Historical Events in February 1960

  • Feb 1 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • Feb 1 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 1 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 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 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss

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Feb 3 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 4 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • Feb 4 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

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

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

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Feb 8 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 9 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 10 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • Feb 10 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • Feb 12 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
  • Feb 13 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 13 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Feb 13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
  • Feb 16 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
  • Feb 18 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 18 Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • Feb 19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland

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

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

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Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Feb 26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

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

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • Feb 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
  • Feb 27 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
  • Feb 28 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 28 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Feb 28 US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada

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

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

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Feb 29 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting