Events in History in May 1960

  • May 1 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
  • May 1 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
  • May 2 Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
  • May 2 House investigating committee, looking into payola questions

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May 3 The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 4 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland

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May 6 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 6 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • May 6 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
  • May 7 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry

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May 7 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as President of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • May 7 Michael Tal beats Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • May 7 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
  • May 8 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
  • May 9 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

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May 10 John F. Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • May 10 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • May 11 French liner "France" launched

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May 11 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • May 13 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • May 14 USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
  • May 14 Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis" premieres in Potsdam NY
  • May 15 Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • May 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 15 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
  • May 15 Taxes took 25% of earnings in US
  • May 16 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • May 16 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
  • May 17 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA
  • May 18 Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turns (for almost 30 yrs)
  • May 18 Jean Genet's "Le Balcon" premieres in Paris
  • May 19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • May 19 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
  • May 19 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m
  • May 22 Tsunami strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM, severely damaging virtually all coastal towns between the 37th and 44th parallels
  • May 23 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • May 23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • May 24 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • May 25 George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit HR
  • May 27 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Balt Oriole Clint Courtney)
  • May 27 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey