Historical Events for Year 1960

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Jan 1st - Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
Jan 1st - Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
Jan 1st - Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars
Jan 1st - Montserrat adopts constitution
Jan 1st - 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 1st - 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
Jan 1st - 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
Jan 1st - 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
Jan 2nd - 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
Jan 2nd - John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
Jan 2nd - Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
Jan 2nd - Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency
Jan 4th - European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
Jan 5th - Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
Country Singer Johnny CashCountry Singer Johnny Cash Jan 9th - Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
Jan 10th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
Jan 11th - Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
Jan 12th - Sobers & Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt v England
Jan 12th - Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
Jan 14th - Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. ArmyConscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Jan 14th - US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
Jan 17th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
Jan 17th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
Jan 18th - US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
Jan 19th - Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
Jan 20th - Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
Jan 21st - Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
Jan 21st - Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
Jan 22nd - 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
Jan 22nd - Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
Jan 23rd - Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
Jan 24th - Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Jan 26th - High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
Jan 26th - Oakland enters AFL
Jan 26th - Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot
Jan 28th - 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
Jan 28th - Goon Show's final episode on BBC
Jan 28th - NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
Jan 30th - CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
Jan 30th - Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
Jan 30th - Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
Jan 30th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
Jan 30th - US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
Feb 1st - 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
Feb 1st - Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
NFL Commissioner Pete RozelleNFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle Feb 1st - 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)
Feb 1st - 48th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser (5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6)
Feb 2nd - Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
Feb 3rd - UK prime minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians
Feb 3rd - "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy
Feb 4th - BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
Feb 4th - Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
Feb 4th - Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
Feb 7th - Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell Feb 8th - Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)
Feb 8th - Congress opens hearings looking into payola
Feb 8th - 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".
Feb 9th - AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
Feb 10th - "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 perfs
Feb 10th - Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
Feb 11th - Jack Paar walks off his TV show
Feb 12th - Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
Feb 13th - "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 perfs
Feb 13th - "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
Feb 13th - France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
Feb 14th - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Feb 14th - Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
Feb 16th - US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
Feb 18th - 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
Feb 18th - Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
Feb 19th - Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
Feb 19th - Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
Feb 20th - Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.
Feb 21st - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
Feb 23rd - Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
Feb 24th - 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson wins (124.74 MPH)
Feb 24th - Italian government of Segni falls
Feb 24th - US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix Feb 25th - John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres
Feb 25th - Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC
Feb 26th - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
Feb 26th - USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
Feb 26th - Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
Feb 26th - Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"
Feb 27th - Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
Feb 27th - US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
Feb 28th - 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
Feb 28th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Feb 28th - US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada
Feb 29th - 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh HefnerPlayboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner Feb 29th - Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec
Feb 29th - JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue
Feb 29th - KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 3rd - 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
Mar 4th - French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
Mar 5th - 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59
Mar 5th - Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
Mar 5th - Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
Mar 5th - Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
Mar 5th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
Mar 5th - Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
Mar 5th - The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno1st President of Indonesia Sukarno Mar 6th - President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament
Mar 7th - Dutch Builders strike for CLA
Mar 8th - "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
Mar 10th - USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
Mar 10th - 17th Golden Globes: Ben-Hur, Anthony Franciosa, & Elizabeth Taylor win
Mar 11th - Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
Mar 13th - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 13th - NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
Mar 13th - White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
Mar 14th - 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif
Mar 14th - Wilt Chamberlain (Phila) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points
Mar 15th - Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
Mar 15th - National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Mar 17th - Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
Mar 17th - WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 17th - One of the 1st French New Wave films "Breathless" directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
Mar 18th - 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
Mar 19th - "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
Mar 19th - 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California 75-55
Mar 21st - Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
Mar 22nd - 1st patent for lasers, granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes
Mar 23rd - Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
Mar 24th - US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
Physicist Arthur Leonard SchawlowPhysicist Arthur Leonard Schawlow Mar 25th - 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
Mar 25th - DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)
Mar 25th - Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
Mar 25th - Italian government Tambroni forms
Mar 26th - Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem
Mar 26th - Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
Mar 26th - USC captures NCAA swimming title
Mar 26th - 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott aboard Merryman II wins
Mar 27th - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open
Mar 28th - Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
Mar 28th - Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow, Scotland)
Mar 29th - Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
Mar 31st - Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC
Writer D. H. LawrenceWriter D. H. Lawrence Apr 1st - Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
Apr 1st - 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
Apr 1st - France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
Apr 1st - Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
Apr 1st - U Nu elected premier of Burma
Apr 1st - 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
Apr 2nd - Cuba buys oil from USSR
Apr 2nd - KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
Apr 3rd - Earthquake at Havre, Belgium
Apr 4th - 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win
Apr 4th - Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
Actor Charlton HestonActor Charlton Heston Apr 4th - Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center

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