1969

In addition to marking the passage between the 1960s and 1970s, the year 1969 also saw the presidential torch pass from President Lyndon Johnson to Richard Nixon.

1969

The newly-minted President, along with other world leaders, claimed jurisdiction over a world population estimated at 3.6 billion people. The most popular names that year were Michael, for boys, and Lisa, for girls. Included amongst all these newborns were rappers, R. Kelly and Puff Daddy; drummer, Dave Crohl; and actresses, Jennifer Anniston and Renee Zelleger. Sadly, as we all know, life finds its balance in death. In these 12 short months, the world lost Dwight Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Rocky Marciano, and Ho Chi Minh.

Those sitting down for a moving picture had a chance to see True Grit, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Wild Bunch. For the more academically-inclined, popular novel choices included Slaughterhouse-Five, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and The Andromeda Strain. Keep skimming to find out how this year changed computers and helped open the world’s eyes to a new frontier.

Some notable firsts in 1969, aside from the July 20th lunar landing, included the first test flight of a supersonic jetliner, the first successful eye transplant, the first Woodstock festival, and the opening of the first Wendy’s Hamburgers.

Science helped open the way to the lunar module, laser printer, Taser, and mousepad. In addition to seeing the first man on the moon, this year also witnessed hard-pressed US forces capture Hamburger Hill. Shortly after that, those same troops began to withdraw from Vietnam.

The year 1969 also saw the US withdraw the 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 dollar bills from circulation and ended the Supreme Court ban on “obscene materials”. Lastly, for all the children of the world, this year gave two two notable gifts: Sesame Street and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Regardless of whether you scrutinize the moon landing for hoaxes, or recently travelled across the country in a Boeing 747, the year 1969 helped make it all possible.

Discover how the world looked like in 1969

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Cremator

The Cremator

Directed by: Juraj Herz

Starring: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Country: United States of America

My Night at Maud's

My Night at Maud's

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez

Country: United States of America

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States of America

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Country: United States of America

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Arms Of Krupp by William Manchester

The Arms Of Krupp

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The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II, producing artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain

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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to

The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann

The Love Machine

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A novel set in a time when steak, vodka and Benzedrine were the staples of a healthy diet. The "love machine" is Robin Stone, a TV-network titan around whom women flock.

Except For Me And Thee by Jessamyn West

Except For Me And Thee

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Small crease to DJ near spine. Pages are clean and crisp and binding is tight. Solid Book.

The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes

The Salzburg Connection

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He demanded the immediate dispatch of two suitably trained operatives to Salzburg. Extreme measures might be necessary.In 1945, with their thousand-year empire falling around them and the Allies on their heels, the Nazis hide a sealed chest in the dark, …

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1969 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. David
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Robert
  6. William
  7. Christopher
  8. Mark
  9. Brian
  10. Richard
Top #10 female names
  1. Lisa
  2. Michelle
  3. Jennifer
  4. Kimberly
  5. Melissa
  6. Amy
  7. Angela
  8. Mary
  9. Tammy
  10. Laura
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1969?


Events

  • 02 Jan Fig Leaves Are Falling opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 03 Jan Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • 04 Jan Fig Leaves Are Falling closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • 05 Jan Maggie Flynn closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • 06 Jan WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jan US Congress doubles Presidential salary.
  • 09 Jan 1st trial flight of Concorde
  • 10 Jan Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • 11 Jan Hooked on a Feeling by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • 12 Jan Golden Rainbow closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • 13 Jan Beatles release Yellow Submarine album
  • 14 Jan 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers.
  • 15 Jan Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • 16 Jan Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • 17 Jan Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in the UK
  • 18 Jan Expanded four-party Vietnam peace talks begin in Paris, France.
  • 19 Jan AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25.
  • 20 Jan University of Arizona reports first optical identification of pulsar (in Crab Nebula).
  • 21 Jan 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at MontrTal, Quebec, Canada.
  • 22 Jan Celebration opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • 23 Jan Cream releases their last album Goodbye
  • 24 Jan Queen Juliana is appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa.
  • 25 Jan US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris, France.
  • 26 Jan Red, White, and Maddox opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 27 Jan 14 spies hung in Baghdad
  • 28 Jan Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • 29 Jan Sheahan and Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia versus West Indies.
  • 30 Jan Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
  • 31 Jan Beatles perform last live gig (42-min concert on roof of Apple HQs)
  • 01 Feb Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert
  • 02 Feb KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Feb The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat head of Palestinian Liberation Organization.
  • 04 Feb 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • 05 Feb Turn-On, debuts and cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
  • 06 Feb Dear World opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
  • 07 Feb This Is Tom Jones, debuts on ABC TV
  • 08 Feb Last edition of Saturday Evening Post.
  • 09 Feb Boeing 747 made its 1st commercial flight
  • 10 Feb LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94.
  • 11 Feb Diana Crump becomes first US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah.
  • 13 Feb Suriname government of Pengel resigns.
  • 14 Feb Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at age 71.
  • 17 Feb Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album (never released).
  • 18 Feb PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
  • 19 Feb 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • 21 Feb Ted Williams signs five-year contract to manage Washington Senators.
  • 22 Feb Barbara Jo Rubin wins a United States thoroughbred horse race making history as the first woman to do so.
  • 23 Feb WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 24 Feb Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
  • 25 Feb Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
  • 27 Feb US President Richard Nixon visits West Berlin.
  • 28 Feb Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colorado Springs won by Gabriele Seyfert, German Democratic Republic.
  • 01 Mar Red, White, and Maddox closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • 02 Mar Chinese-Russian borders fight (approximately 70 die).
  • 03 Mar Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.
  • 05 Mar Gustav Heinemann elected President of West Germany.
  • 08 Mar Marriage of 12 year old Marcella Rosciglione in Palermo
  • 10 Mar James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 12 Mar 11th Grammy Awards: "Mrs Robinson", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" win.
  • 13 Mar Apollo 9 returns to Earth.
  • 14 Mar Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • 15 Mar US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns.
  • 16 Mar 1776 opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • 17 Mar Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open.
  • 18 Mar Come Summer opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 19 Mar Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention.
  • 20 Mar US President Richard Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970.
  • 21 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 22 Mar Billy opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • 23 Mar Rally for Decency held in Miami, Florida.
  • 25 Mar Andes Pact signed in Peru.
  • 26 Mar Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • 27 Mar Launch of Mariner 7, flies 2,190-mi above southern Mars
  • 28 Mar Pope Paul VI names JGM Willebrands Cardinal
  • 29 Mar The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 is held in Madrid, and results in four co-winners, with 18 votes each, from Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France.
  • 30 Mar Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational.
  • 01 Apr Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Kansas City Royals.
  • 02 Apr Milwaukee Bucks sign Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor).
  • 04 Apr Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
  • 07 Apr Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to New York Yankees 8-4.
  • 08 Apr Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres and Pilots win their 1st games
  • 09 Apr Chicago Cubs' Billy Williams hits four consecutive doubles, beat Philadelphis Phillies 11-3.
  • 11 Apr South African President Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse.
  • 12 Apr Simon and Garfunkel releases Boxer
  • 13 Apr 33rd Golf Masters Championship: George Archer wins, shooting a 281.
  • 14 Apr 41st Academy Awards - Oliver, Cliff Robertson, and Katharine Hepburn/ Barbra Streisand win.
  • 15 Apr North Korea shoots at US airplane above Japanese sea.
  • 17 Apr Bernadette Devlin elected to British House of Commons.
  • 18 Apr Melina Mercouri establishes Greek Aid Fund
  • 20 Apr 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope and 1776 win.
  • 21 Apr 73rd Boston Marathon won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan in 2:13:49.
  • 22 Apr Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312-day non-stop sailing.
  • 23 Apr ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jim Chestney.
  • 24 Apr Gen Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded
  • 25 Apr BBC Radio serial Dales 5,400th and last episode
  • 26 Apr Celebration closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • 27 Apr Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational.
  • 28 Apr Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
  • 29 Apr Trumpets of the Lord opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • 30 Apr WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01 May 43 Unification church couples wed in New York City
  • 02 May The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
  • 03 May Trumpets of the Lord closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • 04 May Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational.
  • 05 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)
  • 07 May Lieutenant General Robert E Cushman, Jr, US Marine Corp, becomes deputy director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 08 May Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • 09 May BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament is won by Billy Hardwick.
  • 10 May Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • 11 May Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 12 May Kenneth H Wallis achieves record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH.
  • 13 May Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 14 May Last Chevrolet Corvair car built.
  • 15 May Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from US Supreme Court.
  • 16 May Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
  • 17 May My Wife, My Dog, My Cat, by Maskman and The Agents hits #92
  • 18 May Apollo 10 (Stafford / Cernan / Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • 19 May Coleman Hawkins, American jazz saxophonist (Born 1901)
  • 20 May US troops capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam.
  • 21 May After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over the New York Mets.
  • 22 May Stafford and Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 miles (15km) above lunar surface.
  • 23 May Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes.
  • 25 May Midnight Cowboy released with an X rating
  • 26 May Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth.
  • 27 May Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 28 May AC Milan wins 14th Europe Cup 1 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 30 May Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 31 May Dear World closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • 01 Jun Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio and TV.
  • 02 Jun Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices US destroyer Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 03 Jun Last episode of Star Trek airs on NBC (Turnabout Intruder)
  • 04 Jun 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana and survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft
  • 05 Jun Dutch Antilles government of Kroon resigns
  • 06 Jun Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar
  • 07 Jun Johnny Cash Show, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 08 Jun Smothers Brothers comedy Hour, last airs on CBS-TV
  • 09 Jun Brian Jones quits (sic) Rolling Stones because of his drug problems
  • 11 Jun The Ballad Of John andYoko by The Beatles hit #1 in the UK
  • 13 Jun Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins the Rolling Stones.
  • 14 Jun Oakland Athletics Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7
  • 15 Jun Hee Haw with Roy Clark and Buck Owens premieres on CBS TV
  • 16 Jun US Supreme Court rules suspension of Adam Clayton Powell Jr from House had been unconstitutional.
  • 17 Jun Oh! Calcutta! opens in NYC (almost entirely in the nude)
  • 18 Jun June 22 ampndash The National Convention of the Students for a Democratic Society, held in Chicago, collapses, and the Weatherman faction seizes control of the SDS National Office. Thereafter, any activity run from the National Office or bearing the name of SDS is Weatherman-controlled.
  • 19 Jun State troopers ordered to Cairo, Illinois, to quell racial disturbances.
  • 20 Jun Georges Pompidou sworn in as President of France
  • 21 Jun John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • 22 Jun Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance
  • 23 Jun French government of Couve de Murville resigns
  • 24 Jun The United Kingdom and Rhodesia sever diplomatic ties.
  • 25 Jun Longest tennis match in Wimbeldon history, Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game marathon (5 hours 12 minues).
  • 27 Jun Honduras / El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • 28 Jun Stonewall Riots begin in New York City marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.
  • 29 Jun 1st Jewish worship service at White House
  • 30 Jun Derek Clayton of Australia sets marathon record at 2:08:34.
  • 01 Jul John andYoko are hospitalized after a car crash
  • 02 Jul Ireland bowl out WI for 25 at Londonderry, win by 9 wkts
  • 03 Jul 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 04 Jul Give Peace a Chance by Plastic Ono Band is released in the UK
  • 05 Jul 83rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats J Newcombe (64 57 64 64)
  • 06 Jul Filming begins on Ned Kelly starring Mick Jagger
  • 07 Jul In Canada, the Official Languages Act is adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government.
  • 08 Jul Thor Heyerdahl and reed raft Ra II land in Barbados 57 days from Morocco
  • 09 Jul The United States Postal Service announces a stamp to commemorate the first landing on the Moon. A record 8,743,070 requests are received for first day covers.
  • 10 Jul Chilean Association of Librarians created
  • 11 Jul Rolling Stones release Honky Tonk Woman
  • 12 Jul 98th British Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 280 at Royal Lytham
  • 13 Jul Russia launches unmanned Luna 15 to Moon
  • 14 Jul Soccer war - Salvador-Honduras (1000 dead)
  • 15 Jul Cincinnati Reds' Lee May hits four home runs in a doubleheader.
  • 16 Jul Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
  • 17 Jul The New York Times publicly takes back the ridicule of the rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard published in 13 Jan 1920 that spaceflight is impossible.ref name=quotastronauticsnow_com-indexquotRobert H. Goddard. ''The New York Times''. astronauticsnow.com/history/goddard/index.html 090118 astronauticsnow.com
  • 18 Jul Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • 19 Jul Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit
  • 20 Jul 1st men on Moon, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Apollo 11
  • 21 Jul Neil Armstrong and Edwin ''Buzz'' Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.
  • 22 Jul Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing peace in Detroit
  • 23 Jul 40th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 9-3 at RFK Memorial, Washington DC
  • 24 Jul Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
  • 25 Jul 1st performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash andYoung (Fillmore East, NY)
  • 26 Jul Sharon Sites Adams, 39, becomes 1st lady to solo sail the Pacific
  • 27 Jul 15th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • 29 Jul Mariner 6 begins transmitting far-encounter photos of Mars.
  • 30 Jul Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs. Mets
  • 31 Jul KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 01 Aug 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: New York Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • 02 Aug Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion
  • 03 Aug Reds beats Phillies 19-17
  • 04 Aug Willie Stargell is first to hit a home run outside of Dodger Stadium.
  • 05 Aug Mariner 7 flies past Mars
  • 06 Aug Baltimore Orioles pull their third triple play (5-4-3 versus Kansas City Royals).
  • 09 Aug Zorba closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances
  • 10 Aug Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • 11 Aug Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
  • 12 Aug Boston Celtics team sold for an NBA record $6 million.
  • 13 Aug Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • 14 Aug British troops intervene militarily in Northern Ireland.
  • 15 Aug Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in New York State (Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm).
  • 16 Aug WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, Georgia begins broadcasting
  • 17 Aug 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR Golf Club - Dayton, Ohio
  • 18 Aug Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming Ned Kelly
  • 19 Aug Chicago Cubs' Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0.
  • 20 Aug 69 cm rainfall in Nelson Co., Virginia (state record)
  • 21 Aug Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem
  • 22 Aug Beatles record a video for Long & Winding Road
  • 23 Aug Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno, Czechoslovakia (first American to win cycling race title since 1912).
  • 24 Aug Carol Mann wins LPGA Tournament of Champs Golf Tournament
  • 27 Aug Mike Procter hits six consecutive sixes (across two overs)
  • 29 Aug Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench
  • 30 Aug 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • 31 Aug 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival.
  • 01 Sep Libyan revolution, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris.
  • 02 Sep New York Yankee Joe Pepitone is reinstated
  • 05 Sep Frente Obrero wins Dutch Antilles national elections
  • 06 Sep Cabaret closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances
  • 07 Sep 83rd US Womens Tennis: Margaret Smith Court beats Nancy Richey (62 62)
  • 08 Sep 89th US Mens Tennis: Rodney G Laver beats Tony Roche (79 61 62 62)
  • 09 Sep Seaplane crashes at Indianapolis, kills 83
  • 10 Sep US performs nuclear test at Grand Valley, Colorado
  • 13 Sep Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • 14 Sep Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Wendell-West Golf Open
  • 18 Sep Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky get engaged
  • 20 Sep 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
  • 21 Sep 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
  • 22 Sep Music Scene debuts on ABC-TV
  • 23 Sep 1st broadcast of Marcus Welby MD on ABC-TV
  • 24 Sep 1st Elvis convention, 2500 fans attend in Cincinnati
  • 25 Sep Organisation of the Islamic Conference founded.
  • 26 Sep Beatles release Abbey Road album
  • 28 Sep Minnesota vs. Baltimore, gains 530 yards passing!
  • 29 Sep Bright Promise, TV Daytime Soap
  • 01 Oct Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • 02 Oct 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 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach el
  • 05 Oct Carol Mann wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • 06 Oct WMPB TV channel 67 in Baltimore, Maryland (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Oct WJMN TV channel 3 in Escanaba, MI (ABC / NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Oct The opening rally of the Days of Rage occurs, organized by the Weather Underground in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 11 Oct Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3
  • 12 Oct 1st time 5 people in space
  • 13 Oct Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins
  • 14 Oct Palme government forms in Sweden
  • 15 Oct Bank of America World Headquarters (555 California) dedicated
  • 16 Oct 100-1 shot New York Mets beat Orioles 5-3 and win 66th World Series in 5
  • 17 Oct Soyuz 7 returns to Earth.
  • 18 Oct Rod Stewart joins Small Faces
  • 19 Oct J Bock and S Harnicks musical Rothschilds, premieres in New York City
  • 20 Oct WKYH (now WYMT) TV channel 57 in Hazard, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 21 Oct Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • 22 Oct KAPN-AM in Santa Barbara CA changes call letters to KDB-AM
  • 23 Oct Jimmy opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 26 Oct Carol Mann wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 27 Oct Nobel prize for economy awarded to John Tinbergen
  • 29 Oct Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation at once
  • 30 Oct WXPO (now WNDS) TV channel 50 in Manchester, NH (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 31 Oct Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 02 Nov NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Saints' Billy Kramer and Saint Louis Rams' Charlie Johnson pass for six touchdowns each.
  • 03 Nov Congo President Mobutu visits Belgium
  • 06 Nov 1st Cy Young Award tie (Mike Cuellar, Baltimore & Denny McLain, Det)
  • 07 Nov John andYoko release their 2nd album Wedding Album in the UK
  • 09 Nov A group of Amerindians, led by Richard Oakes, seizes Alcatraz Island for 19 months, inspiring a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform.
  • 10 Nov Sesame Street premieres on PBS TV
  • 11 Nov Beatles with Billy Preston release Get Back in the UK
  • 12 Nov Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from Soviet Writers Union
  • 13 Nov US Vice President Spiro T Agnew accuses network TV news depths of bias and distortion.
  • 14 Nov 2nd Vietnam Moratorium Day in US
  • 15 Nov 1st commercial ad on English TV: Birds-Eye Peas on ATV (Midland)
  • 16 Nov 1968 massacre of civilians at Mylai South Vietnam, by US is 1st reported
  • 17 Nov SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • 19 Nov WENY TV channel 36 in Elmira, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Nov Alcatraz Island off SF, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • 21 Nov KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 22 Nov Isolation of single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • 24 Nov 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
  • 25 Nov Kansas City outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • 26 Nov 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • 28 Nov Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • 30 Nov 57th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 29-11
  • 01 Dec US government holds its first draft lottery since WWII.
  • 02 Dec Buck White opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 03 Dec John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • 04 Dec Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
  • 05 Dec US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 06 Dec Buck White closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 08 Dec Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
  • 11 Dec Libya adopts constitution.
  • 12 Dec Hello Dolly with Barbra Striesand premieres
  • 14 Dec La Strada opens / closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
  • 15 Dec San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
  • 16 Dec War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John andYoko posters begin appearing
  • 17 Dec 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show
  • 18 Dec Coco opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • 21 Dec Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
  • 22 Dec Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots.
  • 25 Dec India all out for 163 at Madras versus Australia, Ashley Mallett 5-91.
  • 28 Dec Dallas Cowboys' kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland Browns, misses the ball.
  • 29 Dec New York Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause
  • 30 Dec The Linwood bank robbery leaves two police officers dead.
  • 31 Dec The date you are commonly given when a computer's time is set to 0 in seconds. Start of the Unix Epoch.