Historical Events for Year 1969

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Jan 1st - Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
Jan 2nd - "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 perfs
Jan 2nd - "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
Jan 2nd - Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
Jan 2nd - Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.
Jan 2nd - Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
Jan 3rd - John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ
Jan 3rd - Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
Jan 4th - "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 perfs
Jan 4th - France begins arms embargo against Israel
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon Jan 4th - A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers
Jan 5th - "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
Jan 5th - Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman & Karl Shapiro
Jan 5th - Neville Williams' "Chronology of the Expanding World" completed
Jan 5th - USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
Jan 6th - Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
Jan 6th - WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 7th - US Congress doubles president salary
Jan 9th - First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England
Jan 9th - Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
Jan 10th - Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
Jan 10th - Sweden (1st Western country) recognizes North Vietnam
Jan 10th - USSR's Venera 6 launched for parachute landing on Venus
Jan 11th - "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
Jan 11th - Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
Jan 12th - "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
Jan 12th - Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
Jan 14th - 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
Jan 14th - Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
Jan 14th - An explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 people.
Jan 15th - Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
Jan 15th - Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
Jan 16th - Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
Jan 17th - Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
Jan 17th - Soyuz 5 lands
Jan 18th - Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
Jan 19th - AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
Jan 19th - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
Jan 19th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
Jan 20th - Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president
Jan 20th - U of Az reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
Jan 21st - 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
Jan 22nd - "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
Jan 22nd - Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
MLB Catcher Roy CampanellaMLB Catcher Roy Campanella Jan 22nd - Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 23rd - Cream releases their last album "Goodbye"
Jan 24th - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa
Jan 24th - Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency
Jan 25th - US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
Jan 26th - "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
Jan 27th - 14 spies hanged in Baghdad
Jan 27th - 9 Jews publically executed in Damascus Syria
Jan 27th - Actress Thelma Ritter suffers a heart attack (she dies Feb 5th)
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco FrancoSpanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco Jan 27th - Ian Paisley sentenced to 3 years
Jan 27th - Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)
Jan 28th - 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
Jan 28th - Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
Jan 29th - Jimi Hendrix & Peter Townshend wage a battle of guitars
Jan 29th - Sheahan & Connolly hang on for exciting draw Australia v West Indies
Jan 30th - US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
Jan 30th - Beatles perform last live gig, a 42-min concert on roof of Apple HQ, London
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix Jan 31st - Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA
Feb 1st - Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert
Feb 1st - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
Feb 1st - US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
Feb 1st - WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
Feb 2nd - KMST TV channel 46 in Monterey-Salinas, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 2nd - Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
Rocker Jim MorrisonRocker Jim Morrison Feb 3rd - "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 perfs
Feb 3rd - The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasser Arafat head of PLO
Feb 4th - 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
Feb 4th - Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
Feb 4th - John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders
Feb 4th - Lonnie Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," premieres in NYC
Feb 4th - Yassar Arafat elected chairman of the PLO
Football Coach and Sportscaster John MaddenFootball Coach and Sportscaster John Madden Feb 5th - "Turn-On," debuts & cancelled by ABC after flopping so badly
Feb 5th - US population reaches 200 million
Feb 5th - Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins
Feb 6th - "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances
Feb 6th - Jerry Herman's "Dear World," premieres in NYC
Feb 7th - "This Is Tom Jones," debuts on ABC TV
Feb 7th - Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
Feb 7th - Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
Feb 7th - The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is removed from service.
Palestinian Leader Yasser ArafatPalestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Feb 8th - Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
Feb 8th - Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
Feb 9th - Boeing 747 made its 1st commercial flight
Feb 9th - KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
Feb 10th - LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94
Feb 11th - Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
Feb 11th - Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
Feb 13th - Mary Hopkin's Postcard album on Apple is released
Feb 13th - Suriname government of Pengel resigns
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan Feb 17th - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.
Feb 17th - Golda Meir sworn in as the first female prime minister of Israel
Feb 18th - Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st
Feb 18th - PLO-attack El-Al plane in Zurich Switzerland
Feb 19th - 1st Test flight of Boeing 747 jumbo jet
Feb 21st - 1st launching of heavy N-1 rocket at Baikonur Kazachstan (explodes)
Feb 21st - Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Wash Senators
Feb 22nd - Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams Feb 23rd - Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
Feb 23rd - WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
Feb 24th - Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
Feb 25th - Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
Feb 25th - Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
Feb 25th - Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
Feb 25th - Germany gives $5 million to an Arab terrorist as ransom for the passengers and crew of a hijacked jumbo jet.
Feb 27th - Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via milt coup
Feb 27th - President Nixon visits West-Berlin
Feb 28th - Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR
Feb 28th - Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Spr won by Rodnina & Ulanov of URS
Feb 28th - Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colo Spr won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR
Feb 28th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by Tim Wood USA
Mar 1st - "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 perfs
Mar 1st - After 88 weeks Sgt Pepper drops off the charts
Mar 1st - Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself at Dinner Key Auditorium
Baseball Legend Mickey MantleBaseball Legend Mickey Mantle Mar 1st - NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires
Mar 1st - Pirate Radio 259 begins operation off the French coast
Mar 2nd - 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
Mar 2nd - Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
Mar 2nd - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony
Mar 2nd - Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season
Mar 3rd - Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days)
Mar 4th - The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
Mar 5th - Gold reaches then record high ($47 per ounce) in Paris
Mar 5th - Gustav Heinemann elected president of West Germany
Mar 5th - Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
Mar 7th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Mar 10th - James Earl Ray pleads guilty to murder of Martin Luther King Jr
Mar 12th - 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
Mar 12th - 120 cannabis joints found at George & Patti Harrison's home
Mar 13th - Apollo 9 returns to Earth
Mar 14th - Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
Mar 14th - Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
Mar 15th - US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
Mar 15th - Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
Mar 16th - "1776" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
Mar 16th - Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
Mar 16th - Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres in NYC
Mar 16th - Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
Mar 17th - Golda Meir becomes Israel's 4th PM
Mar 17th - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open
Mar 18th - "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
Mar 19th - British invade Anguilla
Mar 19th - Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention
Mar 19th - The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
Mar 20th - Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
Mar 20th - US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
Mar 21st - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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