1969 in the United States

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President Johnson, 1969

Events from the year 1969 in the United States.


Federal Government[edit]


January 20: Richard Nixon becomes President





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



July 21, 02:56 UTC: First Moon walk




1969 Wal-Mart logo
  • October 1 – The 5.6 Mw Santa Rosa earthquake shook the North Bay area of California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). This first event in a doublet earthquake was followed two hours later by a 5.7 Mw shock. Total financial losses from the events was $8.35 million.
  • October 2 – A 1.2 megaton thermonuclear device is tested at Amchitka Island, Alaska. This test is code-named Project Milrow, the 11th test of the Operation Mandrel 1969–1970 underground nuclear test series. This test is known as a "calibration shot" to test if the island is fit for larger underground nuclear detonations.
  • October 9–12 – Days of Rage: In Chicago, the United States National Guard is called in to control demonstrations involving the radical Weathermen, in connection with the "Chicago Eight" Trial.
  • October 15 – Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in antiwar demonstrations across the United States.
  • October 16 – The "miracle" New York Mets win the World Series, beating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1.
  • October 17– Fourteen black athletes are kicked off the University of Wyoming football team for wearing black armbands into their coach's office.
  • October 31 – Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.



  • 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.


  • The first Gap store opens, in San Francisco.
  • Reported as being the year the first strain of the AIDS virus (HIV) migrated to the United States via Haiti.[3]
  • 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."
  • The weather station of Mount Washington, New Hampshire records the heaviest calendar year precipitation in the US east of the Cascades with 130.14 inches (3,305.6 mm), beating the previous record of Rosman, North Carolina by 0.54 inches (13.7 mm).[4]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hall, Mitchell K. (2008). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of the Nixon-Ford Era. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6410-8. 
  2. ^ Robert H. Goddard. The New York Times. astronauticsnow.com/history/goddard/index.html 090118 astronauticsnow.com
  3. ^ "AIDS Virus Came to US Via Haiti". voa.com. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Maximum Annual Precipitation by State

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