What Happened in August 1960

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
  • Aug 1 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • Aug 1 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
  • Aug 1 Islamabad declared as the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
  • Aug 3 Niger gains independence from France
  • Aug 4 Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
  • Aug 5 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • Aug 5 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
  • Aug 6 Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • Aug 6 The UN Security Council lay down rules which would allow UN forces to enter Congo
  • Aug 7 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • Aug 7 Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
  • Aug 7 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 8 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • Aug 8 Ivory Coast declares independence
  • Aug 8 South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • Aug 8 Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • Aug 9 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 10 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
  • Aug 10 Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New Guinea

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 10 Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

  • Aug 11 Chad declares Independence from France
  • Aug 12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • Aug 12 Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched by NASA
  • Aug 12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • Aug 12 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 41,600 m
  • Aug 13 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • Aug 13 USSR withdraws advisors from China
  • Aug 14 UN peace-keeping troops deployed to the Republic of Congo
  • Aug 15 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • Aug 15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • Aug 15 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • Aug 15 Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • Aug 15 UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • Aug 16 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • Aug 16 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700')
  • Aug 16 Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
  • Aug 17 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
  • Aug 17 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Aug 17 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
  • Aug 18 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
  • Aug 18 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • Aug 18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • Aug 18 Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies
  • Aug 19 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • Aug 19 Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into orbit, - 1st animals to return alive from obit
  • Aug 19 The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
  • Aug 20 USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Aug 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 22 Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Aug 23 World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea)
  • Aug 24 -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
  • Aug 24 60 people die when a bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
  • Aug 24 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 25 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
  • Aug 25 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jersies
  • Aug 25 Demonstrations against premier Lumumba
  • Aug 27 Anita Lonsbrough swims world/olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • Aug 27 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Grossinger Golf Open
  • Aug 28 White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as ump called time
  • Aug 29 Jordan premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • Aug 30 Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • Aug 30 East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
  • Aug 31 Agricultural Hall of Fame forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Chuck D, [Chuck Ridenhour], US rapper (Public Enemy)
  • Aug 1 Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic
  • Aug 2 Apollonia, [Patricia Kotero], actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 2 Linda Fratianne, US, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • Aug 2 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
  • Aug 2 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • Aug 3 Gopal Sharma, Indian cricket off-spinner (2 Tests 1984-85)
  • Aug 3 Tim Mayotte, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 4 Robbin Crosby, heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round)
  • Aug 4 Dean Malenko, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 4 Bernard Rose, English director
  • Aug 4 Tim Winton, Australian author
  • Aug 4 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish politician
  • Aug 5 Calvin Hayes, British musician (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • Aug 5 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Aug 5 Seth Swirsky, American songwriter
  • Aug 6 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • Aug 7 David Duchovny, American actor (The X-Files, Californication), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 7 Jacquie O'Sullivan, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Aug 8 Ulrich Maly, German politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Antonio Banderas, Spanish actor (Philadelphia, Evita, Mambo Kings), born in Malaga Spain

  • Aug 10 [James] Kenneth Perry, Elizabethtown KY, PGA golfer (1991 Memorial)
  • Aug 10 Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army's Order of Military Medical Merit.
  • Aug 11 Leora "Sam" Jones, Mt Olive NC, US team handball player (Olympic-92)
  • Aug 12 Lonny Chin, playmate (Jan, 1983), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 12 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • Aug 12 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • Aug 13 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
  • Aug 13 Phil Taylor, English darts player
  • Aug 14 Broderick Thompson, NFL tackle/guard (Denver Broncos)
  • Aug 14 Fred Roberts, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • Aug 14 Sarah Brightman, actress/singer (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Aug 14 Cecilia Gasdia, Italian soprano
  • Aug 15 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, SF, tennis player (Denver-1985)
  • Aug 15 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Aug 15 Tommy Aldridge, heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
  • Aug 16 Timothy Hutton, Malibu California, actor (Turk 182, Ordinary People)
  • Aug 17 Bruce Penhall, Balboa CA, actor (Savage Beach)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 17 Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • Aug 17 Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer
  • Aug 18 Sonny Skinner, Porstmouth VA, Nike golfer (1993 NIKE Shreveport Open)
  • Aug 19 Bobby Hebert, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 19 Dan "Woody" Woodgate, rocker
  • Aug 19 Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 19 Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Aug 20 Elizabeth Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Beth-Four Seasons)
  • Aug 20 Mark Langston, pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 20 Troy Young, horse trainer
  • Aug 20 Sally Yates, American lawyer and Acting Attorney General (Jan 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 23 Helen Rees, director (Design Museum)
  • Aug 23 Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
  • Aug 23 Chris Potter, Canadian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Cal Ripken, American baseball shortstop (Baltimore Orioles, consecutive game streak), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Aug 24 David Guillory, jockey
  • Aug 24 Franz Vienboeck, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • Aug 24 Kris Monaghan, golfer (1990 Red Robin Kyocera Inamori), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Aug 24 Steven W Lindsey, Arcadia California, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 87, sk:95)
  • Aug 24 Kim Christofte, Danish footballer
  • Aug 24 Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
  • Aug 25 Ashley Crow, American actress
  • Aug 26 Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)
  • Aug 26 Nancy Martinez, rocker
  • Aug 26 Ola Ray, playmate (Jun, 1980)/actress (Thriller), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 27 Damon Keeve, heavyweight (209+ lbs) judoka (Olympics-92, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 28 Cunningham T Ngcukana, South African worker's union leader
  • Aug 28 Emma Samms, [Samuels], actress (Colby's, General Hospital), born in London, England
  • Aug 28 Leroy Chiao, astronaut (STS 65, 72, sk: 92), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 30 Vic Wilk, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Knoxville Open), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 30 Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (d. 1992)
  • Aug 30 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah
  • Aug 30 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • Aug 30 Guy A. Lepage, Quebec humorist, television host and producer
  • Aug 31 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
  • Aug 31 Chris Whitley, American musician (d. 2005)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Aug 7 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Danton Walker, columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • Aug 9 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • Aug 10 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • Aug 10 Frank Lloyd, director (Berkeley Square, Blood on the Sun), dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • Aug 16 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • Aug 20 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (b. 1886)
  • Aug 22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • Aug 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway librettist, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Alexander Gauge, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 46
  • Aug 29 Hazza el-Majali, PM of Jordan is assassinated
  • Aug 29 Vicki Baum, writer, dies