It’s Friday Fun Facts: 1969


“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

1969 Interesting Facts:

  • World Population: 3.631 billion  (in 2020 it was 7.8 billion)
  • NFL: The New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III
  • Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President
  • Apollo 11’s Eagle lands on the Moon. 650 million people worldwide watch in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his first historic steps on the surface.
  • Sadly, the US institutes the draft lottery to determine draft into US Forces for Vietnam War
  • Zodiac Killer and Manson Family terrorize the nation
  • Best selling car of 1969 was the Plymouth Roadrunner
  • Chappaquiddick Affair – Senator Edward Kennedy driving a car plunges into a pond on July 25th and a body of a woman passenger is later found in the car

Cost of Living 1969

How much things cost in 1969:

  • Year-End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800 (in 2020 it was 30,439.52 )
  • Average Cost of new house – $15,550 (in 2020 it was $320,000 )
  • Average Income per year – $8,550 (in 2020 it was $87,864)
  • Average Monthly Rent – $135.00 (in 2020 it was $1,468)
  • Average Cost New Car – $3,270 (in 2020 it was $37,000)
  • Gas per gallon – 35 cents (in 2020 it was $2.60)

Entertainment 1969

In 1969 you either bought your music on vinyl, heard it on your radio, most likely on a lo-fi AM radio, or, if you were lucky, saw your favorite bands and musicians live in concert.

  • Top Album: The White Album, after reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 during the last week of 1968, held onto the top spot for eight of the first nine weeks of 1969.
  • Top Song: Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  • Top-Grossing Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Oscars 1969
  • The Woodstock Festival is held
  • The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo is first distributed to booksellers
  • Scooby-Doo, Sesame Street, and The Brady Bunch air their first episodes

Hillside 1969

While unlocking our vault, we found this Hillside Oil Co. calendar from 1969. It was Bill Sellers’ last year of ownership.

Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling has been family-owned and operated for almost 70 years servicing New Castle County, DE, Cecil County, MD, and Southern Chester County, PA. Three generations of family attitudes and values have allowed us to continue to successfully service our customers and communities. Everything about Hillside is locally owned and operated.

Support of Hillside is support for a local, homegrown, family business in our area. Thank you from everyone at Hillside for your business. 🙂

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