August 1960 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 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
  • Aug 10 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
  • Aug 10 Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New Guinea
  • Aug 11 Chad declares Independence from France
  • Aug 12 Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched by NASA
  • Aug 12 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 41,600 m
  • Aug 13 Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France
  • Aug 13 USSR withdraws advisors from China
  • Aug 14 UN peace-keeping troops deployed to the Republic of Congo
  • Aug 15 Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • Aug 15 UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • Aug 16 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • Aug 16 Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 31,330 m (84,700')
  • Aug 16 Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Rep of Congo) forms
  • Aug 17 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
  • Aug 17 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Aug 17 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
  • Aug 18 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
  • Aug 18 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • Aug 19 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • Aug 19 Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into orbit, - 1st animals to return alive from obit
  • Aug 19 The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
  • Aug 20 USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Aug 23 World's largest frog (3.3 kg) caught (Equatorial Guinea)
  • Aug 24 -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
  • Aug 24 60 people die when a bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
  • Aug 25 Demonstrations against premier Lumumba
  • Aug 29 Jordan premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • Aug 30 East Germany imposes a partial blockade on West Berlin
  • Aug 31 Agricultural Hall of Fame forms

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 4 Bernard Rose, English director
  • Aug 4 Tim Winton, Australian author
  • Aug 4 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish politician
  • Aug 8 Ulrich Maly, German politician
  • Aug 10 Todd David Hess, First USAF Member inducted into Army's Order of Military Medical Merit.
  • Aug 13 Phil Taylor, English darts player
  • Aug 20 Sally Yates, American lawyer and Acting Attorney General (Jan 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 23 Helen Rees, director (Design Museum)
  • Aug 23 Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
  • Aug 24 Franz Vienboeck, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • Aug 24 Steven W Lindsey, Arcadia California, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 87, sk:95)
  • Aug 28 Cunningham T Ngcukana, South African worker's union leader
  • Aug 28 Leroy Chiao, astronaut (STS 65, 72, sk: 92), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 30 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah
  • Aug 30 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

Deaths in History


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Aug 5 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Aug 8 Danton Walker, columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • Aug 9 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • Aug 10 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • Aug 10 Frank Lloyd, director (Berkeley Square, Blood on the Sun), dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • Aug 21 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (b. 1886)
  • Aug 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway librettist, dies at 65
  • Aug 29 Hazza el-Majali, PM of Jordan is assassinated
  • Aug 29 Vicki Baum, writer, dies