On This Day

What Happened on August 29, 1960

Historical Events

  • 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

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
1960 Highlights

About August 29, 1960

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years and 3 months
Leap Year: Yes

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