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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, 7 months and 7 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
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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Bonanza", "Gilligan's Island", "Columbo." and "The Brady Bunch". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "My Three Sons", "Underdog", "Star Trek: The Original Series" and "The Banana Splits". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Etch A Sketch, the Easy-Bake Oven, Frisbee and Snoopy Astronaut (figure).

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, 7 months and 7 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.
  • 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.

  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father - American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.
  • Then Came Bronson - Adventure series starring Michael Parks as James Bronson.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on December 17th, 1969.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1969.

  • The Clangers
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Cattanooga Cats
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • The Adventures of Gulliver
  • The Archie Show
  • The Banana Splits
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
  • Spider-Man
  • The Monkees
  • The New Adventures of Superman
  • The King Kong Show
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • JOT the Dot
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie

Popular toys and games in 1969.

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

  • Snoopy Astronaut (figure)
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Best of the West (action figures)
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Twister mat
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

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 the 9th of March, 1969.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1969 is close to the 26th of September, 1970.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 18,847 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,692 weeks have passed.
  • 1,628,380,800 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1969.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,899,777,600 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1969, the earth has travelled approximately 840,244,492,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 271,396,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 140,040,749 steps. That's about 62,240 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,540,570 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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