On This Day

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
  • U Nu elected premier of Burma

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

Famous Deaths

  • Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
1960 Highlights

About April 1, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 7 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries