On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1960

Historical Events

Music History

Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel

Historic Event

Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

  • Ghana becomes a republic
  • No passports needed inside Benelux
  • Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London
  • The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories
  • USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Anthony "Ted Key"British rock bassist (The Housemartins; The Kingstons), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Erik Friedlander, American classical and avant garde jazz cellist and composer (John Zorn; Masada String Trio), born in New York City
  • Evelyn "Champagne" King, American disco singer ("Shame"; "I'm in Love"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Lynn Jennings, American long distance runner (world 5,000m record 1990), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Tony Miceli, American jazz vibraphonist and educator (Monkadelphia), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1960 Highlights

About July 1, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

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