Yes, there were riots in Belfast and Derry, but on the other hand it was a good year for literature - Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize and school children were presented with this:
The clown came in.
He had a tall hat on his head.
The monkey was there too.
The clown gave him a cigarette.
The monkey put the cigarette in his mouth, look.
So, um, yeah... 1969...