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1969 I chose the year 1969, because I watched Austin Powers. I was looking at the clothes, music, and the events and I thought it would be an interesting year to research. I wrote eight paragraphs on the year 1969, these paragraphs included events such as Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon. When he came back from the moon he gave a speech saying " One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." The second current event was on Woodstock. There were only supposed to be 120,000 people there, but about 400,000 showed up to the music festival. My third current event was on President Nixon's Vietnamization. He pulled U.S. troops out of Vietnam and put in south Vietnam troops instead. My fourth current event is on Teddy Kennedy. He was involved in an accident in which a woman died. My four other paragraphs have to do with music, fashion, movies, and sports in 1969.

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. Right after he did this, he made one of the most famous quotes of this century, "It's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin did what they were supposed to do and returned to earth on July 24, 1969.

On August 15 - August 17, 1969, Woodstock took place. About 400,000 people gathered for a free music festival which took place on a farm. There were only supposed to be 120,000 people on the farm that day. When it first happened they called it "Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and Aquarian Exposition." For three days, performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and the Grateful Dead preformed to the large crowd.

In 1969, President Nixon announced that 25,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam by August of that year, with another cut to come by the end of that year. This program was called Vietnamization. Nixon said American troops would be replaced by South Vietnamese forces.

In July, 1969, in Chappaquiddick Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Teddy Kennedy was involved in a car accident in which a woman lost her life. He waited a total of 10 hours to tell the police, and this made the police suspicious. He was tried, but never convicted of murder. This was one of the main factors that he never held an office.

In 1969, the perennially terrible New York Mets went on an unbelievable stretch run. Climbing back from nine and a half games behind the Cubs on August 13 to win their first World Series. They beat Baltimore 4 games to 3. Pitching stars were Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, and the hitting star was Tommy Agee. Baltimore was led by pitchers Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson, and the hitting stars were Frank Robenson, and Brooks Robenson.

Tommy James and the Shondells were a very talented band of the sixties. They did all styles of music, ranging from bubble gum to soul to psychedelia, they did it all. In February 1969, the group made their biggest hit, Crimson and Clover. This song was one of the most "interesting" sounding songs since the Beach Boys' - "Good Vibrations." The group also had another hit, " Crystal Blue Persuasion" whose lyrics were said to have vague religious imagery.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was a movie Based on a true story that came out in 1969. It was about the friendship and camaraderie shared between the two men. They were western outlaws, who did quite a bit of trouble in their time.

In the sixties, fashion blossomed like never before. Fashion became a split along the lines of age. For youth, it was much like it is today. Short skirts, striped pants, clear vinyl dresses with paste on yourself stars, are just some of what people wore. In these years, the world's first topless bathing suit came out. Women wore Thigh-high boots. People, would even sometimes go topless.

I have read and researched all about 1969 and I have found it to be a very interesting year. I really liked researching about the fashion and music of those times. It was an overall very interesting year, and I found out some very interesting things that I wouldn't have found if I wouldn't have researched the year.