1969 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
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.
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.
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)
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