1960 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 384

  • 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)

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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
  • May 1 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • May 1 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
  • May 2 Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
  • May 2 House investigating committee, looking into payola questions

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May 3 The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 4 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland

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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 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry

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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 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
  • May 13 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • 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 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 19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • May 19 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
  • May 19 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m
  • May 22 Tsunami strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM, severely damaging virtually all coastal towns between the 37th and 44th parallels
  • May 23 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • May 23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • 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 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
  • Jun 6 Roy Orbison releases "Only the Lonely"
  • Jun 6 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill
  • Jun 8 1st date in James Clavell's novel "Nobel House"
  • Jun 8 Argentine government demands release of Adolf Eichmann
  • Jun 9 Typhoon Mary in China killed at least 1,600
  • Jun 11 House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)
  • Jun 13 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • Jun 13 Prince Norodom Sihanoek becomes head of Cambodia
  • Jun 15 Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann
  • Jun 16 President Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan
  • Jun 20 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France
  • Jun 21 Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
  • 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 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 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

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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
  • Jul 4 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
  • 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 10 Belgium sends troops to Congo

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 143 of 143

  • Sep 27 Barron Lerner, American physician and historian
  • Sep 30 Blanche Lincoln, American politician
  • Oct 3 Cinzia De Ponti, [Fiordeponti], Pescara Italy (Miss Italy 1979)
  • Oct 8 Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
  • Oct 13 Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary
  • Oct 13 Peter Keisler, acting United States attorney general
  • Oct 17 Rob Marshall, American director
  • Oct 20 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • Oct 23 Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
  • Oct 25 Scott Anthony Haneline, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 26 June Brigman, American comic book artist
  • Oct 28 Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times
  • Oct 31 Reza Pahlavi, Iran, son of Shah of Iran
  • Oct 31 Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rican delegate to Congress

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Nov 1 Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • Nov 2 Tihomir Blaškić, Croatian war criminal
  • Nov 4 Kathy Griffin, American comedienne (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 4 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer
  • Nov 10 Neil Gaiman, English writer
  • Nov 12 Bertice Berry, talk show host (Bertice)
  • Nov 17 Jonathan Ross, British talk show host (Tall Guy)
  • Nov 17 Kirk Fogg, host of Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • Nov 23 Robin Roberts, American television reporter

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Nov 25 John F. Kennedy Jr, American lawyer, magazine publisher (George) and son of JFK, born in NYC, New York

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Nov 27 Kevin Henkes, American children's book writer/illustrator
  • Nov 27 Tim Pawlenty, American politician
  • Nov 27 Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian prime minister
  • Nov 28 John Galliano, Gibraltar, British fashion designer
  • Dec 8 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • Dec 9 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor
  • Dec 9 Terry Moran, American TV reporter
  • Dec 14 Catherine G Coleman, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec 14 Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
  • Dec 18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • Dec 19 Michelangelo Signorile, American writer
  • Dec 20 Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)
  • Dec 20 Nalo Hopkinson, Canadian writer
  • Dec 22 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haiti/US graffiti artist/painter (Gray, SAMO)
  • Dec 22 Patrick Fitzgerald, American attorney
  • Dec 23 Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Dec 24 Glenn McQueen, American animator (d. 2002)
  • Dec 26 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist
  • Dec 29 Thomas Lubanga, founder and leader of Union of Congolese Patriots

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 110 of 110

  • Nov 6 Erich Raeder, German grand admiral (b. 1876)
  • Nov 20 Jacob Cohen, Hebrew poet/writer, dies
  • Nov 24 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, zionist/socialist theorist, dies at 82
  • Nov 24 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • Nov 27 Dirk J de Geer, Dutch premier (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Richard N Wright, US author (Native son), dies at 52 in Paris France
  • Dec 26 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • Dec 29 Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • Dec 29 Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)