On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1960

Historical Events

Historic Event

American CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident); sentence to 3 years in prison plus 7 in a labor camp, he served 17 months before being exchanged for a captured Soviet KGB spy

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers
  • Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into space, 1st animals to return alive from orbit
  • The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Hebert, American sportscaster and NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Morten Andersen 'Great Dane', Danish NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ron Darling, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
1960 Highlights

About August 19, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 2 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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