August 19, 1960 in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

  • Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into orbit, - 1st animals to return alive from obit
  • The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts