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1969 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1969 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Mets|
|Kansas City Chiefs|
Superbowl III Champions
|New York Jets|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Rod Laver/Margaret Smith Court|
|Rod Laver/Ann Jones|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1969 - Penn State over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1969 - Ohio State over USC
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1969 - Arkansas over Georgia
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Glamoor Good News|
Time Magazine's People of the Year
|Judith Ford (Belvidere, IL)|
|Wendy Dascomb (Virginia)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Ann-Margret, Brigitte Bardot, Jamee Becker, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Diahann Carroll, Julie Christie, Catherine Deneuve, Barbara Eden, Lola Falana, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Katiti Kironde, Peggy Lipton, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Naomi Sims, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Marlo Thomas, Penelope Tree, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Veruschka, Raquel Welch, Natalie Wood|
"That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."
"On Sept. 2, our bank will open at 9:00 and never close again!"
1969 Pop Culture History
|While we didn't have the film technology to convincingly
fake a moon landing in 1969, we did have the technology to actually
land on the moon.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a piece of fabric from the left wing of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer to the moon aboard the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. In 1963, San Francisco Giants manager Alvin Dark, said of Hall of Fame pitcher, Gaylord Perry,jokingly, "They'll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run." Sure enough, that day, Perry hit his first career home run, just an hour after Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
American Hero Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on June 20th. There was no comment from Mr. Gorsky.
Bob Denver's (Gilligan) character on another show (Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) was the inspiration for Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
James Brown released five different songs about popcorn.
Willie Nelson has been playing the same guitar, named Trigger, since 1969. He's even worn a giant hole in it.
Domino's Pizza logo has 3 dots because that's how many stores there were in 1969. They planned to add a new dot for every store that opened, but that was quickly scrapped as the franchise grew rapidly.
Robert Crumb's Fritz The Cat was the comic strip that all the tuned-in folks read.
The term 'Headbanging' was first coined during Led Zeppelin's 1969 tour of the US.
Jimi Hendrix insisted on being the final performer at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (Woodstock Music Festival) and was scheduled to perform Sunday at midnight. He didn't take the stage until 9 A.M. on Monday morning and played for 2 hours to a dwindling audience. There were two recorded deaths, two recorded births and four miscarriages at Woodstock.
A woman name Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin in concert. Jones' impersonation was so convincing that nobody in the audience asked for a refund.
The Seattle Pilots were a Major League Baseball team that only lasted one year, in 1969.
In Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film, Hercules in New York, his accent was so thick that all his lines had to be dubbed with a completely different voice.
President Richard Nixon had proposed a form of Basic Income (or Negative Income Tax) for poor families in the US, but it was promptly defeated in the senate.
David Paul Gregg patented the optical or laser disc, although he came up with the idea in 1958.
The 'Amen Break' - a 6 second drum solo from 1969 has been sampled and used in over 1,500 songs. It is a drum solo performed by Gregory Sylvester "G. C." Coleman in the song Amen, Brother performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons.
Led Zeppelin only had one Top 10 hit in the United States: 1969's Whole Lotta Love, which remained on the Billboard charts for 15 weeks and peaked at number four.
The Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards opened in Sebastopol, California.
Near Bethel, New York, the first mega-concert, the Woodstock Music Festival took place Auguest 15-18. Claims of up to one million people came; it was more likely half that number, still an incredible amount of people!
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.
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.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
There was a commercially sold adult board game called Chug A Lug, it involved smoking, beer and marijuana, The purpose was to win the most Alcoholic Unnanimous cards and penalties involved liquor store runs, removing clothing or not being allowed to go to the bathroom.
In 1969 Laugh-In ran a "News of the Future" sketch in
which they accurately predicted the year of the fall of the Berlin
Wall and Ronald Reagan being president in 1988.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Tog'l, Upsy Downsys, Silly String, Astrolite, Toss Across, Big Wheels, Nerf Ball
Donald and Doris Fisher opened their clothing store, The Gap, in San Francisco.
The arpanet (first internet) invented, connecting four computers
|Reading Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
1969/70 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
11. The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1969 include
The Archies, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Booker T. & the MG's, Brooklyn Bridge, Clarence Carter, Creedence Clearwater Revival, David Ruffin, The Dells, Dionne Warwick, The 5th Dimension, The Foundations, Friends of Distinction, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Grass Roots, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Joe Simon, Johnny Cash, Johnnie Taylor, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Oliver, Marvin Gaye, The Meters, O. C. Smith, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Rolling Stones, Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Tommy James & the Shondells, Tommy Roe, Zagar & Evans
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1969
|December 14, 1968 - January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye -
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
February 1, 1969 - February 14, 1969: Tommy James & the Shondells - Crimson and Clover
February 15, 1969 - March 14, 1969: Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
March 15, 1969 - April 11, 1969: Tommy Roe - Dizzy
April 12, 1969 - May 23, 1969: The 5th Dimension - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
May 24, 1969 - June 27, 1969: The Beatles with Billy Preston - Get Back
June 28, 1969 - July 11, 1969: Henry Mancini - Love Theme from 'Romeo And Juliet'
July 12, 1969 - August 22, 1969: Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525
August 23, 1969 - September 19, 1969: The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
September 20, 1969 - October 17, 1969: The Archies - Sugar, Sugar
October 18, 1969 - October 31, 1969: The Temptations - I Can't Get Next To You
November 1, 1969 - November 7, 1969: Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
November 8, 1969 - November 28, 1969: The 5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues
November 29, 1969 - December 5, 1969: The Beatles - Come Together / Something
December 6, 1969 - December 19, 1969: Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
December 20, 1969 - December 26, 1969: Peter, Paul & Mary - Leaving on a Jet Plane
December 27, 1969 - January 2, 1970: Diana Ross & the Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together
|Alice's Restaurant, Anne of a Thousand Days, The Arrangement, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Destroy All Monsters, Easy Rider, Hello Dolly!, The Italian Job, The Learning Tree, The Love Bug, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Midnight Cowboy, Model Shop, Satyricon, Paint Your Wagon, Take the Money and Run, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, True Grit, The Wild Bunch|
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