A new series from ABC News focuses on an especially eventful news year, which included not only the moon landing, the Manson murders and the Woodstock festival but also the Chappaquiddick scandal, Nixon’s first year in office, John Lennon’s Bed-Ins for Peace and the Stonewall Uprising.
The series, “1969,” premieres Tuesday, April 23, on ABC.
“The six-part series features gripping first-hand accounts of how these events came together at the same dizzying, chaotic time,” ABC says, adding: “The premiere episode, ‘Moon Shot,’ includes accounts from the unsung women who helped make the moon landing possible. The following week’s episode, ‘The Girl in The Car,’ tells the story of Mary Jo Kopechne, whom the powerful Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge after a party and left to die.”
Other episodes feature accounts from Black Panthers, Manson family women and organizers of Woodstock.
“These gripping stories are told by those who lived them, alongside contemporary influencers including Roots’ Black Thought and celebrity LGBTQ activists Jazz Jennings and Laverne Cox,” ABC adds.
The series director and executive producer of “1969” is Jeanmarie Condon for Lincoln Square Productions.