Prompt 12: The Year You Were Born

Originally Published November 16, 2013.

I was born in 1969.

From the website:

1969 On July 20th one of man’s crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” . The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending antiwar demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times “WOODSTOCK” took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17th with more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti-establishment felt by the youth.


First Concorde test flight is conducted In France

First transplant of human eye

Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch

The Harrier Jump Jet enters service with the RAF

The Palestine Liberation Organization ( PLO ) is founded

The first automatic teller machine ATM or Cash Machine is installed in the United States

Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.

UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced.

The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed

Popular Culture 1969

A free concert organized by the Rolling Stones is held at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif with problems caused by the use of Hells Angels as Bouncers resulting in a number of deaths

The Groundbreaking TV programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus is shown for the first time and the catch phrase “And now for something completely different,” becomes their trade mark

Sesame Street known for its Muppet characters, makes it’s debut on PBS

Bell Bottom Jeans and tie-dye shirts become part of the teenage fashion scene.

The John Lennon Album “Two Virgins” featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport

The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records.

The Beatles release their album Abbey Road.

Sesame Street debuts on Public Television

Brian Jones Former Rolling Stones Guitarist drowns after drinking and drugs binge

Cost of Living 1969

How Much things cost in 1969

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 5.46 %

Yearly Inflation Rate UK 5.6%

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 800

Average Cost of new house $15,550.00

Average Income per year $8,550.00

Average Monthly Rent $135.00

Average Cost New Car $3,270.00

Toyota Corona $1,950.00

Gas per Gallon 35 cents

Alarm Clock from Westclox $9.98

Prompt 12: The Year You Were Born

This week’s prompt is The year you were born

What happened:

  • Historical
  • Films
  • Music
  • Books
  • Television

Or use any other historical (well known or otherwise) event.


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