On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1960

Historical Events


Music releaseTheater Premiere

1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths


Person of interestMelvin Purvis

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

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

1960 Highlights

About February 29, 1960

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces