1969 Revisited

Trivia and Useless Information From 1969

  • Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York became the second-largest city in New York, when nearly 400,000 converged on the area for the Woodstock Music And Art Fair. Police looked the other way as the counterculture celebrated its largest gathering with peace, music, sex, drugs and rock and roll. surprise
  • The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) claims that marijuana is harmless to both the user and society in general. laugh
  • "Marcus Welby" and "Monthy Python's Flying Circus" debut on television. smiley
  • The Selective Service conducts the first draft lottery since 1942, affecting 800,000 males born between 1944 and 1950. sad
  • Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman and John Lennon married Yoko Ono. wink
  • Honeywell releases the H316 "Kitchen Computer", the first home computer, priced at $10,600 in the Neiman Marcus catalog. enlightened
  • Charmin Bathroom Tissue went from obscurity to America's best-seller, due to an ad campaign featuring grocer Mr. Whipple. smiley
  • Judy Garland died of a drug overdose at age 47. crying
  • The Grammy award for Record of the Year went to "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by the 5th Dimension. smiley
  • The U.S. spends no more money than it takes in. yes
  • Cigarette commercials were banned from TV. yes
  • The Number One song was "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies. smiley
  • As President Nixon took office, the American death toll in the Viet Nam war reached 34,000. crying
  • The U.S. wins the space race convincingly by landing a man on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins fly on board Apollo 11. yes
  • Charles Manson and other members of his cult murder actress Sharon Tate and six others in a horrible event that was referred to as "Helter Skelter." crying
  • Dr. Laurence Peter introduces the world to his "Peter Principle," which states that workers rise to their level of incompetence. wink
  • As the first of the boomers reach their 20's, the cost of medical care begins to rise sharply. sad
  • The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Midnight Cowboy." John Wayne wins for Best Actor in "True Grit." Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." smiley
  • The Boeing 747 and Concorde take their first flights. yes
  • Southwest High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduates a class of four-hundred and fifty-three hippies, misfits and malcontents, turning them loose, en masse, on an unsuspecting world. cheeky


1969 - The Year Everything Changed - Video Montage

Woodstock, CBS Coverage, August 18, 1969