1969 - What Shaped Us

We were the last high school class to graduate in the 1960s, on the cusp of a new decade.

The United States had been entrenched in the controversial war in Vietnam throughout our time in high school, and protests were frequently in the headlines. We’d mourned the tragic assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy but also saw the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Our high school years also brought 1967’s “Summer of Love,” the first Super Bowl, and the formation of PBS.

Our graduation year was an incredibly eventful one. Arguably the most momentous event was the first moon landing, where millions around the world were glued to their televisions and heard Neil Armstrong’s famous utterance: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” On a darker note, the horrific Manson Family murders and the Stonewall riots also took place in 1969. But this year also brought the first U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam.

On the culture scene, 1969 was the year of Woodstock, the Beatles’ last public performance (and the recording of their last album), the premieres of Sesame Street and The Brady Bunch, and the installation of the country’s first ATM.

Popular Grad Names for 1969

Boys:

John
Richard
David
Paul
Larry

Girls:

Sandra
Linda
Donna
Janet
Carol

Boys:

John
Richard
David
Paul
Larry

Girls:

Sandra
Linda
Donna
Janet
Carol

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Oliver!

Oscar for Best Actor:

Cliff Robertson

Oscar for Best Actress:

Barbra Streisand & Katharine Hepburn (tie)

Top-rated TV shows:

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Bonanza

Oscar for Best Picture:

Oliver!

Oscar for Best Actor:

Cliff Robertson

Oscar for Best Actress:

Barbra Streisand & Katharine Hepburn (tie)

Top-rated TV shows:

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Bonanza

Cost of Living Stats for 1969

Average new house:

$15,550

Average annual income:

$8,550

Gallon of gas:

35 cents

Average new house:

$15,550

Average annual income:

$8,550

Gallon of gas:

35 cents

Celebrities Born in 1969

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1969

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

By the Time I Get to Phoenix
(Glen Campbell)

Song of the Year:

"Little Green Apples"
(Roger Miller / O.C. Smith)

Album of the Year:

By the Time I Get to Phoenix
(Glen Campbell)

Song of the Year:

"Little Green Apples"
(Roger Miller / O.C. Smith)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Sugar, Sugar"
(The Archies)

Year-end #1 pop album:

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
(Iron Butterfly)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"
(Jr. Walker and the All Stars)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Cloud Nine
(The Temptations)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Sugar, Sugar"
(The Archies)

Year-end #1 pop album:

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
(Iron Butterfly)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"
(Jr. Walker and the All Stars)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Cloud Nine
(The Temptations)

1969 Super Bowl

New York Jets

16

Baltimore Colts

7

New York Jets

16

Baltimore Colts

7

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