April 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • Apr 1 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • Apr 1 U Nu elected premier of Burma
  • Apr 1 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
  • Apr 2 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
  • Apr 2 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • Apr 3 Earthquake at Havre, Belgium
  • Apr 4 Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
  • Apr 4 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • Apr 4 Senegal declares independence from France
  • Apr 8 Neth & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
  • Apr 8 US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices
  • Apr 9 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face
  • Apr 10 Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
  • Apr 12 Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"
  • Apr 12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
  • Apr 13 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
  • Apr 13 Transit 1B, 1st navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit
  • Apr 14 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
  • Apr 15 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • Apr 15 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • Apr 17 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • Apr 19 Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
  • Apr 21 Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
  • Apr 21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 23 1st performance of Ferde Grofe's "San Francisco Suite"
  • Apr 24 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win
  • Apr 24 Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
  • Apr 24 Record 4 grand slams hit today
  • Apr 25 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
  • Apr 27 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigns

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Apr 27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration
  • Apr 28 Elena Kagan, New York, US Supreme Court Judge

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 11 Jeremy Clarkson, British journalist
  • Apr 13 Rudi Völler, German football coach
  • Apr 13 Bob Casey, Jr., Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 15 Philippe of Belgium, King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 16 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician (d. 2007)
  • Apr 22 Mart Laar, Estonian statesman
  • Apr 22 Randall L. Stephenson, American business executive
  • Apr 23 Valerie Bertinelli, American actress (Barbara Cooper Royer-1 Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 28 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist
  • Apr 28 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • Apr 29 Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian writer
  • Apr 30 Kerry Healey, American politician
  • Apr 30 David Miscavige, American cult leader

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • Apr 14 Archibald McIndoe, plastic surgeon, dies
  • Apr 18 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 25 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 26 Wander J de Haas, Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87