Historical Events in January 1960

  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • 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 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France

Music Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars at San Quentin Prison, California; Merle Haggard among the inmate audience

  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • 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, in honor of the Minnesota Centennial, premieres by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

Sports History

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

  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

Sports History

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

NFL 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

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

Treaty of Interest

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

Historic Event

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

NBA 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

  • 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

Election of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

Radio History

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

  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad
  • 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