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Langley High School Class Of 1969-1969

Langley High School Class Of 1969-1969
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Welcome Langley High School Class Of 1969!

Dear Classmates,

The plans for the LHS Class of 1969 40th reunion are in the works.  No, that’s not a misprint; you are that old.  But old in a good way – like fine wine.

I am excited to be working with Capital Reunions but we need your help to make this event a huge success!  Get on the phone, pull up your e-mail addresses, and tell your friends. We want to see everyone at the reunion.  Please use the links on this page to update your contact information, submit a profile, and buy tickets to the big event.  And continue to check back for updates and/or new information.

Now is the opportunity to revisit some of those crazy high school memories.  For some of you they might have been the Friday night football or basketball games.  For others it might have been Homecoming, Mr. Hertzler, or Prom.  And for all of us it was walking across the football field and receiving our diplomas.

Looking back, I have a new appreciation for those years.  The past 40 years have shown me that while new friends are fabulous, it’s old friends who give joy and meaning to life.  Come to the reunion and reconnect with people who knew you when you wore long hair, Ladybug/Villager, or ty-dyed shirts – yet still like you!  I hope that you can be a part of this special occasion.

Your Reunion Contact

Marilou Clarke Shotwell

Some 1969 Events to Tickle Your Memory:

January 10 - After 147 years, the last issue of The Saturday Evening Post is published.

January 12 - The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League 16-7 in Super Bowl III.

January 12 - Led Zeppelin I, an album considered by many to be one of the first in the heavy metal genre, is released.

January 20 - Lyndon Baines Johnson leaves office as Richard Milhous Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the United States of America.

January 30 - The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police.

March 17 - Golda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel.

March 28 - Former United States General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower dies after a long illness in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C..

April 28 - Charles de Gaulle steps down as president of France after suffering defeat in a referendum the day before.

June 1 - In Montreal, Canada, Give Peace a Chance is recorded in a famous bed-in for peace by John Lennon. The song is the first single recorded solo by a Beatle, and released under the name Plastic Ono Band, it is still a strong anthem for peace.

July 8 - Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.

July 18 - Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother who was in the car with him, dies in the incident.

July 20 - Project Apollo: The Eagle lands on the lunar surface. The world watches in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the moon.

August 9 - Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate, (who was 8 months pregnant), and her friends, Folgers coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, and Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring at Tate and husband Roman Polanski's home in Los Angeles, California. Steven Parent, leaving from a visit to the Polanskis' caretaker, is also killed. More than 100 stab wounds are found on the victims, except for Parent, who had been shot almost as soon as the Manson Family entered the property.

August 15-August 18 - The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

August 17 - Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).

September 2 - The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York.

September 24 - The "Chicago Eight" trial begins in Chicago, Illinois.

October 5 - Monty Python's Flying Circus first airs in the United Kingdom.

October 16 - The "miracle" New York Mets win the World Series, beating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1.

October 17 - Willard S. Boyle and George Smith invent the CCD at Bell Laboratories. Thirty years later, this technology is widely used in digital cameras.

October 29 - The first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.

October 31 - Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

November 12 - Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre - Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.

November 15 - Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.

November 15 - Dave Thomas opened his first restaurant in a former steakhouse on a cold, snowy Saturday in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He named the chain Wendy's after his 8-year-old daughter Melinda Lou — nicknamed Wendy by her siblings.

December 1 - Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II (on January 4, 1970, the New York Times will run a long article, "Statisticians Charge Draft Lottery Was Not Random").

December 2 - The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carries 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle, Washington to New York City.

December 6 - The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by the Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a "Woodstock West" and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the "end of the sixties."

1969 is reported as being the year the first strain of the AIDS virus (HIV) migrated to the United States via Haiti.

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