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 (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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

22nd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

27th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Grossinger Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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