Historical Events in 1960 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 655

  • May 4 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 6 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • May 6 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
  • May 7 "Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • May 7 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • May 7 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • May 7 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • May 7 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • May 7 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as President of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • May 7 Michael Tal beats Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • May 7 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
  • May 8 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
  • May 8 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 9 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

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May 10 John F. Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 10 US atomic sub USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • May 11 French liner "France" launched
  • May 11 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
  • May 11 1st contraceptive pill is made available for sale

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 13 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • May 13 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
  • May 13 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • May 14 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • May 14 USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
  • May 14 Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis" premieres in Potsdam NY
  • May 15 Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • May 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 15 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 15 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
  • May 15 Taxes took 25% of earnings in US
  • May 16 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • May 16 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • May 17 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA
  • May 18 Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turns (for almost 30 yrs)
  • May 18 Jean Genet's "Le Balcon" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 5th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Frankfurt 7-3 at Glasgow
  • May 19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • May 19 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
  • May 19 Juan Marichal debuts as SF Giant pitcher, beats Phillies on 1 hitter
  • May 19 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m
  • May 20 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • May 21 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
  • May 22 Tsunami strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM, severely damaging virtually all coastal towns between the 37th and 44th parallels
  • May 23 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 23 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • May 23 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • May 23 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • May 23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • May 24 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • May 25 George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit HR
  • May 27 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Balt Oriole Clint Courtney)
  • May 27 Balt manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt
  • May 27 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
  • May 28 "Greenwillow" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • May 28 59th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Luis Ayala (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 28 59th Women's French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • May 29 Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hits #1
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jim Rathmann wins in 3:36:11.384 (223.324 km/h)
  • Jun 1 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 1 WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 2 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • Jun 5 "George Gobel Show" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Jun 5 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open
  • Jun 6 Roy Orbison releases "Only the Lonely"
  • Jun 6 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jun 8 1st date in James Clavell's novel "Nobel House"
  • Jun 8 Argentine government demands release of Adolf Eichmann
  • Jun 9 ABC & AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • Jun 9 Typhoon Mary in China killed at least 1,600
  • Jun 11 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 11 House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)
  • Jun 12 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins
  • Jun 12 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 13 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • Jun 13 Prince Norodom Sihanoek becomes head of Cambodia
  • Jun 15 Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races
  • Jun 15 Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Best Picture 1961)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 "Psycho", starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jun 18 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 18 60th US Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots 280 at Cherry Hills in Denver

  • Jun 18 Giants hire Tom Sheehan as baseball's oldest debuting manager (66)
  • Jun 19 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 19 Loretta Lynn records "Honky Tonk Girl"

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Jun 20 12th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
  • Jun 20 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jun 21 Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
  • Jun 23 "Pat Boone Show" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 23 Japan signs security treaty with the US
  • Jun 24 Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's
  • Jun 24 10th Berlin International Film Festival: "El Lazarillo de Tormes" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 Earthquake in NE Belgium
  • Jun 25 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • Jun 25 Somaliland is granted independence by British government
  • Jun 25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • Jun 26 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
  • Jun 26 Hall of Fame allows veteran committee to vote annually
  • Jun 26 Italian Somaliland declares independence from Italian administration
  • Jun 26 Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
  • Jun 27 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • Jun 27 Chlorophyll "A" synthesized in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jun 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam-Ruhrgebied opens
  • Jun 28 10.40" (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
  • Jun 29 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 29 KYA-AM in SF changes call letters to KDBQ (for 2 weeks)
  • Jun 30 US stops sugar import from Cuba
  • Jun 30 Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium
  • Jul 1 Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel
  • Jul 1 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Jul 1 Ghana becomes a republic
  • Jul 1 No passports needed inside Benelux
  • Jul 1 USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
  • Jul 1 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 74th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver (6-4 3-6 9-7 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 4 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 4 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 5 Mongolia adopts constitution
  • Jul 6 Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207 mile walk from LA to NYC
  • Jul 7 US cemetery officially opens at Margraten, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea
  • Jul 8 Fidel Castro ends Havana's Intl League team, Sugar Kings move to NJ
  • Jul 9 89th British Golf Open: Kel Nagle shoots a 278 at St Andrews
  • Jul 10 Belgium sends troops to Congo
  • Jul 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Youngstown Kitchens (Trumball Golf Open)
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship: Soviet Union defeat Yugoslavia 2-1 in Paris
  • Jul 11 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • Jul 11 Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution
  • Jul 11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta & Niger declare independence
  • Jul 11 Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Jul 12 Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence
  • Jul 12 Echo I, 1st passive satellite launched
  • Jul 12 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • Jul 13 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA
  • Jul 13 US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate
  • Jul 14 Barbara Romack wins LPGA Leesburg Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Jul 14 Fire rages through a Guatemala City insane asylum killing 225 and severely injuring 300
  • Jul 15 Balt Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle
  • Jul 15 UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé's declaration of independence for Katanga province
  • Jul 16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • Jul 16 George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on
  • Jul 17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • Jul 18 1st UN troops reach Congo
  • Jul 18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston & NY franchises
  • Jul 18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • Jul 19 Italian government Tambroni, resigns
  • Jul 19 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
  • Jul 20 1st submerged submarine to fire Polaris missile (George Washington)
  • Jul 20 Sirima Bandaranaike becomes 1st female premier of Ceylon
  • Jul 20 USSR recovered 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Jul 20 The head of the Physics Department at the Israel Institute of Technology, Kurt Sitte, is arrested for espionage.
  • Jul 21 Country of Katanga forms in Africa
  • Jul 21 In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike is world's 1st woman PM
  • Jul 21 Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
  • Jul 22 Cuba nationalizes all US-owned sugar factories

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 23 15th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 24 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone CC Akron
  • Jul 25 Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels
  • Jul 26 Italian government of Fanfani forms

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 28 Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate
  • Jul 30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)
  • Jul 31 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state
  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 31 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Aug 1 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
  • Aug 1 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • Aug 1 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
  • Aug 1 Islamabad declared as the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
  • Aug 3 Niger gains independence from France
  • Aug 4 Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
  • Aug 5 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • Aug 5 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
  • Aug 6 Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • Aug 6 The UN Security Council lay down rules which would allow UN forces to enter Congo
  • Aug 7 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • Aug 7 Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
  • Aug 7 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 8 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • Aug 8 Ivory Coast declares independence
  • Aug 8 South Kasai secedes from the Congo.
  • Aug 8 Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped
  • Aug 9 Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida