Historical Events in 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

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 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

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

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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
  • Jan 7th The Polaris missile is tested
  • 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

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Jan 12th 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 14th Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
  • Jan 14th The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • 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 18th Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 19th 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 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
  • Jan 26th High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26th Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 26th Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 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
  • Jan 30th African National Party is founded in Chad
  • Feb 1st 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • Feb 1st Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 1st 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1st 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 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3rd "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 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

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

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

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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".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9th AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 10th "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • 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 performances
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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Feb 26th 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 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

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

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles
  • 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

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

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

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Mar 5th Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 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.
  • Mar 5th 7th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 63-59

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Mar 6th President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 14th Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 15th Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
  • Mar 15th National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
  • 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

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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
  • Mar 25th 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

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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
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 4th 32nd Academy Awards: "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

  • Apr 4th Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
  • Apr 4th Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • Apr 4th Senegal declares independence from France
  • Apr 8th Neth & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
  • Apr 8th US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices
  • Apr 9th 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 9th South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10th 24th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282

  • Apr 10th Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 10th Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
  • Apr 12th Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
  • Apr 12th Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
  • Apr 13th France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
  • Apr 13th Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit
  • Apr 14th "Bye Bye Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances
  • Apr 14th 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
  • Apr 14th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games
  • Apr 15th Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • Apr 15th Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • Apr 17th American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • Apr 17th Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • Apr 19th 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • Apr 19th Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs
  • Apr 19th Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
  • Apr 20th "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Apr 21st Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
  • Apr 21st Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23rd 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • Apr 24th 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win
  • Apr 24th Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
  • Apr 24th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 24th Record 4 grand slams hit today
  • Apr 25th 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
  • Apr 27th 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee)

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Apr 27th South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigns

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Apr 27th Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 28th "Christine" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 28th WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28th Elena Kagan, New York, US Supreme Court Judge
  • May 1st India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • May 1st Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis
  • May 1st Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
  • May 1st 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 2nd Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • May 2nd Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
  • May 2nd House investigating committee, looking into payola questions

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 3rd Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones

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May 3rd The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank