What Happened in October 1960

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 14th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 2-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 1 KCBY TV channel 11 in Coos Bay, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Nigeria gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 2 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Tournament
  • Oct 3 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
  • Oct 3 Janio Quadros elected president of Brazil
  • Oct 3 SF's White House dept store 1st to accept BankAmericard
  • Oct 3 Yanks win 8-7, ending season on a 15 game win streak, & record 193 HRs
  • Oct 3 US sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" premieres in CBS (runs till 1968)
  • Oct 4 Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
  • Oct 5 British Labour party demands unilateral nuclear disarmament
  • Oct 5 Eastern AL Electra turbo-prop crashed in Boston Harbor (61 die)
  • Oct 5 KEYC TV channel 12 in Mankato, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 7 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS

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Oct 7 2nd JFK & Richard Nixon debate

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Oct 7 Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus", starring Kirk Douglas, is released

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Actor Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
  • Oct 8 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • Oct 8 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • Oct 9 Cowboy QB Eddie LeBaron throws shortest touchdown pass (2")
  • Oct 10 "Laughs & Other Events" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 10 16 California Poly football team members die in plane crash in Toledo
  • Oct 10 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 4000 die
  • Oct 10 Ron Stewart of Ottawa rushes for CFL-record 287 yards
  • Oct 10 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 11 Hurricane ravages East-Pakistan (6,000 die)
  • Oct 11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 12 JFK & Richard Nixon's third presidential debate

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Oct 12 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated in Japan by Otoya Yamaguchi, a 17-year-old. The camera was rolling at that time.
  • Oct 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood & Kennedy in NY


Oct 13 Opponents of Fidel Castro executed in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 13 Pirate's Mazeroski's bottom of 9th lead off HR beats NY Yankees 10-9 in game 7 of 57th World Series
  • Oct 14 Belgian sen Victor Leemans reveals huge gas field in Groningen

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Oct 14 Peace Corps 1st suggested by JFK

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 15 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 16 NL votes to admit Houston & NY to league
  • Oct 17 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 17 US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases
  • Oct 18 Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)
  • Oct 18 In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
  • Oct 19 France grants Mauritania independence
  • Oct 19 KWCS (now KOOG) TV channel 30 in Ogden, UT (IND) begins broadcasting

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Oct 19 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 19 US imposes embargo on exports to Cuba
  • Oct 20 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
  • Oct 20 Ralph Houk, 41, replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager
  • Oct 21 1st British nuclear sub HMS Dreadnought launched
  • Oct 21 JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final presidential debate (NYC)
  • Oct 24 Disaster on USSR's Baikonoer launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash
  • Oct 25 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC
  • Oct 25 Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses
  • Oct 26 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Wash DC for 1961
  • Oct 27 AL admits LA & Washington to the league
  • Oct 27 Singer Ben E King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"
  • Oct 29 Chartered C46 carrying Cal State's football team crashes, kills 16

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Oct 29 Muhammad Ali's (Cassius Clay) 1st professional fight, beats Tunney Hunsaker in 6

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 30 Guatemala's "La Hora" reports plan for invasion on Cuba
  • Oct 30 Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • Oct 30 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins
  • Oct 31 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Elizabeth Dennehy, actress (Guiding Light) [or Nov 1]
  • Oct 2 Django Bates, jazz musician
  • Oct 2 Glenn Anderson, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Oct 2 Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • Oct 3 Cinzia De Ponti, [Fiordeponti], Pescara Italy (Miss Italy 1979)
  • Oct 4 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, Apopka Fla, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad)
  • Oct 4 Jennifer Anglin, Adrian Mich, actress (Cheryl-General Hospital)
  • Oct 4 Joe Boever, American baseball player
  • Oct 5 Daniel Baldwin, American actor
  • Oct 5 Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 6 Albert Lewis, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Oct 6 Jeffrey Trachta, actor (Thorne-Bold & Beautiful), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Oct 6 Richard Jobson, British TV person/rocker (Skids-Scared to Dance)
  • Oct 7 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • Oct 7 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer
  • Oct 8 Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster
  • Oct 8 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist
  • Oct 8 Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
  • Oct 10 Eric Martin, rocker (Mr Big)
  • Oct 11 Curt Ford, baseball player
  • Oct 11 Joe Nash, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 12 Lionel Washington, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Oct 12 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 13 Greg Derr, Marshfield Mass, free pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • Oct 13 Joey Belladonna, Oswego NY, heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax-Protest)
  • Oct 13 Tim Brewster, American football coach
  • Oct 13 Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary
  • Oct 13 Peter Keisler, acting United States attorney general
  • Oct 14 John Aalberg, Orland Norway, US cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • Oct 14 Steve Cram, English runner (world record mile/2 km)
  • Oct 16 Val Skinner, Hamilton MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Sprint Championship)
  • Oct 16 Bob Mould, American musician
  • Oct 17 James Patrick Delsing, PGA golfer (1993 New England-2nd), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 17 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • Oct 17 Rob Marshall, American director
  • Oct 17 Guy Henry, English actor
  • Oct 17 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 18 Doug Lidster, Kamloops, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Oct 18 Emily Arth, Evanston Ill, playmate (Jun, 1988)
  • Oct 18 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Burbank, California

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Oct 18 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • Oct 19 Dan Woodgate, rock drummer (Madness, Voice of Beehive), born in London, England
  • Oct 19 Dawn Coe-Jones, Campbell River BC, LPGA golfer (1992 Kemper Open)
  • Oct 19 Jennifer Holliday, singer/actress (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 19 Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist
  • Oct 20 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • Oct 21 Lionel Washington, NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos)
  • Oct 22 Darryl Jenifer, American bassist (Bad Brains)
  • Oct 23 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • Oct 23 Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
  • Oct 24 Carolien de Windt, Suriname/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Oct 24 Ian Baker-Finch, Nambour Queensland, PGA golfer (1991 British Open)
  • Oct 24 B.D. Wong, American actor
  • Oct 24 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (d. 1999)
  • Oct 24 Joachim "Jo" Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • Oct 25 Kelli McMullen-Temple, Canadian equestrian (Olympics-96), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Oct 25 Scott Anthony Haneline, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 25 Tom Eplin, Hayward California, actor (Jake McKinnon-Another World)
  • Oct 26 Brian Hansen, NFL punter (NY Jets)
  • Oct 26 June Brigman, American comic book artist
  • Oct 27 Tom Nieto, American baseball player
  • Oct 28 Mark Derwin, Park Forest Ill, actor (AC Mallet-Guiding Light)
  • Oct 28 Robert Pukalovic, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Oct 28 Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times
  • Oct 29 Michael Carter, shot putter (Olympic-silver-1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 30 David Valle, Bayside NY, catcher (Texas Rangers)

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Oct 30 Diego Maradona, Argentine football star (World Cup-hand of god), born in Lanús, Buenos Aires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Oct 30 Kim Thompson, Bath England, actress (Stealing Heaven)
  • Oct 31 Janice Harrer, Torrance Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1989, Oly-96)
  • Oct 31 Reza Pahlavi, Iran, son of Shah of Iran
  • Oct 31 Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rican delegate to Congress
  • Oct 31 Arnaud Desplechin, French film director

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 6 Douglas Spencer, actor (The Thing), dies at 50
  • Oct 9 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • Oct 11 Richard Cromwell, actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • Oct 14 Abram F Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies
  • Oct 15 Clara Kimball Young, actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • Oct 15 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • Oct 19 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian, painter/decorator, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Oct 31 H L Davis, US writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64