On This Day

February 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss

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Feb 3 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Feb 4 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • Feb 4 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
  • Feb 8 Congress opens hearings looking into payola

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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".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 10 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • Feb 12 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
  • Feb 13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Feb 14 Marshal Ayub Khan elected President of Pakistan
  • Feb 16 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
  • Feb 18 Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
  • Feb 19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
  • Feb 23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • Feb 24 Italian government of Segni falls
  • Feb 25 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC

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Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens

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Feb 29 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)

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Feb 29 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 6 Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian politician (African Development Bank President 2015-), born in Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Feb 9 Peggy Whitson, American astronaut, 1st woman to command International Space Station, US record for most days in space, born in Mt Ayr, Iowa
  • Feb 11 Richard Mastracchio, American astronaut, born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Feb 13 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee, born in Bologna, Italy
  • Feb 18 Carol McGiffin, British TV & radio presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Feb 19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • Feb 19 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • Feb 23 Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, born in Stuttgart, Germany

Person of interestNaruhito

Feb 23 Naruhito, Emperor of Japan (2019-), born in Tokyo, Japan

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
  • Feb 23 Alan Griffin, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 29 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • Feb 29 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 3 Johannes Geelkerken, Dutch theologian and vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 12 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • Feb 25 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F S Flint [Frank Stuart Flint], British translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

Feb 29 Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis