What Happened in July 1960

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel
  • Jul 1 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Jul 1 Ghana becomes a republic
  • Jul 1 No passports needed inside Benelux
  • Jul 1 USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
  • Jul 1 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 74th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver (6-4 3-6 9-7 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 4 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 4 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 5 Mongolia adopts constitution
  • Jul 6 Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207 mile walk from LA to NYC
  • Jul 7 US cemetery officially opens at Margraten, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea
  • Jul 8 Fidel Castro ends Havana's Intl League team, Sugar Kings move to NJ
  • Jul 9 89th British Golf Open: Kel Nagle shoots a 278 at St Andrews
  • Jul 10 Belgium sends troops to Congo
  • Jul 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Youngstown Kitchens (Trumball Golf Open)
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Soviet Union defeat Yugoslavia 2-1 in Paris
  • Jul 11 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • Jul 11 Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution
  • Jul 11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta & Niger declare independence
  • Jul 11 Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Jul 12 Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence
  • Jul 12 Echo I, 1st passive satellite launched
  • Jul 12 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • Jul 13 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 13 US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jul 14 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Leesburg Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Jul 14 Fire rages through a Guatemala City insane asylum killing 225 and severely injuring 300
  • Jul 15 Balt Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle
  • Jul 15 UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé's declaration of independence for Katanga province
  • Jul 16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • Jul 16 George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on
  • Jul 17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • Jul 18 1st UN troops reach Congo
  • Jul 18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston & NY franchises
  • Jul 18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • Jul 19 Italian government Tambroni, resigns
  • Jul 19 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
  • Jul 20 1st submerged submarine to fire Polaris missile (George Washington)
  • Jul 20 Sirima Bandaranaike becomes 1st female premier of Ceylon
  • Jul 20 USSR recovered 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Jul 20 The head of the Physics Department at the Israel Institute of Technology, Kurt Sitte, is arrested for espionage.
  • Jul 21 Country of Katanga forms in Africa
  • Jul 21 In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike is world's 1st woman PM
  • Jul 21 Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
  • Jul 22 Cuba nationalizes all US-owned sugar factories

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 23 15th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 24 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone CC Akron
  • Jul 25 Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels
  • Jul 26 Italian government of Fanfani forms

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 28 Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate
  • Jul 30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)
  • Jul 31 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state
  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 31 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Evelyn "Champagne" King, disco singer (Shame, I'm in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 1 Lynn Jennings, Princeton NJ, 5k runner
  • Jul 1 Mike Fitzgerald, baseball player
  • Jul 2 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 2 Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
  • Jul 3 Jack Daugherty, baseball player, born in Hialeah, Florida.
  • Jul 4 Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 5 James M. Kelly, American politician
  • Jul 5 Brad Loree, Canadian actor and stunt performer
  • Jul 6 Caroll-Ann Alie, sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 6 Jozef/Josef Pribilinec, Czech, speed walker (world record 10K)
  • Jul 6 Lauri Merten, Waukesha WI, LPGA golfer (1993 US Women's Open)
  • Jul 6 Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Greenwood Ms, 200m/400m runner (Olympic-gold-84)
  • Jul 7 Barbara Bierman, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 7 Ralph Sampson, NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets)
  • Jul 7 Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut
  • Jul 8 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympics-G-88, B-92, 96)
  • Jul 8 Valerie Pettiford, American actress (One Life to Live, Half & Half), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 9 Christopher J "Gus" Loria, Newton Mass, Major USMC/astronaut
  • Jul 9 Marc Mero, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 10 Roger Craig, NFL reciever (SF 49ers)
  • Jul 11 David Baerwald American songwriter/composer
  • Jul 12 Corynne Charby, French model, actress and singer
  • Jul 13 Ian Hislop, British writer, satirist and editor of Private Eye, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jul 14 Ray Herndon, Scottsdale Ar, singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You)
  • Jul 14 Anna Bligh, Australian politician
  • Jul 15 Alexander W Dunlap, astronaut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 15 Kim Alexis, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress, born in Lockport, New York

Supermodel Kim Alexis
Kim Alexis
  • Jul 15 Willie Aames, actor (8 is Enough, Paradise, Zapped), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jul 16 Eus van Someren, pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw)
  • Jul 16 Gisela Beyer, German DR, discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980)
  • Jul 16 Terry Pendleton, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 16 Leila Kenzle, Long Island, New York, American actress (Mad About You, Identity)
  • Jul 17 Jan Wouters, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Bayern Munich, PSV)
  • Jul 17 Karen Elaine Price, playmate (January, 1981), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 17 Kim Barnett, cricketer (England batsman & occasional leggie 1988-89)
  • Jul 17 Nancy Giles, actress (Connie-Delta, Off Beat, Big, Angie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 17 Robin Shou, martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja)
  • Jul 17 Scott Norwood, NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills-Super Bowl XXV goat)
  • Jul 17 Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
  • Jul 17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano
  • Jul 18 Anne-Marie Johnson, actress (In the Heat of the Night), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 19 Atom Egoyan, Cairo Egypt, director (Adjuster, Next of Kin)
  • Jul 20 Katie Rabbet, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend, born in London, England
  • Jul 20 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 21 Lance Guest, Saratoga California, actor (Lance-Lou Grant)
  • Jul 21 Matt Mulhern, actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 21 Fritz Walter, German footballer
  • Jul 22 Denyse Julien, Rouyn Quebec, badminton player (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Jul 22 Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage)
  • Jul 23 Al Perez, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 25 Alain Robidoux, Canadian snooker player
  • Jul 26 LaTaunya Pollard, East Chic Ind, (Olympics-1980, 84)
  • Jul 26 Mitch Kahn, San Clemente California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Jul 27 Christina Singer, Geoppingen Germany, tennis star
  • Jul 27 Jo Durie, England, tennis player
  • Jul 27 Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival King
  • Jul 28 Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazilian film director
  • Jul 28 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 30 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

  • Jul 31 Dale Hunter, Petrolia, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jul 31 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 3 Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Gene Tierney
Gene Tierney

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 23 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 6 Actress Bette Davis (52) divorces actor Gary Merrill (46) after almost 10 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (b. 1897)
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • Jul 13 Anna Blaman, Dutch writer (Life & Death), dies at 55
  • Jul 13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, baritone, dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (b. 1897)
  • Jul 16 Albrecht von Kesselring, German fieldmarshal (Italy), dies at 74
  • Jul 16 John Phillips Marquand, novelist, dies at 66
  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • Jul 26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • Jul 26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • Jul 29 Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77