It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...

Well, maybe a bit more than twenty years, but I love that song anyway.  Actually it's almost twice twenty years since 1969 (but who's counting?).  Today I posted my 1969th post to the forums and since 1969 was a pretty significant year for me, I thought I would throw in a bit of almanac trivia.  So, here it goes...  All of the following happened in 1969:

  • The Jets win SuperBowl III.
  • Led Zeppelin releases their first album, "Led Zeppelin".
  • Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the US.
  • The Beatles gave their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.
  • NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.
  • Barbara Streisand and Katherine Hepburn TIE for the Best Actress Oscar.
  • NASA launches Apollo 10 - first dress rehearsal for a full Moon landing.
  • The rock opera "Tommy" by the Who is released.
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their Bed-In in Montreal, Quebec
  • Hee Haw debuts on CBS.
  • Singer/Actress Judy Garland dies.
  • The Stonewall riots in NYC mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.
  • The film "Easy Rider" premiers.
  • NASA launches Apollo 11 and successfully lands the first man on the Moon.
  • Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine - basically starting the "Vietnamization" of the Vietnam war.
  • Members of a cult led by Charles Manson do some really bad things...
  • The "Woodstock" concert is held in upstate New York.
  • The first ATM machine in the U.S. is installed in Rockville Center, New York.
  • H.R. Pufnstuf first airs on NBC.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus airs it's first episode on the BBC.
  • The Beatles release "Abbey Road".
  • The pilot episode of "The Brady Bunch" airs on U.S. TV.
  • The "miracle" New York Mets win the World Series.
  • Willard S. Boyle and George Smith invent the CCD at Bell Laboratories (used in today's digital cameras).
  • The first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet.
  • Wal-Mart incorporates.
  • The Children's Television Workshop educational program Sesame Street premiers in the U.S.
  • Color television broadcasts begin on BBC1 and ITV in the U.K.
  • NASA sends Apollo 12 to the moon.
  • Soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th goal.
  • The first draft lottery in the U.S. is held since World War II.
  • The Boeing 747 makes it's debut flight from Seattle, WA to New York City.
  • And finally, I was born!

Oh, and as an added coincidence, I just happened to make my 1969th post on my actual birthday (Nov 27th)!  Bizarre...