July 16, 2004

Basically, All Hell Broke Loose

So what happened the year YOU were born? In my case, it's mostly not pretty:

In 1969 (the year you were born)
Richard Nixon becomes president of the US

Senator Edward Kennedy escapes injury when the car he is driving veers off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island

US astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to set foot on the moon while commanding the Apollo 11 mission

Breathtaking pictures of Mars are transmitted to earth from NASA's Mariner 7 as it passes within 2,200 miles of the Red Planet

Woodstock music festival begins in upstate NY, featuring performances by Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and many more artists

250,000 Vietnam War protestors gather in Washington for the largest anti-war rally in US history

The first draft lottery since WWII is held in New York City

The Beatles' performance in public for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records

The Stonewall riots mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the US

Marilyn Manson, Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger, Edward Norton, Christian Slater, and Linus Torvalds are born

New York Mets win the World Series

New York Jets win Superbowl III

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Sesame Street premieres

Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for best picture

David Bowie's debut single, "Space Oddity", becomes a huge hit - in part to the US landing on the moon

Sharon Tate & the LaBiancas are found murdered by Charles Manson & "family"

What Happened the Year You Were Born?
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Riots, wars, Manson, Chappaquiddick . . . I don't think this is what Sinatra was talking about in "It Was a Very Good Year," although I suppose the moon landing qualifies as awesome.

Brought to my attention by the lovely and swingin' Emma of Miss Apropos.

Posted by Ilyka at July 16, 2004 03:44 AM in trivia

Well, honey. . .based on that terrific load of events, I'd have to say you were the best thing to come from 1969. :)

Posted by: Emma at July 16, 2004 06:59 AM

I checked out the year I was born-1974-and man was it one violent year.

Speaks volumes, really.

Posted by: Helen at July 16, 2004 08:09 AM

That makes me the second best thing from 69. ;-)

Posted by: Jim at July 16, 2004 03:40 PM

Damn you're old.

(1966 here. :-)

Posted by: Dean Esmay at July 17, 2004 11:22 AM

Well, Jim and Ilyka, in that case, it was a very good year.

(What would I know, I was only four years old.)


Posted by: Emma at July 19, 2004 04:54 AM

I just snuck into 1969, by a month. Thanksgiving Day, in fact, which has led to a lifetime of lame-ass "turkey" jokes. Being so late, I missed all the good stuff.

Posted by: Phil at July 19, 2004 11:48 PM