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What Happened in 1960

Important Events in 1960

  • 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 the 4th nuclear nation by exploding an atomic bomb in the 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.
  • 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
  • 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"

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.

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

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

On July 11, 1960


Famous People in 1960

World Leaders in 1960

Would you believe this fact about today?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 in 1960

  • 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 (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

Famous Divorces in 1960


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