Historical Events in July 1960

  • Jul 1 Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel
  • Jul 1 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Jul 1 Ghana becomes a republic
  • Jul 1 No passports needed inside Benelux
  • Jul 1 USSR shoots down US RB-47 reconnaissance plane
  • Jul 1 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Neale Fraser beats Rod Laver 6-4, 3-6, 9-7, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jul 2 "Once Upon a Mattress" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 4 LPGA Championship, Sheraton Hotel CC: Mickey Wright wins by 3 from Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jul 4 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 4 Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle hits 3-run homer vs Washington, 18th MLB player to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 5 Mongolia adopts constitution
  • Jul 6 Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207 mile walk from LA to NYC
  • Jul 7 US cemetery officially opens at Margraten, Netherlands
  • Jul 7 USSR shoots down a US aircraft over Barents sea

  • Jul 8 Fidel Castro ends Havana's International League team, Sugar Kings move to New Jersey
  • Jul 9 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Australian Kel Nagle wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Arnold Palmer in the centenary year of the Open Championship
  • Jul 10 Belgium sends troops to Congo
  • Jul 10 UEFA European Championship Final: Viktor Ponedelnik scores in extra time as Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in Paris
  • Jul 11 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, KC
  • Jul 11 Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution
  • Jul 11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger declare independence
  • Jul 11 Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independent

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 11 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • Jul 12 Congo, Chad and Central African Republic declare independence
  • Jul 12 USSR's Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
  • Jul 12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 12 Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
  • Jul 13 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Jul 13 KDBQ-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KYA

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 13 US Democratic convention nominates JFK as presidential candidate

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jul 14 Fire rages through a Guatemala City insane asylum killing 225 and severely injuring 300
  • Jul 15 Balt Orioles' Brooks Robinson goes 5 for 5 including the cycle
  • Jul 15 UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé's declaration of independence for Katanga province
  • Jul 16 205,000 (record sports attend) see Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer
  • Jul 16 George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch hit HRs with a runner on
  • Jul 17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • Jul 18 1st UN troops reach Congo
  • Jul 18 Baseball's NL votes to add Houston and NY franchises
  • Jul 18 Premier Kishi of Japan resigns
  • Jul 19 Italian government of Tambroni resigns
  • Jul 19 SF Giants Juan Marichal debuts, with a 1 hitter against Phillies
  • Jul 20 1st submerged submarine to fire Polaris missile (George Washington)
  • Jul 20 USSR recovers 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
  • Jul 20 The head of the Physics Department at the Israel Institute of Technology, Kurt Sitte, is arrested for espionage
  • Jul 21 Country of Katanga forms in Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Sirimavo Bandaranaike becomes the world's 1st female head of state in modern times, as Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • Jul 21 Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
  • Jul 22 Cuba nationalizes all US-owned sugar factories
  • Jul 23 15th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship, Firestone CC: Jay Hebert wins his only major title by 1 stroke from Australian Jim Ferrier
  • Jul 25 Companie Industrielle et Forestere (Indufor) forms in Brussels
  • Jul 26 Italian government of Fanfani forms

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jul 27 US Vice-president Richard Nixon nominated for presidential candidate at Republican convention in Chicago

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 28 Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate
  • Jul 30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • Jul 31 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast