What Happened in February 1960

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • Feb 1 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 1 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

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Feb 1 48th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser (5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Feb 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
  • Feb 3 UK prime minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

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Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 4 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • Feb 4 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

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Feb 8 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 8 Congress opens hearings looking into payola

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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".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 10 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • Feb 10 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • Feb 12 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
  • Feb 13 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 13 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Feb 13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
  • Feb 16 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
  • Feb 18 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 18 Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • Feb 19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland

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Feb 20 Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 21 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Feb 23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • Feb 24 Italian government of Segni falls
  • Feb 24 US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
  • Feb 24 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson wins (124.74 MPH)
  • Feb 25 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres
  • Feb 25 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC

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Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Feb 26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

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Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles
  • Feb 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
  • Feb 27 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
  • Feb 28 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 28 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Feb 28 US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada

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Feb 29 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)

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Feb 29 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Eric Shea, actor (Castaway Cowboy)
  • Feb 2 Lee Chill, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • Feb 3 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • Feb 3 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • Feb 4 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • Feb 4 Tim Booth, British singer (James)
  • Feb 4 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • Feb 4 Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)

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Feb 5 Jane Geddes, American LPGA golfer (1987 Women's Kemper Open), born in Huntington New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Feb 5 William John Readings, literary theorist
  • Feb 5 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor
  • Feb 6 Megan Gallagher, actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 James Spader, actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Steve Bronski, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • Feb 8 Alex Scott, British horse trainer

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Feb 8 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals), Sarnia Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Feb 8 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 9 Peggy A Whitson, Mt Ayr Iowa, PhD/astronaut
  • Feb 9 Holly Johnson, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 10 Lionel Cartwright, Ohio, country vocalist (I Watched it on the Radio)
  • Feb 10 Robert Addie, British actor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 11 Richard A Mastracchio, Waterbury Ct, astronaut
  • Feb 13 Kelly McCormick, Anaheim California, diver (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Feb 13 Matt Salinger, Windsor VT, actor (Capt America, Deadly Deception)
  • Feb 13 Michael Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me)
  • Feb 13 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee
  • Feb 13 Gary Patterson, American football coach
  • Feb 13 Artur Yusupov, Russian-German chess player
  • Feb 14 Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 14 Meg Tilly, Canadian–American actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 15 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Mikey Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • Feb 15 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
  • Feb 18 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • Feb 18 Greta Scacchi, Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)
  • Feb 18 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • Feb 18 Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
  • Feb 19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • Feb 19 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • Feb 19 Vicki Lynn Lasseter Iola Kansas, playmate (Feb, 1981)
  • Feb 20 Kee Marcello, rocker (Europe-Final Countdown)
  • Feb 20 Mark Reilly, [Matt Bianco], rocker (Indio-Big Harvest)
  • Feb 20 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
  • Feb 20 Kee Marcello, Swedish guitarist
  • Feb 21 Steve Wynn, American singer (
  • Feb 23 Cindy Figg-Currier, Mt Pleasant MI, golfer (1994 British Open-6th)
  • Feb 23 Gloria von Thurm un Taxis, Munich German FR, Princess
  • Feb 23 Maria Gloria von Schoenberg-Glauchau, wife of prince Thurn un Taxis
  • Feb 23 Naruhito, crown prince of Japan
  • Feb 23 Alan Griffin, Australian politician
  • Feb 25 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie bat, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • Feb 26 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham
  • Feb 27 Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
  • Feb 27 Bolik Dahan, Suriname singer/radio host (Radio KBC)
  • Feb 27 John van Grinsven, soccer player (MVV)
  • Feb 27 Paul Humphreys, rock synthesizer (OMD-Crush, Pacific Age)
  • Feb 27 Stoney Jackson, actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 28 Dorothy Stratten, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 29 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • Feb 29 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • Feb 29 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • Feb 29 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 5 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, rocker, dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Ernst von Dohnanyi, US composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 12 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, dies
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Quebec painter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 23 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 25 Everhardus J van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Swedish linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F S Flint, British translator/poet (imagist movement), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale, actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68

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Feb 29 Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis