The Year was 1969

And the pattern book was Modern Needle/Craft No. 55:


Look! Cybill Shepherd! She’s in about a half dozen of the photos:


There are some fairly classic patterns:


And some that are definitely late 60’s:


And there are the ever-practical things, like slippers, padded hangers, and bath mats:


What else happened in 1969? It was a pretty eventful year. Here are a few:

  • The first and second manned moon landings, Soviet spaceprobes are sent to Venus, and Soviet cosmonauts transfer between space crafts via a spacewalk
  • Richard Nixon becomes president of the United States, Yasser Arafat becomes leader of the PLO, Charles de Gaulle steps down as president of France, Golda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel, Willy Brandt becomes Chancellor of West Germany, the Chappaquiddick incident occurs
  • Led Zeppelin releases their first album, Blind Faith gives their first public performance, The Beatles give their last public performance and release “Abbey Road”, John Lennon marries Yoko Ono, Woodstock Festival is held, followed by the Altamont Free Concert
  • “Midnight Cowboy” is released, “The Brady Bunch”, “Sesame Street” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first air, PBS is established
  • Wal-Mart incorporates, Wendy’s and Long John Silver’s open their first restaurants
  • Birth of the Internet and personal computers: the first message is sent over ARPANET, Unix is developed at Bell Labs, and the microprocessor is invented at Intel
  • Sharon Tate and friends are murdered by followers of Charles Manson
  • The victim of the first confirmed case of HIV/AIDS in North America dies
  • The first temporary artificial heart is implanted, the first human eye transplant is performed, British scientists published proof that they could achieve in vitro fertilization
  • The first automatic teller machine is installed
  • A huge oil spill occurs in California, which inspires the organization of the first Earth Day in 1970
  • The New York “Miracle Mets” win the World Series
  • FLQ terrorists bomb the Montreal Stock Exchange, Jan Palach sets himself on fire to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, border clashes occur between the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, 300 students take over the Harvard University Administration building, United States National guard helicopters spray skin-stinging powder on anti-war demonstrators in California, civil rights riots in Curacao, civil rights marches in Ireland, a group of Amerindians seizes Alcatraz island for 19 months, and anti-war demonstrations are held across the U.S.
  • The secret bombing of Cambodia begins, the first withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, publication of photos from the My Lai massacre, and the first draft lottery in the U.S. since WWII is held in the U.S.




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10 Responses to The Year was 1969

  1. Cookie says:

    Wow! And all before my time…

    /runs away

  2. Kym says:

    I was 10 in 1969. And I remember all those things. And I also remember Needle/Craft magazine! My mom used to knit things from it. (And I adored Cybill Shepherd all through my early adolescent years. I wanted to BE her. . . or Marcia Brady. I’d have been happy with either.)

  3. Brenda says:

    I learned how to knit in the summer of ’69. (I was seven years old.) It really took—-I have knit almost every day since.

  4. zeneedle says:

    You’re talking about my era. I was aware of much of this list as it happened. I marched against the war Vietnam, as we suspected expansion of the war, and we march against the draft and for our right to vote. I saw Led Zeppelin and Blind Faith in concert, as well as dozens of other great groups of the decade. 1969 was a very memorable year in my life.

  5. I was a high school student in 1969 and remember living through these events. I also remember needle craft magazine. My Grandmother and I were knitters…she knit sweaters, mittens and hats and I knit long, multi-colored scarves.

  6. kitten says:

    I was -4 in 1969. I was going to say I think I’m happy I wasn’t around for any of that, but I suspect you could make a list similar to that for every year I’ve been alive. Including this one. Sigh. (I wouldn’t have recognized Cybill Shepherd if you hadn’t said her name.)

  7. vicki says:

    I was also 10 in the summer of ’69. The first thing that pops into my head when I think 1969 is “Creedence Clearwater Revival.”

  8. Chris says:

    I turned three at the end of the year, so I don’t remember a lot of those things…

  9. jill says:

    1969 was the year I learned about the numbers changing on the years. I distinctly remember being confused as to why we change the year number in the middle of the school year. I also distinctly remember the teacher being frustrated by my inability to just accept it! She was probably wearing one of those sweaters!

  10. Carrie#K says:

    I only remember Sharon Tate and the moon landings. My dad INSISTED I watch the moon landing with him – on our tiny 13 inch black and white TV.

    Rats. Why can’t I post gifs?

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