Information for the Year 1969
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- The United States, USSR, and about 100 other countries sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT).
- Russian and Chinese troops clash along the Ussuri River.
- 27-year-old Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi deposes King Idris of Libya and establishes a pro-Arabic, anti-Western, Islamic republic.
- Population: 3.631 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: International Labour Organization
- Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated 37th President of the US (Jan. 20).
- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving scene of fatal accident at Chappaquiddick, Mass. (July 18) in which Mary Jo Kopechne was drowned—gets two-month suspended sentence (July 25).
- Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., —take first walk on the Moon (July 20).
- President: Richard M. Nixon
- Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
- Population: 202,676,946
- Life expectancy: 70.5 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $982.2 billion
- Federal spending: $183.64 billion
- Federal debt: $365.8 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars): $8,389
- Consumer Price Index: 36.7
- Unemployment: 3.6%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06
- Super Bowl New York Jets defeated Baltimore Colts (SCORE 16-7)
- World Series of Baseball New York Mets defeated Baltimore Orioles
- National Basketball Association Championship Boston defeated Los Angeles Lakers
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadians defeated St. Louis Blues
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Ann Jones defeated Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Rod Laver defeated J. Newcombe (6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Majestic Prince
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship UCLA defeated Purdue (SCORE 92-72)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Texas (RECORD 11-0-0)
- The FCC bans all cigarette advertising on television and radio.
- Children's Television Workshop introduces Sesame Street.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Oliver!
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Get Smart - NBC
- Miss America: Judith Anne Ford (Illinios)
- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the moon.
- ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) 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.
- The scanning electron microscope is developed.
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