HELLO, BIG BIRD: "Sesame Street" made its debut on PBS in 1969. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster continue to enthrall children 50 years later.
HIGH TECH: The first ATM was installed in the United States on Sept. 2, 1969. It was available at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. Also, the first message in internet history was sent two months earlier. On July 3, 1969, two machines on the UCLA campus were linked through ARPANET -- the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network.
ONE SMALL STEP: The biggest event of 1969 -- and possibly the 20th century -- was the day astronauts walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were the crew of Apollo 11, which was launched July 11, 1969. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, with Armstrong the first human to set foot on the moon.