On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1960

Historical Events

  • Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France

Famous Birthdays

  • Calvin Hayes, British musician (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Seth Swirsky, American songwriter

Famous Deaths


Person of interestArthur Meighen

Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen

1960 Highlights

About August 5, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo