Historical Events in December 1960

  • Dec 1 Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo

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Dec 1 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 3 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances
  • Dec 3 Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • Dec 6 AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • Dec 7 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • Dec 8 Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
  • Dec 9 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

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Dec 10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • Dec 11 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die

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Dec 11 Coleman/Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Dec 11 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • Dec 13 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • Dec 13 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane
  • Dec 14 Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
  • Dec 14 Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
  • Dec 14 Washington Senators joins American League
  • Dec 16 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • Dec 16 TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
  • Dec 17 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • Dec 17 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances
  • Dec 17 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • Dec 18 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
  • Dec 19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)

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Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 19 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
  • Dec 20 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR
  • Dec 20 National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam is formed.
  • Dec 23 De Quay's Dutch government falls
  • Dec 23 King Saud of Saudi Arabia takes power
  • Dec 24 Dutch bishops question papacy values
  • Dec 26 "Do Re Mi" opens at St James Theater NYC for 400 performances
  • Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 27 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 27 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Dec 28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)