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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