1969—Facts About Me
º I was eleven years old and in the sixth grade.
º At summer camp, we heard the announcement about Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon!
º Lesson I should have learned: Never wear white alone. I’m too pale as it is.
º January 20 — Richard Nixon becomes the 37th president of the US.
º March 17 — Golda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel.
º July 20 — Apollo program: The lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. The world watches as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon.
º August 1 — Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).
º October 15 — Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in antiwar demonstrations across the United States.
º December 2 — The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut.
º Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.06
º The Brady Bunch, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Sesame Street premiere on TV.
º The FCC bans all cigarette advertising on television and radio.
º March 10 — The novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo is published.
º August 15–18 — The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.