On This Day

August 19, 1960 in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

Historic Event

American CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident); sentence to 3 years in prison plus 7 in a labor camp, he served 17 months before being exchanged for a captured Soviet KGB spy

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers
  • Soviet Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 2 rats, 40 mice, 1 rabbit and fruit flies into space, 1st animals to return alive from orbit
  • The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts

Deaths in History

  • Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
1960 in History