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Events in History in February 1960

  • 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