April 1969 calendar

April 1969

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1969.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1969: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1969?


  • 01 Apr 1969 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Kansas City Royals.
  • 02 Apr 1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor).
  • 04 Apr 1969 Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
  • 07 Apr 1969 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to New York Yankees 8-4.
  • 08 Apr 1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres and Pilots win their 1st games
  • 09 Apr 1969 Chicago Cubs' Billy Williams hits four consecutive doubles, beat Philadelphis Phillies 11-3.
  • 11 Apr 1969 South African President Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse.
  • 12 Apr 1969 Simon and Garfunkel releases Boxer
  • 13 Apr 1969 33rd Golf Masters Championship: George Archer wins, shooting a 281.
  • 14 Apr 1969 41st Academy Awards - Oliver, Cliff Robertson, and Katharine Hepburn/ Barbra Streisand win.
  • 15 Apr 1969 North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea.
  • 17 Apr 1969 Bernadette Devlin elected to British House of Commons.
  • 18 Apr 1969 Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 20 Apr 1969 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope and 1776 win.
  • 21 Apr 1969 73rd Boston Marathon won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan in 2:13:49.
  • 22 Apr 1969 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312-day non-stop sailing.
  • 23 Apr 1969 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney.
  • 24 Apr 1969 Gen Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
  • 25 Apr 1969 BBC Radio serial Dales 5,400th and last episode
  • 26 Apr 1969 Celebration closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • 27 Apr 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational.
  • 28 Apr 1969 Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
  • 29 Apr 1969 Trumpets of the Lord opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • 30 Apr 1969 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Apr 1969 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier, the first operational fighter aircraft with Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing capabilities, enters service with the Royal Air Force.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1969?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Dizzy
  2. - Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
  3. - You've Made Me So Very Happy
  4. - It's Your Thing
  5. - Time Of The Season

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)
  2. - The Israelites
  3. - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  4. - Gentle On My Mind
  5. - Goodbye


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1969?

Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton

Grant Takes Command


This classic work of military history follows the adventures of the mysterious commander-in-chief of the Union forces during the Civil War's last year and a quarter.

Thirteen Days by Robert F. Kennedy

Thirteen Days


"A minor masterpiece in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation of the shifting moods, maneuvers of the most hazardous moment in human history." "--Arthur

A Small Town in Germany by John le Carre

A Small Town in Germany


The New York Times bestseller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, comes Tom Hiddleston. John le Carre's latest novel, A Legacy of Spies is now available.

The Lost Queen by Norah Lofts

The Lost Queen


Exiles are the destiny of princesses. What's the alternative? Spinsterhood? So Caroline Matilda's future was decided - marriage to the almost insane

The Age Of Discontinuity by Peter Drucker

The Age Of Discontinuity


The last decades of the 20th century were characterized by a period of discontinuity and disruption in which the structure, meaning, and purpose of economy, society, and polity have been radically altered.