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 1st - People's Democracy (PD) begin a 4-day march from Belfast across Northern Ireland to Derry, modeled on Martin Luther King's Selma to Montgomery march
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
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon Jan 4th - France begins arms embargo against Israel
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 9th - Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet British Home Secretary James Callaghan, to brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland
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 15th - Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill announce the setting up of an official inquiry into the disturbances in Derry and elsewhere
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 24th - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the policies of Prime Minister Terence O'Neill and the lack of 'strong government'
Jan 25th - US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
Jan 26th - "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
Spanish Dictator and General Francisco FrancoSpanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco Jan 26th - Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
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)
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
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix 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
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
Rocker Jim MorrisonRocker Jim Morrison 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
Feb 3rd - "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 perfs
Feb 3rd - Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of an election on 24 February 1969
Feb 4th - The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO
Feb 4th - 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
Palestinian Leader Yasser ArafatPalestinian Leader Yasser Arafat 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 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
Football Coach and Sportscaster John MaddenFootball Coach and Sportscaster John Madden Feb 6th - The New Ulster Movement is formed to promote moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who supported Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister
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.
Feb 8th - Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
Feb 8th - Meteorite weighing over 1 ton falls in Chihuahua, Mexico
Singer Tom JonesSinger Tom Jones 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
Feb 17th - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan 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
Feb 23rd - Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams Feb 23rd - WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
Feb 24th - Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
Feb 24th - Northern Ireland Stormont parliament election held leading to fragmentation of the Unionist party into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
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
Feb 28th - Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister
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
NHL Center Phil EspositoNHL Center Phil Esposito 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

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