Historical Events in April 1960

  • Apr 1 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • Apr 1 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • Apr 1 Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
  • Apr 1 U Nu elected premier of Burma
  • Apr 1 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
  • Apr 2 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • Apr 2 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 3 Earthquake at Havre, Belgium

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigns

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Apr 27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 28 "Christine" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 28 WIPM TV channel 3 in Mayaguez, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 Elena Kagan, New York, US Supreme Court Judge