- 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 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)
- Apr 13 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
- 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.
- Aug 18 The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg
- Sep 14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
- Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago
On February 29, 1960
1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed by USS submarine Triton in 60 days, 21 hours
On April 25, 1960