1969 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
Quick Facts from 1969:
- World Changing Event: Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module pilot Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin ladned in the Sea of Tranquility, on The Moon on July 20, 1969.
- Other World Changing Event: The arpanet (first internet) was created.
- The Top Song was Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension
- The Movies to Watch include Once Upon a Time in the West, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Love Bug and Paint Your Wagon
- The Most Famous Person in America was probably Steve McQueen
- Notable books include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and The Godfather by Mario Puzo and My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
- Price of an Aladdin Lunch Box, with Thermos in 1969: 99 cents
Wendy’s Frosty: 35 cents
Hasbro Lite Brite: $5.66
- The Funny Late Night Host: Johnny Carson
The Funny Guy was: Don Rickles
The Funny Lady was: Phyllis Diller
- The Crazy Conspiracy: The Moon Landing was faked, filmed in a studio in Arizona by famed director Stanley Kubrick.
Top Ten Baby Names of 1969:
Lisa, Michelle, Jennifer, Kimberly, Melissa, Michael, David, James, John, Robert
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Jamee Becker, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Elke Sommer, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Raquel Welch, Natalie Wood
Leading Men, Sex Symbols and Hollywood Hunks:
Jim Morrison, Paul Newman, Robert Redford
“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
– Neil Armstrong, upon stepping on the moon.
“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”
– Dustin Hoffman, in ‘Midnight Cowboy’
Time Magazine’s People of the Year:
Judith Ford (Belvidere, IL)
Wendy Dascomb (Virginia)
Senator Ted Kennedy was involved with the drunk driving ‘Chappaquiddick’ incident involving the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Rock and Roll Death: Brian Jones drowned
The Manson “Family” committed a series of murders, under the influence of Charles Manson’s “Helter Skelter” philosophy. One of the victims was Sharon Tate and her unborn child.
Pop Culture History:
Robert Crumb’s Fritz The Cat was the comic strip that all the tuned-in folks read.
The arpanet (first internet) invented, connecting four computers.
Jimi Hendrix’s version of The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock was considered by some to be controversial and disrespectful on August 16, 1969.
David Paul Gregg patented the optical or laser disc, although he came up with the idea in 1958.
The Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards opened in Sebastopol, California.
Near Bethel, New York, the first mega-concert, the Woodstock Music Festival took place August 15-18. Claims of up to one million people came; it was more likely half that number, still an incredible amount of people!
Donald and Doris Fisher opened their clothing store, The Gap, in San Francisco.
The new North Face Sierra Parka was destined to be the clothing of choice for outdoors people. The company was named after the north-facing mountains of North America.
American Hero Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on June 20th. There was no comment from Mr. Gorsky.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1968: $55,000
Frank Sinatra recorded his signature song, “My Way” nearly three decades after he began his singing career.
1st appearances & 1969’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tog’l, Upsy Downsys, Silly String, Astrolite, Toss Across, Big Wheels, Nerf Ball
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Oliver! (presented in 1969)
Broadway Show – 1776 (Musical) Opened on March 16, 1969 and Closed: February 13, 1972
Broadway Show – Oh! Calcutta! (Review) Opened on June 17, 1969 and Closed: August 12, 1972
Broadway Show – Butterflies Are Free (Play) Opened on October 21, 1969 and Closed: July 2, 1972
Popular and Notable Books From 1969:
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
The Edible Woman, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Inheritors by Harold Robbins
The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann
My Book About Me (by Me, Myself) by Dr. Seuss
Naked Came the Stranger by Penelope Ashe
The Promise by Chaim Potok
The Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Pretenders by Gwen Davi
The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand
The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes
The Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
1969 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In (NBC)
2. Gunsmoke (CBS)
3. Bonanza (NBC)
4. Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
5. Family Affair (CBS)
6. Here’s Lucy (CBS)
7. The Red Skelton Hour (CBS)
8. Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
9. Walt Disny’s Wonderful World of Color (ABC)
10. The Doris Day Show (CBS)
1969 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1969:
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
February 1 – February 14:
Crimson And Clover Tommy James & the Shondells
February 15 – March 14:
Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone
March 15 – April 11:
Dizzy Tommy Roe
April 12 – May 23:
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) The 5th Dimension
May 24 – June 27:
Get Back The Beatles with Billy Preston
June 28 – July 11:
Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet Henry Mancini
July 12 – August 22:
In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) Zager & Evans
August 23 – September 19:
Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
September 20 – October 17:
Sugar, Sugar The Archies
October 18 – October 31:
I Can’t Get Next to You The Temptations
November 1 – November 7:
Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
November 8 – November 28:
Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension
November 29 – December 5:
Come Together The Beatles
December 6 – December 19:
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) Steam
December 20 – December 26:
Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul & Mary
December 27, 1969 – January 2, 1970:
Someday We’ll Be Together Diana Ross & The Supremes
World Series Champions: New York Mets
Superbowl III Champions: New York Jets
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf Orville Moody
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Rod Laver/Margaret Smith Court
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Rod Laver/Ann Jones
NCAA Football Champions: Texas
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Majestic Prince