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1969 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 1969 – Members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary damage property and assault occupants in the Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. In response, residents erect barricades and establish Free Derry.
- January 16, 1969 – Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
- February 17, 1969 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- March 13, 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
- April 22, 1969 – British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world.
- May 9, 1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
- July 21, 1969 – Space Race: Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission (July 20 in North America).
- August 5, 1969 – Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
- October 19, 1969 – The first Prime Minister of Tunisia in twelve years, Bahi Ladgham, is appointed by President Habib Bourguiba.
- December 1, 1969 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II.
Who Were Born On 1969?
- February 16, 1969 – Holly Aird, English actress
- March 14, 1969 – Des Coleman, English actor and presenter
- April 3, 1969 – Lance Storm, Canadian wrestler
- June 11, 1969 – Matt McGrath, American actor
- July 24, 1969 – Rick Fox, Bahamian basketball player
- September 29, 1969 – Erika Eleniak, American actress and model
- October 10, 1969 – Dilsa Demirbag Sten, Swedish author and journalist
- October 15, 1969 – Vítor Baía, Portuguese footballer
- October 16, 1969 – Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
- December 17, 1969 – Michael V., Filipino comedian and actor