On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1960

Historical Events

  • Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
  • Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Penhall, American actor (Savage Beach), born in Balboa, California
  • Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2020)

Person of interestSean Penn

Sean Penn, American actor (Mystic River, Milk), born in Santa Monica, California

Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
  • Stephan Eicher, Swiss singer, born in M├╝nchenbuchsee, Switzerland
1960 Highlights

About August 17, 1960

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 2 months and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo