On This Day

What Happened in 1960

Historical Events

  • Feb 8 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
  • Feb 13 France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding the 70 kilo-ton "Gerboise Bleue" atomic bomb in the French Algerian Sahara desert [1]
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • May 10 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • Jun 23 1st contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.
  • Sep 14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
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1960 in Film & TV

1960 in Music

  • Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience
  • Apr 3 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • Jun 19 Loretta Lynn records "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"
  • Sep 19 Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Oct 27 American pop and soul singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"
  • Nov 14 Ray Charles' single "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1

1960 in Sport

  • Jan 11 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In a classic all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6; Laver's first Grand Slam title
  • Aug 25 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jerseys
  • Sep 15 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.
  • Oct 29 Cassius Clay's [Muhammad Ali] 1st professional fight; beats Tunney Hunsaker on points in 6 rounds in Louisville, Kentucky

Did You Know?

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

On July 11, 1960

Would You Believe?

"The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US

On September 30, 1960

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California
  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • Mar 31 Actor Yul Brynner (39) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City; divorce in 1967

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 4 American comedienne Lucille Ball files for divorce from Cuban-American singer Desi Arnaz, after 14 years of marriage
  • Mar 26 Academy Award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage
  • Jun 14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage

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