On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1960

Historical Events

Theater Premiere

1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

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

Historic Event

JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

  • KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker

Famous Deaths

Melvin Purvis

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

1960 Highlights

About February 29, 1960

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 2 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Why - Anthony Newley