What Happened on March 26, 1960

Historical Events

  • 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott wins aboard 13/2 favourite Merryman II; first clear favourite to win in 33 years
  • Iraq executes 30 after attack on Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Qasim
  • Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • USC captures NCAA swimming title

Famous Birthdays

  • Jennifer Grey, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York
  • Marcus Allen, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1981, USC; Super Bowl MVP 1984, LA Raiders; 6 x Pro Bowl), born in San Diego, California

Famous Divorces

Yul Brynner

Academy Award-winning actor Yul Brynner (39) divorces actress Virginia Gilmore (40) after 15 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61
1960 Highlights

About March 26, 1960

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: My Old Man's A Dustman - Lonnie Donegan