Top News Stories from 1969

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: International Labour Organization
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  • Nixon begins "Vietnamization" in Southeast Asia. Background: Vietnam War
  • The United States, USSR, and about 100 other countries sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). Background: nuclear disarmament
  • Russian and Chinese troops clash along the Ussuri River.
  • 27-year-old Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi deposes King Idris of Libya and establishes a pro-Arabic, anti-Western, Islamic republic.

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Richard M. Nixon
Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
Population: 202,676,946
Life expectancy: 70.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 36.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 33.5
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 7.7
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $982.2 billion
Federal spending: $183.64 billion
Federal debt $365.8 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $8,389 billion
Consumer Price Index: $36.7
Unemployment: 3.6%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06


Super Bowl
NY Jets d. Baltimore
World Series
NY Mets d. Baltimore (4-1)
NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. St. Louis

Ann Jones d. B.J. King

(3-6 6-3 6-2)

Men: Rod Laver d. J. Newcombe (6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Majestic Prince
NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. Purdue
NCAA Football Champions
Texas (11-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday
Music: String Quartet No. 3, Karel Husa
Drama: The Great White Hope, Howard Sackler
Academy Award, Best Picture: Oliver!, John Woolf, producer (Columbia)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Samuel Beckett (Ireland)
Record of the Year: "Mrs. Robinson," Simon and Garfunkel
Album of the Year: By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell (Capitol)
Song of the Year: "Little Green Apples," Bobby Russell, songwriter
Miss America: Judith Anne Ford (IL)
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  • In August, more than half a million people gather in the small, upstate New York town of Bethel (near Woodstock, N.Y.) for four days of rain, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Performers include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane and Sly and the Family Stone.
  • A Rolling Stones fan is killed at the group's Altamont, California, concert by members of Hell's Angels.
  • Children's Television Workshop introduces Sesame Street.
  • The FCC bans all cigarette advertising on television and radio.


  • Midnight Cowboy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, Easy Rider, Anne of the Thousand Days


  • Robert Coover, Pricksongs and Descants
  • John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint
  • Jean Stafford, Collected Stories
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Derek H. R. Barton (UK) and Odd Hassel (Norway), for study of organic molecules
Physics: Murray Gell-Mann (US), for study of subatomic particles
Physiology or Medicine: Max Delbruck, Alfred D. Hershey, and Salvador E. Luria (all US), for study of mechanism of virus infection in living cells
More Nobel Prizes in 1998...
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the moon. Background: US Staffed Space Flights
  • The first in vitro fertilization of a human egg is performed in Cambridge, England. Background: Birth & Contraception
  • ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) goes online in December, connecting four major US universities. Designed for research, education, and government organizations, it is the foundation upon which the Internet will eventually be built. Background: Computers and Internet
  • The scanning electron microscope is developed.
  • The use of DDT is banned in residential areas.


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