On This Day

What Happened on September 10, 1960

Historical Events

World Record

Abebe Bikila runs Olympic/World record marathon (2:15:16.2)

  • 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

Olympic Gold

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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • Yugoslavia dominates Denmark 3-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Rome Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist (Fun Home), born in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania

Colin Firth

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

  • David Lowery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Camper Van Beethoven; Cracker), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Miranda Wilson, American actress (Sandra-Santa Barbara), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Deaths

  • Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63

Harold Gillies

Harold Gillies, New Zealand father of modern plastic surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, dies at 78 of a slight cerebral thrombosis gained while operating on the leg of an 18-year-old girl [1]

1960 Highlights

About September 10, 1960

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 2 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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