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The American falls went dry in 1969. What else happened?

All week we have been hearing about how Niagara Falls could go dry for the first time since 1969.

The attention that story has gotten made us wonder if it was as fascinating to people in 1969 as it is today. But a look back at everything that happened that year makes us wonder if by the end of the year, anyone remembered the falls had gone dry.

What else happened in 1969?

New York Jets win Super Bowl III

Jan. 12: The AFL was supposed to be the weaker of the two professional football conferences the league champion New Your Jets were supposed to be dominated by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts. But that’s why they play the games. The Jets won 16-7, the two leagues merged, and Joe Namath became a legend.


Richard Nixon inaugurated for his first term

Jan. 20: After defeating Hubert Humphrey in the general election, Nixon took the oath of office three months later. He was sworn in for another term four years later, but he left office in disgrace before his term ended following the Watergate scandal.


“The Godfather” by Mario Puzo is published

March 10: The 1972 movie is still considered one of the greatest films ever made, but the novel of an American crime family on which it was based was a literary sensation.


Stonewall Riots in New York City

June 28: This event is often cited as the birth of the gay civil rights movement. A raid on a gay club in New York City that was serving liquor without a license turned into a riot when patrons fought back. The Gay Liberation Front and other organizations formed as a direct result.



July 18: Mary Jo Kopechne died when Sen. Edward Kennedy drove a car off of a bridge on this small island on Martha’s Vineyard. The tragedy followed Kennedy for the rest of his political career and was often cited as the reason he never was chosen as the Democratic nominee for president.


Man walks on the moon

July 20: A rapt world watched in disbelief as astronaut Neil Armstrong descended a ladder from his lunar capsule and uttered one of the most famous sentences of the 20th century: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”



Aug. 15-18: About 50,000 people were expected for the three day Music and Art Fair. About 400,000 showed up at an event that came to define music and the spirit of the 1960s.


Beatles release "Abbey Road"

Sept. 26: Only five years after turning the music world and popular culture on end after appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the final album recorded by the Fab Four was released. ("Let it Be" was recorded earlier, but released later.)


Mets win the World Series

Oct. 16: In only their eighth season in existence, the erstwhile laughingstocks of Major League Baseball pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of professional sports, beating the seemingly unbeatable Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1.


"Sesame Street" debuts

Nov. 10: Until 1969, the power of television to positively influence children and become an educational force had not come close to being realized. But a large yellow bird and his pals on public television changed all that.

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