What Happened in September 1960

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 German sprinter Armin Hary wins the coveted 100m gold medal in 10.2 at the Rome Olympics; first non-American to win the event since 1928
  • Sep 1 US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of George Harrison, Dick Blick, Mike Troy & Jeff Farrell swim world record 8:10.2 to beat Japan by 3.3 seconds and win gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 1 US 4 x 100m medley relay team swims world record 4:05.4 to beat Australia and win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Frank McKinney, Paul Hait, Lance Larson & Jeff Farrell
  • Sep 2 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • Sep 2 Tamara & Irina Press (Soviet Union) become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals; Tamara wins Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80m hurdles
  • Sep 2 William Walton's 2nd Symphony, premieres
  • Sep 2 The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as the Democracy Day.
  • Sep 2 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins the coveted 100m gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 11.0; beats Britain's Dorothy Hyman by 0.3; 1st of 3 gold medals for Rudolph
  • Sep 2 American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 3 Livio Berruti of Italy runs a world record 20.5 to win the gold medal in the 200m at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 3 US women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Joan Spillane, Shirley Stobs, Carolyn Wood & Chris von Saltza swim world record 4:08.9 to beat Australia by 2.4 seconds and win gold medal at Rome Olympics
  • Sep 4 -12] Hurricane Donna, kills 148 in Caribbean & US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Cassius Clay [Muhammad Ali] beats 3-time European champion Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland in a unanimous points decision to win Olympic light heavyweight boxing gold medal in Rome

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Sep 5 President Kasavubu fires premier Patrice Lumumba of Congo
  • Sep 5 The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 A. J. Foyt wins the first of 67 Indy car victories at Du Quoin, Illinois. State Fairgrounds

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt

  • Sep 5 Future world middleweight boxing champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy beats Yuri Radonyak of the Soviet Union to win welterweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 6 Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record in winning the 1,500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6
  • Sep 6 American Otis Davis runs a world record 44.9 to win the gold medal in the 400m at the Rome Olympics; German Carl Kaufmann records same time but ruled second via photo finish
  • Sep 6 In a famous victory American decathlete Rafer Johnson scores Olympic record 8,392 points to win the gold medal in Rome; beats rival & friend C.K. Yang of China by 58 points
  • Sep 7 Ljudmila Shevcova runs female olympic record 800m (2:04.3)
  • Sep 7 Japan wins the men's gymnastics teams combined exercises gold for the first of 5 consecutive Olympics at the Rome Games; beats Soviet Union by just 2.5 points
  • Sep 7 Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class at the Rome Olympics; his 4th straight Olympic gold medal in the category
  • Sep 7 US sweeps the medals in the men's discus at the Rome Olympics; Al Oerter wins his 2nd of 4 career discus gold ahead of fellow Americans Rink Babka and Dick Cochran
  • Sep 7 Future Constantine II, last King of Greece, wins Dragon class sailing gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 7 American weightlifter Charles Vinci wins 2nd consecutive bantamweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics with world-record equalling 3-lift (snatch, clean & jerk, overhead press) total of 345.0 kilograms
  • Sep 8 German Democratic Republic limits access to East-Berlin for West Berliners

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 8 Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

  • Sep 8 American sprinter Wilma Rudolph wins her third gold medal of the Rome Olympics anchoring the US 4 x 100m relay team; earlier won 100/200m double
  • Sep 8 US 4 x 400m relay team of Jack Yerman, Earl Young, Glenn Davis & Otis Davis run a world record 3:02.2 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 8 German 4 x 100m relay team equal world record 39.5 to win the gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Bernd Cullmann, Armin Hary, Walter Mahlendorf & Martin Lauer
  • Sep 9 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston
  • Sep 9 Denver beats Boston 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans in Boston.
  • Sep 9 Pakistan ends India's run of 6 consecutive Olympic field hockey gold medals with a 1-0 win over their sub-continent rivals at the Rome Games
  • Sep 10 Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:15:16.2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643' HR over right field roof in Detroit

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 10 Fencer Aladár Gerevich is part of the gold medal winning Hungarian sabre team at the Rome Olympics; Gerevich's 6th consecutive gold medal in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men's basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia dominates Denmark 3-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Rome Olympics
  • Sep 10 The gymnastics competition at the Rome Olympics concludes with the Soviet Union taking 10 of the 15 gold medals; Soviet gymnasts Boris Shakhlin & Larisa Latynina win 3 gold medals apiece
  • Sep 11 17th Olympic games close in Rome Italy

  • Sep 11 The Young Americans for Freedom, meeting at home of William F. Buckley, Jr., promulgate the Sharon Statement.
  • Sep 12 "Vintage '60" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 John F. Kennedy avers he does not speak for the Roman Catholic Church, and neither does the Church speak for him.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Sep 13 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns soccer-law
  • Sep 14 Coup under Col Joseph-Desire Mobutu in Congo
  • Sep 14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • Sep 14 KERA TV channel 13 in Dallas, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Sep 15 Maurice Richard announces his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Sep 16 Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at 98
  • Sep 16 Mil Brave Warren Spahn no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0
  • Sep 17 "Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Sep 17 Cuba nationalizes US banks

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 17 80th U.S. Men's National Championship: Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver (6-4, 6-4, 9-7)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Sep 17 74th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Maria Bueno (6-4, 10-12, 6-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 "LIFE" magazine celebrates artist Grandma Moses's 100th birthday by putting her on their cover

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses
  • Sep 19 Chubby Checker's "Twist" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Sep 20 UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations)
  • Sep 20 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 Mali (formerly French Sudan) declares independence from France
  • Sep 24 International Development Association (UN agency) comes into existence
  • Sep 24 USS Enterprise, 1st nuclear power aircraft carrier, launched
  • Sep 25 For 1st time since 1927, Pirates clinch NL pennant
  • Sep 25 NY Yankees clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 25 Phillies beat Reds 7-1, ending 16 consecutive Sunday loses
  • Sep 26 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon & Kennedy took place (Chicago)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Cuban leader Fidel Castro delivers a 4 hour and 29 minute long speech at the United Nations

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Sep 27 Europe's 1st "moving pavement" (travelator), opens at Bank station on the London Underground
  • Sep 28 "Millionaire" last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" by Connie Francis hits #1
  • Sep 28 "Queen For A Day" moves to ABC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres at Palace theater

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 28 Ted Williams hits his final homer #521 (off Jack Fisher)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • Sep 29 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "My Three Sons" starring Fred MacMurray, debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "lrma La Douce" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 527 performances
  • Sep 30 On Howdy Doody's last show Clarabelle finally talks "Goodbye Kids"
  • Sep 30 West Germany signs trade agreement with East Germany

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Sep 30 "The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Eric Dickerson, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984), born in Sealy, Texas
  • Sep 2 Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • Sep 2 Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician
  • Sep 2 John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
  • Sep 4 Damon Wayans, actor/comedian (In Living Color, Major Payne, Blankman)
  • Sep 4 Peter Virgile, soap actor (Hostage, Popeye Doyle)
  • Sep 4 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot)
  • Sep 5 Rob Stull, American pentathlete (Olympic-92), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sep 5 Willie Gault, American NFL receiver (Chicago Bears, LA Raiders), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Sep 7 Carlos Martinez, American bowler
  • Sep 7 Andrew Voss, Australian television personality (Fox League), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 8 David Steele, English musician (The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals), born in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 8 Stefano Casiraghi, husband of princess Caroline of Monaco
  • Sep 8 Aimee Mann, American musician
  • Sep 9 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Sep 9 Hugh Grant, London England (4 Weddings & a Funeral, 9 Months)
  • Sep 9 Mario Batali, American chef and restaurateur, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 9 Bob Stoops, American football coach

Person of interestColin Firth

Sep 10 Colin Firth, English actor (Bridget Jones' Diary, The King's Speech), born in Grayshott Hampshire

  • Sep 10 Miranda Wilson, Nebraska, actress (Sandra-Santa Barbara)
  • Sep 10 Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist
  • Sep 10 David Lowery, American musician
  • Sep 11 Neal X [Whitmore], English musician (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Love Missile F-111), born in Henley-on-Thames, England
  • Sep 12 Lynn Connelly, LPGA golfer (1988 USX Golf Classic-6th), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 13 Greg Baldwin, American voiceover actor (Avatar: The Last Airbender), born in Grants, New Mexico
  • Sep 14 Anthony Addabbo, American actor (Jason-Generations), born in Coral Gables, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Sep 14 Melissa Leo, American actress (All My Children), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Sep 14 Callum Keith Rennie, British-Canadian actor, born in Sunderland, England
  • Sep 15 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 15 Kevin Allen, Welsh actor
  • Sep 16 Mickey Tettleton, catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 16 Kurt Busiek, American comic book writer
  • Sep 17 Hank Baran, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Won Mexican), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 John Franco, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 17 Terry Nihen, playmate (December, 1983), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Sep 18 Karim Rashid, Egyptian/English industrial designer
  • Sep 19 Julianna Young, American model and Playmate (Nov, 1993), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Sep 19 Loïc Bigois, French Formula One engineer and aerodynamicist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Sep 20 Alice Regina Brown, Jackson MS, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88)
  • Sep 20 James A Pawelczyk, PhD/astronaut (sk STS 90), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 20 Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter
  • Sep 21 David James Elliott, Canadian actor (Seinfeld, Lt Harmon Rabb-Jag), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Scott Baio, (Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles in Charge, Zapped), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 22 Victor Stevenson, CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Sep 23 John Rocca, English funk singer (Southern Freeze)
  • Sep 25 John Hills, British racehorse trainer (d. 2014)
  • Sep 25 Igor Belanov, Soviet-Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Sep 25 Sonia Benezra, Canadian television host
  • Sep 26 Bret Erickson, Bennington Nebraska, US trap (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 27 Nick della Casa, British Brazilian Argentine cameraman (Emmy Award)
  • Sep 27 Barron Lerner, American physician and historian
  • Sep 28 Derek James, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Sep 28 Gus Logie, cricketer (WI batsman 1983-91, great fielder)
  • Sep 28 Jennifer Rush, singer/songwriter (Destiny, Ring of Ice)
  • Sep 28 Tom Byrum, American professional golfer, born in Onida, South Dakota
  • Sep 29 John MacBeth Paxson, NBA Guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • Sep 29 Rob Deer, MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Sep 29 Wendy White, tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 30 Mike Herbert, Rogers Ark, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 30 Susan Keith, actress (Shana Vochek-Loving)
  • Sep 30 Blanche Lincoln, American politician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 2 Actress Tammy Grimes (26) divorces actor Christopher Plummer (30) after 4 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alfred E Green, director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Savo, comedian (Through the Crystal Ball), dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • Sep 9 Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
  • Sep 10 Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63
  • Sep 13 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), dies at 75
  • Sep 14 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • Sep 17 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 18 A J Evans, cricketer (only England Test v Aus 1921), dies
  • Sep 18 John Evans, England Test batsman (author 'The Escaping Club'), dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of heart attack at 67
  • Sep 20 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 22 Melanie Klein, Austria/British psycho analyst, dies at 78
  • Sep 23 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Sep 24 Mátyás Seiber, composer (Scherzando), dies at 55
  • Sep 24 Melanie Klein, [Reizes], child psycho-analyst, dies
  • Sep 25 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), dies at 86
  • Sep 26 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist/daughter of Emmeline, dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Franz Arnold, German writer, dies at 82
  • Sep 30 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, dies at 75