(1969) Best-studied meteorite in history falls over MexicoAn extremely rare, car-sized carbonaceous chondrite meteorite, holding some of the universe’s oldest elements, streaks across the sky and breaks into thousands of pieces over Chihuahua, Mexico.The Allende meteorite is the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth. The fireball was witnessed at 01:05 on February 8, 1969, falling over the Mexican state of Chihuahua. After breaking up in the atmosphere, an extensive search for pieces was conducted and it is often described as “the best-studied meteorite in history”. A 520g individual of the Allende meteorite shower. Allende is a carbonaceous chondrite (CV3) that fell on 1969 February 8 in Mexico. This specimen is approx. 8 centimeters wide. Note the patches of dull black fusion crust. Severals condrules and CAIs can be seen embedded in the gray matrix. wiki/Allende_meteorite4.8.d17
(1969) Rocket lifts off in second manned mission to moonApollo 12 takes off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with three astronauts aboard: Charles Conrad, Jr.; Richard Gordon, Jr.; and Alan Bean. A few days later, Conrad and Bean will become the third and fourth persons to walk on the moon’s surface.Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles “Pete” Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms.
Mission start: Nov 14, 1969 Mission end: Nov 24, 1969 Space program: Apollo program Astronauts: Alan Bean · Pete Conrad · Richard Gordon Destination: Moon
Charles Conrad Jr., Apollo 12 Commander, examines the unmanned Surveyor III spacecraft during the second extravehicular activity (EVA-2). The Lunar Module (LM) “Intrepid” is in the right background. This picture was taken by astronaut Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot. The “Intrepid” landed on the Moon’s Ocean of Storms only 600 feet from Surveyor III. The television camera and several other components were taken from Surveyor III and brought back to earth for scientific analysis. Surveyor III soft-landed on the Moon on April 19, 1967.
(1969) Millions take to the streets, protesting for peaceWith some 40,000 American troops killed in the Vietnam War, millions of people across the US and the world gather in a Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a mass demonstration calling for peace and a withdrawal of forces from Southeast Asia. It will be called history’s largest peace rally.The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was a massive demonstration and teach-in across the United States against the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. It took place on October 15, 1969, followed a month later by a large Moratorium March on Washington.
(1969) BBC-TV premieres something completely differentFive Brits and one American write and star in the BBC’s new sketch comedy show, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus.’ Their particular brand of silly, surreal mayhem will change the comedy landscape over 45 episodes that at first garner a cult following before achieving worldwide fame.And now for something completely different: Monty Python’s Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.
First episode: Oct 05, 1969 Episode duration: 30 minutes Creator: Monty Python Theme song: The Liberty Bell Producer: Ian MacNaughton Awards: BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award · British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Programme · British Academy Television Award – General Category
(1969) Senator Ted Kennedy drives off bridge and into scandalJust after 11PM, Senator Ted Kennedy drives his colleague Mary Jo Kopechne away from a party near Martha’s Vineyard, and about an hour later their car goes off a bridge and into a pond, where Kennedy escapes, but Kopechne does not. The ensuing scandal will be blamed for hindering Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.The Chappaquiddick incident was a single-vehicle car accident on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on July 18, 1969, that was the result of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s negligence and resulted in the death of his 28-year-old companion, Mary Jo Kopechne, who was trapped inside the vehicle.