What Happened in January 1960

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 2 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • Jan 2 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 4 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 7 The Polaris missile is tested
  • Jan 9 Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • Jan 11 Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • Jan 12 Sobers & Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

Jan 14 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • Jan 17 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
  • Jan 18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • Jan 18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
  • Jan 21 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • Jan 21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
  • Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • Jan 23 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • Jan 24 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Goon Show's final episode on BBC
  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • Jan 30 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • Jan 30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • Jan 30 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Jan 30 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 2 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • Jan 2 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • Jan 3 Joan Chen, [Chen Chung], Shanghai China, actress (Last Emperor)
  • Jan 3 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • Jan 4 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • Jan 4 Michael Stipe, US rock vocalist (REM-Losing My Religion, Stand)
  • Jan 4 April Winchell, American actress
  • Jan 5 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • Jan 5 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 6 Paul William Azinger, American PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open), born in Holyoke MA
  • Jan 6 Paul Azinger, American PGA golfer, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 6 Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer
  • Jan 7 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit Michigan
  • Jan 7 Loretta Sanchez, American politician
  • Jan 7 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • Jan 8 Jolanda Egger, Luzean Switz, playmate (June, 1983)
  • Jan 9 David Peoples, Augusta ME, Nike golfer (1991 Buick Southern Open)
  • Jan 9 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician
  • Jan 10 Samira Said, Moroccan singer
  • Jan 12 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 12 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 12 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
  • Jan 13 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois
  • Jan 13 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • Jan 15 Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
  • Jan 15 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • Jan 15 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
  • Jan 17 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 17 John Crawford, Palo Alto Ca, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • Jan 17 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • Jan 18 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) and theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent
  • Jan 19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984), Eastern St Louis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • Jan 23 Greg Ritchie, cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote)
  • Jan 23 Misha Mck, American actress (Gerri-Me & Mrs C), born in East Orange New Jersey
  • Jan 23 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Gary Plummer, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 26 Jeanette Bolden, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Road Warrior Animal, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 26 Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • Jan 28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • Jan 28 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • Jan 29 Cho-Liang Lin, Taiwan, violinist (Queen Sophia 1st prize)
  • Jan 29 Eddie Jackson, bassist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jan 29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 29 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Jack Devaraux-Days of Our Lives), born in Davenport Iowa
  • Jan 29 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • Jan 29 Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox)
  • Jan 29 Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • Jan 29 J. G. Thirlwell, Australian-born musician
  • Jan 30 Tony O'Dell, American actor (Alan Pinkard-Head of the Class), born in Pasadena California
  • Jan 31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • Jan 31 Grant Morrison, British comic book author

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver
  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 48
  • Jan 2 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor/dir (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, author (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Fausto Coppi, Italian, ran world record 45,798 km, dies at 40
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austria soc-dem, murdered PM Storgkh, dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Jan 3 Victor Seastrom, entertainer, dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 4 Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • Jan 5 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • Jan 5 Pavel P Parenago, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, choreographer (Frankie Laine Time), dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Luis da Costa, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 7 Dorothea Douglass Chambers (aka Katharine Lambert Chambers), UK tennis player (b. 1878)
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (b. 1880)
  • Jan 10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1879)
  • Jan 11 Johan E Elias, Dutch historian (Elias Family), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo, [Rina Faccio], Italian poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Matt Moore, actor (Deluge, Coquette), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 John Miljan, actor (Charlie Chan in Paris, Yankee Clipper), dies at 66
  • Jan 25 Diana Barrymore, actress (Ladies Courageous), dies at 38
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Louis Jean Heydt, actor (Joe-Waterfront), dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Lowell Gilmore, actor (Calcutta, Roadblock), dies at 53