October 1969 calendar

October 1969

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in October 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 October 1969: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1969?


  • 01 Oct 1969 Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • 02 Oct 1969 Seattle Pilots play last game in Seattle, Washington, defeated by the Oakland Athletics' 3-1 for their 98th loss of year. The American League's newest franchise attracts only 677, 944 fans for the season and will play in Milwaukee as the Brewers next season.
  • 04 Oct 1969 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach el
  • 05 Oct 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • 06 Oct 1969 WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, Maryland (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Oct 1969 WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Oct 1969 The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 11 Oct 1969 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3
  • 12 Oct 1969 1st time 5 people in space
  • 13 Oct 1969 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • 14 Oct 1969 Palme government forms in Sweden
  • 15 Oct 1969 Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • 16 Oct 1969 100-1 shot New York Mets beat Orioles 5-3 and win 66th World Series in 5
  • 17 Oct 1969 Soyuz 7 returns to Earth.
  • 18 Oct 1969 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces
  • 19 Oct 1969 J Bock and S Harnicks musical Rothschilds, premieres in New York City
  • 20 Oct 1969 WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 21 Oct 1969 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • 22 Oct 1969 KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM
  • 23 Oct 1969 Jimmy opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 26 Oct 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 27 Oct 1969 Nobel prize for economy awarded to John Tinbergen
  • 29 Oct 1969 Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation at once
  • 30 Oct 1969 WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 31 Oct 1969 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 09 Oct 1969 In Chicago, the National Guard is called in as demonstrations continue over the trial of the "Chicago Eight".
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Music charts

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

  1. - Sugar, Sugar
  2. - I Can't Get Next To You
  3. - Suspicious Minds
  4. - Jean
  5. - Hot Fun In The Summertime

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Bad Moon Rising
  2. - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  3. - In The Year 2525
  4. - Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus
  5. - Don't Forget To Remember


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1969?

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain


The United States government has been warned by some of the most respected biophysicists in America: Current sterilization procedures for returning space probes could not guarantee an uncontaminated re-entry.

Jennie by Ralph G. Martin



Jennie: The Life and Times of Lady Randolph Churchill Vol. 2: The Dramatic Years 1895-1921

The Goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald

The Goodbye Look


Lew Archer, in The Goodbye Look is hired by Larry Chalmers and Irene Chalmers to investigate a burglary at their mission-style home.

Between Parent & Teenager by Haim G. Ginott

Between Parent & Teenager


To have a peaceful and meaningful relationship between parent and teen, you must let go. As parents, we need to be there for our children. Teenagers do not need us.

The Honeycomb by Adela Rogers St. John

The Honeycomb


The Honeycomb