On This Day

What Happened in February 1960

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins first of 11 Australian singles titles; beats fellow Australian Jan Lehane 7-5, 6-2

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In a classic all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6; Laver's first Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Feb 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss

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Feb 3 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 4 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • Feb 4 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

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Feb 8 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 8 Congress opens hearings looking into payola

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 10 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances

  • Feb 10 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • Feb 12 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
  • Feb 13 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 13 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Feb 13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Feb 14 Marshal Ayub Khan elected President of Pakistan
  • Feb 14 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson survives a 37 car crash on Turn 4 to win driving a John Masoni owned Chevrolet
  • Feb 16 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
  • Feb 18 VIII Winter Olympic Games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 18 Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • Feb 19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
  • Feb 19 Swedish cross country skier Sixten Jernberg follows his 50k gold medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956) with victory in 30k event at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics
  • Feb 19 Three time Canadian world champions Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul win the pairs figure skating Olympic gold medal at Squaw Valley, CA
  • Feb 20 Soviet females sweep the 10k cross country event at Squaw Valley; first medal sweep for the Soviets at a Winter Olympics; Maria Gusakova wins from Lyubov Kozyreva and Radya Yeroshina
  • Feb 21 Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland's Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
  • Feb 22 German skier Georg Thoma becomes the first non-Nordic athlete to win the Nordic combined event at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics
  • Feb 23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • Feb 23 Carol Heiss wins the women's figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after David Jenkins wins men's event

  • Feb 24 Italian government of Segni falls
  • Feb 24 Austria goes 1-2 in the men's slalom at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Ernst Hintersteer wins gold ahead of team mate Hias Leitner
  • Feb 25 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres
  • Feb 25 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC

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Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Feb 26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • Feb 26 David Jenkins wins the men's figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after Carol Heiss wins women's event
  • Feb 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens

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Feb 27 US Olympic ice hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • Feb 27 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins his 3rd career Olympic cross country gold medal as part of Finland's 4 x 10k relay team at Squaw Valley, CA; winner: 50k (Oslo, 1952) and 30k (Cortina d’Ampezzo, 1956)
  • Feb 27 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • Feb 28 VIII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 28 Home team United States wins its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley; with 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Feb 29 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)

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Feb 29 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 3 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • Feb 3 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • Feb 4 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • Feb 4 Tim Booth, British singer (Heat, The World's End), born in Leeds, England
  • Feb 4 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • Feb 4 Jonathan Larson, American composer (Rent), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestJane Geddes

Feb 5 Jane Geddes, American golfer (US Open 1986, LPGA 1987), born in Huntington, New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Feb 5 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • Feb 6 Megan Gallagher, American actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian politician (African Development Bank President 2015-), born in Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Feb 7 James Spader, American actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Steve Bronski, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)

Person of interestDino Ciccarelli

Feb 8 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (most goals for NHL undrafted player, 608), born in Sarnia, Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Feb 8 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 9 Peggy Whitson, American astronaut, 1st woman to command International Space Station, US record for most days in space, born in Mt Ayr, Iowa
  • Feb 9 Holly Johnson, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 10 Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist (I Watched it on the Radio, Leap of Faith), born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • Feb 10 Robert Addie, British actor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • Feb 11 Richard Mastracchio, American astronaut, born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Feb 13 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • Feb 13 Matt Salinger, American actor (Captain America, Deadly Deception), born in Windsor, Vermont
  • Feb 13 Michael Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Feb 13 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee, born in Bologna, Italy
  • Feb 13 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • Feb 13 Artur Yusupov, Russian chess player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 14 Eric Shea, American actor (Yours, Mine and Ours, The Poseidon Adventure), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Jim Kelly, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Meg Tilly, Canadian–American actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 15 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Mikey Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Feb 15 Jock Hobbs [Michael James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress (An Autumn's Tale), born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 16 Peter "Pete" Willis, British musician and songwriter (Def Leppard), born in Sheffield, England
  • Feb 18 Andy Moog, Canadian NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988), born in Penticton, Canada
  • Feb 18 Greta Scacchi, Italian actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 18 Roger Wijesuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Feb 18 Carol McGiffin, British TV & radio presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • Feb 19 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • Feb 20 Kee Marcello [Kjell Hilding Löfbom], Swedish rock musician and singer (Europe-Final Countdown, Easy Action), born in Ludvika, Sweden
  • Feb 20 Joel Hodgson, American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000), born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Feb 21 Steve Wynn, American singer-songwriter (The Dream Syndicate), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 23 Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, born in Stuttgart, Germany

Person of interestNaruhito

Feb 23 Naruhito, Emperor of Japan (2019-), born in Tokyo, Japan

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
  • Feb 23 Alan Griffin, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 25 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie batsman, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • Feb 26 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Andres Gomez, Ecuadorian tennis player (Madrid Grand Prix-1990), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Feb 27 Paul Humphreys, English singer & musician (OMD-Crush, Pacific Age), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 Stoney Jackson, American actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 28 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1980)
  • Feb 29 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • Feb 29 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • Feb 29 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • Feb 29 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Johannes Geelkerken, Dutch theologian and vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • Feb 5 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 12 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 25 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F S Flint [Frank Stuart Flint], British translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-born American actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

Feb 29 Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis