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What Happened During the Year 1969?
What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1969? What were the top news stories in the U.S. and around the world, and what major events took place in the business and financial sectors? How much did a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk cost, and what happened in science, technology, sports, and in the entertainment industry? What were the biggest food and fashion trends, and what were the most popular baby names and Christmas gifts?
From world leaders to pioneers to innovators, who were the most influential people in 1969? What was the median household income, the average life expectancy, and how much did a new house or car cost? What about famous birthdays, marriages, and deaths that year, as well as the most popular slang words and pastimes? Finally, what was the year 1969 best known for, and was it a good or bad year overall? Let's find out.
Here is a summary of the top news stories and history events that happened in 1969:
- Was there a recession in 1969? According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, a 12-month recession began in December 1969 following an economic slump that had begun in 1968. This mild recession “coincided with an attempt to start closing the budget deficits of the Vietnam War (fiscal tightening)," and “the Federal Reserve raising interest rates (monetary tightening).” During the 1969-70 recession, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States fell 0.6 percent.
- Richard M. Nixon was inaugurated as the 37th U.S. president.
- In 1969, the number of U.S. military personnel in Vietnam peaked at 543,400. In spite of that, the very first U.S. troop withdrawal occurred on July 8 when 800 men from the 9th Infantry Division were sent home. (By the end of the year, over 115,000 U.S. troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam.)
- American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the moon. About six-and-a-half hours after their historic landing, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
- The United States, United Kingdom, USSR, and 59 other countries signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), an international agreement whose objective was to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
- Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- The Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve announced that currency in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be discontinued due to lack of use.
- Ralph Nader established a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders.
- Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught on fire when “floating pieces of oil slicked debris were ignited on the river by sparks caused by a passing train.”
- The last Chevrolet Corvair came off the assembly line at GM’s Willow Run, Michigan manufacturing plant.
- The first ATM was installed at a Chemical Bank branch in Rockville Center, New York.
- Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
- Donald and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap clothing store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco.
- Golda Meir became Israel's fourth prime minister—the first and only woman to ever hold the office.
- The Beatles gave their final live performance from the roof of the Apple building in London.
- The investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales was watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales, and by millions on worldwide television.
- Here are some sports facts from 1969: The Boston Celtics were the NBA champs, the New York Mets won the World Series, and the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Stanley Cup.
- Roy Campanella and Stan Musial were both inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- MLB legend Mickey Mantle announced his retirement because of knee injuries. He finished an 18-season career with 536 home runs and a .298 batting average.
- The Montreal Expos baseball team was founded, and became the first MLB team to be established outside of the United States.
- Chuck Noll was named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the youngest coach in NFL history at the time. In addition, John Madden was named the head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
- At the 41st Academy Awards, Oliver! won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Musical.
- The acclaimed children’s TV series, Sesame Street, premiered on PBS. Currently in its 51st season, the show combines “live-action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry.”
- Consumer products introduced in the year 1969 include Capri Sun, Charms Blow Pops, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Funyuns, Gain laundry detergent, Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion, Manwich, Nutter Butter, and Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.
- At the 42st Scripps National Spelling Bee, 14-year-old Susan Yoachum of Dallas, Texas correctly spelled the word "interlocutory."
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 1969. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, political and economic news, advances in science and medicine, famous birthdays, and other cool pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 1960s-themed trivia quiz.
Table of Contents
Are you ready for your next 1960s trivia quiz? For easier planning and referencing, I have divided this article into the following categories:
- Grocery Prices in the Year 1969
- What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1969?
- History Facts and Events From the USA and World
- Sports Facts and Trivia
- Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
- Nobel Prize Winners
- Best-Selling Books
- Most Popular Television Shows From 1969-70
- Highest-Grossing Films
- Horror Movies From the Year 1969
- Biggest Pop Music Artists
- Top 40 Songs for the Year
- Food and Beverage Trivia
- Famous Birthdays
- Notable Weddings
- Famous People Who Died
- U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year
- America’s Largest Corporations
- American Companies and Brands Established During 1969
1. Grocery Prices in the Year 1969
These 1969 grocery prices have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.
- Apples (McIntosh): 39 cents for a three-pound bag
- Baby food (Heinz): Nine cents for a 4.5-ounce jar
- Bacon (Swift Premium): 89 cents for a one-pound package
- Bananas (Chiquita): 12 cents a pound
- Beef (chuck steak): 89 cents a pound
- Bread (white): 23 cents for a 16-ounce loaf
- Butter: (ShopRite): 77 cents for a one-pound package
- Cake (Pepperidge Farm, layer): 69 cents for a 17-ounce box
- Cheez Whiz (Kraft): 79 cents for a 16-ounce jar
- Coffee (Nescafe, instant): $1.27 for a 10-ounce jar
- Coffee (Savarin): $1.39 for a two-pound can
- Cookies (Keebler, coconut chocolate drops): 43 cents for a 15-ounce package
- Corn (Green Giant, niblets): 20 cents for a 12-ounce can
- Crackers (Keebler, Town House): 43 cents for a one-pound box
- Eggs: 62 cents a dozen
- Flour (Gold Medal): 29 cents for a five-pound bag
- Ham (Hormel, chopped): 89 cents a pound
- Hot dogs (Armour): 75 cents for a one-pound package
- Juice (Minute Maid, orange, frozen): 87 cents for twelve 12-ounce cans
- Lettuce (iceberg): 19 cents per head
- Macaroni (ShopRite): 85 cents for five 16-ounce boxes
- Margarine (Imperial): 37 cents for a one-pound package
- Milk: $1.10 a gallon
- Oil (Wesson): 46 cents for a 24-ounce bottle
- Onions (yellow): 29 cents for a three-pound bag
- Oranges (Sunkist): 10 for 59 cents
- Pears (Bartlett): Two pounds for 29 cents
- Pizza (Elios, frozen): 69 cents for a 16-ounce package
- Potatoes: 49 cents for a 10-pound bag
- Pudding (My-T-Fine): 39 cents for four 4-ounce packages
- Soup (Campbell’s, tomato): 10 cents for a 10.75-ounce can
- Spaghetti sauce (Ragu): 58 cents for a 32-ounce jar
- Sugar: 29 cents for a five-pound bag
- Tea (Pantry Pride): 69 cents for a 100-count box
- Turkey: 29 cents a pound
2. What Was the U.S. Economy Like in 1969?
Was there a recession in 1969? According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, a 12-month recession began in December 1969 following an economic slump that had begun in 1968. This mild recession “coincided with an attempt to start closing the budget deficits of the Vietnam War (fiscal tightening)” and “the Federal Reserve raising interest rates (monetary tightening).” During the 1969-70 recession, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States fell 0.6%.
Income, Housing, and Transportation:
- Average income per year: $8,550.00
- Average cost of a new house: $15,550.00
- Average monthly rent: $135.00
- Average cost of a new car: $3,270.00
- Cost of a gallon of gas: 35 cents
- A gallon of milk: $1.10
- A loaf of bread: 23 cents
- A dozen eggs: 62 cents
- A pound of sugar: 12 cents
- A five-pound bag of flour: 29 cents
- Bananas: 12 cents a pound
- Potatoes: 49 cents for a five-pound bag
- A pound of bacon: 89 cents
- A 1969 Ford Mustang: $3,175.00
- A 1969 Pontiac Torino: $4,266.00
- A boy’s jacket: $8.88
- A girl’s jumper: $3.33
- A man’s rancher-style corduroy jacket: $17.99
- A woman’s skirt: $2.99
- Clorox bleach: 48 cents a for a gallon jug
- Ivory dish detergent: 75 cents for a 37-ounce bottle
- An Oster four-speed blender: $18.99
- A 10” Teflon frying pan: $1.47
- A Magic Chef range: $299.99
- A Whirlpool washing machine: $199.99
- A daily newspaper: 10 cents
- A movie ticket: $3.00
- Crest toothpaste: 69 cents for a 6.75-ounce tube
- Mouthwash: 39 cents for a 32-ounce bottle
- Dristan cold medicine: 79 cents for a 24-count bottle
- Bufferin pain reliever: $0.99 to $1.49 for a 100-count bottle
- Clairol Great Body hair conditioner: 99 cents for a 3.5-ounce bottle
- Aqua Net hair spray: 49 cents for a 13-ounce can
- Playing cards: Four packs for $1.00
- A GE AM/FM table model radio: $16.83
- A Magnavox color television: $598.50
- A Sony cassette stereo recorder: $179.50
- A large book bag: $3.47
- Pencils: 22 for 53 cents
- Loose leaf paper: 500 sheets for 73 cents
The U.S. Economy:
- In December 1969, unemployment was 3.5%.
- Inflation was 5.46%, up from 4.19% a year earlier.
- The minimum wage was $1.30 per hour.
- In 1968, the average closing price for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was 875.72.
- On the last day of trading for the year, the Dow closed at 800.
- The DJIA low for the year was 769.93.
- On March 17, the prime rate was 7.5%.
- GDP growth was -0.6%.
- The price of gold averaged $41.10 per troy ounce.
3. History Facts and Events From the USA and World
- On January 1, President-elect Richard Nixon nominated Henry Cabot Lodge—the former American ambassador to South Vietnam—to be the senior U.S. negotiator at the Paris peace talks.
- On January 9, the first trial flight of the Concorde 001 supersonic jetliner took place from Toulouse, France.
- On January 20, Richard M. Nixon was inaugurated as the 37th U.S. president.
- On January 22, Operation Dewey Canyon—the last major operation by the U.S. Marines in Vietnam—began in the Da Krong valley.
- On January 22, Roy Campanella and Stan Musial were both inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- On January 25, the Paris peace talks opened with the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Viet Cong all in attendance.
- On January 27, Chuck Noll was named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (He was the youngest coach in NFL history at the time.)
- On January 30, the Beatles gave their final live performance from the roof of the Apple building in London.
- On February 4, John Madden was named the head coach of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
- On February 5, the U.S. population reached 200 million.
- On February 8, the last edition of the Saturday Evening Post (1821-1969) was published. (The Post was revived in 1971 “after its parent company, [the] Curtis Publishing Company, was acquired by Beurt SerVaas, an Indianapolis industrialist. SerVaas began to publish the Post quarterly from Indianapolis.”)
- On February 9, the 747 jumbo jet made its first test flight. Jess Wallick was the flight engineer, Jack Waddell was the pilot, and Brien Wygle was the co-pilot.
- On March 1, MLB legend Mickey Mantle announced his retirement because of knee injuries. He finished an 18-season career with 536 home runs and a .298 batting average.
- On March 4, President Nixon threatened to resume bombing North Vietnam “in retaliation for the Viet Cong offenses in the South.”
- On March 10, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- On March 17, Golda Meir became Israel's fourth prime minister—the first and only woman to ever hold the office.
- In April, the Montreal Expos baseball team was founded. They were Major League Baseball’s first team to be established outside of the United States.
- On April 9, the first flight of the British-assembled Concorde 002 took place.
- On April 17, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
- On April 30, U.S. troop levels in Vietnam peaked at 543,400.
- By April 30, 33,641 Americans had been killed in the Vietnam War.
- On May 14, during his first television speech on Vietnam, President Nixon presented “a peace plan in which America and North Vietnam would simultaneously pull out of South Vietnam over the next year.” (The offer was later rejected by Hanoi.)
- On May 14, the last Chevrolet Corvair came off the assembly line at GM’s Willow Run, Michigan manufacturing plant.
- On May 27, construction began on Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida.
- On May 30, Mario Andretti won the Indianapolis 500.
- On June 1, tobacco advertising was banned on Canadian radio and television.
- On June 8, MLB legend Mickey Mantle gave his farewell speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium to the delight of over 60,000 fans.
- On June 22, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught on fire when “floating pieces of oil slicked debris were ignited on the river by sparks caused by a passing train.”
- On July 1, the investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales was watched by large crowds in Caernarfon, Wales, and by millions on worldwide television.
- On July 4, the Atlanta International Pop Festival “attracted an audience of approximately 100,000 to watch 16 performers including Janis Joplin, Johnny Rivers, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sweetwater, and Led Zeppelin.”
- On September 9, the Official Languages Act came into force, which gave French and English equal status in the government of Canada.
- On July 8, the first U.S. troop withdrawal from Vietnam occurred when 800 men from the 9th Infantry Division were sent home. TheHistoryPlace.com tells us that “The phased troop withdrawal will occur in 14 stages from July 1969 through November 1972.”
- On July 14, the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve announced that “currency notes in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be discontinued immediately due to lack of use. Although they were issued until 1969, they were last printed in 1945.”
- History.com reports that on July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the moon. About six-and-a-half hours after their historic landing, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. As he took his first step, Armstrong said: “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
- From August 15-18, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair took place on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in upstate New York. Approximately 500,000 rock-and-roll fans “watched 35 performers including Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, The Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix.”
- On August 21, the first Gap clothing store opened on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco.
- On September 2, the first ATM was installed at a Chemical Bank branch in Rockville Center, New York.
- On September 16, President Nixon ordered “the withdrawal of 35,000 soldiers from Vietnam and a reduction in draft calls.”
- On September 22, Willie Mays became the second MLB player to hit 600 home runs.
- On October 15, the world headquarters of Bank of America at 555 California Street in San Francisco opened for business.
- In October 1969, an opinion poll revealed that 71% of Americans approved of President Nixon's Vietnam policy.
- On October 27, Ralph Nader established a consumer organization known as Nader's Raiders.
- On October 29, the Supreme Court “ruled that school districts must end segregation ‘now and hereafter.’”
- On November 10, the acclaimed children’s TV series, Sesame Street, premiered on PBS. Currently in its 51st season, the show combines “live-action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry.”
- On November 15, the “Mobilization” peace demonstration drew an estimated 250,000 protesters in Washington, DC. It was the largest anti-war protest in U.S. history.
- On December 6, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival “attracted an audience of approximately 300,000 to watch 10 performers including The Rolling Stones, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.”
- December 15, President Nixon ordered an additional 50,000 soldiers out of Vietnam.
- On December 20, a “frustrated” Henry Cabot Lodge quit his post as the chief U.S. negotiator at the Paris peace talks.
- By the end of 1969, America's fighting strength in Vietnam had been reduced by 115,000 men.
- At year’s end, over 40,000 Americans had been killed in Vietnam.
4. Sports Facts and Trivia
Generally suitable for all age groups, sports questions are a welcome addition to any trivia quiz.
- Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti
- Kentucky Derby: Majestic Prince
- AFL Champions: Kansas City Chiefs
- NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
- NCAA Basketball: UCLA
- NCAA Football Champs: Texas
- NFL Champions: Minnesota Vikings
- Orange Bowl: Penn State over Kansas
- Rose Bowl: Ohio State over USC
- Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
- Sugar Bowl: Arkansas over Georgia
- Super Bowl III: New York Jets
- U.S. Open Golf: Orville Moody
- U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Rod Laver/Margaret Smith Court
- Wimbledon (men/women): Rod Laver/Ann Jones
- World Series Champions: New York Mets
5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 1960s, radio, film, television, and books defined the essence of American pop culture. (No, the Internet wasn’t around yet.)
- In 1969, popular baby names were Michael, David, James, John, Lisa, Michelle, Jennifer, and Kimberly.
- The average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 70.51 years.
- The most popular holiday gifts included Astrolite, Big Wheels, Nerf Ball, and Upsy Downsys.
- What about fashion trends in 1969? FastCompany.com tells us that “Relatively rule-free mixing and matching was in. Hippy fashion was in–especially for the younger crowd. Trends included fringed suede jackets, kaftans, psychedelic prints, and hemp. It was the year of Woodstock, after all.”
- Fashion icons for the year were Ann-Margret, Brigitte Bardot, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Diahann Carroll, Julie Christie, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Peggy Lipton, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ingrid Pitt, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Marlo Thomas, Tina Turner, Twiggy, Raquel Welch, and Natalie Wood.
- Judith Ford (Illinois) was crowned Miss America.
- Wendy Dascomb (Virginia) became Miss USA.
- Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” were Middle Americans.
- Cars that were introduced in 1969 include the Chevrolet Constantia, Chevrolet K5 Blazer, Chevrolet Kingswood, Chevrolet Opala, Chrysler Valiant, Chrysler VIP, Dodge Challenger, Ford Capri, Ford Falcon (XW), Honda 1300, Mercury Capri, Subaru R-2, and the Volvo GTZ.
- Consumer products introduced in 1969 include Capri Sun, Charms Blow Pops, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Funyuns, Gain detergent, Glue stick, Hawaiian tropic, Manwich, Nutter Butter, and Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn.
- On February 7, the variety series This Is Tom Jones debuted on ABC.
- On February 24, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie—a film based on a novel by Muriel Spark, and starring Maggie Smith—premiered in London.
- On April 14, the 41th Academy Awards honored the best films of 1968. Here were some of the winners: Oliver! won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Carol Reed (Oliver!) won an Oscar for Best Director. Likewise, Cliff Robertson (Charly) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) won an Oscar for Best Actress. Finally, Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses) won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Ruth Gordon (Rosemary's Baby) won an Oscar for Best supporting Actress.
- On May 25, Midnight Cowboy, a film starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, was released.
- On June 3, the last episode of the science fiction series Star Trek aired on NBC.
- On June 7, the Johnny Cash Show—a music variety show hosted by Johnny Cash—premiered on ABC.
- On June 8, at the 21th Primetime Emmy Awards, Get Smart (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and NET Playhouse (NET) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Don Adams (Get Smart) (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series, and Hope Lange (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir) (NBC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series.
- On June 8, the final episode of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was broadcast on CBS.
- On July 14, Easy Rider—a film starring Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson—was released.
- On September 22, the Music Scene, a show that featured rock and pop music, debuted on ABC.
- On September 23, the medical drama Marcus Welby MD premiered on ABC.
- On September 23, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was released.
- On September 26, the sitcom The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC.
- On September 29, the soap Bright Promise premiered on NBC.
- On September 29, the comedy Love American Style debuted on ABC.
- On September 29, the game show Sale of the Century premiered on NBC.
- On November 10, the acclaimed children’s series Sesame Street debuted on PBS.
6. Nobel Prize Winners
Beth Rowen tells us that winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honor. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure (such as Mother Teresa) or a scientist from obscurity (like Richard R. Ernst), the award brings worldwide recognition that highlights one's life work and provides the funds to continue the mission.
This Nobel Prize information from 1969 has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.com.
- Chemistry: Derek Barton and Odd Hassel
- Economics: Jan Tinbergen and Ragnar Frisch
- Literature: Samuel Beckett
- Peace: the International Labour Organization
- Physics: Murray Gell-Mann
- Physiology or medicine: Max Delbrück, Alfred Hershey, and Salvador Luria
7. Best-Selling Books
This book trivia from 1969 has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.
1. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
2. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
3. The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann
4. The Inheritors by Harold Robbins
5. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
6. The Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace
7. Naked Came the Stranger by Penelope Ashe
8. The Promise by Chaim Potok
9. The Pretenders by Gwen Davis
10. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
1. American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language edited by William Morris
2. In Someone's Shadow by Rod McKuen
3. The Peter Principle by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull
4. Between Parent and Teenager by Dr. Haim G. Ginott
5. The Graham Kerr Cookbook by The Galloping Gourmet
6. The Selling of the President 1968 by Joe McGinniss
7. Miss Craig's 21-Day Shape-Up Program for Men and Women by Marjorie Craig
8. My Life and Prophecies by Jeane Dixon with René Noorbergen
9. Linda Goodman's Sun Signs by Linda Goodman
10. Twelve Years of Christmas by Rod McKuen
8. Most Popular Television Shows From 1969-70
Encyclopedia.com tells us that “Television cemented its grip on American attention spans during the 1960s. The industry added channels and improved the quality of its color pictures. Americans enjoyed watching the Westerns, situation comedies (sitcoms), and action-adventure shows that made up the majority of network programming, but few could claim that these shows were of great quality."
Here are the 10 most popular TV shows from 1969-70:
- Rowan and Martin's Laugh In (NBC)
- Gunsmoke (CBS)
- Bonanza (NBC)
- Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
- Family Affair (CBS)
- Here's Lucy (CBS)
- The Red Skelton Hour (CBS)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC)
- Walt Disny's Wonderful World of Color (ABC)
- The Doris Day Show (CBS)
- The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
9. Highest-Grossing Films
These movie facts have been made available courtesy of The-Numbers.com.
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- The Love Bug
- Midnight Cowboy
- Easy Rider
- Hello, Dolly
- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
- Paint Your Wagon
- True Grit
- Cactus Flower
- Goodbye, Columbus
10. Horror Movies From the Year 1969
This film trivia has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.
- The Cremator
- Blind Beast
- The House that Screamed
- Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
- Horrors of Malformed Men
- Night Gallery
- The Book of Stone
- What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
- The Oblong Box
- Venus in Furs
Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour
11. Biggest Pop Music Artists
Popular music artists from the year 1969 include the following:
- Aretha Franklin
- The Beatles
- Blood, Sweat & Tears
- Booker T. & the MG's
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Dionne Warwick
- The 5th Dimension
- Gladys Knight & the Pips
- The Isley Brothers
- James Brown
- Johnny Cash
- Marvin Gaye
- Peter, Paul & Mary
- The Rolling Stones
- Sly & the Family Stone
- Stevie Wonder
- The Supremes
- The Temptations
- Three Dog Night
- Tommy James & the Shondells
12. Top 40 Songs for the Year
This music trivia from 1969 has been made available courtesy of Music-Outfitters.com.
1. Sugar, Sugar: the Archies
2. Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In: the Fifth Dimension
3. I Can't Get Next to You: the Temptations
4. Honky Tonk Women: the Rolling Stones
5. Everyday People: Sly and the Family Stone
6. Dizzy: Tommy Roe
7. Hot Fun In the Summertime: Sly and the Family Stone
8. (It Looks Like) I'll Never Fall In Love Again: Tom Jones
9. Build Me Up Buttercup: the Foundations
10. Crimson and Clover: Tommy James and the Shondells
11. One: Three Dog Night
12. Crystal Blue Persuasion: Tommy James and the Shondells
13. Hair: the Cowsills
14. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby: Marvin Gaye
15. Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet: Henry Mancini and his orchestra
16. Get Together: the Youngbloods
17. Grazing In the Grass: the Friends of Distinction
18. Suspicious Minds: Elvis Presley
19. Proud Mary: Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love): Jr. Walker & the All Stars
21. It's Your Thing: the Isley Brothers
22. Sweet Caroline: Neil Diamond
23. Jean: Oliver
24. Bad Moon Rising: Creedence Clearwater Revival
25. Get Back: the Beatles
26. In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus): Zager and Evans
27. Spinning Wheel: Blood, Sweat & Tears
28. Baby, I Love You: Andy Kim
29. Going In Circles: the Friends of Distinction
30. Hurt So Bad: the Lettermen
31. Green River: Creedence Clearwater Revival
32. My Cherie Amour: Stevie Wonder
33. Easy to Be Hard: Three Dog Night
34. Baby It's You: Smith
35. In the Ghetto: Elvis Presley
36. A Boy Named Sue: Johnny Cash
37. Baby, Baby Don't Cry: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
38. Only the Strong Survive: Jerry Butler
39. Time of the Season: the Zombies
40. Wedding Bell Blues: the Fifth Dimension
13. Food and Beverage Trivia
GoodHousekeeping.com tells us that “Like fashion, food falls in and out of style. Back when kids of the '50s and '60s were growing up, family dinners meant these dishes were front and center at every family get-together, holiday meal, or cocktail party your parents threw. Many of these recipes evolved from the appeal of new ‘convenience’ foods ranging from canned soups to boxed cake mixes.”
Courtesy of TheDailyMeal.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and LoveFood.com, here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 1969:
- 7-Up (a lemon and lime-flavored soft drink)
- Capri Sun
- Charms Blow Pops
- Chicken a la King
- Chicken pot pie
- Chiffon margarine
- Cool Whip
- Diet Pepsi
- Domino’s pizza (Domino’s is the largest pizza delivery chain on the planet.)
- Doritos (LoveFood.com reveals that “Doritos were invented at a Mexican-style restaurant in Disneyland. The seasoned snacks were such a hit with customers that they were produced commercially for the local market, before being rolled out nationwide in 1966.”)
- Frosted Mini-Wheats
- Frozen bread dough
- Frozen dinners
- Frozen pie crust
- Funyuns (an onion-flavored corn snack)
- Green Giant frozen peas
- Instant mashed potato flakes
- Lipton onion soup dip
- Manwich (a canned sloppy joe sauce)
- Mountain Dew (a citrus-flavored soft drink)
- Nutter Butter (a peanut butter sandwich cookie)
- Orange Crush (an orange-flavored soft drink)
- Orville Redenbacher's popcorn
- Pop Tarts
- Pot roast
- Quaker Oats instant oatmeal
- Royal Crown Cola (aka RC Cola)
- Seven Seas salad dressing
- Shake 'n Bake
- SPAM (Spam “is a brand of canned cooked pork made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was introduced by Hormel in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. By 2003, Spam was sold in 41 countries on six continents and trademarked in over 100 countries.”)
- Squirt (a grapefruit-flavored soft drink)
- Swedish meatballs (Swedish meatballs “are cooked in a rich, roux-based, creamy gravy made with beef or bone broth and sour cream.”)
- Tic Tacs
- Tuna noodle casserole
14. Famous Birthdays
Here are some of the famous people who were born in 1969:
- Beau Biden: Politician
- Bobby Brown: R&B singer
- Cate Blanchett: Movie actress
- Chandra Wilson: TV actress
- Christian Slater: Movie actor
- Donnie Wahlberg: Movie actor
- Ellen Pompeo: TV actress
- Gwen Stefani: Pop singer
- Hal Sparks: TV show host
- Jason Bateman: TV actor
- Jason Priestley: TV actor
- Jennifer Anniston: TV actress
- Jennifer Lopez: Pop singer
- Ken Jeong: Movie actor
- Matthew McConaughey: Movie actor
- Matthew Perry: TV actor
- Morris Chestnut: TV actor
- Paget Brewster: TV actress
- Paul Rudd: Movie actor
- Peter Dinklage: TV actor
- Ree Drummond: Chef
- Richard Hammond: Journalist
- Todd Chrisley: Reality star
- Tyler Perry: TV producer
- Verne Troyer: Movie actor
15. Notable Weddings
These wedding facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.
- On January 18, actress Audrey Hepburn married Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.
- On February 16, country singer Tammy Wynette wed country singer and songwriter George Jones.
- On March 8, McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc married philanthropist Joan Mansfield.
- On March 12, singer, songwriter, and Beatle Paul McCartney wed Linda Louise Eastman.
- On March 20, singer, songwriter, and Beatle John Lennon married Yoko Ono.
- On May 4, actor Dustin Hoffman wed actress Anne Byrne.
- On May 9, actress Lana Turner married Ronald Dante.
- On June 19, MLB player and manager Leo Durocher wed socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt.
- On October 24, Love Story actress Ali MacGraw married film producer Robert Evans.
- On November 12, director Blake Edwards wed The Sound of Music actress Julie Andrews.
16. Famous People Who Died
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- Barton Maclane: TV actor
- Boris Karloff: Movie actor
- Chuck Taylor: Entrepreneur
- Dwight D. Eisenhower: former U.S. president
- Everett Dirkson: Politician
- Gabby Hayes: Movie actor
- Ho Chi Minh: Politician
- Jeffrey Hunter: Movie actor
- Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.: Entrepreneur
- Josh White: Blues singer
- Judy Garland: Movie actress
- Libby Henrietta Hyman: Zoologist
- Madge Blake: TV actres
- May Gibbs: Children’s author
- Pants Rowland: Baseball player
- Rhys Williams: Movie actor
- Rocky Marciano: Boxer
- Roy Hamilton: R&B singer
- Sharon Tate: Movie actress
- Skip James: Blues singer
- Spade Cooley: Country singer
- Thelma Ritter: Movie actress
- Walter Gropius: Architect
- Walter Hagen: Golfer
- Westbrook Pegler: Journalist
17. U.S. Automobile Production Figures for the Year
Here are the U.S. automobile production figures for 1969:
- Chevrolet: 2,092,947
- Ford: 1,826,777
- Pontiac: 870,081
- Plymouth: 751,134
- Buick: 665,422
- Oldsmobile: 635,241
- Dodge: 611,645
- Mercury: 398,262
- AMC/Rambler: 209,000
- Chrysler: 260,773
- Cadillac: 223,237
- Lincoln: 61,378
- Imperial: 22,103
- Shelby: 3,150
- Checker: 760
18. America’s Largest Corporations
Money.CNN tells us that “Since 1955, when the first FORTUNE 500 was created, more than 1,800 companies have appeared on the list. Many of these companies have changed names over this period, owing to mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies. Other companies have gone private, or simply changed their names."
Here is the 1969 FORTUNE 500:
- General Motors
- Exxon Mobil
- Ford Motor Company
- General Electric
- Gulf Oil
- U.S. Steel
19. American Companies and Brands Established During 1969
- Bank of America Home Loans: The mortgage unit of Bank of America.
- Bradshaw International: A manufacturer of food service equipment headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
- The Children’s Place: A specialty retailer of children’s clothing and accessories.
- CompuServe: The first major online service provider in the United States.
- DoubleTree: A hotel chain that is part of Hilton Worldwide. As of December 31, 2019, DoubleTree had “587 properties with 135,745 rooms in 47 countries and territories.”
- Econo Lodge: An economy motel chain. As of June 30, 2020, there were 779 Econo Lodge locations with 46,992 rooms in the United States and Canada.
- Gap Inc.: A clothing and accessories retailer.
- Jordache: A clothing company that markets shirts, jeans, and outerwear.
- Long John Silver’s: A chain of fast food restaurants that specializes in seafood. The first Long John Silver’s restaurant opened on August 18, 1969 in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Old Spaghetti Factory: An restaurant chain specializing in Italian food that has 40 locations across 13 states.
- Space Vector Corporation: A company “that provides aerospace products and services to government and commercial customers.”
- Taylor Shellfish Company: A seafood company that is based in Shelton, Washington.
- Telos: An information technology and cybersecurity company located in Ashburn, Virginia.
- Tenet Healthcare: A healthcare services company based in Dallas, Texas.
- Union Pacific Corporation: A publicly traded railroad holding company that is located in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Liz Westwood from UK on March 14, 2021:
The moon landing was top of my list for 1969. Once again you have compiled an interesting fact file for the year.