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January 18th, 1969.

January 18th, 1969, was a Saturday. It was day 18 of 1969. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

53 years, 6 months and 30 days have passed since January 18th, 1969.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on January 18th, 1969.

  • Actress Audrey Hepburn and Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti are married.
  • 38 people are killed when United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on January 18th, 1969.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on January 18th, 1969.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross And The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
  • Crimson And Clover - Tommy James And The Shondells
  • Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
Play the top hits 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.

Take me back to January 18th, 1969!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is January 18th, 1969, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

In America, the song I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Ob-la-di Ob-la-da by Marmalade is the number one hit song. Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Bullitt is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottomed 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 be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Gunsmoke", "Steptoe and Son" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "My Three Sons", "Thunderbirds", "The Banana Splits" and "Joe 90".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Ken (doll), the Easy-Bake Oven, Operation and Twister mat.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 18th, 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.

    During 1969, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. 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 Vietnam.

  • 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 in 1969?

    Who were the best football players in 1969?

    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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1969.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. 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.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. 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.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. 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.

    Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started 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.

    During this period, the fast food industry was growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. As a result, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 53 years, 6 months and 30 days have passed since January 18th, 1969.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1969.
  • Leap Year: 1969 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on January 18th, 1969 will be 53 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1969 belong to the Generation X generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to January 18th, 1969.

  • December 20th, 1968: The Zodiac Killer shoots high school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday in Benicia.
  • December 23rd, 1968: North Korea releases 82 American sailors after 11 months of internment.
  • December 24th, 1968: The crew of Apollo 8 become the first humans to orbit around the Moon.
  • January 12th, 1969: Super Bowl III: The New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Flordia.
  • January 12th, 1969: Led Zeppelin release their first album.
  • January 14th, 1969: Manchester United manager Matt Busby announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
  • This date: January 18th, 1969
  • January 30th, 1969: The Beatles give their last public performance.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 18th, 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 18th, 1969 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 18th, 1969.

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Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1969.

TV shows from January, 1969.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.

I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.

Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

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

Kids' TV shows on January 18th, 1969.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1969.

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

The New Adventures of Superman
The New Adventures of Superman

The King Kong Show
The King Kong Show

Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot

Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds

Underdog
Underdog

Top Cat
Top Cat

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1969.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1969.

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

Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Army men
Army men

G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 18th, 1975 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 18th.

Kevin Costner

Actor.
Born on January 18th, 1955
He turned 14 on this day in 1969.

Pep Guardiola

Soccer manager.
Born on January 18th, 1971
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Leo Varadkar

Irish politician.
Born on January 18th, 1979
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Seung-Hui Cho

Mass murderer. Deceased
Born on January 18th, 1984
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on January 18th, 1969.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 18th, 1969.

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 18th, 1969 was most likely conceived around April 27th, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 18th, 1969 is close to October 11th, 1969.

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Stats for January 18th, 1969

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 18th, 1969.

  • A total of 19,569 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,795 weeks have passed.
  • 1,690,761,600 seconds have passed since the January 18th, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,972,555,200 times.
  • Since January 18th, 1969, the Earth has travelled approximately 872,432,985,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 281,793,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 145,405,498 steps. That's about 64,625 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,289,139 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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