Today in History for December 1969

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 41 of 41

1st - US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
2nd - "Buck White" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 7 performances
2nd - Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
3rd - John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
5th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
6th - "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances
6th - 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
6th - USSR performs nuclear test
8th - Greek DC-6B crashes in storm at Athens, 93 killed
8th - Police surprise attack on Black-Panthers in LA
11th - Libya adopts constitution
12th - "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Striesand premieres
12th - Bill Toomey achieves world record-score (8417 points)
12th - Bomb attack on bank in Milan, 14 killed
12th - Strategia della tensione: Piazza Fontana bombing - The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed.
13th - Arlo Guthrie releases "Alice's Restaurant"
13th - Billy Martin fired as Twins' manager
14th - "La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
14th - Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
14th - Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
15th - Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
15th - SF Fire Dept replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
16th - British House of Commons votes 343-185 to abolish the death penalty
16th - "War is Over! If You Want It, Happy Christmas from John & Yoko" posters begin appearing
17th - USAF closes Project Blue Book, concluding no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings
18th - "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
18th - House of Lords votes to abolish the death penalty in England, Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland 25 July 1973)
18th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
19th - Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
20th - Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1
21st - Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
21st - Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
22nd - Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
25th - 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
25th - India all out for 163 at Madras v Aust, Ashley Mallett 5-91
Playwright and screenwriter Neil SimonPlaywright and screenwriter Neil Simon 28th - Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," premieres in NYC
28th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
28th - Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
29th - NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause
30th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
31st - Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

2nd - Lewis Bush, NFL outside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
2nd - O J McDuffie, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
2nd - Paul Francis Stankowski, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
3rd - Ed King, NFL guard (NO Saints)
3rd - Kwamie Lassiter, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
3rd - Bill Steer, British guitarist
4th - Ferric Collons, NFL defensive end (New England Patriots)
4th - Jacques Landry, Saskatoon Saskatchawan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
4th - Marie-Josee Morneau, Longueuil Quebec, 56 kg judoka (Olympics-96)
4th - Mik Middleton, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
4th - Terry Glenn, wide reciever (New England Patriots)
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-ZRapper & Record Producer Jay-Z (4th) 4th - Jay-Z, Brooklyn, New York City, American rapper (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint)
5th - Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman (1993- )
5th - Morgan J. Freeman, American film director
5th - Lewis Gordon Pugh, English swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker
6th - Elmore Spencer, NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers)
6th - Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
6th - Todd Black, Kenton Ohio, 800m runner
6th - Wayne Smith - Motorcycle racer
7th - Sabine Hack, West Germany, tennis star
8th - Antoon Kuil, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
8th - Bobby Phillips, WLAF running back (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
8th - Darrin Shannon, Barrie, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
8th - Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
8th - Victor Green, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
8th - Steve Van Wormer, American actor
9th - Allison Smith, Bronx NY, actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie)
9th - Greg[ory] Klingsporn, Morristown NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)
9th - Ramon Garcia, Guanare Venezuela, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
9th - Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer
9th - Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor
10th - Darren Berry, cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90)
10th - Nadim Khan, cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993)
10th - Rob Blake, Simcoe Ont, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings)
10th - Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
11th - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer
11th - Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster
11th - Sean Grande, American sportscaster
11th - Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer
12th - Carrie Westcott, Mission Hills KS, playmate (Sep, 1993)
12th - Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers)
12th - Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
12th - Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
12th - Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
12th - Kris Wirtz, Red Deer Alberta, ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada)
12th - Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
13th - Norm Krumpschmd, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
13th - Sergei Fedorov, Pskov Russia, NHL forward (Detroit, Oly-S-1998)
13th - Tony Curran, Glasgow, UK, Scottish actor (Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution)
13th - Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer (d. 2007)
14th - Arthur Numan, soccer player (PSV)
14th - Craig Jones, Nambour Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (NZ Open-1994)
14th - Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
14th - Rogerick Green, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
15th - Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
15th - Sean Briscombe, Minneapolis Minn, diver (Olympics-96)
15th - Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
15th - Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
16th - Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
16th - Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
16th - Martin Ulrich, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
17th - Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
17th - Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
17th - Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chic Bears)
17th - Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
17th - Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
17th - Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
18th - Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
18th - Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
18th - Joanne Mills, Sydney Aust, golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open)
18th - Joe Randa, Milwaukee WI, infielder (KC Royals)
18th - Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
18th - Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
18th - T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
18th - Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
18th - Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
19th - Kristy Swanson, actress (Knots Landing, Buffy Vampire Slayer)
19th - Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
19th - Mike Alexander, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
19th - Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
19th - Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
19th - Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
19th - Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
19th - Richard Hammond, English television presenter
19th - Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
20th - Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
21st - Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
21st - Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)
21st - Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
21st - Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
22nd - Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
22nd - Marcie Aguilar, Tucson AZ, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
22nd - Myriam Bédard, Canadian athlete
23rd - Rodney Culver, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers)
23rd - Stephen Grant, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
23rd - Greg Biffle, American racecar driver
23rd - Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
24th - Kenny "Damn" Kelly, Paterson NJ, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend)
25th - Bernhard Jr, Prince of Netherlands
27th - Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics-96)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

17th - 50m TV viewers saw singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on Tonight Show

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 22 of 22

1st - Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
2nd - Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
3rd - Ruth White, actress (Fugitive), dies of cancer at 55
3rd - Mathias Wieman, German actor (b. 1902)
4th - Alceo Toni, composer, dies at 85
4th - Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
7th - Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
7th - Hugh Williams, actor (Human Monster), dies after surgery at 65
7th - Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
8th - Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
10th - Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
10th - Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
13th - Raymond A Spruance, US admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83
13th - Spencer Williams, Jr., American actor (b. 1893)
17th - Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
22nd - Donald Foster, actor (Herbert Johnson-Hazel), dies at 80
22nd - Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
22nd - Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
23rd - Donald Foster, actor (Scaramouche), dies after long illness at 80
26th - Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
28th - Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
31st - Salvatore Baccaloni, opera singer/actor (Full of Life), dies at 69

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