What Happened on April 1, 1960

Historical Events

  • 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
  • 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria

Election of Interest

U Nu elected premier of Burma

1960 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Michael Praed, British actor
  • Reijo Ruotsalainen, Finnish ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1987, 90; Edmonton Oilers; Olympic silver 1988), born in Oulu, Finland
Born in 1960

Famous Deaths

  • Piet Bakker, Dutch journalist and novelist (Ciske the Rat), dies at 62

About April 1, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 5 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: My Old Man's A Dustman - Lonnie Donegan