On This Day

What Happened in January 1960

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France

Music Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience

  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 2 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • Jan 2 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, in honor of the Minnesota Centennial, premieres by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti

Historic Event

Jan 2 Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

  • Jan 4 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 9 Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • Jan 11 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • Jan 12 Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt WI v England

Sports History

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established

Sports History

Jan 16 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL's all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal's Maurice Richard

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 17 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL

  • Jan 18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • Jan 18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board

Treaty of Interest

Jan 19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

Historic Event

Jan 20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo

  • Jan 21 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • Jan 21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, C

  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • Jan 23 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • Jan 24 Algeria uprises against French President de Gaulle
  • Jan 25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Election of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

Radio History

Jan 28 "The Goon Show"'s final episode on BBC radio

  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises

Historic Event

Jan 28 A new version of "La fille mal gardée" choreographed by Frederick Ashton debuts by the Royal Ballet with Nadia Nerina debuts at Covent Garden, London

  • Jan 30 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • Jan 30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • Jan 30 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Jan 30 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 2 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • Jan 2 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • Jan 3 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • Jan 4 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • Jan 4 Michael Stipe, American rock vocalist and songwriter (R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"; "Stand"; "Everybody Hurts"), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Jan 4 April Winchell, American actress
  • Jan 5 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • Jan 5 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer, born in Lundby, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 6 Paul Azinger, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA C'ship 1993, 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 6 Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer, born in London, England
  • Jan 7 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 7 Loretta Sanchez, American politician, born in Lynwood, California
  • Jan 7 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • Jan 9 Lisa Walters, Canadian golfer (Hawaiian Open 1992-93), born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • Jan 9 Haukur Tómasson, Icelandic classical composer (Gudruns 4th Song; Strati), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Jan 10 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 10 Samira Said, Moroccan pop singer, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • Jan 12 Dominique Wilkins, American Basketball HOF forward (9 × NBA All Star 1986–94; NBA scoring champion 1986; NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 1985, 90; Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 12 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Hales Corner, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor, born in Windsor, Canada
  • Jan 13 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee, Illinois
  • Jan 13 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • Jan 15 Tim Curtis, English cricketer (batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Kelly Asbury, American animated film director (Shrek 2, Smurfs: The Lost Village), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Jan 15 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer, born in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 16 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 17 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 17 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Jan 17 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor, born in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
  • Jan 18 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) & theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent
  • Jan 19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois

Michael Hutchence

Jan 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist (INXS - "Devil Inside": "New Sensation"), and actor (Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1997)

  • Jan 23 Greg Ritchie, Australian cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote), born in Stanthorpe, Queensland
  • Jan 23 Misha Mck, American actress (Gerri-Me & Mrs C), born in East Orange New Jersey
  • Jan 23 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfing pioneer, born in Oullins, France (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Jeanette Bolden, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Charlie Gillingham, American rock Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, piano, and keyboard player (Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love"), born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • Jan 28 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • Jan 29 Cho-Liang Lin, American classical violinist (Queen Sophia prize, 1977), and teacher (Juilliard, 1991-present), born in Hsinchu, Taiwan [1]

Greg Louganis

Jan 29 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 29 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Days of Our Lives - "Jack Devaraux"), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 29 Sean Kerly, English hockey player (Olympic Gold 1988), born in Whistable, England
  • Jan 29 Steve Sax, American MLB 2nd baseman, NL rookie of the year, 1981, 5x all-star (LA Dodgers, 1981-88; NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in West Sacramento, California
  • Jan 29 Gia Carangi, American model (one of 1st supermodels), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • Jan 29 James "JG" Thirlwell, Australian musician, composer and record producer, born in Melbourne
  • Jan 30 Tony O'Dell, American actor (Alan Pinkard-Head of the Class), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jan 31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 31 Grant Morrison, British comic book author, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Famous Weddings

Bob Denver

Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 50
  • Jan 2 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor & director (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), dies from malaria at 40
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), dies at 80

Albert Camus

Jan 4 Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

  • Jan 5 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • Jan 5 Pavel P Parenago, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Theory of Money & Capital), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Dorothea Lambert Chambers, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1903-04, 06, 10-11, 13-14), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Luiz Costa, Portuguese pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), dies at 67
  • Jan 24 Edwin Fischer, Swiss concert pianist and conductor, dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), dies of an alcohol and drug overdose at 38
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Louis Jean Heydt, American character actor (Waterfront; Gone With The Wind; The Great McGinty), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Jan 31 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), dies at 53