What Happened in 1960

Significant Events

  • Feb 8 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • May 10 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • Jun 23 1st contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.
  • Aug 18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • Sep 14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
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Did You Know?

1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

On February 29, 1960


World Leaders in 1960

Famous People in 1960

Would You Believe?

"The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US

On September 30, 1960

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California
  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • Mar 31 Actor Yul Brynner (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City
  • Apr 10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • May 6 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 4 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz
  • Mar 26 Academy award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage
  • Jun 14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage
  • Jul 6 Actress Bette Davis (52) divorces actor Gary Merrill (46) after almost 10 years of marriage
  • Sep 2 Actress Tammy Grimes (26) divorces actor Christopher Plummer (30) after 4 years of marriage
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