What Happened on August 29, 1960

Historical Events

Olympic Gold

Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964

  • Italy wins cycling team pursuit and Sante Gaiardoni takes the sprint gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Italy wins all 4 track events and road team time trial to thoroughly dominate sport
  • Jordan premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • Swedish canoeists Gert Fredriksson and Sven-Olov Sjödelius win the K2-1,000m in 3:34.73 at the Rome Olympics; Fredriksson's 6th gold medal in 4 Olympic Games
1960 History

Famous Birthdays

  • William Susman, American pianist and contemporary classical and documentary film score composer (Pentateuch; Snow Lion of Peace; Native New Yorker), born in Chicago, Illinois
Born in 1960

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Gauge, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 46
  • Hazza el-Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan is assassinated
  • Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (Grand Hotel), dies at 72

About August 29, 1960

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 63 years and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
  • UK #1 Song: Apache - The Shadows