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January 17, 1969

January 17, 1969, was a Friday. It was 55 years, 4 months, and 30 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 17, 1969:

  • United States: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
  • United Kingdom: "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" by Marmalade

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 17, 1969

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross And The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
  • Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
  • Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
Play the top singles from 1969
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1969. Take a trip back to the days of The Scafford, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Marmalade.
Bullitt

Top movie

The movie "Bullitt" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 20,239 days ago. Approximately 675 months have passed. It was the 17th day of 1969, in week 03. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on January 17, 1969, are now 55 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 225 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to January 17, 1969

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 17, 1969, and it's a Friday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The holiday season of 1968 seems like a distant memory. New year's resolutions are already being abandoned, and many are eagerly awaiting their first paycheck after Christmas In America, the song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye is at the top of the singles charts, while "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da" by Marmalade is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Bullitt is at the top of the box office.

Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Gilligan's Island", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Columbo", and "Adam-12". In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid-back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottom jeans, Jesus sandals, crushed velvet suits, and bright tie-dye t-shirts are all popular items of clothing at the moment.

It's 1969, so radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Zager & Evans, The Archies, The 5th Dimension and Elvis Presley. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Brian Jones, and Sharon Tate would all still be alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Top Cat", "JOT the Dot", and "The Monkees".

Children are playing with toys such as G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Battleship (game), Clackers, and Crissy (doll).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 17, 1969.

  • Busby announces his retirement.

    Busby announces his retirement

    On January 14th, 1969, legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.
  • The Vietnam War is still ongoing.

    The Vietnam War is still ongoing

    The war in Vietnam was still ongoing in 1969. By this stage, the conflict had become unpopular with most Americans. Many people wanted the military to throw in the towel and exit the country. In 1969, 11,616 US service personnel were killed in the war.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1969?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1969?

    The best NBA players in 1969 were Wes Unseld, Billy Cunningham, Elgin Baylor, Earl Monroe and Oscar Robertson.
  • Who were the best football players?

    Who were the best football players?

    In 1969, the best soccer players were Gianni Rivera, Luigi Riva, Gerd Müller, Johan Cruyff, Ove Kindvall, George Best, Franz Beckenbauer, Pierino Prati, Petar Zhekov and Jack Charlton.
  • Midnight Cowboy.

    Midnight Cowboy

    The buddy drama film "Midnight Cowboy" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1969.
  • Joe South - "Games People Play"

    Joe South - "Games People Play"

    The song "Games People Play" by Joe South won a Grammy for 1969's Song of the Year.
  • 1969 in music.

    1969 in music

    The Billboard Charts in 1969 were dominated by the likes of Marvin Gaye, The 5th Dimension, The Beatles, Zager and Evans, The Rolling Stones, The Archies and Tommy Roe.
  • 1969 in movies.

    1969 in movies

    Movies released in 1969 included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, "Hello, Dolly!", Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Italian Job, Paint Your Wagon, True Grit, The Wild Bunch, Cactus Flower, "Goodbye, Columbus" and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • The Silent Majority.

    The Silent Majority

    "The Middle Americans" (aka The Silent Majority) were named Time Person of the Year in 1969.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement

    The hippie counterculture reached its peak during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors, and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.
  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity

    The afro hairstyle took off during the 1960s and early 1970s. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix, and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.
  • Color TV.

    Color TV

    Although color television was rising in popularity, black-and-white TV sets were still the most popular.
  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone

    Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.
  • The miniskirt has taken over.

    The miniskirt has taken over

    In the mid-to-late 1960s, the miniskirt became a favored clothing item among women. The skirt countered the conservatism of the 1950s and early 1960s. As a result, many people at the time saw it as a rebellious fashion statement.
  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins

    The fast food industry was steadily growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. Consequently, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 17, 1969.

  • December 20, 1968: The Zodiac Killer shoots high school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday in Benicia.
  • December 23, 1968: North Korea releases 82 American sailors after 11 months of internment.
  • December 24, 1968: The crew of Apollo 8 become the first humans to orbit around the Moon.
  • January 12, 1969:
    • Super Bowl III: The New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Flordia.
    • Led Zeppelin release their first album.
  • January 14, 1969: Manchester United manager Matt Busby announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
  • This date: January 17, 1969
  • January 18, 1969:
    • 38 people are killed when United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay.
    • Actress Audrey Hepburn and Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti are married.
  • January 30, 1969: The Beatles give their last public performance.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 17, 1969, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1969 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 17, 1969 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on January 17, 1969

People in January 1969 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from January 1969.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Adam-12
Adam-12
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Columbo
Columbo
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
Bonanza
Bonanza
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
What's My Line?
What's My Line?

Cars in 1969

1969 saw the introduction of cars such as the Dodge Challenger, the Ford Capri, the Chevrolet Kingswood, the Volkswagen K70, the Mercury Capri, and the Mitsubishi Galant.

Cars in 1969.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1969

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Joe 90
Joe 90
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Archie Show
The Archie Show

Wacky Races
Wacky Races
The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Aquaman
Aquaman
The Herculoids
The Herculoids
The Monkees
The Monkees
Toys

Toys in 1969

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Frisbee
Frisbee
Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)
Clackers
Clackers
Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)
Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite
Best of the West (action figures)
Best of the West (action figures)
Twister mat
Twister mat
Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker
Operation
Operation
Scalextric
Scalextric
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Were you born on January 17, 1969?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1969.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 17, 1975, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 17.

Al Capone

Al Capone

Gangster Deceased
Born on January 17, 1899
He was not alive on this date.

Betty White

Betty White

Actress Deceased
Born on January 17, 1922
She turned 47 on this day in 1969.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Boxer Deceased
Born on January 17, 1942
He turned 27 on this day in 1969.

Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman

Comedian Deceased
Born on January 17, 1949
He turned 20 on this day in 1969.

Mick Taylor

Mick Taylor

Musician
Born on January 17, 1949
He turned 20 on this day in 1969.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Actor
Born on January 17, 1962
He turned 7 on this day in 1969.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

First Lady
Born on January 17, 1964
She turned 5 on this day in 1969.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Actress
Born on January 17, 1980
She was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris

DJ
Born on January 17, 1984
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Marnie Simpson

Marnie Simpson

English TV personality
Born on January 17, 1992
She was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Maxwell Frost

Maxwell Frost

US politician
Born on January 17, 1997
He was born exactly 28 years after this date.

Jake Paul

Jake Paul

Youtuber
Born on January 17, 1997
He was born exactly 28 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on January 17, 1969.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 17, 1969 was most likely conceived around April 26, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 17, 1969 is close to October 10, 1969.

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Stats for January 17, 1969

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about January 17, 1969:

  • 20,239 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,891 weeks have passed.
  • 1,748,649,600 seconds have passed since January 17, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,040,091,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 902,303,193,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 291,441,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 150,383,866 steps. That's roughly 66,837 miles.
  • 20,983,795 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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