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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.
- February 17, 1969 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- April 14, 1969 – At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
- April 17, 1969 – Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.
- May 16, 1969 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
- August 9, 1969 – Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men’s hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
- October 19, 1969 – The first Prime Minister of Tunisia in twelve years, Bahi Ladgham, is appointed by President Habib Bourguiba.
- November 12, 1969 – Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre – Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
- December 1, 1969 – The first legislation to limit aircraft noise levels at airports is introduced in U.S. Federal Air Regulation, Part 36.
- December 18, 1969 – Capital punishment in the United Kingdom: Home Secretary James Callaghan’s motion to make permanent the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965, which had temporarily suspended capital punishment in England, Wales and Scotland for murder (but not for all crimes) for a period of five years.
Who Were Born On 1969?
- January 17, 1969 – Naveen Andrews, British actor
- January 19, 1969 – Steve Staunton, Irish footballer
- March 25, 1969 – Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
- April 21, 1969 – Toby Stephens, British actor
- June 13, 1969 – Svetlana Krivelyova, Russian athlete
- June 26, 1969 – Colin Greenwood, British musician
- August 5, 1969 – Vasbert Drakes, Barbadian cricketer
- September 10, 1969 – Johnathon Schaech, American actor
- September 25, 1969 – Hal Sparks, American actor
- December 9, 1969 – Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor