What Happened on August 19, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit as the first animals launched on a round trip into space (later recovered alive)
  • The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Hebert, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dan "Woody" Woodgate, rocker
  • Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)