On This Day

Historical Events in January 1960

  • Jan 1 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 2 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • Jan 2 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres

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Jan 2 Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 4 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 7 The Polaris missile is tested
  • Jan 9 Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins

  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • Jan 11 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • Jan 12 Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt WI v England

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Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
Conscripted in 1958, Elvis Presley served two years in the U.S. Army
  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established

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Jan 16 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL's all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal's Maurice Richard

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 17 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Jan 18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • Jan 18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
  • Jan 21 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • Jan 21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, C

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • Jan 23 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • Jan 24 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
  • Jan 25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

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Jan 28 "The Goon Show"'s final episode on BBC radio

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises

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Jan 28 A new version of "La fille mal gardée" choreographed by Frederick Ashton debuts by the Royal Ballet with Nadia Nerina debuts at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • Jan 30 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • Jan 30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • Jan 30 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Jan 30 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad