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The Year 1969


Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy.


Best Record: Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In, 5th Dimension; Best Album: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blood Sweat & Tears; Best Song: Games People Play, Joe South, songwriter.

  1 Jan

Ian Fleming writer (James Bond), dies at 80.

20 Jan

Richard M Nixon inaugurated as President.

  5 Feb

U.S. population reaches 200 million.

  9 Feb

World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight.

25 Feb

Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars.

28 Mar

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th pres., dies in Washington at 78.

  2 Mar

1st test flight of supersonic Concorde.

13 Mar

Apollo 9 returns to Earth.

20 Mar

Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

  2 Apr

Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor).

24 Apr

Paul McCartney says their is no truth to rumors he is dead.

28 Apr

Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France.

26 May

Apollo 10 returns to Earth.

27 May

Walt Disney World construction begins.

31 May

Stevie Wonder's My Cherie Amour released. Song made it to number four on the pop music charts on July 26 and stayed on the nation's radios for eleven weeks. My Cherie Amour was not the original title of the song. Wonder had named the song, Oh My Marcia, for a former girlfriend.

  7 Jun

Tommy James & the Shondells release Crystal Blue Persuasion.

  9 Jun

Warren Burger confirmed as U.S. Chief Justice.

15 Jun

Hee Haw with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premiers on CBS-TV.

21 Jun

Zager & Evans release In the Year 2525.

22 Jun Singer-actress Judy Garland died in London at age 47.

23 Jun

Warren E Burger sworn in as Supreme Court Chief Justice.

  8 Jul

U.S. forces in Vietnam began withdrawal.

11 Jul

Rolling Stones release Honky Tonk Woman.

18 Jul

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D. Mass) & Mary Jo Kopechne plunge off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Is., Martha's Vineyard, Mass.  Kopechne , a 28-year-old secretary drowned.

20 Jul

U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, became first man to set foot on moon.

23 Jul Three Dog Night received a gold record for the single, One. It was the first of seven million-sellers for the pop-rock group.

29 Jul

Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars.

  9 Aug

Sharon Tate actress, killed by Charles Manson's gang.

15 Aug Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opens in New York State.

  1 Sep

Libyan revolution, Col Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris.

29 Sep

Love American Style, premiers on ABC-TV.

  9 Oct

Supremes release Someday We'll Be Together.

27 Oct

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

  1 Nov Last album of The Beatles reached #1 on the album chart. Abbey Road was the top LP for eleven weeks (nonconsecutively).
1 Nov Warner Brothers Records added Faces, to its roster. They fared OK, but even better when lead singer Rod Stewart stepped out to become a superstar on his own. The group's former label, Mercury, capitalized on the fact by releasing Maggie Mae and three other Faces tunes before Stewart went solo for Warner, exclusively.

  3 Nov

President Nixon set Vietnamization policy.

10 Nov

Sesame Street premieres on PBS-TV.

15 Nov

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations reached peak in U.S.; some 250,000 marched in Washington, D.C.

16 Nov

U.S. reports massacre of hundreds of civilians at Mylai, South Vietnam in 1968.

19 Nov

Apollo 12's Charles Conrad, Jr & Alan Bean become 3rd & 4th humans on the Moon.

26 Nov

Creams' final concert (Royal Albert Hall).

  1 Dec

U.S. government holds its 1st draft lottery since World War II.

17 Dec

50 million TV viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on Tonight Show.