What Happened on January 2, 1960

Historical Events

  • 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years

Music Premiere

Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, in honor of the Minnesota Centennial, premieres by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti

Event of Interest

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

1960 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bernard Fowler, American session and touring rock and R&B vocalist (Rolling Stones; Tackhead; Steven Seagal), and songwriter, born in NYC
  • Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
Born in 1960

Famous Deaths

  • Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor & director (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79

Fausto Coppi (1919-1960)

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

  • Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52

About January 2, 1960

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 63 years, 8 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: El Paso - Marty Robbins
  • UK #1 Song: What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford & The Checkmates