On This Day

What Happened in July 1960

Historical Events

Music History

Jul 1 Benjamin Britten's cantata "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel, Switzerland

  • Jul 1 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories

Historic Event

Jul 1 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

  • Jul 1 Ghana becomes a republic
  • Jul 1 No passports needed inside Benelux
  • Jul 1 USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
  • Jul 1 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Neale Fraser wins is first and only Wimbledon singles title; beats Rod Laver 6-4, 3-6, 9-7, 7-5

  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Maria Bueno of Brazil beats South African Sandra Reynolds 8–6, 6–0

  • Jul 4 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

Baseball Record

Jul 4 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs

  • Jul 5 Mongolia adopts constitution
  • Jul 6 Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207 mile walk from LA to NYC
  • Jul 7 US cemetery officially opens at Margraten, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea
  • Jul 8 Fidel Castro ends Havana's International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey

British Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship

  • Jul 10 Belgium sends troops to Congo
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship Final, Parc des Princes, Paris, France: Viktor Ponedelnik scores in extra time as Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia, 2-1
  • Jul 11 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • Jul 11 Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution
  • Jul 11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger declare independence
  • Jul 11 Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independent

Historic Publication

Jul 11 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

  • Jul 12 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • Jul 13 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA

Presidential Convention

Jul 13 US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate

  • Jul 14 Fire rages through a Guatemala City insane asylum killing 225 and severely injuring 300

Sports History

Jul 15 Baltimore's future Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox

  • Jul 15 UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé's declaration of independence for Katanga province
  • Jul 16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer [1]
  • Jul 16 George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on
  • Jul 17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • Jul 18 1st UN troops reach Congo
  • Jul 18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises
  • Jul 18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • Jul 19 Italian government of Tambroni resigns
  • Jul 20 1st submerged submarine to fire Polaris missile (George Washington)
  • Jul 20 USSR recovers 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Jul 20 The head of the Physics Department at the Israel Institute of Technology, Kurt Sitte, is arrested for espionage
  • Jul 21 Country of Katanga forms in Africa

Election of Interest

Jul 21 Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the world's 1st female elected head of government, as Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

  • Jul 21 Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
  • Jul 22 Cuba nationalizes all US-owned sugar factories

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 23 US Open Women's Golf, Worcester CC: Betsy Rawls wins her 4th Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joyce Ziske

  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier
  • Jul 25 Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels
  • Jul 26 Italian government of Fanfani forms

Presidential Convention

Jul 27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

  • Jul 28 US Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate
  • Jul 30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)

Historic Event

Jul 31 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state

  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Evelyn "Champagne" King, American disco singer ("Shame"; "I'm in Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 1 Lynn Jennings, American long distance runner (world 5,000m record 1990), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jul 1 (Anthony) "Ted" Key, British rock bassist (The Housemartins, 1984-85; The Kingstons), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Jul 1 Erik Friedlander, American classical and avant garde jazz cellist and composer (John Zorn; Masada String Trio), born in New York City
  • Jul 1 Tony Miceli, American jazz vibraphonist and educator (Monkadelphia), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jul 2 Julia Montgomery, American actress (One Life to Live, Revenge of the Nerds), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jul 2 Terry Rossio, American screenwriter
  • Jul 3 Ricardo Perdomo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (6 caps; Club Nacional de Football, Rayo Vallecano, Unión Española) and coach (Miramar Misiones, Plaza Colonia), born in Punta de Valdez, Uruguay (d. 2022)
  • Jul 4 Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler, born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • Jul 5 James M. Kelly, American politician (Maryland), born in Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Jul 5 Brad Loree, Canadian actor and stunt performer, born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 6 Caroll-Ann Alie, Canadian sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 6 Jozef Pribilinec, Czech speed walker (Olympic gold 1988, world record 10K), born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • Jul 6 Lauri Merten, American golfer (US Open 1993), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Jul 6 Valerie Brisco-Hooks, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m, 400m relay 1984), born in Greenwood Mississippi
  • Jul 7 Ralph Sampson, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1984–87; Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Jul 7 Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut, born in Portland, Indiana
  • Jul 8 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympic gold 88, bronze 1992, 96)
  • Jul 8 Valerie Pettiford, American actress (One Life to Live, Half & Half), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 9 Christopher J "Gus" Loria, Major USMC/astronaut, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Jul 9 Marc Mero, American professional wrestler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jul 9 Wanda Vazquez, Puerto Rico attorney and Governor of Puerto Rio (2019-), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Jul 10 Roger Craig, American football running back (4 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89; SF 49ers; first 1,000 yards rushing & receiving in same season), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jul 11 David Baerwald, American singer/songwriter (David + David - "Welcome To The Boomtown": "Swallowed By The Cracks"), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Jul 11 Caroline Quentin, British actress (Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek), born in Surrey, England
  • Jul 11 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 2013)
  • Jul 12 Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer ("Pile ou face" - "Heads Or Tails"), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 13 Ian Hislop, British writer, satirist and editor of Private Eye, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jul 14 Ray Herndon, American guitarist (Lyle Lovett's Large Band), and country singer-songwriter (McBride & Ride - "Can I Count On You"), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Jul 14 Anna Bligh, Australian politician, 1st woman Premier of Queensland (2007-12), born in Warwick, Australia

Jane Lynch

Jul 14 Jane Lynch, American actress (Best In Show; Glee; Two and a Half Men; Criminal Minds), singer, and comedian, born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

  • Jul 14 Angélique Kidjo, Beninese singer-songwriter ("Djin, Djin"; "Eve"; "IFÉ"), and human rights activist, born in Ouidah, Republic of Dahomey (now Benin)
  • Jul 15 Alexander W Dunlap, astronaut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Kim Alexis

Jul 15 Kim Alexis, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress, born in Lockport, New York

  • Jul 15 Willie Aames, actor (8 is Enough, Paradise, Zapped), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jul 16 Eus van Someren, Dutch pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw), born in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • Jul 16 Gisela Beyer, German discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980), born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Jul 16 Terry Pendleton, American baseball infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 16 Leila Kenzle, American actress (Mad About You, Identity), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jul 17 Jan Wouters, Dutch football player (Ajax, Bayern Munich, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 17 Kim Barnett, English cricketer (England batsman & occasional leggie 1988-89), born in Leek, United Kingdom
  • Jul 17 Nancy Giles, American actress (Connie-Delta, Off Beat, Big, Angie), born in New York City, New York
  • Jul 17 Robin Shou, Hong Kong Chinese-American martial arts actor (Mortal Kombat, Beverly Hills Ninja), born in British Hong Kong
  • Jul 17 Scott Norwood, American NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills-Super Bowl XXV goat), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jul 17 Mark Burnett, British television producer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jul 17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Anne-Marie Johnson, American actress (In the Heat of the Night), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 19 Atom Egoyan, Canadian director (Adjuster, Next of Kin), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jul 20 Katie Rabbet, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend, born in London, England
  • Jul 20 Lauren Gregg, Rochester Minn, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 21 Lance Guest, American actor (Lance-Lou Grant), born in Saratoga, California
  • Jul 21 Matt Mulhern, American actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 21 Fritz Walter, German footballer (VfB Stuttgart), born in Mannheim, Germany
  • Jul 22 Denyse Julien, Rouyn Quebec, badminton player (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Jul 22 Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 23 Al Perez, American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 25 Alain Robidoux, Canadian snooker player, born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
  • Jul 26 LaTaunya Pollard, American baseball player (Olympics 1980, 84), born in East Chiacgo, Indiana
  • Jul 27 Jo Durie, English tennis player, born in Bristol
  • Jul 27 Reinaldo de Carvalho, carnival King (d. 1995)
  • Jul 27 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), born in Victoria, Australia (d. 2018)
  • Jul 28 Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jul 28 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker
  • Jul 28 Jonathan Gold, American food critic who was the first in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)

Richard Linklater

Jul 30 Richard Linklater, American filmmaker (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), born in Houston, Texas

  • Jul 31 Dale Hunter, Canadian NHL center, coach, owner (Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, London Knights [OHL]), born in Petrolia, Ontario
  • Jul 31 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star
  • Jul 31 Malcolm Ross, Scottish rock guitarist (Aztec Camera, 1984 - "All I Need Is Everything"), born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 3 Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot

David Lean

Jul 4 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar

Gene Tierney

Jul 11 Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado

Vera Miles

Jul 16 American actress Vera Miles (30) weds American actor-director-screenwriter Keith Larsen (36); divorce in 1971

Jack Nicklaus

Jul 23 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash


Famous Divorces

Bette Davis

Jul 6 Actress Bette Davis (52) divorces actor Gary Merrill (46) after almost 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician (launched the NHS), dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • Jul 13 Anna Blaman, Dutch writer (Life & Death), dies at 55
  • Jul 13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 13 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, dies at 45
  • Jul 14 Maurice de Broglie, French physicist (studied X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy), dies at 85
  • Jul 15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician, dies at 63
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 16 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), dies at 66

Albert Kesselring

Jul 16 Albert Kesselring, German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), dies of a heart attack at 74

  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • Jul 26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • Jul 26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • Jul 28 Enrique Amorim, Uruguayan author (La victoria no viene sola), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Richard Simon, American book publisher (co-founder of Simon & Shuster), dies at 61
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77