Historical Events in June 1960

  • Jun 1 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 1 WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 2 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • Jun 5 "George Gobel Show" last airs on CBS-TV

Television Finale

Jun 6 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Jun 6 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill
  • Jun 8 1st date in James Clavell's novel "Nobel House"
  • Jun 9 ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • Jun 9 Roy Orbison releases single "Only the Lonely"; it becomes his 1st major hit - peaking at #2 in the US and topping the UK charts
  • Jun 9 Typhoon Mary in China kills at least 1,600
  • Jun 11 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 11 House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)
  • Jun 12 KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins
  • Jun 13 "Alley-Oop" by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • Jun 13 Prince Norodom Sihanoek becomes head of Cambodia

Film Premiere

Jun 15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1961)

Sports History

Jun 15 Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 1st of over 7,000 horse races

  • Jun 15 Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann

Film Release

Jun 16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

Historic Event

Jun 16 President Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan

Baseball Event

Jun 17 Ted Williams hit his 500th HR

  • Jun 18 "Destry Rides Again" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances
  • Jun 18 San Francisco Giants hire Tom Sheehan to replace Bill Rigney; baseball's oldest debuting manager (66) goes 46-50-2 for remainder of season

US Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus

  • Jun 19 1st Copa Libertadores Final, Asunción: Luis Cubilla scores 83' equaliser for Peñarol of Uruguay for 1-1 draw against Olimpia (Paraguay); win 2-1 on aggregate after taking 1st-leg 1-0 in Montevideo

Music Recording

Jun 19 Loretta Lynn records "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl"

Historic Event

Jun 20 "The Huckleberry Hound Show" by Hanna-Barbera becomes the first animated programme to win an Emmy

Emmy Awards

Jun 20 12th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win

  • Jun 20 Federation of Mali and Senegal become independent of France

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 21 German sprinter Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
  • Jun 23 "The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom" last airs on ABC-TV

Historic Event

Jun 23 1st contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.

  • Jun 23 Japan signs security treaty with the US
  • Jun 24 10th Berlin International Film Festival: "El Lazarillo de Tormes" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's

Historic Event

Jun 24 Patrice Lumumba as head of the MNC party forms a government in the Congo to become independent Congo's first Prime Minister

  • Jun 25 Earthquake in NE Belgium

Theatrical Finale

Jun 25 Lorraine Hansberry's stage drama "A Raisin in the Sun", 1st Broadway play by a black woman, starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier, closes at the Belasco Theatre, NYC, after 530 performances

  • Jun 25 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • Jun 25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • Jun 26 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
  • Jun 26 Hall of Fame allows veteran committee to vote annually
  • Jun 26 Italian Somaliland declares independence from Italian administration
  • Jun 26 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Beverly CC: Joyce Ziske wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Barbara Romack
  • Jun 26 Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
  • Jun 27 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • Jun 27 Chlorophyll "A" synthesized in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jun 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam-Ruhrgebied opens
  • Jun 28 10.40" (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
  • Jun 29 KYA-AM in San Francisco changes call letters to KDBQ (for 2 weeks)
  • Jun 30 US stops sugar import from Cuba
  • Jun 30 Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium