Year 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. The year is associated with the first manned landing on the Moon (Apollo 11).
- January 18 – In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.
- January 20
- January 24
- January 26 – Elvis Presley steps into American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording "Long Black Limousine" thus beginning the recording of what becomes his landmark comeback sessions for the albums From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis. The sessions yield the popular and critically acclaimed singles "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain."
- January 27
- Fourteen men, nine of them Jews, are executed in Baghdad for spying for Israel.
- Reverend Ian Paisley, hardline Protestant leader in Northern Ireland, is jailed for 3 months for illegal assembly.
- The present-day Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse, rated at 100,000 KVA, is completed and placed in operation.
- January 28
- January 30
- The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5, which will dock with Soyuz 4 for a transfer of crew.
- The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police.