1969 in History – What happened in year 1969

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1969 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1969.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1969 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
12 januaryIn American football, the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III in one of the greatest upsets in American Sports history.
16 januaryStudent Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square Prague as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia the previous year.
20 januaryBengali student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman was shot and killed by East Pakistani police, one of the casus belli that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War.
04 februaryYasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
09 februaryThe Boeing 747 made its first flight, with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls and Jess Wallick at the flight engineer's station.
17 marchGolda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
20 marchThe Battle of Hamburger Hill came to an end on May 20, 1969, fought between the United States and South Vietnamese against North Vietnamese forces. After getting tactical victory over North Vietnamese forces, US President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal from South Vietnam.
29 marchThe New People's Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed.
04 aprilSurgeons Denton Cooley and Domingo Liotta implanted the first total artificial heart.
07 aprilThe Internet was symbolically born with publication of RFC 1.
17 aprilSirhan Sirhan was convicted of the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
22 aprilThe 1st Human Eye was transplanted.
22 aprilBritish yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race to complete the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world.
02 mayThe British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
13 maySino-Malay sectarian violence took place on May 13, 1969 in Kuala Lumpur. This race riot was also referred as the 13 May incident in which 143 were killed as per official figures but Western diplomatic sources put the toll at close to 600 at that time.
16 mayVenera 5, a probe in the Soviet space program Venera, was landed on Venus on May 16, 1969 to accumulated atmospheric data on Venus.
18 mayThe fourth manned mission of US Apollo Space program Apollo 10 was launched on May 18, 1969 by NASA with three crew members. Apollo 10 is registered in Guinness World Records for the highest speed attained by a manned vehicle at 39,897 km/h.
20 mayThe Battle of Hamburger Hill came to an end on May 20, 1969, fought between the United States and South Vietnamese against North Vietnamese forces. After getting tactical victory over North Vietnamese forces, US President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawal from South Vietnam.
26 mayApollo program: Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing. Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon.
05 juneInternational Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties began in Moscow. All the communist parties of the world took part in the meeting except the pro-Chinese parties. The meeting was held after the Russian-china communist split and disputes.
22 juneThe surface of the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, US, caught on fire,helping to spur the environmental movement.
28 juneIn response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New YorkCity, groups of gay and transgender people began to riot against NewYork City Police officers, a watershed event for the worldwide gayrights movement.
03 julyThe largest explosion in the history of rocket science happened when the Soviet N-1 rocket exploded, subsequently destroying its launch pad. The N1 (Russian: Н1) was a heavy lifting rocket planned to deliver payloads beyond low Earth orbit, acting as the Soviet counter to the NASA Saturn V rocket. Its first stage was the most powerful rocket stage ever built.
18 julyAfter a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, UnitedStates Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a wooden bridge into atidal channel, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaignworker.
20 julyThe Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the Sea of Tranquillity, where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on themoon six-and-a-half hours later.
08 augustAt a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan tookthe photo that was used for the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road,one of the most famous album covers in recording history.
12 augustRiots erupted in the Bogside area of Derry and spread acrossmuch of Northern Ireland.
15 augustThe Wood stock Music Festival opens with 500,000 Rock music, and the groups who performed are among the greatest performers of late 60s pop music.
21 augustAn Australian tourist set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire, a majorcatalyst of the formation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
01 septemberA bloodless coup d'état led by Muammar Gaddafi overthrewIdris I of Libya.

Famous birthdays in the year 1969:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustGraham Thorpe / Cricketer / United Kingdom
01 AugustKevin Jarvis / Baseball Player / United States of America
05 AugustJackie Doyle-Price / Politician / United Kingdom
06 MayJim Magilton / Footballer / Ireland
09 DecemberLori Greiner / Business Woman / United States of America
10 AprilEkaterini Koffa / Sprinter / Greece
13 MayNikos Aliagas / Journalist / Greece
14 DecemberArchie Kao / Actor / United States of America
14 January Martin Bicknell / Cricketer / United Kingdom
14 JulySven Sester / Politician / Estonia
16 JulyKathryn Harby-Williams / Netball Player / Australia
17 AugustChristian Laettner / Basketball Player / United States of America
19 AugustNate Dogg / Rapper / United States of America
19 March Tom McRae / Writer / United Kingdom
23 January Brendan Shanahan / Actor / Canada
25 AugustCatriona Matthew / Golfer / Scotland
25 March Dale Davis / Basketball Player / United States of America
27 NovemberDamian Hinds / Politician / United Kingdom
28 OctoberBen Harper / Writer / United States of America
29 AprilJack Mackenroth / Model / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1969:

YearName / Profession / Country
23 OctoberSanjay Gupta / Writer / India
28 FebruaryU Srinivas / Musician / India
11 DecemberViswanathan Anand / Chess Player / India
24 AugustMukesh Tiwari / Actor / India
02 AprilAjay Devgn / Actor / India
11 DecemberViswanathan Anand / Chess Player / India
05 AugustVenkatesh Prasad / Cricketer / India
20 JulyKalikho Pul / Politician / India
31 AugustJavagal Srinath / Cricketer / India
NA JanuarySantosh Yadav / Mountaineer / India
11 JanuaryAnu Agarwal / Actress / India
18 MayChristabelle Howie / Model / India
19 DecemberNayan Mongia / Cricketer / India
02 SeptemberAlka Kaushal / Actress / India
25 AugustVivek Razdan / Cricketer / India
02 AprilAjay Devgan / Actor / India
30 JuneAfzal Guru / Terrorist / India
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