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  • World Changing Event: Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module pilot Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility, on The Moon on July 20, 1969.

  • The Top Song was Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension

  • The Movies to Watch included Once Upon a Time in the West, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

  • Notable books included; The Godfather by Mario Puzo and My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

  • 1969 Prices : Aladdin Lunch Box, with Thermos : 99 cents
    Wendy’s Frosty: 35 cents

  • Top Ten Baby Names of 1969:
    Lisa, Michelle, Jennifer, Kimberly, Melissa, Michael, David, James, John, Robert

  • Best Film Oscar Winner:
    Oliver! (presented in 1969)

  • Broadway Show – 1776 (Musical) Opened on March 16, 1969 and Closed: February 13, 1972

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What Else Happened in 1969..... besides us?

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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!

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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 Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (ABC)
10. The Doris Day Show (CBS)

First appearances & 1969’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Tog’l, Upsy Downsys, Silly String, Astrolite,  Big Wheels, Nerf Ball

Interesting 1969 Fact

Donald and Doris Fisher opened their clothing store, The Gap, in San Francisco.

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1969

January

February

March

April

  • April – A grassroots movement of Berkeley community members seizes an empty lot owned by the University of California to begin the formation of "People's Park."

  • April 9 – The Harvard University Administration Building is seized by close to 300 students, mostly members of the Students for a Democratic Society. Before the takeover ends, 45 are injured and 184 arrested.[1]

May

 

May 9, 1969: excursion train on the Salt Lake, Garfield and Western Railway as part of the 1969 Golden Spike Centennial

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

  • December 1 – ChicagoMagic Sam dies today at the age of 32

  • December 1 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II (on January 4, 1970, The New York Times will run a long article, "Statisticians Charge Draft Lottery Was Not Random").

  • December 2 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carries 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.

  • December 4 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot dead in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

  • December 6 – The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by the Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a "Woodstock West" and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the "end of the sixties."

  • December 12 – The Piazza Fontana bombing in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana) takes place. A U.S. Navy officer and C.I.A. agent called David Carrett is later investigated for possible involvement.

  • December 20 – During an airing of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, NBC announces that The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (which was preempted that week, whose final episode aired a week earlier on December 13) was not renewed for a third season, pulling 2 episodes in season 2 off at the last minute before airing. This marked the beginning of NBC's struggles, which lasted until Grant Tinker was hired as CEO of NBC in 1981.

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