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

Australian 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

  • Feb 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss

Historic Event

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 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 comedy "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be" opens at Garrick Theatre, London; runs for 886 pefromances
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

Sports History

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

  • Feb 8 US Congress opens hearings looking into payola

Historic Event

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".

  • 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

Film & TV History

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 13 France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding the 70 kilo-ton "Gerboise Bleue" atomic bomb in the French Algerian Sahara desert [1]
  • 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, California
  • 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

Historic Event

Feb 24 Italian government of Antonio 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 teammate Hias Leitner
  • Feb 25 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres

Historic Event

Feb 25 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

  • 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

Film & TV History

Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in"Mirror Image" episode of CBS anthology series "The Twilight Zone"

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)

Historic Event

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

  • 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 rock singer (James - "Sit Down"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Feb 4 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • Feb 4 Jonathan Larson, American theater composer (Rent), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1996)

Jane Geddes

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

  • 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 Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)

Dino Ciccarelli

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

  • Feb 8 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 8 Benigno Aquino III, 15th President of the Philippines (Liberal Party: 2010-16), born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2021)
  • 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, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax"), 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 Mikey Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Feb 15 Jock Hobbs, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (21 Tests; Canterbury RU; Chairman NZRFU 2002-10), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress (An Autumn's Tale), born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 16 Pete Willis, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Def Leppard, 1977-82 - "Let It Go"; "Photograph"), born in Sheffield, England
  • Feb 16 Chris Schultz, Canadian football offensive tackle (NFL Dallas Cowboys; CFL All Star 1987, 88; Toronto Argonauts) and sportscaster (The Sports Network), born in Burlington, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 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 Andrew, Duke of York, British prince and 2nd son of Queen Elizabeth II, born at Buckingham Palace, London
  • Feb 19 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Feb 20 Kee Marcello [Kjell Hilding Löfbom], Swedish rock guitarist (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 20 Cecilia Chailly, Italian harpist, contemporary classical and new age composer, singer, and novelist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 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

Naruhito

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

  • 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 (Jeremy) "Jaz" Coleman, English rock singer, keyboardist and record producer (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, England
  • Feb 27 Andres Gomez, Ecuadorian tennis player (Madrid Grand Prix-1990), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Feb 27 Paul Humphreys, British rock singer and musician (OMD - "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)"; "(Forever) Live and Die"), born in London, England
  • Feb 27 Stoney Jackson, American actor (White Shadow, Insiders), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 27 Johnny Van Zant, American rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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 pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), dies in a car crash after a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas at 27
  • 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 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], 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, American vaudevillian, clown and actor (in comedy act with Paul McCullough), 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, Dutch organist, composer and 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

Melvin Purvis

Feb 29 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56