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1969 Newspaper Headlines Summary

An authentic 1969 newspaper will provide fascinating insights into the key events that shaped this year in history, from the perspectives of those who experienced it at the time. Some headlines include the canonical Hippie festival woodstock, which attracted crowds of over 400,000 people, and some of the most brilliant musical performers the world has ever seen. It was also the year that Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch bought The News of the World, beginning a media empire that would last until the present day. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, achieving a major feat for humanity. Discover which other events of interest took place in 1969 below.

Read a fascinating breakdown of 1969 events in our very own 1969 timeline.

1st January 1969Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchases the largest selling British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World.
20th January 1969Richard Milhous Nixon succeeds Lyndon Baines Johnson as the 37th President of the United States of America.
30th January 1969The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
9th February 1969The Boeing 747 takes-off on its maiden flight.
19th March 1969British paratroopers and marines land on the island of Anguilla.
28th March 1969Former United States General and President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, dies after a long illness in the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington D.C..
22nd April 1969Robin Knox-Johnston becomes the first person to sail around the world on his own without stopping.
1st June 1969“Give Peace a Chance” is recorded in Montreal during the famous Bed-In for Peace protest by John Lennon. This is the first solo single recorded by a member of The Beatles. The song was released under the name Plastic Ono Band and is still a strong anthem for peace.
1st July 1969Prince Charles is invested with the title ’Prince of Wales’ at Caernarfon in a televised ceremony.
20th July 1969Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon.
31st July 1969The halfpenny ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
14th August 1969 British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland following the three-day Battle of the Bogside.
26th September 1969The Beatles release their “Abbey Road” album, receiving critical praise and enormous commercial success.
5th October 1969“Monty Python's Flying Circus” airs on BBC One for the first time.
15th November 1969Regular colour television broadcasts begin on BBC One and ITV.
19th November 1969Football great Pelé scores his 1,000th goal.
25th November 1969John Lennon returns his MBE medal in protest to the British government's support of the war in Vietnam.
30th December 1969The Linwood bank robbery in Scotland leaves two police officers dead.
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