Historical Events in August 1960

  • 1st Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
  • 1st Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • 1st Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
  • 1st Islamabad declared as the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
  • 3rd Niger gains independence from France
  • 4th Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
  • 5th Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 5th Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
  • 6th Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • 6th The UN Security Council lay down rules which would allow UN forces to enter Congo
  • 7th Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • 7th Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
  • 7th Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 8th "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • 8th Ivory Coast declares independence
  • 8th South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • 8th Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • 9th Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 10th Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
  • 10th Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New Guinea

Film release premierFilm Premier

10th Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

  • 11th Chad declares Independence from France
  • 12th 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 12th Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched
  • 12th Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • 12th USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 41,600 m
  • 13th Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • 13th USSR withdraws advisors from China
  • 13th The first two-way conversation via satellite is undertaken using Echo 1
  • 14th UN peace-keeping troops deployed to the Republic of Congo
  • 15th CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 15th Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 15th Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 15th Mil Brave Lew Burdette no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0
  • 15th UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 16th Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • 16th Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700')
  • 16th Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
  • 17th Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
  • 17th Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 17th Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
  • 18th 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
  • 18th 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • 18th The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
  • 18th Lew Burdette pitches to just 27 for a 1-0 no-hitter against Phillies
  • 19th Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • 19th Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit as the first animals launched on a round trip into space (later recovered alive)
  • 19th The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts
  • 20th Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
  • 20th USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
  • 22nd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

22nd Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 23rd World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea)
  • 24th -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
  • 24th 60 people die when a bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
  • 24th 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion
  • 25th 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
  • 25th AFL begins placing players names on back of their jersies
  • 25th Demonstrations against premier Lumumba
  • 27th Anita Lonsbrough swims world/olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • 27th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Grossinger Golf Open
  • 28th White Sox Ted Kluzewski's 3-run HR is disallowed as ump called time
  • 29th Jordan premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • 30th Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • 30th East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
  • 31st Agricultural Hall of Fame forms