On This Day

What Happened on September 2, 1960

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics
  • 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
  • New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 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
  • 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.
  • William Walton's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Dickerson, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984), born in Sealy, Texas
  • John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
  • Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician
  • Rex Hudler, Tempe AZ, outfielder (NY Yankees, California Angels)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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