On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1960

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 awardWimbledon 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

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
1960 Highlights

About July 1, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 4 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer