Bell bottom jeans, long wild hair, head bands, peace signs worn on military style combat jackets, and tie dye shirts, were the fashion trends in 1969. Anti-war demonstrations were commonplace as Americans struggled for their voices to be heard in a much needed plea for peace and their wish for the United States to withdraw from the Vietnam War.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to set foot on the moon.
Apollo 12 landed on the moon a 2nd time in 1969, putting the second set of American astronauts on the moon.
The first temporary artificial heart transplant in a human being was performed at the Texas Heart Institute.
The draft lottery for US Forces was instituted for the Vietnam War. This was the first draft since WWII. Ironically, the first United States troop withdrawals from the Vietnam War were also made this year.
Sharon Tate was murdered by the Charles Manson Cult.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President, died.
Judy Garland died of a drug overdose in her home.
Former Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, drowned.
Regular color TV broadcasts began.
The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was printed.
All cigarette advertising on TV and radio was banned by the FCC.
Dave Thomas opened his first Wendy’s chain restaurant.
The 1st Long John Silver’s chain restaurant opened.
You are the same age as these famous people born in the year 1969: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brett Favre, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani, Rachel Hunter, Jack Black, Bobby Brown, Emmitt Smith, Steffi Graf, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, and Christian Slater.
The Brady Bunch premiered on ABC network.
PBS network on TV was established and Sesame Street made their debut on this network.
Hee Haw made its debut on CBS network.
The Beatles released their record “Abbey Road” and also made their last public performance.
Elvis Presley hit Number 1 with “Suspicious Minds”.
Popular Films in the year 1969 were: The Love Bug, Funny Girl, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, True Grit, Midnight Cowboy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Easy Rider, and Where Eagles Dare.
The novel “The Godfather” was published by Mario Puzo.
Popular musicians in the year of 1969 were: The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Cream, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Elvis.
Elton John released his 1st album “Empty Sky”.
The famous music festival “Woodstock” took place on a New York farm, attracting more than 350,000 fans.
George Jones and Tammy Wynette marry.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married.
NY Jets defeated Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
NY Mets win the World Series.
Richard Nixon was inducted as the 37th United States President.
The first Concorde test flight was conducted in France, breaking the sound barrier for the first time.
The British ocean liner, The QE2 departed on her maiden voyage.
The Boeing 747 Jet made its debut carrying 191 people from Seattle to New York City.
The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was introduced.
Seiko sold the 1st Quartz watch.
The 1st ATM was installed in the United States in the state of New York.
The Internet, at that time called ARPANET, was used for the first time by the US Military.
The 1st battery powered smoke detector was made.
The 1st Gap store opened.
Postage stamp: 6 cents
Dozen eggs: 62 cents
Gallon milk: $1.10
Coffee 2lb can: $1.39
Bacon 1lb: 89 cents
Gas: 35 cents per gallon
Movie ticket: $3
New House: $15,550
Average annual income: $8,550
Monthly rent: $135
New Car: $3,270