March 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • Mar 4 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • Mar 5 The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.

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Mar 6 President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Mar 7 Dutch Builders strike for CLA
  • Mar 10 USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
  • Mar 11 Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
  • Mar 14 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif
  • Mar 15 Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
  • Mar 15 National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated

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Mar 17 Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

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Mar 22 1st patent for lasers granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

  • Mar 23 Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Mar 24 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)

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Mar 25 DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)

  • Mar 25 Italian government Tambroni forms
  • Mar 26 Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem
  • Mar 28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • Mar 28 Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Mar 31 Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist
  • Mar 13 Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005)
  • Mar 15 Chris Sanders, American animator and director
  • Mar 23 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist
  • Mar 23 Nicol Stephen, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • Mar 27 Clare Lucy Madeleine Evans, historian
  • Mar 28 José Maria Neves, Cape Verdeian politician
  • Mar 28 Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, French author and dramatist

Deaths in History

  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter, dies at 90