December 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo

InventionScientific Discovery

Dec 2 Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey discovers 1.4 million year old Homo erectus (Olduvai Hominid 9) in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Dec 3 Frederick Loewe nd Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium
  • Dec 7 Ivory Coast claims independence from France

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Willard Libby wins the Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work developing carbon-14 dating (radiocarbon dating).

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • Dec 11 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
  • Dec 11 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • Dec 13 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane
  • Dec 14 Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
  • Dec 16 TWA 266 & United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
  • Dec 17 Pablo Casals' oratorio "El Pesebrio" premieres
  • Dec 18 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
  • Dec 19 Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn (50 die)
  • Dec 19 Mercury-Redstone 1A reaches 210 km in test flight
  • Dec 20 Auschwitz commandant Richard Bar arrested in German FR
  • Dec 20 The National Liberation Front, better known as the Viet Cong, is officially formed in South Vietnam
  • Dec 23 De Quay's Dutch government falls
  • Dec 23 King Saud of Saudi Arabia takes power
  • Dec 24 Dutch bishops question papacy values
  • Dec 27 France performs nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 8 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • Dec 9 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor
  • Dec 9 Terry Moran, American TV reporter
  • Dec 14 Catherine Coleman, American USAF officer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dec 14 James Comey, American lawyer and former FBI director, born in Yonkers, New York
  • Dec 18 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • Dec 19 Michelangelo Signorile, American writer
  • Dec 20 Carolyn Seaward, Miss United Kingdom (1979), born in Devonshire, England
  • Dec 20 Nalo Hopkinson, Jamaican-born Canadian writer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 22 Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist (Gray, SAMO), born in Brooklyn, NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • Dec 22 Patrick Fitzgerald, American lawyer, born in New York City, New York
  • Dec 23 Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dec 26 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Dec 29 Thomas Lubanga, Congolese war criminal, born in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Weddings in History

  • Dec 15 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

Deaths in History

  • Dec 26 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • Dec 29 Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • Dec 29 Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)