What Happened in April 1960

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • Apr 1 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • Apr 1 U Nu elected premier of Burma
  • Apr 1 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
  • Apr 2 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
  • Apr 2 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • Apr 2 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 3 Earthquake at Havre, Belgium

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 4 32nd Academy Awards: "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

  • Apr 4 Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
  • Apr 4 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • Apr 4 Senegal declares independence from France
  • Apr 8 Neth & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
  • Apr 8 US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices
  • Apr 9 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 9 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 24th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282

  • Apr 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 10 Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
  • Apr 12 Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
  • Apr 12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
  • Apr 13 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
  • Apr 13 Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit
  • Apr 14 "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances
  • Apr 14 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 14 American record company Motown, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., is incorporated as Motown Record Corporation

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy
  • Apr 15 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • Apr 15 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • Apr 17 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • Apr 17 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • Apr 19 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • Apr 19 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs
  • Apr 19 Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
  • Apr 20 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Apr 21 Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
  • Apr 21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • Apr 24 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win
  • Apr 24 Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
  • Apr 24 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 24 Record 4 grand slams hit today
  • Apr 25 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
  • Apr 27 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigns

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Apr 27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 28 "Christine" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 28 WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 Elena Kagan, New York, US Supreme Court Judge

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Michael Praed, British actor
  • Apr 2 Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold 1992
  • Apr 3 Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch musician
  • Apr 3 Marie Denise Pelletier, Quebec singer
  • Apr 4 Bev Smith, Armstrong BC, basketball forward (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Jonathan Agnew, Macclesfield, Cheshire, English cricket broadcaster
  • Apr 4 Jane Eaglin, English soprano
  • Apr 4 Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born English-Australian actor
  • Apr 6 Warren Haynes, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 8 John Schneider, American actor
  • Apr 10 Julie Fulton, Evanston Ill, actress (Lime Steel)
  • Apr 10 Katrina Leskanich, American musician
  • Apr 11 Jeremy Clarkson, British journalist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • Apr 13 Rudi Völler, German football coach
  • Apr 13 Bob Casey, Jr., Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Apr 13 Olaf Ludwig, German cyclist
  • Apr 14 Brian Forster, rocker (Partridge Family Drums)
  • Apr 14 Pat Symcox, cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )
  • Apr 15 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 15 Philippe of Belgium, King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 15 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 16 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician (d. 2007)
  • Apr 16 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • Apr 16 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer
  • Apr 17 Michael Whitaker, showjumper
  • Apr 18 Ocl Sweda, rocker (Bulletboys)
  • Apr 19 Frank Viola, pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Apr 19 Roger Merrett, Australian footballer
  • Apr 19 Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress (The Tiger and the Snow)
  • Apr 20 Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 21 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Apr 22 Lloyd Honeyghan, English welterweight boxing champ (1986)
  • Apr 22 Mart Laar, Estonian statesman
  • Apr 22 Randall L. Stephenson, American business executive
  • Apr 23 Joseph Martin Mudd, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 23 Steve Clark, Hillsborough England, rock guitarist (Def Leppard)
  • Apr 23 Valerie Bertinelli, American actress (Barbara Cooper Royer-1 Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 24 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), born in London (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 Bruce Redman, Australian film producer
  • Apr 26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf), born in Birmingham, England
  • Apr 28 Wally Langdon, bassist (Bob Color)
  • Apr 28 John Cerutti, American baseball player and announcer (d. 2004)
  • Apr 28 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist
  • Apr 28 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • Apr 28 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • Apr 28 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
  • Apr 29 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes)
  • Apr 29 Joseph Guzaldo, actor (Stir Crazy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 29 William Lee Glasson Jr, PGA golfer (1985 Kemper Open), born in Fresno, California
  • Apr 29 Phil King, English bassist
  • Apr 29 Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian writer
  • Apr 29 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker
  • Apr 30 Kerry Healey, American politician
  • Apr 30 David Miscavige, American cult leader

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Austral composer/pianist (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • Apr 14 Archibald McIndoe, plastic surgeon, dies
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • Apr 18 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 John P "John" Musch, actor/founder (JM), dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 Wander J de Haas, Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87