceptance, though it established a devoted fanbase for Bowie, who would go on to become one of the most popular musicians in the world.

King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King is a pioneering album in the development of prog rock . The album drew upon influences like Procol Harum, The Moody Blues and The Nice to form an original sound melding rock and roll with classical influences in long, avant-garde pieces of music. Similar albums by The Moody Blues, Procol Harum and The Nice, as well as Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd were also released this year, expanding the range of prog rock and developing it into a full-fledged genre.

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew is widely considered the first successful full-fledged fusion of rock and roll and jazz , as well as being one of the most famous and well-remembered albums by Davis.

The Stooges' eponymous debut, The Stooges, was also released this year to little critical or popular acceptance. The album, however, went on to become one of the most important recordings in the early development of punk rock .

Johnny Cash's At San Quentin included his only Top Ten pop hit, " A Boy Named Sue ". The album was a sequel to last year's At Folsolm Prison . Also in country music , Merle Haggard 's Same Train, Different Time , a tribute to Jimmie Rodgers , was enormously popular and influenced the development of the Bakersfield sound into outlaw country within a few years.

Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso released enormously popular al bums in Brazil , Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso , respectively. The pair's fusion of bossa nova , samba and other native Brazilian folk influences, melded with politically and socially aware lyrics, kickstarted what came to be known as Tropicalia .

January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix causes complaints of arrogance from television producers after playing an impromptu version of "Sunshine of your Love" past his allotted timeslot on the BBC1 show Happening for Lulu .

January 18 - Pete Best wins his defamation lawsuit against the Beatles . Best had originally sought $8 million, but ended up being awarded much less.

January 30 - The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios at 3 Saville Row, in London . The performance, which was filmed for the Let It Be movie, is stopped early by police after neighbors complain about the noise.

February 3 - John Lennon , George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the Beatles ' new business manager, against the wishes of Paul McCartney .

February 4 - Paul McCartney hires the law firm of Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman 's father's law firm, as general legal counsel for Apple.

February 7 - George Harrison is admitted to London 's University College Hospital with an infected back molar that has infected his tons ils.

February 8 - George Harrison's tonsils are removed at London 's University College Hospital.

February 15 - Vickie Jones is arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin in a concert performance. Jones' impersonation was so convincing that nobody in the audience asked for a refund.

February 17 - Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan record together in Nashville, Tennessee . Only one song, "Girl from the North Country", would be released from these sessions.

February 18 - Lulu and Bee Gee Maurice Gibb are married in England

March 1 - During a performance at Miami 's Dinner Key Auditorium, Jim Morrison of the Doors is arrested for exposing himself during the show. Morrison is officially charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent behavior, open profanity and public drunkenness.

March 9 - The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is canceled by CBS

March 12 - The 11th Grammy Awards are presented

March 12 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman

March 12 - George Harrison and his wife Patti are arrested in England on charges of cannabis possession after authorities found 120 joints in their home.

March 20 - John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

March 25 - 31 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono host a "bed-in" for peace in their room at the Amsterdam Hilton.

April 1 - The Beach Boys file a lawsuit against their record label , Capitol Records , for $2,041,446.64 in royalties and producer's fees for Brian Wilson . The band also announces it's starting its own label, Brothers Records .

April 20 - The L.A. Free Festival in Venice, California ends early following a riot of audience members, 117 of which were arrested.

April 22 - The first complete performance of The Who 's rock opera Tommy during a performance in Dolton , England

April 22 - John Lennon officially changes his name from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon.

April - The Beatles ' make a $5.1 million counter offer to the Northern Songs stockholders in an attempt to keep Associated TV from controlling the band's music.

May 3 - Jimi Hendrix is arrested by Canadian Mounties at Toronto 's International Airport for possession of narcotics. Hendrix is released on $10,000 bail.

May 6 - In London , representatives of Warner Brothers -Seven Arts discuss the purchase of fifteen percent of The Beatles ' Northern Songs .

May 10 - The Turtles perform at the White House. Mark Volman falls off the stage 5 times.

June 2 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono host a "bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal , Canada . The couple records the song "Give Peace a Chance" live in the room with Tommy Smothers , Timothy Leary and a several others.

June 29 - Bass player Noel Redding formally announces to the media that he has quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, although he effectively ceased to be with Hendrix during most of the recording of Electric Ladyland .

August 9 - Sharon Tate & the LaBiancas are found murdered by Charles Manson & "family"

August 15 - 17 - The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was held at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York , near Woodstock, New York . Performers included Janis Joplin , Jimi Hendrix , The Who , Joan Baez , Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young , Jefferson Airplane and Sly & the Family Stone .

November 1 - After seven years off the top of the charts, Elvis Presley 's song "Suspicious Minds," hits No. 1 on the Billboard Music charts (this was the last time any song by Presley hit no. 1 while he was still alive).

November 8 - Simon and Garfunkel , on tour for the first time with a band, give live concert in Carbondale, Illinois , presumably at Southern Illinois University . The concert is not released until 1999 as part of a r ecording compiled by Head Records, called Village Vanguard .

November 11 - Simon and Garfunkel give live concert at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio . The recording is later released in the 1990s as Back To College on Yellow Dog Records and A Time Of Innocence on Bell Bottom Records.

November 30 - Simon and Garfunkel air TV special Songs Of America , ostensibly an hour-long show that is anti-war and anti-poverty featuring live footage from their 1969 tour.

November - Simon and Garfunkel give live concert in Ames, Iowa , presumably at Iowa State University , where they record track "Bye, Bye Love" for their upcoming album, Bridge Over Troubled Water .

More Music News

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash perform together on The Johnny Cash Show

A Rolling Stones fan is killed at the group's Altamont , California , concert by members of the Hell's Angels .

Diana Ross leaves the Supremes for a solo career

Cream breaks up, and Blind Faith is formed

David Bowie 's musical career begins with the single "Space Oddity", the unofficial anthem for the moon landing in August of this year

Brian Eno 's musical career begins as a member of Cardew's Scratch Orchestra

Black Sabbath forms in Birmingham, England

Jim Croce 's musical career begins

Roberta Flack 's musical career begins

Mott the Hoople 's musical career begins

King Crimson 's musical career begins

Bonnie Raitt 's musical career begins

Judas Priest forms in Birmingham, England

John Denver 's musical career begins

Alice Cooper 's musical career begins

The Jackson 5 's musical career begins

Rod Stewart 's leaves Faces for a solo career

The Doobie Brothers form

Albums Released

I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

20/20 - The Beach Boys

Abbey Road - The Beatles

Yellow Submarine - The Beatles

Odessa - The Bee Gees

Blind Faith - Blind Faith

Blood Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan

Soul Shakedown - Bob Marley & the Wailers (debut)

Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde - The Byrds

Ballad of Easy Rider - The Byrds

Three in the Attic - Chad & Jeremy

Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago (debut)

Surround Yourself with Cilla - Cilla Black

Goodbye - Cream

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Man of Words/Man of Music - David Bowie (debut; later re-released as Space Oddity )

This Is - Desmond Dekker

Barabajagal - Donovan

The Soft Parade - The Doors

Empty Sky - Elton John

From Elvis In Memphis - Elvis Presley

Dizzy - Tommy Roe

What We Did on Our Holidays - Fairport Convention

Unhalfbricking - Fairport Convention

English Rose - Fleetwood Mac

And Then Play On - Fleetwood Mac

From Genesis to Revelation - Genesis

Gilberto Gil - Gilberto Gil

Aoxomoxoa - The Grateful Dead

Live Dead - The Grateful Dead

Hollies Sing Dylan - The Hollies

Hollies Sing Hollies - The Hollies

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies

Words and Music by Bob Dylan - The Hollies

The Young Mods' Forgotten Story - The Impressions

It's Our Thing - The Isley Brothers

Live at Yankee Stadium - The Isley Brothers

< em>The Brothers: Isley - The Isley Brothers

Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 - Jackson 5

Get Down to It - James Brown

Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown

It's a Mother - James Brown

The Popcorn - James Brown

I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! - Janis Joplin (solo debut)

Bless Its Pointed Little Head - Jefferson Airplane

Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

Stand Up - Jethro Tull

David's Album - Joan Baez

Joe South's Greatest Hits Vol.1 - Joe South

Rhymes and Reason - John Denver (debut)

Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash

The Holy Land - Johnny Cash

More Old Golden Throat - Johnny Cash

Jackson - Johnny Cash

At San Quentin - Johnny Cash

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash

Grand Canyon Suite - Johnny Cash

Clouds - Joni Mitchell

In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson (debut)

Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire - The Kinks

New York Tendaberry - Laura Nyro

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

M.P.G. - Marvin Gaye

Easy - Marvin Gaye

Same Train, Different Time - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Pride in What I Am - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

The Instrumental Sounds of Merle Haggard's Strangers - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Bitches Brew - Miles Davis

Moby Grape '69 - Moby Grape

Truly Fine Citizen - Moby Grape

Instant Replay - The Monkees

Present the Monkees - The Monkees

To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues

On the Threshold of a Dream - The Moody Blues

Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople (debut)

\Brother Red's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond

Touching You, Touching Me - Neil Diamond

Neil Young - Neil Young

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Neil Young

The Nice - The Nice

New York Tendaberry - Laura Nyro

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

M.P.G. - Marvin Gaye

Easy - Marvin Gaye

Same Train, Different Time - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Pride in What I Am - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

The Instrumental Sounds of Merle Haggard's Strangers - Merle Haggard & the Strangers

Bitches Brew - Miles Davis

Moby Grape '69 - Moby Grape

Truly Fine Citizen - Moby Grape

Instant Replay - The Monkees

Present the Monkees - The Monkees

To Our Children's Children's Children - The Moody Blues

On the Threshold of a Dream - The Moody Blues

Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople (debut)

\Brother Red's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond

Touching You, Touching Me - Neil Diamond

Neil Young - Neil Young

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Neil Young

The Nice - The Nice

Love Man - Otis Redding

Ummagumma - Pink Floyd

More - Pink Floyd

Three Week Hero - P.J. Proby

A Salty Dog - Procol Harum

I'm All Yours-Baby! - Ray Charles

Doing His Thing - Ray Charles

Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones

Four in Blue - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder

The Stooges - The Stooges (debut)

As I Am - The Troggs

Trogglomania - The Troggs

Turtle Soup - The Turtles

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

Country Folk - Waylon Jennings

Just to Satisfy You - Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings - Waylon Jennings

Tommy - The Who

My Own Peculiar Way - Willie Nelson

Yes - Yes (debut)

Elephant Mountain - The Youngbloods

Top Hits on Record

Aquarius"/"Let The Sunshine In" - Fifth Dimension

Aquele Abraco" - Gilberto Gil

The Ballad of John and Yoko" - The Beatles

The Boxer" - Simon and Garfunkel

In The Ghetto" - Elvis Presley

Cissy Strut" - The Meters

Cloud Nine" - The Temptations

Come Together" - The Beatles

Get Back" - The Beatles

Get Together" - Youngbloods

Good Times Bad Times" - Led Zeppelin

Honky Tonk Women" - Rolling Stones

Love Child" - Diana Ross & the Supremes

Pinball Wizard" - The Who

Proud Mary" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - B.J. Thomas

Someday We'll Be Together" - Diana Ross & the Supremes

Something" - The Beatles

Sophisticated Cissy" - The Meters

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Touch Me" - The Doors

Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin

Published Popular Songs

Bad Moon Rising" w.m. John C. Fogerty

But, Mister Adams" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Come Together"     w.m.John Lennon & Paul McCarthy

Cool, Cool Considerate Men" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Down On The Corner" w.m. John C. Fogerty

The Egg" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

He Plays The Violin" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Is Anybody There?" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Keem-O-Sabe" m. Bernard Binnick & Bernice Borisoff

The Lees Of Old Virginia" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Molasses To Rum" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Momma, Look Sharp" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Piddle, Twiddle And Resolve" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

Proud Mary" w.m. John C. Fogerty

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" w. Hal David m. Burt Bacharach

Till Then" w.m. Sherwan Edwards

You Don't Love Me When I Cry" w.m. Laura Nyro

Yours, Yours, Yours" w.m. Sherwan Edwards


January 4 - Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins, actresses

January 19 - Czech student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Wenceslas Square, Prague in protest at the communist regime and the USSR's occupation of the country.

January 25 - Irene Castle, dancer

January 29 - Allen Dulles, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

February 4 - Thelma Ritter actress

February 11 - James Lanphier, actor.

February 20 - Ernest Ansermet, conductor

February 26 - Levi Eshkol, Prime Minister of Israel

March 4 - Nicholas Schenck, motion-picture empresario

March 11 - John Wyndham, author

March 26 - John Kennedy Toole, author

March 27 - B. Traven, writer

March 28 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, US General of the Army, 34th president of the United States

May 14 - Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer

May 19 - Coleman Hawkins, jazz musician

June 21 - Maureen Connolly, tennis star

July 18 - Mary Jo Kopechne, congressional staffer for Edward Kennedy

August 9 - Sharon Tate, actress

August 31 - Rocky Marciano, boxer, retired undefeated as world heavyweight champion

September 2 - Ho Chi Minh, President of North Vietnam

October 12 - Sonja Henie, Olympic and World Champion figure skater

October 21 - Jack Kerouac, US author

October 21 - Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician

November 12 - William F. Friedman, cryptanalyst

November 15 - Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan

December 5 - Her Serene Highness Princess Alice of Battenberg , mother of Prince Philip , consort of Queen Elizabeth II.

e                              1969 Headlines                               e

Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge in Massachusetts, killing his young passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. This major story was partially drowned out by the moon landing that took place just days later. A week after the accident, Kennedy received a suspended sentence, and that was the end of it. But many Americans would never look at Kennedy the same way (and few would ever ride in a car with him at the wheel.) - 1969.

The U.S. wins the space race convincingly by landing a man on the moon. "Houston... Tranquility Base, here; the Eagle has landed." Neil Armstrong is the first man to step onto the surface of the moon. His crew member, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin steps out soon afterwards while Michael Collins circles above in the command module. Event of the century? Possibly; we all thought so at the time. We met the late president's challenge and conquered outer space. This gave Americans confidence that we could beat the Russians in anything... if put to the test. - 1969.

Half a million party-goers sludge through the mud to experience four days of rock n' roll at an event called Woodstock. (For the full story, see our "Woodstock Remembered" page.) Heavy press coverage makes the event seem much larger than it was and shows the passing of baby boomers from young children to adult children. - 1969.

Charles Manson and other members of his cult murder actress Sharon Tate and six others in a horrible event that was referred to as "Helter Skelter." The death penalty is later overturned in California, so Charlie and his "family" can spend the rest of their lives in prison at the taxpayers' expense - 1969.

250,000 protestors (mostly boomers) march against the war in Washington, D.C. It is only fitting that the decade ends with as much excitement and turmoil as it began. - 1969.

Defying all conventional wisdom, the New York Mets win their first World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Jets win the Super Bowl, defying all logic... except that of Joe Namath.

December 1: The Selective Service conducts the first draft lottery since 1942, affecting 800,000 males born between 1944 and 1950.

1969 Happenings


January 10 - After 147 years, the last issue of the Saturday Evening Post is published

January 14 - An explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 25

January 15 - The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5

January 19 - Student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague 's Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968

January 20 - Richard Nixon succeeds Lyndon Johnson as President of the United States of America

January 30 - The Beatles ' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records . The impromptu concert was broken up by the police

February 3 - In Cairo Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestinian Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress and takes command the next day

February 8 - The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post hits magazine stands

February 13 - FLQ terorists bomb the Stock Exchange in Montreal, Quebec


March 2 - In Toulouse , France the first Concorde test flight is conducted

March 2 - Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River

March 3 - In a Los Angeles, California court, Sirhan Sirhan admits that he killed presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy

March 3 - Apollo program : NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module

March 10 - In Memphis, Tennessee , James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr . Ray would later retract his guilty plea

March 13 - Apollo program : Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module

March 17 - Golda Meir of Milwaukee, Wisconsin , USA, becomes Prime Minister of Israel

April 1 - The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the RAF

April 4 - Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart


May 16 - Venera program : Venera 5 , a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus

May 17 - Venera program: Soviet Venera 6 begins to descend into Venus ', atmosphere sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure

May 18 - Apollo program : Apollo 10 launches

May 22 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 's lunar module flies within 15,400 m of the moon 's surface

May 26 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the upcoming first manned moon landing

June 27 - The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.


July 7 - French is made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government

July 14 - Football War - after Honduras lost a soccer game against El Salvador , rioting broke out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers. Of the 300,000 Salvadorean workers in Honduras, tens of thousands were expelled, prompting a brief Salvadoran invasion of Honduras. The OAS worked out a cease-fire on July 18 , taking effect on July 20

July 18 - Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island , Massachusetts . Mary Jo Kopechne , an aide who was in the car with him, dies in the incident

July 20 - Apollo program : The human race, represented by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin , lands on the Moon . Apollo 11 lifted off for the moon on July 16 and returned safely on July 24

July 25 - Vietnam War : US President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This was the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war

July 30 - Vietnam War : US President Richard M. Nixon makes an u nscheduled visit to South Vietnam and meets with President Nguyen Van Thieu and with US military commanders


August 4 - Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris , US representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail

August 5 - Mariner program : Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers)

August 9 - Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder five people including Sharon Tate , Jay Sebring and, Abigail Folger . The next day The Family would murder Rosemary and Leno LaBianca

August 12 - Jack Lynch , Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, makes a speech to the nation in which he asks the British Government to deploy a UN Peace-Keeping mission in Northern Ireland

August 13 - Serious border clash between Soviet Union and People's Republic of China

August 14 - British troops deployed in Northern Ireland

August 17 - Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars)


September 1 - A coup in Libya brings Col. Moammar Qaddafi to power

September 5 - My Lai Massacre : Lt. William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai

September 22 - 25 Islamic conference in Rabat , Morocco after al-Aqsa Mosque fire (Augusr 21) condemns Israeli occupation of Jerusalem

October 1 - In Sweden , Olof Palme is elected Labour party leader, replacing Tage Erlander as prime minister on October 14

October 9 - In Chicago, Illinois , the United States National Guard is called in for crowd control as demonstrations continue in connection to the trial of the " Chicago Eight " (trial started on September 24 )

October 15 - Vietnam War : Hundreds of thousands of people take part in National Moratorium antiwar demonstrations across the United States

October 21 - Willy Brandt becomes Chancellor of West Germany

October 21 - Siad Barre comes to power in Somalia in a coup


November - Creation of ARPANET , the predecessor of the Internet

November 3 - Vietnam War : US President Richard M. Nixon addresses his nation on television and radio asking the "silent majority" to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam War effort and to support his policies

November 10 - Sesame Street premieres

November 12 - Vietnam War : My Lai Massacre - Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story

November 13 - Vietnam War: Anti-war protesters in Washington, DC stage a symbolic " March Against Death "

November 14 - Apollo program : NASA launches Apollo 12 , the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon (landed on the Moon on November 19 )

November 15 - Cold War : The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea

November 15 - Vietnam War : In Washington, DC , 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war

November 17 - Cold War : Negotiators from the Soviet Union and the United States meet in Helsinki to begin SALT I negotiations aimed at limiting the number of strategic weapons on both sides

November 19 - Apollo program : Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum ("Ocean of Storms") and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon

November 20 - Vietnam War : The Cleveland Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai massacre in Vietnam

November 21 - U.S. President Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972 Under the terms of the agreement, the US is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free

November 21 - The first ARPANET link is established

November 24 - Apollo program : The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean , ending the second manned mission to the Moon

November 28 - The Newcomers stopped airing on the BBC


December 1 - Vietnam War : The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II (on January 4 , 1970 , the New York Times ran a long article, "Statisticians Charge Draft Lottery Was Not Random").

December 4 - Black Panther members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot to death in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

December 12 - Piazza Fontana Slaughter in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana). A U.S. officer and C.I.A. agent called David Carrett involved.

What Was Happening on TV in 1969

March 9 - The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is canceled by CBS

June 3 - The science fiction television series Star Trek airs its final new episode after being canceled by NBC . The show premiered on September 8 , 1966 .

July 20 - A live transmission from the moon is viewed by 720 million people around the world when Neil Armstrong walks in the moon.

November 10 - The National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service ) in the United States debuts the children's television program Sesame Street .

November 16 - The first episode of The Clangers (a British stop motion animated television program for children) is broadcast by the BBC .

Tiny Tim gets married on Johnny Carson 's Tonight Show .

After a long series of conflicts between CBS and the stars of the Smothers Brothers show over network censorship, CBS cancels the show.


October 5 - Monty Python's Flying Circus premieres on BBC1 (1969-1974)

November 10 - Sesame Street premieres. (1969-present)

The Brady Bunch premieres (1969-1974)

Johnny Cash Show premieres (1969-1971)

Marcus Welby, M.D. premieres (1969-1976)

Mayberry R.F.D. premieres (1968-1971)

The Benny Hill Show premieres on Thames Television (1969-1989) ( UK )

Popular Television Shows

The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Dr Who (1963-1989)

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)

Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971)

Here's Lucy (1968-1974)

I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)

Ironside (1967-1975)

Julia (1968-1971)

Lawrence Welk Show (1955-1982)

Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1971)

The Mod Squad (1968-1973)

The Newlywed Game (1966-1974)

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1973)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1970)

Star Trek (1966-1969)

The Tonight Show (1954-present)

The Wonderful World of Disney (1954-1983) (formerly Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color )

What Was Happening on Film in 1969

Top Grossing Films of the Year

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman

2. Midnight Cowboy , starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman

3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service

4. True Grit , starring John Wayne , Robert Duvall , and Dennis Hopper

5. Hello, Dolly! , starring Barbra Streisand , Walter Matthau , and Michael Crawford

6. Alice's Restaurant

7. Marooned

8. Che!

9. De Sade

Academy Awards

Best Picture : Midnight Cowboy - Hellman-Schlesinger, United Artists

Best Director : John Schlesinger , Midnight Cowboy

Best Actor : John Wayne - True Grit

Best Actress : Maggie Smith - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Best Supporting Actor : Gig Young , They Shoot Horses Don't They

Best Supporting Actress : Goldie Hawn , Cactus Flower

Musical Theater

Broadway production

Canterbury Tales      Broadway production

Coco      Broadway production

Dear World      Broadway production

Lend An Ear      Broadway revival

Mame      London production

Oklahoma!      Broadway revival

Promises, Promises      London production

La Strada      Broadway production

Musical Films

The Aristocats      animated feature film

Hello, Dolly!

Oh, What A Lovely War!

Paint Your Wagon

Sweet Charity

Sports in 1969

Auto Racing

Stock car racing :

LeeRoy Yarborough won the Daytona 500

NASCAR Championship - David Pearson

Indianapolis 500 - Mario Andretti

USAC Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship

Formula One Championship - Jackie Stewart of Great Britain driving a Matra

24 hours of Le Mans :

Jacky Ickx / Jackie Oliver won driving a Ford GT-40

Rally racing - the team of Bjorn Waldegard / Lars Helmer won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Porsche 911S

Drag racing:

Don Prudhomme won the NHRA's " Top Fuel " championship

Steve Carbone won "Top Fuel" at the NHRA World Finals


March 1 - Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees announces his retirement

July 20 - San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry , six years after quipping, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run," hits the first and only home run of his career just hours after Neil Armstrong lands on the moon.

World Series : the New York Mets win 4 games to 1 over the Baltimore Orioles


NCAA Men's Basketball Championship:

UCLA wins 92-72 over Purdue

NBA Finals:

Boston Celtics won 4 games to 3 over the Los Angeles Lakers


June 23 - Joe Frazier scored a 7th round TKO over Jerry Quarry .

October 18 - Jose Napoles retained the World Welterweight Championship in a 15 round decision over Emile Griffith .


Giro d'Italia won by Felice Gimondi of Italy

Tour de France - Eddy Merckx of Belgium

World Cycling Championship : Harm Ottenbros of Netherlands

Figure Skating

World Figure Skating Championships :

Men's champion: Tim Wood , United States

Women's champion: Gabrielle Seyfert , Germany

Pairs champions: Irina Rodnina & Alexej Ulanow , Soviet Union

Football (Soccer)

September 26 : the Bolivian soccer team is killed in a plane crash near La Paz, Bolivia

England - First Division Champions: Leeds

England - FA Cup: Manchester City won 1-0 over Leicester City

Scotland - First Division Champions: Celtic

Scotland - FA Cup: Celtic won 4-0 over Rangers

Football (American)

January 12 - The New York Jets upset the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III by a score of 16-7, after quarterback Joe Namath "guaranteed" a victory. It was the first Super Bowl victory by an American Football League team.

Canadian Football League

Grey Cup : Ottawa Rough Riders won 29-11 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders .

Vanier Cup : Manitoba Bisons won 24-15 over the McGill Redmen

Men's Golf

Grand Slam of golf results:

1. May - The Masters - George Archer

2. June - US Open - Orville Moody

3. July - British Open - Tony Jacklin

4. August - PGA Championship - Ray Floyd

PGA tour's leading money winner for the year: Frank Beard - $164,707

Ryder Cup : United States and Britain tied 16 all in world team golf.

Women's Golf

US Women's Open - Donna Caponi

LPGA Championship - Betsy Rawls

Carol Mann : leading money winner on the LPGA tour, earning $49,152.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

February 11 - Diana Crump becomes 1st American woman jockey to ride against men.

February 22 - Barbara Jo Rubin wins a United States thoroughbred horse race making history as the first women to do so.

Australia - Melbourne Cup - Rain Lover

Canada - Queen's Plate - Jumpin Joseph

France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Levmoss

Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Prince Regent

English Triple Crown Races :

1. Two Thousand Guineas Stakes - Right Tack

2. Epsom Derby - Blakeney

3. St. Leger Stakes - Intermezzo

United States Triple Crown Races :

1. Kentucky Derby - Majestic Prince

2. Preakness Stakes - Majestic Prince

3. Belmont Stakes - Arts and Letters

Harness Racing

United States Pacing Triple Crown races :

1. Cane Pace - Kat Byrd

2. Little Brown Jug - Laverne Hanover

3. Messenger Stakes - Bye Bye Sam

Lindy's Pride won the United States Trotting Triple Crown races :

1. Hambletonian - Lindy's Pride

2. Yonkers Trot - Lindy's Pride

3. Kentucky Futurity - Lindy's Pride

Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship :

Pacers: Richmond Lass

Ice Hockey

Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL 's leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins

Hart Memorial Trophy: for the NHL 's Most Valuable Player: Phil Esposito , Boston Bruins

Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens won 4 games to 0 over the St. Louis Blues

World Hockey Championship

Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden

Alpine Skiing

The men's overall season champion: Karl Schranz, Austria

The women's overall season champion: Gertrud Gabi, Austria


Australian Rod Laver, one of only two men to ever win the Grand Slam in tennis wins it for the second time.

Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

1. Australian Open - Rod Laver

2. French Open - Rod Laver

3. Wimbledon championships - Rod Laver

4. US Open - Rod Laver

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

1. Australian Open - Margaret Smith Court

2. French Open - Margaret Smith Court

3. Wimbledon championships - Ann Haydon Jones

4. US Open - Margaret Smith Court

Davis Cup : United States wins 5-0 over Romania in world tennis.


January 3 - Michael Schumacher, Formula One driver; six-time champion of that series

January 5 - Marilyn Manson, singer

January 14 - Jason Bateman, actor

January 14 - David Grohl, drummer, composer

January 16 - Roy Jones Jr., boxer

January 20 - Skeet Ulrich, actor

February 5 - Bobby Brown, singer

February 9 - Gabby Hayes, actor

February 11 - Jennifer Aniston, American actress.

February 11 - Shannon Long Gladstone, Australian, Playboy magazine 's playmate for October 1988.

February 11 - Bryan Eversgerd US baseball player.

March 1 - Javier Bardem, actor

April 25 - Renée Zellweger, actress

May 7 - Eagle Eye Cherry, musician

May 15 - Emmitt Smith, American football player

May 18 - Martika, Cuban-American singer

May 26 - Alain Knaff, programmer

June 14 - Steffi Graf, German tennis player

June 15 - Oliver Kahn, German football player

August 18 - Edward Norton, actor

August 19 - Matthew Perry , American actor

September 5 - Dweezil Zappa, actor, musician, eldest son of Frank Zappa

September 25 - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Welsh actress

September 25 - Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer

October 3 - Gwen Stefani, No Doubt frontwoman

October 10 - Brett Favre, American football player

December 21 - Julie Delpy, actress

December 28 - Linus Torvalds, programmerNobel Prizes

Physics - Murray Gell-Mann

Chemistry - Derek H R Barton , Odd Hassel

Medicine - Max Delbrück , Alfred D Hershey , Salvador E Luria

Literature - Samuel Beckett

Peace - International Labour Organization

Economics - Ragnar

1969 in Literature


The first Booker Prize is awarded;

Penelope Ashe , author of bestselling novel, Naked Came the Stranger is found to be several people who each took a turn writing a chapter of what they described as " junk " in order to prove that sex-filled trash sells. It did.

New Books

The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton

The Campus Murders - Ellery Queen

The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood

The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

The Green Man - Kingsley Amis

The Inheritors - Harold Robbins

Jirel of Joiry - C. L. Moore

Little Painted Mouths - Manuel Puig

The Love Machine - Jacqueline Susann

Mary Queen of Scots - Antonia Fraser

Naked Came the Stranger - Penelope Ashe

Nothing Black But A Cadillac - Raymond Spence

A Pocketful of Rye - A.J. Cronin

Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth

Retour à Roissy - Pauline Réage

Sounder - William H. Armstrong

The Seven Minutes - Irving Wallace

The Street - Mordecai Richler

That Godless Woman - Merton H. Coleman

The Veiled Sultan - March Cost

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