On This Day

What Happened in December 1960

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

InventionScientific Discovery

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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
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 13 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid's Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Uwe Seeler
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 21 Ornette Coleman records his influential album "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation", establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 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

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 26 National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers establish dynasty

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 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 1 Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich, German [GDR] speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m 1984), born in Dreden, Germany
  • Dec 2 Rick Savage, English bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 2 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1984)
  • Dec 3 Igor Larionov, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1997-98, 2002, Detroit Red Wings; Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 3 Daryl Hannah, American actress (Splash, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 3 Mike Ramsey, American ice hockey defenceman (Olympic gold 1980; NHL All-Star 1982-83, 85-86), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestJulianne Moore

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

  • Dec 4 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 1984), born in Toowoomba, Australia
  • Dec 5 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 5 Jack Russell, American rocker (Great White-Twice Shy), born in Montebello, California
  • Dec 5 John Felton, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kyogle, Australia
  • Dec 5 Les Nemes, English rock bassist (Haircut 100), born in Croydon, England
  • Dec 6 Jasmina Perazić, Serbian-American basketball guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • Dec 7 Craig Scanlon, English guitarist (The Fall), born in Manchester, England
  • Dec 8 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • Dec 9 Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays), manager and coach, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 9 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor, born in Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia
  • Dec 9 Terry Moran, American journalist (Senior National Correspondent at ABC News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 10 Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director (High Season, Dead Again), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 10 Paul Assenmacher, American MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 11 Mary Beth Zimmerman, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • Dec 11 Rachel Portman, English film composer, born in Haslemere, England
  • Dec 12 Amal Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Dec 12 Jaap van Zweden, Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Randy Stoklos, American beach volleyballer (first player to earn $1m; 5-time World champion [with Sinjin Smith]), born in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Dec 13 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 13 Venkatesh Daggubati, Indian actor, born in Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Dec 14 Catherine Coleman, American USAF officer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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, Miss United Kingdom (1979), born in Devonshire, England
  • Dec 20 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player and trainer (SC Heerenveen, AZ), born in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • Dec 20 Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-born Canadian writer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 21 Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player, born in Utica, New York
  • Dec 21 Michael Swain, American judoka (Olympic bronze 88), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Dec 21 Roger McDowell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 21 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist (Gray, SAMO), born in Brooklyn, NYC, 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], American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 22 Patrick Fitzgerald, American lawyer, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • Dec 23 Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dec 24 Glenn McQueen, American animator, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • Dec 24 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Ron Bottitta, British actor
  • Dec 26 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor, born in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Dec 26 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Dec 27 Maryam D'Abo, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept), born in London, England
  • 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)

Person of interestRay Bourque

Dec 28 Ray 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, American actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 28 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 29 Dave Gilbert, Australian cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86), born in Darlinghurst, Australia
  • Dec 29 David Boon, Australian cricket batsman (107 Tests, 7,422 runs @ 43.65; 21 x 100s; 181 ODIs), born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
  • Dec 29 Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 29 Thomas Lubanga, Congolese war criminal, born in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dec 30 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Dec 31 Broderick Dyke, Australian tennis player, born in Gumeracha, Australia

Famous Weddings

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 12 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (3 weeks), dies at 101
  • 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, English novelist, poet and playwright (Red Madymaynes), dies at 98
  • Dec 29 Philippe Panneton, Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (Trente arpents), dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69
  • Dec 31 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70