October 17, 1969

October 17, 1969, was a Friday. It was 54 years, 7 months, and 3 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.


Born on October 17, 1969

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Song charts

Top songs

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

  • United States: "I Can't Get Next To You" by The Temptations
  • United Kingdom: "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Bobbie Gentry

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 17, 1969

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
  • Jean - Oliver
  • Little Woman - Bobby Sherman
  • I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
  • Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
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.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Top movie

The movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date occurred 19,939 days ago. Approximately 665 months have passed. It was the 290th day of 1969, in week 42. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on October 17, 1969, are now 54 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 222 seasons of weather since this date.


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Take me back to October 17, 1969

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

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

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "I Can't Get Next To You" by The Temptations is at the top of the singles charts, while "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Bobbie Gentry is the number-one song in the UK.

Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Bonanza", "I Dream of Jeannie", and "The Main Chance".

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 Tammi Terrell, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Charles de Gaulle would all still be alive.

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "My Three Sons", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Adventures of Gulliver", and "H.R. Pufnstuf". Children are playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Ken (doll), Motorific (slot car toys), and Snoopy Astronaut (figure).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 17, 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

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What happened around this time?

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

  • September 20, 1969:
    • John Lennon privately informs his bandmates that he is leaving The Beatles.
    • Golf: The United States wins the 1969 Ryder Cup at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
  • September 26, 1969:
    • The Beatles release the album "Abbey Road".
    • The first episode of The Brady Bunch is aired.
  • September 27, 1969: The Zodiac Killer attacks Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard at Lake Berryessa.
  • October 7, 1969: The Jackson 5 release their single "I Want You Back".
  • October 11, 1969: The Zodiac Killer murders cab driver Paul Stine.
  • October 15, 1969: Somali Republic president Abdirashid Shermarke is assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.
  • October 16, 1969: Baseball: The New York Mets defeat the Baltimore Orioles by 4-1 to win the 1969 World Series.
  • This date: October 17, 1969
  • October 21, 1969: The Somali Democratic Republic is declared following a communist coup.
  • November 7, 1969: English rock band Led Zeppelin release the song "Whole Lotta Love".
  • November 8, 1969: The Zodiac Killer mails his infamous "Z-340" cryptogram.
  • November 10, 1969: The first episode of Sesame Street is aired.
  • November 11, 1969: The Doors singer Jim Morrison is arrested for assault and drunk and disorderly conduct on a Continental Airlines flight.
  • November 12, 1969: News of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam breaks.
  • November 15, 1969:
    • The first Wendy's restaurant is opened in Columbus, Ohio.
    • Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrate against the Vietnam War in Washington D.C.
    • Police arrest singer Janis Joplin after she curses at them during a live performance in Tampa, Florida.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17, 1969, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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: October 17, 1969 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 17, 1969

People in October 1969 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 1969.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Medical Center
Medical Center
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Then Came Bronson
Then Came Bronson
Room 222
Room 222
The Main Chance
The Main Chance
Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O

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 October 1969

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

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

Cattanooga Cats
Cattanooga Cats
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show
H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
Joe 90
Joe 90
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Archie Show
The Archie Show

Toys in 1969

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
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)

Were you born on October 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 October 17, 1975, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

Stunt performer Deceased
Born on October 17, 1938
He turned 31 on this day in 1969.

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

Comedian Deceased
Born on October 17, 1959
He turned 10 on this day in 1969.

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

Born on October 17, 1968
He turned 1 on this day in 1969.

Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick

Born on October 17, 1971
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.



Rap singer
Born on October 17, 1972
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

Irish politician
Born on October 17, 1986
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira

Brazilian MMA fighter
Born on October 17, 1989
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 17, 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 October 17, 1969 was most likely conceived around January 24, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17, 1969 is close to July 10, 1970.

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Stats for October 17, 1969


Here are some interesting statistics about October 17, 1969:

  • 19,939 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,848 weeks have passed.
  • 1,722,729,600 seconds have passed since October 17, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,009,851,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 888,928,473,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 287,121,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 148,154,746 steps. That's roughly 65,847 miles.
  • 20,672,755 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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