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  Timeline: 1969  
   
 
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
 
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1969 Milan-San Remo Eddy Merckx (Bel) 288 km
March 30, 1969 Tour of Flanders Eddy Merckx (Bel) 259 km
April 13, 1969 Paris-Roubaix Walter Godefroot (Bel) 264 km
April 22, 1969 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Eddy Merckx (Bel) 253 km
April 23-May 11, 1969 Vuelta a Espana Roger Pingeon (Fra) 18 Stages, 2,921 km
May 16-June 8 1969 Giro d'Italia Felice Gimondi (Ita) 23 Stages, 3,731 km
June 28-July 20, 1969 Tour de France Eddy Merckx (Bel) 22 Stages, 4,121 km
August 10, 1969 World Championships Harm Ottenbros (Hol) Zolder, Belgium 262.9 km

October 11, 1969

Giro di Lombardia Jean-Pierre Monsere (Bel) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  Chappaquiddick Island - Senator Edward M. Kennedy drove his car off a bridge. He was on his way home from a party with aide Mary Jo Kopechne. His aide died in the incident.

•  The Moon - July 20, 1969, American Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon. At the moment Armstrong said, “That's one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.” 600 Million people viewed ‘ the step' on live TV.

•  Woodstock 69 - the rock concert of the century happened August 1969 on Max Yasgur's farm near Woodstock, NY. With the world in turmoil a good time concert was planned for 10 to 20 thousand fans. Over 400,000 people descended on Yasgur's farm for three days of sex, drugs, and rock & roll .

•  Manson Family - Charles Manson and The Family of followers murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends.

Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France Champion: Leon Scieur, 1888-1969, TdF champion in 1921.

* World Road Race Champion: George Ronsse (Fra), 1906-1969, two time World Champion in 1928 and 1929.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969, the supreme allied commander during WW2, the General of the Army, and 34th President of the United States.

Sonja Henie, 1912-1969, three-time Olympic Gold Medallist in figure skating. She went on to a career as a movie actress. She died October 12, 1969 of Leukemia at the age of 57.

 

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Eddy Merckx (Bel)