Historical Events for Year 1960

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Jan 1st - Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
Jan 1st - Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
Jan 1st - Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars
Jan 1st - Montserrat adopts constitution
Jan 1st - 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 2nd - 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
Jan 2nd - John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
Jan 2nd - Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
Jan 2nd - Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency
Jan 4th - European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
Country Singer Johnny CashCountry Singer Johnny Cash Jan 5th - Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
Jan 9th - Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
Jan 10th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
Jan 11th - Chad declares independence from France
Jan 11th - Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
Jan 12th - Sobers & Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt v England
Jan 12th - Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph SchayesNBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes Jan 14th - Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
Jan 14th - US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
Jan 17th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
Jan 17th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
Jan 18th - US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
Jan 19th - Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
Jan 20th - Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
Jan 21st - Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
Jan 21st - Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
Jan 22nd - 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright Jan 22nd - Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
Jan 23rd - Bathosphere "Trieste" reach bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
Jan 24th - Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
Jan 26th - High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
Jan 26th - Oakland enters AFL
Jan 26th - Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot
Jan 28th - 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington DC
Jan 28th - Goon Show's final episode on BBC
Jan 28th - NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
NFL Commissioner Pete RozelleNFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle Jan 30th - CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
Jan 30th - Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
Jan 30th - Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
Jan 30th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
Jan 30th - US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
Feb 1st - 34th Australian Womens Tennis: Margaret Smith beats J Lehane (75 62)
Feb 1st - 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
Tennis Player Rod LaverTennis Player Rod Laver Feb 1st - 48th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats N Fraser (57 36 63 86 86)
Feb 1st - Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
Feb 2nd - Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
Feb 3rd - Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians
Feb 4th - BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
Feb 4th - Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
Feb 4th - Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be," premieres
Feb 7th - Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
Basketball Player Bill RussellBasketball Player Bill Russell Feb 8th - Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)
Feb 8th - Congress opens hearings looking into payola
Feb 8th - 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".
Feb 9th - AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
Feb 10th - "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 perfs
Feb 10th - Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner," premieres
Feb 11th - Jack Paar walks off his TV show
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II Feb 12th - Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
Feb 13th - "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 perfs
Feb 13th - "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
Feb 13th - France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
Feb 14th - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
Feb 14th - Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
Feb 16th - US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
Feb 18th - 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, Cal
Feb 18th - Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
Feb 19th - Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
Feb 19th - Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix Feb 20th - Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.
Feb 21st - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
Feb 23rd - Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
Feb 24th - Italian government of Segni falls
Feb 24th - US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
Feb 25th - John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos," premieres
Feb 25th - Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," premieres in NYC
Feb 26th - Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev Feb 26th - USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
Feb 26th - Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
Feb 26th - Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"
Feb 27th - Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
Feb 27th - US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
Feb 28th - 8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, Cal
Feb 28th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
Feb 28th - US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada
Feb 29th - 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago
Actress Vera MilesActress Vera Miles Feb 29th - Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec
Feb 29th - JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue
Feb 29th - KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 3rd - 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
Mar 4th - French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
Mar 5th - Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
Mar 5th - Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
Mar 5th - Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Mar 5th - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
Mar 5th - Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
Mar 5th - The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
Mar 6th - President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament
Mar 7th - Dutch Builders strike for CLA
Mar 8th - "Greenwillow" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
Mar 10th - USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
Mar 11th - Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus
Mar 13th - Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
Mar 13th - NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
Mar 13th - White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number
Mar 14th - 14 die in a train crash in Bakersfield Calif
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Mar 14th - Wilt Chamberlain (Phila) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points
Mar 15th - Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
Mar 15th - National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
Mar 17th - Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
Mar 17th - WSLA (now WAKA) TV channel 8 in Selma, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
Mar 19th - "Redhead" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 455 performances
Mar 19th - 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California 75-55
Mar 21st - Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
Physicist Arthur Leonard SchawlowPhysicist Arthur Leonard Schawlow Mar 22nd - 1st patent for lasers, granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes
Mar 23rd - Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
Mar 24th - US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
Mar 25th - 1st guided missile launched from nuclear powered sub (Halibut)
Mar 25th - DH Lawrence' "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ruled not obscene (NYC)
Mar 25th - Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires
Mar 25th - Italian government Tambroni forms
Mar 26th - Iraq executes 30 after attack on Pres Kassem
Mar 26th - Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
Writer D. H. LawrenceWriter D. H. Lawrence Mar 26th - USC captures NCAA swimming title
Mar 27th - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open
Mar 28th - Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
Mar 28th - Scotch whisky factory explodes burying 20 fire fighters (Glasgow, Scotland)
Mar 29th - Darius Milhaud's 9th Symphony, premieres
Mar 31st - Gore Vidal's "Best Man" premieres in NYC
Apr 1st - Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
Apr 1st - 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
Apr 1st - France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds, Algeria
Apr 1st - Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
Apr 1st - U Nu elected premier of Burma
Apr 1st - 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
Apr 2nd - Cuba buys oil from USSR
Apr 2nd - KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
Apr 3rd - Earthquake at Havre, Belgium
Actor Charlton HestonActor Charlton Heston Apr 4th - 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win
Apr 4th - Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
Apr 4th - Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
Apr 4th - Senegal declares independence from France
Apr 8th - Neth & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
Apr 8th - US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices
Apr 9th - 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
Apr 9th - South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle
Apr 10th - 24th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282
LPGA Golfer Betsy RawlsLPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls Apr 10th - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
Apr 10th - Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
Apr 12th - Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for "Glass"

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