April 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
  • Apr 1 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • Apr 1 Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
  • Apr 1 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
  • Apr 1 U Nu elected premier of Burma
  • Apr 2 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • Apr 2 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25lb Walleye at Cedar Bluff on the Cumberland River in Tennessee
  • Apr 3 Earthquake at Havre, Belgium
  • Apr 4 Oscar awarded to Dutch director Bert Haanstra for documentary "Glass"
  • Apr 4 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
  • Apr 4 Senegal declares independence from France
  • Apr 8 Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
  • Apr 8 US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting practices
  • Apr 9 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face
  • Apr 10 Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
  • Apr 13 US Department of Defense places "Transit 1B", 1st navigational satellite, in orbit around Earth
  • Apr 14 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile
  • Apr 15 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw U
  • Apr 17 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
  • Apr 19 Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating
  • Apr 21 Brasilia becomes capital of Brazil
  • Apr 21 Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 24 Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
  • Apr 24 Record 4 grand slams hit today
  • Apr 25 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed by USS submarine Triton in 60 days, 21 hours
  • Apr 27 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee)

Syngman Rhee Resigns

Apr 27 South Korean President Syngman Rhee resigns after 12 years in power

  • Apr 27 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French administration

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 7 Sandy Powell, English costume designer (3 Academy Awards), born in London, England
  • Apr 13 Bob Casey, Jr., American lawyer and politician (Senator-D-Pennsylvania 2007-), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 13 Rudi Völler, German football coach, born in Hanau, West Germany
  • Apr 15 Marvin Clyde Goodwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Philippe of BelgiumPhilippe of Belgium (63 years old)

Apr 15 King of the Belgians (2013-), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • Apr 16 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician and Congressman, born in Lantawan, Basilan, Philippines (d. 2007)
  • Apr 19 Gustavo Petro, Colombian politician, member of M-19 guerrilla movement (President of Colombia 2022-), born in Ciénaga de Oro, Colombia
  • Apr 20 Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuban politician, President of Cuba (2018-), born in Placetas, Cuba
  • Apr 22 Gary Rhodes, British restaurateur and television chef, born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Apr 22 Mart Laar, Estonian statesman
  • Apr 22 Randall L. Stephenson, American business executive
  • Apr 28 Elena Kagan, American Supreme Court Judge (2010-), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 28 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist (Inspector Rebus crime novels), born in Cardenden, Scotland
  • Apr 28 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • Apr 29 Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian sci-fi writer, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 30 David Miscavige, American cult leader
  • Apr 30 Kerry Healey, American politician

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Piet Bakker, Dutch journalist and novelist (Ciske the Rat), dies at 62

Archibald McIndoeArchibald McIndoe (1900-1960)

Apr 12 New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at 59 [or 11 April] [1]

  • Apr 20 Paul Fort, French poet (founder of Vers et Prose), dies at 88
  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakker, Dutch nuclear physicist (Director of CERN), dies in a plane crash at 56
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian social reformer & writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Amanullah Khan, Emir and King of Afghanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 26 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer, philosopher and Marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, 19th and 25th President of Chile, dies at 82