What Happened in December 1960

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo

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Dec 1 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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Dec 2 Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey discovers 1.4 million year old Homo erectus (Olduvai Hominid 9) in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Dec 3 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances
  • Dec 3 Frederick Loewe nd Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • Dec 6 AL grants American businessman Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • Dec 7 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • Dec 8 Expansion LA Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
  • Dec 9 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

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Dec 10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • Dec 11 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die

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Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Dec 11 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • Dec 13 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • Dec 13 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane
  • Dec 14 Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
  • Dec 14 Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
  • Dec 14 Washington Senators joins American League
  • Dec 16 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • Dec 16 TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
  • Dec 17 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • Dec 17 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances
  • Dec 17 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • Dec 18 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
  • Dec 19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 19 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
  • Dec 20 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
  • Dec 23 De Quay's Dutch government falls
  • Dec 23 King Saud of Saudi Arabia takes power
  • Dec 24 Dutch bishops question papacy values
  • Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC
  • Dec 26 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 27 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 27 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Dec 28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Carol Alt[man], Queens NY (Mrs Ron Greshner)/actress (Private Parts)
  • Dec 2 Rick Savage, bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
  • Dec 2 Nicholas Dingley alias Razzle, British Drummer (Hanoi Rocks)
  • Dec 3 Daryl Hannah, American actress (Splash, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 3 Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)

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Dec 3 Julianne Moore, American actress (Magnolia, The Kids are Alright), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • Dec 4 David Green, American baseball player
  • Dec 4 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete
  • Dec 5 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 5 Darryl James,Canadian Tour golfer (Glenco-1992, 93), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Dec 5 Jack Russell, rocker (Great White-Twice Shy)
  • Dec 5 John Felton, Kyogle Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 5 Les Nemes, rock bassist (Haircut 100)
  • Dec 6 Jasmina Perazic Gipe, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • Dec 7 Craig Scanlon, English guitarist (The Fall)
  • Dec 8 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • Dec 9 Juan Samuel, San Pedro de Macoris, infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays)
  • Dec 9 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor
  • Dec 9 Terry Moran, American TV reporter
  • Dec 10 Kenneth Branagh, Belfast, actor and director (High Season, Dead Again)
  • Dec 10 Paul Assenmacher, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 11 Danny Mijovic, Canadian Tour golfer (1984 Mexican), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Dec 11 Mary Beth Zimmerman, Mt Vernon IL, LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic)
  • Dec 11 Rachel Portman, English film composer
  • Dec 12 Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • Dec 12 Jaap van Sweden, Dutch violinist/concert master
  • Dec 13 Randy Stoklos, Pacific Palisades Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 13 Richard Dent, defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 13 Daggubati Venkatesh, Indian actor
  • Dec 14 Catherine G Coleman, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec 14 Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
  • Dec 14 James Comey, American lawyer and former FBI director, born in Yonkers, New York
  • Dec 15 Don Franklin, actor (Seaquest 2032, Noah Dixon-The Young Riders)
  • Dec 15 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • Dec 15 Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • Dec 16 Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer
  • Dec 17 Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
  • Dec 18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • Dec 19 Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah
  • Dec 19 Michelangelo Signorile, American writer
  • Dec 20 Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)
  • Dec 20 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen, AZ)
  • Dec 20 Nalo Hopkinson, Canadian writer
  • Dec 21 Andy Van Slyke, baseball player
  • Dec 21 Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympic bronze 88)
  • Dec 21 Roger McDowell, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 21 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
  • Dec 22 Jean-Michel Basquiat, US art (Gray, SAMO), born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York (d. 1988)
  • Dec 22 Tyrell Biggs, US super HW boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 22 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • Dec 22 Luther Campbell (Luke), US rap artist (2 Live Crew)
  • Dec 22 Patrick Fitzgerald, US attorney
  • Dec 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • Dec 23 Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • Dec 24 Glenn McQueen, American animator (d. 2002)
  • Dec 24 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter
  • Dec 25 Ron Bottitta, British actor
  • Dec 26 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor
  • Dec 26 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist
  • Dec 27 Maryam D'Abo, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept), born in London, England
  • Dec 27 Terry Price, Rockhampton QLD, Australian golfer
  • Dec 27 Donald Nally, American choral conductor
  • Dec 28 Chad McQueen, actor (Nightforce)
  • Dec 28 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, born in Cummins
  • Dec 28 Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

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Dec 28 Raymond bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Dec 28 Terri Garber, actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 28 Zane Smith, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 29 Dave Gilbert, cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86)
  • Dec 29 David Boon, cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania)
  • Dec 29 Katerina Didaskou, Greek actress
  • Dec 29 Thomas Lubanga, founder and leader of Union of Congolese Patriots
  • Dec 30 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Dec 31 Broderick Dyke, Australia, tennis star

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 15 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

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Dec 22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Fran Tarkenton

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ion Vasilescu, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 14 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • Dec 16 Anna Luther, silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk), dies at 63
  • Dec 26 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • Dec 29 Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • Dec 29 Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • Dec 31 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69
  • Dec 31 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70