Year 1969 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

Year 1969. News Headlines, Trends, World Leaders, Cost of Living, Technology, and Pop Culture for the year 1969. #1969 #BabyBook #Scrapbook

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 1969. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.

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Printables for 1969:

Full Post PDF  /  1969 Newspaper  /  World Around Me 

1969 Cost of Things (U.S. Averages):

Federal Minimum Wage~ $1.60 (dol.gov)
Gallon of Milk (whole)~ $1.10 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs(Large, Grade A)~ 61 cents (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread (1lb)~ 21 cents (bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 6 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price~ $3,556 (blog.chron.com)
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ 34 cents (energy.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $1.42 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house(June)~ $25,200 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $9,430 (Census.gov)

 

1969 World Leaders:

(Wikipedia.com)
Richard Nixon, President of the United States
William P. Rogers, United States Secretary of State
Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Mao Zedong, President of China
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan
Walter Ulbricht, President of Germany
Nikolai Podgorny, President of Russia
Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Paul VI of Vatican City
Gaulle then Pompidou, President of France
Giri then Husain, President of India
Zalman Shazar, President of Isreal
U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

1969 Technology:

1969 Top Televisions:
-RCA Home Entertainment Center, New Vista Color Television – “The Brandywine” model HM-813 Solid State Phonograph, Computer Crafted AM-FM-FM Stereo Radio 23.
-PYE CT72
-Sony Trinitron model KV-1210U CRT TV
-1969 RCA Model 2000 color TV
-Zenith: The Bradley Color Television Console, Model Z6545M

1969 Top Cell phones:
none yet

1969 Top Wearable Technology:
none yet

1969 Top Computer Desktops, & Laptops:
IBM System/3
Data General Nova, 16-bit minicomputer
Hewlett Packard 21xx series, 16-bit minicomputers

1969 Top Online Social Communities:
none yet

1969 Top Gaming systems:
The Brown Box

1969 Top Tech Gadgets:
Handheld Calculator
Computer Mouse
ATM Machine
Compact Disc

1969 Top Automobiles:
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible (First Generation)
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet El Comino SS Big Block
Dodge Charger
Ford Mustang Boss 429
Ford F250 High Boy
Ford Bronco
Mercury Cougar
Plymouth Roadrunner
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac GTO
Shelby GT350

 

1969 Top Celebrities:

(Google.com)
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Katherine Ross
Mick Jagger
John Wayne
Glen Campbell
Peter Fonda
Kim Darby
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Paul McCartney
Ringo Star
Dennis Hopper
George Harrison
Dustin Hoffman
John Denver
Jon Voight
Sylvia Miles
Sammy Davis Jr.
Jimi Hendrix
Richard Burton
Barbara Streisand
Johnny Cash
Goldie Hawn
Walter Matthau
Genevieve Bujold
James Brown
Jane Fonda
Bob Dylan
Elton John
Ingrid Bergman
Neil Armstrong (Astronaut, Apollo 11 Moon Landing)
Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (Astronaut, Apollo 11 Moon Landing)

 

1969 Top Athletes:

(Google.com)
Joe Namath
Earl Morrall
Don Maynard
Jimmy Orr
LeeRoy Yarbrough
Majestic Prince
Bill Hartack
George Archer
Serge Savard
John Ferguson
Wilt Chamberlain
Elgin Baylor
Jerry West
Sam Jones
John Havlicek
Rod Laver
Ann Jones
Donn Clendenon
Yogi Berra
Nolan Ryan
Tom Seaver

 

1969 Top Sporting Events:

(Wikipedia.com)
Super Bowl III: New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts 16-7
Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough
The Kentucky Derby: Majestic Prince under jockey Bill Hartack
The Masters: George Archer
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens defeat St. Louis Blues 4-0 in series
NBA Championship: Boston Celtics defeat LA Lakers 4-3 in series
Wimbledon: Men’s singles: Rod Laver
Wimbledon: Women’s singles: Ann Jones
FIFA World Cup: next in 1970
World Series: New York Mets defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-1 in series
Olympics: next in 1972

 

1969 Top Songs:

(Billboard.com Hot 100)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine ~Marvin Gaye –number 1 in January
Everyday People ~Sly & The Family Stone—number 1 in February
Dizzy ~Tommy Roe—number 1 in March
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In ~The 5thDimension – number 1 in April
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In ~The 5thDimension —number 1 in May
Get Back ~The Beatles with Billy Preston —number 1 in June
In The Year 2525 ~Zager & Evans —number 1 in July
In The Year 2525 ~Zager & Evans —number 1 in August
Honky Tonk Women ~The Rolling Stones —number 1 in September
I Can’t Get Next To You ~The Temptations —number 1 in October
Wedding Bell Blues ~The 5thDimension —number 1 in November
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ~Steam – number 1 in December

 

Other Popular Songs in 1969:
Come Together/Something ~The Beatles
Crimson and Clover ~Tommy James and The Shondells
Leaving On A Jet Plane ~Peter, Paul & Mary
Someday We’ll Be Together ~Diana Ross & The Supremes
Proud Mary ~Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crystal Blue Persuasion ~Tommy James and The Shondells
In The Ghetto ~Elvis Presley
Sweet Caroline (Good Times Seemed So Good) ~Neil Diamond
Sugar, Sugar ~The Archies
A Boy Named Sue ~Johnny Cash
Build Me Up Buttercup ~The Foundations
Hot Fun In The Summertime ~Sly & The Family Stone
It’s Your Thing ~The Isley Brothers
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy ~Blood, Sweat & Tears
Touch Me ~The Doors
Bad Moon Rising ~Creedence Clearwater Revival
Spinning Wheel ~Blood, Sweat & Tears
Green River ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

1969 Top Television Shows:

(Wikipedia)
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Gunsmoke
Bonanza
Mayberry R.F.D.
Family Affair
Here’s Lucy

Other popular TV shows in 1969:
The Red Skelton Hour
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color
The Doris Day Show
The Cosby Show
The Jim Nabors Hour
The Carol Burnett Show
The Dean Martin Show
My Three Sons
Ironside
The Johnny Cash Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
Hawaii Five-O
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
HeeHaw

 

1969 Top Movies:

(imdb.com)
Midnight Cowboy
Anne of the Thousand Days
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
True Grit
Easy Rider
Hello Dolly
Cactus Flower

Other popular movies in 1969:
Sweet Charity
The Sterile Cuckoo
Goodbye Mr. Chips

 

1969 Top Books:

(Wikipedia,Goodreads)
The Salzburg Connection~ Helen MacInnes
Portnoy’s Complaint~ Philip Roth
The Love Machine~ Jacqueline Susann
The Godfather~ Mario Puzo
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings~ Maya Angelou
Slaughterhouse – Five~ Kurt Vonnegut
The Poetry of Robert Frost~ Robert Frost
What to Expect When You’re Expecting~ Heidi Murkoff
The Andromeda Strain (Andromeda #1)~ Michael Crichton

 

1969 Top Children’s Books:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar~ Eric Carle
The Complete Adventures of Curious George~ Margret Rey
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble~ William Steig
South American Wonder Tales~ Frances Carpenter

 

1969 Top Fashion and Trends:

(Google.com)
Women’s:
Pleated skirts with knee-high socks
Wide leg pants and bell bottoms
Skimmer and Belted dresses
Floral, paisley, and checked prints
Polyester and corduroy
Hippie style (head bands, fringe, flowy skirts and dresses and sandals)

Men’s:
Bell bottom pants
Polyester suit
Corduroy pants
Cut-off and frayed jean shorts

 

1969 World Population:

(Worldometers)
3,625,905,514 and counting…

 

1969 Top News and Major Events:

(Wikipedia.com, onthisday.com)
January 2 – Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchases the largest-selling British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World.
January 2 – People’s Democracy begins a march from Belfast to Derry City, Northern Ireland to gain publicity and to promote its cause.
January 20 – Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the United States.
February 8 – After 147 years, the last weekly issue of The Saturday Evening Post is published. The magazine is later resurrected, briefly, as a monthly magazine.
March 3 – In a Los Angeles court, Sirhan Sirhan admits that he killed presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.
March 10 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. (he later retracts his guilty plea).
March 17 – Golda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel.
March 18 – Operation Breakfast, the covert bombing of Cambodia by U.S. planes, begins.
March 30 – The body of former United States General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower is brought by caisson to the United States Capitol to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda; Eisenhower had died two days earlier, after a long illness, in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
April 28 – Charles de Gaulle steps down as president of France after suffering defeat in a referendum the day before.
May 10 – The Battle of Dong Ap Bia, also known as Hamburger Hill, begins during the Vietnam War.
May 15 – An American teenager known as ‘Robert R.’ dies in St. Louis, Missouri, of a baffling medical condition. In 1984 it will be identified as the earliest confirmed case of HIV/AIDS in North America.
June 3 – While operating at sea on SEATO maneuvers, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne accidentally rams and slices into the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea, killing 74 American seamen.
June 8 – U.S. President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu meet at Midway Island. Nixon announces that 25,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn by September.
June 22 – The Cuyahoga River fire helps spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
July 8 – Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.
July 14 – The United States’ $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
July 18 – Chappaquiddick incident – Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother, dies in the early morning hours of July 19 in the submerged car.
July 25 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This starts the “Vietnamization” of the war.
July 30 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam, meeting with President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and U.S. military commanders.
July 31 – Pope Paul VI arrives in Entebbe, Uganda for the first visit by a reigning Pope to Africa.
August 4 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. They eventually fail since both sides cannot agree to any terms.
August 12 – Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
August 17 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).
September 5 – Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six counts of premeditated murder for the 1968 My Lai Massacre deaths of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai, Vietnam.
September 14 – Persons who were born during the years from 1944 to 1951, and who celebrate their birthdays on this day, mark the occasion without being aware that September 14 will be the first date selected in the new U.S. draft lottery on December 1.
October 15 – Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstrations across the United States.
November 3 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon addresses the nation on television and radio, asking the “silent majority” to join him in solidarity with the Vietnam War effort, and to support his policies.
November 9 – A group of American Indians, led by Richard Oakes, seizes Alcatraz Island as a symbolic gesture, offering to buy the property for $24 from the U.S. government. A longer occupation begins 11 days later. The act inspires a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform.
November 12 – Vietnam War – My Lai Massacre: Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
November 15 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000–500,000 protesters stage a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic “March Against Death”.
November 15 – Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
December 1 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States since World War II is held. September 14 is the first of the 366 days of the year selected, meaning that those persons who were born on September 14 in the years from 1944 to 1951 would be the first to be summoned.
December 24 – Charles Manson is allowed to defend himself at the Tate-LaBianca murder trial.

 

1969 Pop Culture:

(Wikipedia.com, Onthisday.com)
January 12 – Led Zeppelin, the first Led Zeppelin album, is released in the United States.
January 26 – Elvis Presley steps into American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording “Long Black Limousine”, thus beginning the recording of what becomes his landmark comeback sessions for the albums From Elvis in Memphisand Back in Memphis. The sessions yield the popular and critically acclaimed singles “Suspicious Minds”, “In the Ghetto”, and “Kentucky Rain”.
January 30 – The Beatles give their last public performance, of several tracks on the roof of Apple Records, London.
February 5 – The controversial television show Turn-On premieres on the ABC network in the United States and is canceled after one episode following protests by viewers and ABC affiliate stations.
March 4 – Arrest warrants are issued by a Florida court for Jim Morrison on charges of indecent exposure during a Doors concert three days earlier.
March 20 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married at Gibraltar, and proceed to their honeymoon “Bed-In” for peace in Amsterdam.
April 8 – The Montreal Expos debut as Major League Baseball’s first team outside the United States.
April 22 – Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.
May 14 – Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada.
May 20 – United States National Guard helicopters spray skin-stinging powder on anti-war protesters in California.
May 25 – Midnight Cowboy, an X-rated, Oscar-winning John Schlesinger film, is released.
May 26–June 2 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their second Bed-In. The follow-up to the Amsterdam event is held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Lennon composes and records the song Give Peace a Chance during the Bed-In.
June 22 – Judy Garland dies of a drug overdose in her London home.
June 28 – The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.
July 3 – Brian Jones, musician and founder of The Rolling Stones, drowns in his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England.
July 20 – Apollo program: At 10:56 pm ET (02:56 UTC July 21) the lunar module Eagle | Apollo 11 lands on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide, the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time, watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his first historic steps on the surface of the Moon.
August 9 – The Haunted Mansion attraction opens at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Later versions open in Florida, Tokyo and Paris.
August 9 – Members of the Manson Family invade the home of actress Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski in Los Angeles. The followers kill Tate (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends: Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring. Also killed is Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanski’s caretaker. More than 100 stab wounds are found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.
August 15–18 – The Woodstock Festival is held near White Lake, New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
August 18 – Long John Silver’s restaurant chain opens its first store in Lexington, Kentucky.
September 2 – The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York.
September 13 – Scooby-Doo airs its first episode on the CBS network in the United States.
September 20 – At a meeting between The Beatles (minus George Harrison) and business manager Allen Klein, John Lennon announces his intention to quit the group.
September 22 – San Francisco Giant Willie Mays becomes the first major league baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 career home runs.
September 26 – The Beatles release their Abbey Road album which is an enormous commercial success and, although receiving mixed reviews at this time, comes to be viewed by many as the group’s best.
September 26 – The Brady Bunch is broadcast for the first time on ABC.
October 31 – Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
November 7 – Pink Floyd release their Ummagumma album.
November 10 – Sesame Street airs its first episode on the NET network.
November 15 – Dave Thomas opens his first restaurant in a former steakhouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He names the chain Wendy’s after his 8-year-old daughter, Melinda Lou (nicknamed “Wendy” by her siblings).
December 7 – The animated Rankin Bass Christmas special Frosty the Snowman premiers on CBS.

 

1969 Science:

(Wikipedia.com, onthisday.com)
January 9 – First trial flight of Concorde supersonic jetliner, Bristol, England.
February 9 – First flight of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
March 3 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 (James McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, David Scott) to test the lunar module.
March 18 – An annular solar eclipse was visible in Indian and Pacific Oceans, and was the 49th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 129.
April 4 – Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.
May 16 – Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
May 18 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 (Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, John Young) is launched as a full rehearsal for the Moon landing, but stops 15 kilometers short of actually reaching the lunar surface.
Summer – Invention of Unix under the potential name “Unics” (after Multics).
July 16 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 (Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins) lifts off towards the first landing on the Moon.
July 20 – Apollo program: At 10:56 pm ET (02:56 UTC July 21) the lunar module Eagle | Apollo 11 lands on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide, the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time, watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his first historic steps on the surface of the Moon.
July 24 – The Apollo 11 returns from the first successful Moon landing and the astronauts are placed in biological isolation for several days in case they may have brought back lunar germs. The airless lunar environment is later determined to rule out microscopic life.
October 17 – Willard S. Boyle and George Smith invent the CCD at Bell Laboratories (30 years later, this technology is widely used in digital cameras)
October 29 – The first message is sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.
November 14 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12 (Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean), the second manned mission to the Moon.
November 15 – Regular colour television broadcasts begin on BBC1 and ITV in the United Kingdom.
November 19 – Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”), becoming the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
December 2 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its first passenger flight. It carries 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.

 


 

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