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December 17th, 1969.

December 17th, 1969, was a Wednesday. It was day 351 of 1969. The decade was the 1960s.

51 years, 11 months and 11 days have passed since December 17th, 1969.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Born on December 17th, 1969.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1969.

  • United States: Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter Paul & Mary
  • United Kingdom: Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 17th, 1969.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Come Together/Something - The Beatles
  • Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
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.
A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" was at the top of the box office on December 17th, 1969.

Take me back to December 17th, 1969!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 17th, 1969 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1969 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter Paul & Mary is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown 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 Tammi Terrell, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Charles de Gaulle would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Columbo", "The Main Chance" and "Room 222". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Original Series", "The King Kong Show", "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo" and "Joe 90".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Best of the West (action figures) and Crissy (doll).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 17th, 1969.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 51 years, 11 months and 11 days have passed since December 17th, 1969.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1969.
  • Leap Year: 1969 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 17th, 1969, will be 51 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1969 belong to the Generation X generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 1969.

  • November 17th, 1969: The first tabloid version of The Sun newspaper is published in the United Kingdom.
  • November 20th, 1969: Native Americans occupy Alcatraz Island in protest against federal policies relating to American Indians.
  • November 20th, 1969: Shocking photographs of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam are published in a newspaper in Ohio.
  • November 21st, 1969: The United States agrees to return the island of Okinawa to Japan by 1972.
  • November 23rd, 1969: Western musician and convicted murderer Spade Cooley dies from a heart attack during a 72-hour furlough from prison.
  • November 25th, 1969: The Beatles member John Lennon returns his MBE award in protest against the United Kingdom's ongoing support of the Vietnam War.
  • December 4th, 1969: Black Panther activist Fred Hampton is shot and killed in his bed during a predawn raid by law enforcement.
  • December 5th, 1969: The Rolling Stones release their song "Gimme Shelter".
  • December 12th, 1969: The Jackson 5 release their debut album.
  • This date: December 17th, 1969
  • December 28th, 1969: The Provisional IRA issues its first public statement.
  • January 1st, 1970: Unix time begins.
  • January 3rd, 1970: Actor Robert B. Sinclair is stabbed to death by a burglar at his home in Montecito, California.
  • January 4th, 1970: 15,621 people are killed in the Yunnan province of China after a 7.7 Richter magnitude scale earthquake strikes.
  • January 11th, 1970: Super Bowl IV: The Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • January 12th, 1970: 3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer goes missing in Wollongong, Australia.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 1969, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1969 was the year of the Rooster (Yin Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 17th, 1969 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from December, 1969.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.

Then Came Bronson
Then Came Bronson
Adventure series starring Michael Parks as James Bronson.

Room 222
Room 222
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

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.

Kids' TV shows on December 17th, 1969.

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

The Clangers
The Clangers

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

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

Skyhawks
Skyhawks

H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf

Joe 90
Joe 90

The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver

The Archie Show
The Archie Show

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

Popular toys and games in 1969.

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

Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
Snoopy Astronaut (figure)

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 check out December 17th, 1975 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Pope Francis

Pope.
Born on December 17th, 1936
He turned 33 on this day in 1969.

Bill Pullman

Actor.
Born on December 17th, 1953
He turned 16 on this day in 1969.

Manny Pacquiao

Boxer.
Born on December 17th, 1978
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Chelsea Manning

Whistleblower.
Born on December 17th, 1987
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 17th, 1969.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1969.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 1969 was most likely conceived around March 26th, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1969 is close to September 9th, 1970.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1969.

  • A total of 18,974 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,710 weeks have passed.
  • 1,639,357,200 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,912,583,400 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1969, the earth has travelled approximately 845,908,315,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 273,226,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 140,984,719 steps. That's about 62,660 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,672,286 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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