On This Day

Historical Events in December 1960

Music History

Dec 1 British rocker Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best arrested and then deported from Hamburg, Germany accused of attempted arson

Scientific Discovery

Dec 2 Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey discovers 1.4 million year old Homo erectus (Olduvai Hominid 9) in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Music History

Dec 3 Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot", starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, and introducing Robert Goulet, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 873 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards

  • Dec 5 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • Dec 6 MLB American League grants American entertainer and businessman Gene Autry a franchise: Los Angeles Angels
  • Dec 7 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • Dec 8 MLB expansion team Los Angeles Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium

Music History

Dec 8 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts

  • Dec 9 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

  • Dec 10 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet and Peter Medawar for work on tissue grafting
  • Dec 11 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers; pro-independence demonstrations turn violent, 114 die

Music Premiere

Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

  • Dec 11 Cleveland Brown's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • Dec 13 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • Dec 13 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane

Football Awards

Dec 13 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid's Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Uwe Seeler

  • Dec 14 Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
  • Dec 14 Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
  • Dec 14 Washington Senators joins American League
  • Dec 16 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • Dec 16 TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
  • Dec 17 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater, NYC after 835 performances
  • Dec 17 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances
  • Dec 17 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • Dec 18 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
  • Dec 19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)

Music Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records ("Ring-A-Ding-Ding")

  • Dec 19 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
  • Dec 20 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam

Music Recording

Dec 21 Ornette Coleman records his influential album "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation", establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

  • Dec 23 Jan De Quay's Dutch government falls
  • Dec 23 King Saud of Saudi Arabia takes power
  • Dec 24 Dutch bishops question papacy values

Music Premiere

Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

NFL Championship

Dec 26 National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers establish dynasty

  • Dec 27 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 27 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Dec 28 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)