Brainerd High School
Brainerd High

The 52nd Class Get Together

August 14th 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
The Brainerd VFW
309 S. 6th Street

Brainerd MN

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Events of 1969

1969 Events, Music, Trivia and other Useless Information

Updated 03-10-2010

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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
NY Jets d. Baltimore (16-7)

World Series
NY Mets d. Baltimore (4-1)

NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers (4-3)

Stanley Cup
Montreal d. St. Louis (4-0)

Women: Ann Jones d. B.J. King (3-6 6-3 6-2)
Men: Rod Laver d. J. Newcombe (6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Majestic Prince

NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. Purdue (92-72)

NCAA Football Champions
Texas (11-0-0

World Events

  • As President Nixon took office, the American death toll in the Viet Nam war reached 34,000.
  • CBS canceled one of its most popular shows, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, because a copy of the show hadn't reached the censors in time. The network was under pressure to dump the politically potent variety show, which Vice President Spiro Agnew had claimed was "subversive."
  • Millions of Americans participated in a Viet Nam Moratorium Day, with candelight vigils and prayers for peace. President Nixon ignored the event, but Vice President Spiro Agnew called the participants "an effete corps of impudent snobs."
  • Veterans' Day ceremonies around the country consisted of pro-America demonstrations. Vice President Agnew called U.S. patriots "the silent majority." Three days later, 250,000 people marched on Washington to protest the war. Simultaneously, 100,000 demonstrated in San Francisco.

  • 340 Harvard students took over the university's administration building. 400 state troopers and police officers cleared them out with tear gas and beatings from nightsticks.
  • At Cornell University, a 36-hour sit-in was held in the student union building by black militants brandishing automatic weapons. At Berkeley, a National Guard helicopter dropped caustic chemicals on a protesters' area called People's Park. 19 University of California faculty members were among those burned by the substance.
  • 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. Heavy press coverage makes the event seem larger than it was and shows the passing of baby boomers from young children to adult children.
  • Charles Manson and several members of his cult were charged with the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles. Tate was married to film director Roman Polanski.
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman William Fullbright disclosed that the Pentagon and the Nixon administration had been waging an illegal war in Laos, without the required knowledge of the Congress. Meanwhile, Lt. William Calley, Jr. was under investigation on charges that his infantry unit had massacred 450 women, children and other villagers at My Lai, South Viet Nam.
    Leonard Bernstein stepped down as director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Judy Garland died of a drug overdose at age 47.
  • The counterculture-gone-commercial was evident in many of the year's hit songs, including Everyday People, Age Of Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In, Come Together, Crimson & Clover and In The Year 2525.
  • Charmin Bathroom Tissue went from obscurity to America's best-seller, due to an ad campaign featuring grocer Mr. Whipple, portrayed by character actor Dick Wilson.
  • Pele scores 1000th goal
  • Boeing 747 and Concorde first flight
  • In time for perhaps the very last of the boomers, Sesame Street debuts on television.
  • But also, Penthouse begins publication... in plenty of time for the boomers.
  • President Nixon announces his "Vietnamization" designed to help the Vietnamese deal with their own problems, and extricate the U.S. from southeast Asia.
  • July 18: Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island off Martha's Vineyard, killing his young passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. This major story was partially drowned out (sorry) by the moon landing that took place just days later. A week after the accident, Kennedy received a suspended sentence, and that was the end of it. But many Americans would never look at Kennedy the same way
  • July 21: 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. "Houston... Tranquility Base, here; the Eagle has landed." Event of the century? Possibly; we all thought so at the time. We met the late president's challenge and conquered outer space. This gave Americans confidence that we could beat the Russians in anything... if put to the test.
  • August 10: 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."
  • The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) claims that marijuana is harmless to both the user and society in general.
  • The U.S. spends no more money than it takes in. That won't happen again till the boomers hit 50.
  • Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi gulf coast killing 248; damage is set at $1.5 billion.
  • An oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara spreads over 30 miles of the shoreline. This is the first major of dozens to follow in the next 25 years.
  • Dr. Laurence Peter introduces the world to his "Peter Principle," which states that workers rise to their level of incompetence.
  • President Nixon bans the production of chemical weapons.
  • As the first of the boomers reach their 20's, the cost of medical care begins to rise sharply.
  • October: "I will say confidently that looking ahead just three years the war will be over." - President Nixon.
  • The "Chicago 7" (even though there were actually 8) have their day on court. Attorney William Kunstler, defends David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, Jerry Rubin, Lee Weiner, and chemistry professor John R. Froins. Bobby Seale is gagged and chained to his chair because of his courtroom outbursts and sentences him in November to 4 years in prison for contempt of court. The others get off with relatively light sentences.
  • Defying all conventional wisdom, the New York Mets win their first World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Jets win the Super Bowl, defying all logic... except that of Joe Namath.
  • November: President Nixon appeals to the "great silent majority" to support his Vietnam policy.
  • "Marcus Welby" and "Monthy Python's Flying Circus" debut on television.
  • 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."
  • November 15: 250,000 protestors (mostly students) march against the war in Washington, D.C. It is only fitting that the decade ends with just as much excitement and turmoil as it began.
  • December 1: The Selective Service conducts the first draft lottery since 1942, affecting 800,000 males born between 1944 and 1950.


Technology Events

  • Honeywell releases the H316 "Kitchen Computer", the first home computer, priced at $10,600 in the Neiman Marcus catalog.
  • Advanced Micro Devices is founded by Jerry Sanders and seven others from Fairchild Semiconductor.

  • Intel announces a 1 kilobit RAM chip (that's only 128 Bytes!), which has a significantly larger capacity than any previously produced memory chip
  • For the Busicom project, Intel's Marcian (Ted) Hoff and Stan Mazor design a 4-bit CPU chip set architecture that could receive instructions and perform simple functions on data. The CPU becomes the 4004 microprocessor
  • ARPANET (later to become a little thing called the Internet) commissioned by DoD for research into networking. First set up with 4 nodes: Stanford, UCLA, UCSB, and U. of Utah. First attempt at sending packets was from UCLA to Stanford on October 29. The first 2 characters were successfully transferred, but the third keystroke crashed the system.


1969 Oscar Nominations   (winner is underlined)

Best Picture
    Anne of the Thousand Days
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Hello, Dolly!
    Midnight Cowboy

Best Director
    Arthur Penn for Alice's Restaurant
    Costa-Gavras for Z
    George Roy Hill for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    John Schlesinger for Midnight Cowboy
    Sydney Pollack for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Actor
    Dustin Hoffman for Midnight Cowboy
    John Wayne for True Grit
    Jon Voight for Midnight Cowboy
    Peter O'Toole for Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    Richard Burton for Anne of the Thousand Days

Best Actress
    Genevieve Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days
    Jane Fonda for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Jean Simmons for The Happy Ending
    Liza Minnelli for The Sterile Cuckoo
    Maggie Smith for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Best Supporting Actor
    Anthony Quayle for Anne of the Thousand Days
    Elliott Gould for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
    Gig Young for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Jack Nicholson for Easy Rider
    Rupert Crosse for The Reivers

Best Supporting Actress
    Catherine Burns for Last Summer
    Dyan Cannon for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
    Goldie Hawn for Cactus Flower
    Susannah York for They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Sylvia Miles for Midnight Cowboy


1969 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension

Album of the Year
Blood, Sweat and Tears; Blood, Sweat and Tears

Song of the Year
Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter

Best New Artist of 1969
Crosby, Stills and Nash

Best Contemporary Song
Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Male
Everybody's Talkin'; Harry Nilsson

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Female
Is That All There Is; Peggy Lee

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By a Group
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Performance By a Chorus
Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Percy Faith Orchestra and Chorus

Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance
Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie; Blood, Sweat and Tears

Best Rhythm and Blues Song
Color Him Father; Richard Spencer - songwriter

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Male
The Chokin' Kind; Joe Simon

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Female
Share Your Love With Me; Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo
It's Your Thing; Isley Brothers

Best Country Song
A Boy Named Sue; Shel Silverstein - songwriter

Best Country Vocal Performance - Male
A Boy Named Sue; Johnny Cash

Best Country Vocal Performance - Female
Stand by Your Man; Tammy Wynette

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group
MacArthur Park; Waylon Jennings and the Kimberlys

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Henry Mancini - arranger

Best Instrumental Theme
Midnight Cowboy; John Barry - composer

Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album
Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis - composers

Best Original Score Written for Motion Picture or Television
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Burt Bacharach - composer

Album of the Year - Classical
Switched-On Bach; Walter Carlos

Best Album Cover
America the Beautiful; Kelbish-painting, Stahlberg-graphics


Top 100 Songs of 1969 (Record of the Year:....Aquarius, by the 5th Dimension)


1. Aquarius, Fifth Dimension

2. Sugar, Sugar, Archies

3. I Can't Get Next To You, Temptations

4. Honky Tonk Women, Rolling Stones

5. Build Me Up Buttercup, Foundations

6. Dizzy, Tommy Roe

7. Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly and The Family Stone

8. I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom Jones

9. Everyday People, Sly and The Family Stone

10. Get Together, Youngbloods

11. One, Three Dog Night

12. Crystal Blue Persuasion, Tommy James and The Shondells

13. Hair, Cowsills

14. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, Marvin Gaye

15. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet, Henry Mancini and His Orch.

16. Crimson And Clover, Tommy James and The Shondells

17. Grazin' In The Grass, Friends Of Distinction

18. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley

19. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival

20. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), Jr. Walker and The All Stars

21. It's Your Thing, Isley Brothers

22. Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond

23. Jean, Oliver

24. Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

25. Get Back, The Beatles

26. In The Year 2525, Zager and Evans

27. Spinning Wheel, Blood, Sweat and Tears

28. Baby, I Love You, Andy Kim

29. Going In Circles, Friends Of Distinction

30. Hurt So Bad, Lettermen

31. Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival

32. My Cherie Amour, Stevie Wonder

33. Easy To Be Hard, Three Dog Night

34. Baby It's You, Smith

35. In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley

36. A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash

37. Baby, Baby Don't Cry, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

38. Only The Strong Survive, Jerry Butler

39. Time Of The Season, Zombies

40. Wedding Bell Blues, Fifth Dimension

41. Little Woman, Bobby Sherman

42. Love (Can Make You Happy), Mercy

43. Good Morning Starshine, Oliver

44. These Eyes, The Guess Who

45. You've Made Me So Very Happy, Blood, Sweat and Tears

46. Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Jackie DeShannon

47. Do Your Thing, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

48. I'd Wait A Million Years, The Grass Roots

49. Touch Me, The Doors

50. More Today Than Yesterday, Spiral Starecase

51. I've Gotta Be Me, Sammy Davis Jr.

52. Lay Lady Lay, Bob Dylan

53. Atlantis, Donovan

54. Traces, Dennis Yost and The Classics IV

55. It's Getting Better, Mama Cass Elliot

56. This Magic Moment, Jay and The Americans

57. Run Away Child, Running Wild, Temptations

58. Hawaii Five-O, Ventures

59. Galveston, Glen Campbell

60. I'm Gonna Make You Mine, Lou Christie

61. Gitarzan, Ray Stevens

62. Can I Change My Mind, Tyrone Davis

63. Time Is Tight, Booker T and The MG's

64. This Girl's In Love With You, Dionne Warwick

65. Color Him Father, Winstons

66. Black Pearl, Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, Ltd.

67. Indian Giver, 1910 Fruitgum Company

68. Mother Popcorn (Part I), James Brown

69. Twenty-five Miles, Edwin Starr

70. Things I'd Like To Say, New Colony Six

71. When I Die, Motherlode

72. That's The Way Love Is, Marvin Gaye

73. Everybody's Talkin', Nilsson

74. Worst That Could Happen, Brooklyn Bridge

75. Chokin' Kind, Joe Simon

76. Smile A Little Smile For Me, Flying Machine

77. Polk Salad Annie, Tony Joe White

78. Ruby, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

79. Games People Play, Joe South

80. You Showed Me, Turtles

81. Come Together, The Beatles

82. Oh, What A Night, Dells

83. Something, The Beatles

84. This Girl Is A Woman Now, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

85. Tracy, Cuff Links

86. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon, Paul Revere and The Raiders

87. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Diana Ross and The Supremes

88. I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye

89. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', Crazy Elephant

90. Hang 'Em High, Booker T and The MG's

91. Your Good Thing (Is About To End), Lou Rawls

92. Baby I'm For Real, Originals

93. Oh Happy Day, Edwin Hawkins Singers

94. Love Me Tonight, Tom Jones

95. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man Bob, Seger System

96. Laughing, The Guess Who

97. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me), David Ruffin

98. Soul Deep, Box Tops

99. Hooked On A Feeling, B.J. Thomas

100. Sweet Cream Ladies, Box Tops

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