On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1960

Historical Events

  • Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into orbit, - 1st animals to return alive from obit
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)

Famous Deaths

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

About August 19, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 2 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo