On This Day

Year 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 8 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
  • Feb 13 France becomes the 4th nuclear nation by exploding the 70 kilo-ton "Gerboise Bleue" atomic bomb in the French Algerian Sahara desert [1]
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • Mar 25 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • May 10 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • Jun 23 1st contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the U.S.
  • Sep 14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
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Historical Marriages

  • May 6 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey
  • Jul 3 Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot
  • Dec 15 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon