World Events

July - September, 1969

July :   “One small step ...” Astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon. Radio telescope at Parkes, N.S.W. relays first pictures of the landing. Senator Edward Kennedy appears in court on charges of failing to report an accident in which a passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. El Salvador troops invade Honduras after violent clashes at a soccer match.   Rolling Stone Brian Jones drowns in his swimming pool in Essex. Britain's Prince Charles is invested as the Prince of Wales. The first U.S. troops to withdraw from South Vietnam leave Saigon

August : Nixon arrives in Bucharest, Romania in the first visit by a U.S. President to a Communist country in 25 years.  Actress Sharon Tate (26), wife of director Roman Polanski and four other people are brutally murdered in her Beverly Hills home. British troops arrive in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.  Some 400,000 attend the Woodstock Music and Art Fair  in New York state. Boxer Rocky Marciano dies in a light air plane crash in Iowa, the day before his 46th birthday.

September : Muammar Gaddafi ousts King Idris of Libya in military coup.  Death of North Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh at 79 years. Richard Nixon orders B52 raids on North Vietnam to continue.   President Nixon orders the withdrawal of 35,000 soldiers from Vietnam and reduces the number required to be drafted. The Beatles last album, "Abbey Road," was released in the United Kingdom