1969 events in history

Jan 5 The Troubles: The Royal Ulster Constabulary raid the Bogside area of Derry, damaging property and beating residents. In response, residents erect barricades and establish Free Derry
Jan 12 The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League to win Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history
Jan 14 An accidental explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 people
Jan 15 The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5
Jan 16 Czech student Jan Palach commits suicide by self-immolation in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in protest against the Soviets' crushing of the Prague Spring the year before
Jan 16 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk
Jan 17 Marinella releases Stalia – Stalia
Jan 17 Black Panther Party members Bunchy Carter and John Huggins are killed during a meeting in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA
Jan 18 United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay killing all 32 passengers and six crew members
Jan 19 Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest about the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turned into another major protest
Jan 20 East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War
Jan 22 A gunman attempts to assassinate Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev
Jan 25 Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca deserts in order to fight against the military dictatorship, taking with him 10 machine guns and 63 rifles
Jan 30 The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police
Feb 3 In Cairo, Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestine Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress
Feb 4 Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization
Feb 8 Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico
Feb 9 First test flight of the Boeing 747
Feb 18 Hawthorne Nevada Airlines Flight 708 crashes into Mount Whitney killing all on board
Mar 2 Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River
Mar 2 In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted
Mar 3 Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module
Mar 10 In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later unsuccessfully attempts to retract his plea
Mar 13 Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module
Mar 16 A Viasa McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashes in Maracaibo, Venezuela, killing 155
Mar 17 Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel
Mar 18 The United States begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam
Mar 19 The 385 metres (1,263 ft) tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build-up
Mar 25 During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31)
Mar 28 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece
Mar 28 The McGill français movement protest occurs, the second largest protest in Montreal's history with 10,000 trade unionists, leftist activists, college students, and some McGill students at McGill's Roddick Gates. The majority of the protesters are arrested
Apr 1 The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force
Apr 3 Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort
Apr 4 Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart
Apr 5 Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities
Apr 7 The Internet's symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
Apr 9 The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford
Apr 9 The "Chicago Eight" plead not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
Apr 14 At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand
Apr 15 The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board
Apr 17 Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed
Apr 17 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy
Apr 22 British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston wins the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world
Apr 28 Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France
May 2 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City
May 9 Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks
May 10 Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill
May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
May 15 People's Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot called Bloody Thursday
May 16 Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet space probe, lands on Venus