- France withdraws from Nato (April 1).
- US Apollo 11 space craft lands on Moon (October).
- Death of Ho Chi Minh, president of North Vietnam (September 3).
- President Nixon orders resumed bombing of North Vietnam (September 12).
- Message between two computers marks birth of ARPAnet (Advanced Research Projects Agency) (October 20)the “Mother of the Internet”, 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.
- Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas found American Zoetrope (November 14)
- The first in vitro fertilization of a human egg is performed in Cambridge, England.
- The scanning electron Microscope is developed.
- First Concorde SST flight.
- Approximately 225 million Telephones are in service in the world, 114 million. of which are in the U.S.
- Two of the Beatles were married, John Lennon to Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to Linda Eastman.
- Gloria Diaz of the Philippines is crowned Miss Universe.
- A bomb is accidentally dropped on the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, killing 25 and wounding 85 crewmen (January 14).
- Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated 37th President of the US (January 20).
- Stonewall riot in New York City marks beginning of Gay Rights Movement (June 28).
- Senator Edward M. Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving the scene of fatal accident at Chappaquiddick, Mass., in which Mary Jo Kopechne was drowned – gets two month suspended sentence (July 18).
- Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins take man’s first walk on Moon.
- The use of DDT is banned in residential areas.
- Breathtaking pictures of Mars are transmitted to earth from NASA’s Mariner 7 as it passes within 2,200 miles of the Red Planet.
- Hurricane Camille causes 256 deaths and leaves 68 persons missing from Mississippi to West Virginia.
- 250,000 Vietnam War protesters gather in Washington for the largest anti-war rally in U.S. History.
- The first draft lottery since WWII is held in New York City.
- On August 9th, a pregnant Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family.
- Judith Anne Ford of Illinois is crowned Miss America.
President – Richard M. Nixon Vice President – Spiro T. Agnew
Population – 202,676,946
Life expectancy – 70.5 years
Babies born in U.S. – 3,600,000
Average Income – $9,433
Federal Debt – $365.8 billion
Consumer Price Index – 36.7
Unemployment – 3.6%
Federal Minimum Wage – $1.60
Cost of First-Class Stamp – $0.06
Cost of 1 Gallon Milk – $1.35
Cost of 1 Pound Bread – $0.23
Cost of 1 Gallon Gas – $0.35
Cost of New Ford – $3,278
Cost of Average 3 Bedroom Home – $25,600
Super Bowl – New York Jets d. Baltimore (16-7)
World Series – New York Mets d. Baltimore (4-1)
NBA Championship – Boston Celtics d. LA Lakers (4-3)
Stanley Cup – Montreal d. St. Louis (4-0)
Women – 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 (92-72)
NCAA Football Champions – Texas (11-0-0)
1969 Heisman Trophy Winner – Steve Owens, University of Oklahoma
US Open Golf – Orville Moody
Nobel Prize Winner (Literature) – Samuel Beckett – Ireland
Best Selling Non-Fiction – American Heritage Dictionary, William Morris, editor
Best Picture – Midnight Cowboy, United Artists
Best Director – John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy
Best Actress – Maggie Smith, The Prince of Miss Jean Brodie
Best Actor – John Wayne, True Grit
Best Actress in a supporting role – Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower
Best Actor in a supporting role – Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Top TV Show – The Beverly Hillbillies
- Sesame Street debuts on TV.
- Doonesbury comic strip debuts.
- Midnight Cowboy wins the Best Picture Oscar, the first and only time an X-rated movie received the honor.
- 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.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Wild Bunch
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Where Eagles Dare
The Italian Job
Bambi Meets Godzilla
Take The Money And Run
Paint Your Wagon
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Two Mules For Sister Sara
The Love Bug
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Support Your Local Sheriff
Anne Of The Thousand Days
The Happy Ending
The Wild Bunch
Women In Love
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Bridge At Remagen
The Assassination Bureau
Change Of Habit