January 1960 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • Jan 1 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • Jan 2 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • Jan 2 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years

Event of Interest

Jan 2 Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

  • Jan 4 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • Jan 9 Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • Jan 12 Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt WI v England
  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
  • Jan 18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board
  • Jan 18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty

Treaty of Interest

Jan 19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

Event of Interest

Jan 20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo

  • Jan 21 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • Jan 21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
  • Jan 23 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • Jan 24 Algeria uprises against French President de Gaulle
  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.

Event of Interest

Jan 28 A new version of "La fille mal gardée" choreographed by Frederick Ashton debuts by the Royal Ballet with Nadia Nerina debuts at Covent Garden, London

  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad
  • Jan 30 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • Jan 30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • Jan 30 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Jan 30 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • Jan 4 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • Jan 5 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • Jan 7 Loretta Sanchez, American politician, born in Lynwood, California
  • Jan 7 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • Jan 10 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 17 John Crawford, American bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Jan 27 Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzanian politician (1st female President of Tanzania 2021-), born in Makunduchi, Sultanate of Zanzibar
  • Jan 28 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • Jan 31 Grant Morrison, British comic book author, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), dies at 80

Albert CamusAlbert Camus (1913-1960)

Jan 4 French playwright (Les Justes - The Just Assassins), novelist (L'Étranger - The Stranger), and philosopher (Nobel Prize for Literature 1957), dies in an auto accident at 46

  • Jan 5 Pavel Parenago, Soviet scientist and astronomer (stellar astronomy) dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Theory of Money & Capital), dies at 68
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician and statesman (President of the UN General Assembly 1948-49), dies at 65
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69