120 Days: 1969

This year goes down in history as the one that changed everything.

While many Grand Valley youth were taking trips without their parents’ consent, a trip to the moon was on the minds of many others.

Project Rulison detonates an unsuccessful underground nuclear explosion that could be felt as far west as Utah.

Mesa College dedicates the Walter Walker Fine Arts Center, and the old YMCA Building at Fifth Street and Rood Avenue is demolished.

W.R. “Bob” Bray is named Colorado Realtor of the year, and City Market is sold to the Dillon grocery chain. “Sesame Street” and Gap make their debut as The Saturday Evening Post publishes its last issue. Hurricane Camille kills 248 people, and the Manson Family takes the lives of Sharon Tate and 10 others.

Woodstock, Altamont, Led Zeppelin’s first album and the wedding of John Lennon and Yoko Ono make pop culture history as Ted Kennedy brings shame to the family at Chappaquiddick. Golda Meir becomes prime minister of Israel, and Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated.


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