July 20, 1969

July 20, 1969, was a Sunday. It was 54 years, 11 months, and 24 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on July 20, 1969:

  • Apollo 11 successfully makes the first ever manned landing on the Moon.
  • Australian singer Cathy Wayne is murdered in Vietnam.

Born on July 20, 1969

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on July 20, 1969:

  • United States: "In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans
  • United Kingdom: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 20, 1969

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
  • Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
  • Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James And The Shondells
  • What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
Play the top songs 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.
The Love Bug

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "The Love Bug".


This date was 20,082 days ago. Approximately 669 months have passed. It was the 201st day of 1969, in week 29. The decade was the swinging sixties. People born on this day are currently 54 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 223 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to July 20, 1969

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Sunday, July 20, 1969. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Cancer. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

The summer of 1969 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans is at the top of the singles charts, while "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman is the number-one song in the UK. Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie The Love Bug is at the top of the box office.

Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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 Sharon Tate, Tammi Terrell, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "What's My Line?", "Gilligan's Island", and "Columbo". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "My Three Sons", "The Herculoids", "Spider-Man", and "The Adventures of Gulliver".

Popular toys at the moment include the Easy-Bake Oven, G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Army men, and Operation.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 20, 1969.

  • 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 20, 1969.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to July 20, 1969.

  • June 22, 1969: Actress Judy Garland dies from a drug overdose at the age of 47.
  • June 23, 1969: Boxing: George Foreman makes his professional debut in a third-round KO over Don Waldhelm.
  • June 28, 1969: The Stonewall riots begin in New York City after the police raid an LGBT bar in Manhattan.
  • July 3, 1969: Brian Jones, who was an original founding member of The Rolling Stones, is found dead in his swimming pool.
  • July 4, 1969:
    • John Lennon releases his single "Give Peace a Chance".
    • Zodiac killer: Michael Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot and killed at Blue Rock Springs in California.
    • The Rolling Stones release their single "Honky Tonk Women".
  • July 11, 1969: David Bowie releases his song "Space Oddity".
  • July 16, 1969: The Apollo 11 Mission launches.
  • July 19, 1969: US Senator Ted Kennedy's car skids off a bridge into Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. The accident results in the death of his 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • This date: July 20, 1969
  • July 21, 1969: Man steps on the moon for the first time (Apollo 11 Mission).
  • July 25, 1969:
    • US Senator Ted Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and receives a two-month suspended jail sentence.
    • Vietnam War: US President Nixon states during a press conference that the United States expects its Asian allies to look after their own military defenses.
  • August 1, 1969: The press receives a letter and a 408-symbol cryptogram from The Zodiac Killer.
  • August 8, 1969: The cover photo for the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album is taken at a zebra crossing in London.
  • August 9, 1969: The Manson Family murder Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and Jay Sebring.
  • August 10, 1969: The Manson family murder Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.
  • August 12, 1969: Battle of the Bogside: Riots break out in Derry, Northern Ireland.
  • August 14, 1969: British soldiers are sent to Northern Ireland to try and put a stop to the sectarian violence that broke out between Protestant and Catholic communities.
  • August 15, 1969: The Woodstock Festival begins in Bethel, New York.
  • August 17, 1969:
    • Hurricane Camille kills 256 people in the United States.
    • The Woodstock Festival comes to an end.
  • August 18, 1969: The Beatles record their final song together.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 20, 1969, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: July 20, 1969 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on July 20, 1969

People in July 1969 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from July 1969.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
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

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 July 20, 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
The Herculoids
The Herculoids
The Monkees
The Monkees

Popular toys and games in 1969

Toys and games that were popular in 1969:

Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)
Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)
Best of the West (action figures)
Best of the West (action figures)
Twister mat
Twister mat
Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Were you born on July 20, 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 July 20, 1975, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 20.

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Actress Deceased
Born on July 20, 1938
She turned 31 on this day in 1969.

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Born on July 20, 1947
He turned 22 on this day in 1969.

Billy Mays

Billy Mays

Television personality Deceased
Born on July 20, 1958
He turned 11 on this day in 1969.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

American singer Deceased
Born on July 20, 1964
He turned 5 on this day in 1969.

Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke

Rapper Deceased
Born on July 20, 1999
He was born exactly 30 years after this date.


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on July 20, 1969.


UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 20, 1969 was most likely conceived around October 27, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 20, 1969 is close to April 12, 1970.

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Stats for July 20, 1969


Here are some interesting statistics about July 20, 1969:

  • 20,082 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,868 weeks have passed.
  • 1,735,084,800 seconds have passed since July 20, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,024,265,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 895,303,756,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 289,180,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 149,217,293 steps. That's roughly 66,319 miles.
  • 20,821,018 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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