What Happened in October 1960

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Nigeria becomes the 99th member of the United Nations
  • Oct 1 14th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 2-1
  • Oct 1 KCBY TV channel 11 in Coos Bay, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Nigeria gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Oct 2 Mickey Wright becomes first player in LPGA Tour history to average fewer than 74 strokes per round to win the Vare Trophy after a season average of 73.25; first of 5 consecutive Vare Trophies for Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Oct 3 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
  • Oct 3 Janio Quadros elected president of Brazil
  • Oct 3 San Francisco's White House department store is the 1st to accept BankAmericard
  • Oct 3 New York Yankees beat rival Boston Red Sox, 8-7 at Yankee Stadium, ending season on 15 game win streak & MLB record 193 HRs
  • Oct 3 US sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" premieres in CBS (runs till 1968)
  • Oct 4 Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
  • Oct 5 British Labour party demands unilateral nuclear disarmament
  • Oct 5 Eastern AL Electra turbo-prop crashed in Boston Harbor (61 die)
  • Oct 5 KEYC TV channel 12 in Mankato, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 6 "Spartacus", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC

  • Oct 7 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 2nd JFK & Richard Nixon debate

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Oct 8 Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slammer
  • Oct 8 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • Oct 9 Cowboy QB Eddie LeBaron throws shortest touchdown pass (2")
  • Oct 10 "Laughs & Other Events" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 10 16 California Poly football team members die in plane crash in Toledo
  • Oct 10 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 4000 die
  • Oct 10 Ron Stewart of Ottawa rushes for CFL-record 287 yards
  • Oct 10 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 11 Hurricane ravages East-Pakistan (6,000 die)
  • Oct 11 Radio/TV executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 12 JFK & Richard Nixon's third presidential debate

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Oct 12 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Oct 12 Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma is assassinated with a sword during a televised debate live on TV by 17-year old nationalist Otoya Yamaguchi
  • Oct 13 Third presidential debate with Nixon in Hollywood & Kennedy in NY

BattleExecution

Oct 13 Opponents of Fidel Castro executed in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 13 Pirate's Mazeroski's bottom of 9th lead off HR beats NY Yankees 10-9 in game 7 of 57th World Series
  • Oct 14 Belgian senator Victor Leemans reveals huge gas field in Groningen

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Oct 14 Peace Corps 1st suggested by John F. Kennedy in a sppech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 15 "Laughs & Other Events" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 16 NL votes to admit Houston & NY to league
  • Oct 17 "Tenderloin" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • Oct 17 US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases
  • Oct 18 Casey Stengel retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)
  • Oct 18 In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge and London Evening Star merges with Evening News

  • Oct 19 France grants Mauritania independence
  • Oct 19 KWCS (now KOOG) TV channel 30 in Ogden, UT (IND) begins broadcasting

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Oct 19 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Oct 19 US imposes embargo on exports to Cuba
  • Oct 20 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
  • Oct 20 Ralph Houk, 41, replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager
  • Oct 21 1st British nuclear sub HMS Dreadnought launched
  • Oct 21 JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final presidential debate (NYC)
  • Oct 24 Disaster on USSR's Baikonoer launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash
  • Oct 25 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC
  • Oct 25 Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses
  • Oct 26 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Washington, D.C. for 1961
  • Oct 27 AL admits LA & Washington to the league
  • Oct 27 Singer Ben E. King records "Spanish Harlem" & "Stand By Me"
  • Oct 29 Chartered C46 carrying Cal State's football team crashes, kills 16

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Oct 29 Muhammad Ali's [Cassius Clay] 1st professional fight, beats Tunney Hunsaker in 6

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Oct 30 Guatemala's "La Hora" reports plan for invasion on Cuba
  • Oct 30 Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • Oct 30 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Rex White wins
  • Oct 31 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Elizabeth Dennehy, actress (Guiding Light) [or Nov 1]
  • Oct 2 Django Bates, British jazz musician, born in Beckenham, Kent
  • Oct 2 Glenn Anderson, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 2 Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • Oct 3 Cinzia De Ponti, [Fiordeponti], Pescara Italy (Miss Italy 1979)
  • Oct 4 Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Oct 4 Jennifer Anglin, Adrian Mich, actress (Cheryl-General Hospital)
  • Oct 4 Joe Boever, American baseball player
  • Oct 5 Daniel Baldwin, American actor
  • Oct 5 Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 6 Albert Lewis, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Oct 6 Jeffrey Trachta, actor (Thorne-Bold & Beautiful), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Oct 6 Richard Jobson, British TV person/rocker (Skids-Scared to Dance)
  • Oct 7 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
  • Oct 7 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer
  • Oct 8 Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster, born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • Oct 8 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist 9Les 2 minutes du peuple), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Oct 8 Reed Hastings, American businessman, entrepreneur and co-founder of Netflix, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 10 Eric Martin, American rocker (Mr Big), born in Long Island, New York
  • Oct 11 Curt Ford, American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Oct 11 Joe Nash, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 12 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 13 Joey Belladonna, American heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax-Protest), born in Oswego, New York
  • Oct 13 Tim Brewster, American football coach, born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Ari Fleischer, American media consultant and 21st White House Press Secretary, born in Pound Ridge, New York
  • Oct 13 Peter Keisler, American lawyer and acting Attorney General of the United States (2007), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Oct 14 John Aalberg, Orland Norway, US cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Oct 14 Steve Cram, English runner (world record mile/2 km)
  • Oct 16 Val Skinner, Hamilton MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Sprint Championship)
  • Oct 16 Bob Mould, American musician
  • Oct 17 James Patrick Delsing, American PGA golfer (1993 New England-2nd), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 17 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • Oct 17 Rob Marshall, American director
  • Oct 17 Guy Henry, English actor
  • Oct 17 Kevin Clash, puppeteer (Elmo on Sesame Street), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 18 Doug Lidster, Kamloops, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Oct 18 Emily Arth, playmate (Jun, 1988), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Oct 18 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Burbank, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestJean-Claude Van Damme

Oct 18 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Double Impact, Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • Oct 19 Dan Woodgate, rock drummer (Madness, Voice of Beehive), born in London, England
  • Oct 19 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian LPGA golfer (3 LPGA wins), born in Campbell River, British Colombia (d. 2016)
  • Oct 19 Jennifer Holliday, singer/actress (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 19 Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist
  • Oct 20 Brian Hansen, American NFL punter (NY Jets), born in Hawarden, Iowa
  • Oct 20 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Lepa Brena, famous Yugoslav singer
  • Oct 21 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • Oct 22 Darryl Jenifer, American bassist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 23 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • Oct 23 Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
  • Oct 24 Carolien de Windt, Suriname/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • Oct 24 Ian Baker-Finch, Nambour Queensland, PGA golfer (1991 British Open)
  • Oct 24 B.D. Wong, American actor (M. Butterfly), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 24 Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (d. 1999)
  • Oct 24 Joachim "Jo" Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • Oct 25 Kelli McMullen-Temple, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Oct 25 Scott Anthony Haneline, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 25 Tom Eplin, Hayward California, actor (Jake McKinnon-Another World)
  • Oct 25 June Brigman, American comic book artist, born in Atlantta, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Hong Sang-soo, South Korean filmmaker (Right Now, Wrong Then), born in Seoul
  • Oct 27 Tom Nieto, American baseball player, born in Downey, California
  • Oct 28 Mark Derwin, Park Forest Ill, actor (AC Mallet-Guiding Light)
  • Oct 28 Robert Pukalovic, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Oct 28 Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times
  • Oct 29 Michael Carter, shot putter (Olympic silver 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 30 David Valle, Bayside NY, catcher (Texas Rangers)

Person of interestDiego Maradona

Oct 30 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (World Cup captain 1986, 91 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Oct 30 Kim Thompson, Bath England, actress (Stealing Heaven)
  • Oct 31 Janice Harrer, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1989, Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Oct 31 Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Oct 31 Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rican delegate to Congress, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Oct 31 Arnaud Desplechin, French film director and screenwriter, born in Roubaix, France

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 5 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), dies at 84
  • Oct 6 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), dies from diabetes at 50
  • Oct 9 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • Oct 11 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma, Leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • Oct 14 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • Oct 15 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • Oct 19 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian painter and decorator, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 25 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Oct 31 H L Davis, American writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64