On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Famous Birthdays

  • 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