1960 in History – What happened in year 1960

In history, year 1960 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1960.

Know what happened in 1960:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
03 DecemberThe musical Camelot (Julie Andrews and Richard Burtonpictured), which would become associated with John F. Kennedy'spresidency, opened on Broadway.
03 MayThe Off-Broadway musical comedy The Fantasticks made its premiere,eventually becoming the world's longest-running musical.
11 July To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, featuring themesof racial injustice and the destruction of innocence in the AmericanDeep South, was first published.
12 OctoberJapan Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma was assassinatedon live television by a man using a samurai sword.
14 DecemberAustralian cricketer Ian Meckiff was run out on the last day ofthe first Test between Australia and the West Indies, causing the firstTied Test in the history of cricket.
14 January The Reserve Bank of Australia , the country's central bank and banknote-issuing authority, was established.
16 JuneThe thriller/horror film Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcockand based on a novel of the same name by Robert Bloch, was released.
22 MayA magnitude 9.5 earthquake devastated Valdivia, Chile, andgenerated destructive tsunamis that reached Hawaii the following day.
25 JuneTwo cryptographers working for the United States NationalSecurity Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected tothe Soviet Union.
13 DecemberWith Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie out of the country,four conspirators staged a coup attempt and installed Crown Prince AsfawWossen as the new Emperor.
16 DecemberTwo airliners collided in mid-air in heavy clouds over StatenIsland, New York City, killing 134 people.
17 DecemberA US Air Force Convair C-131 Samaritan crashed shortly aftertake-off into downtown Munich due to fuel contamination, killing all 20people on board as well as 32 more on the ground.
04 NovemberAt the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. JaneGoodall (pictured in 2010) observed a chimpanzee using a grass stalk toextract termites from a termite hill, the first recorded case of tooluse by animals.
10 SeptemberMickey Mantle hit what was originally thought to be the longesthome run in major league baseball, an estimated 643 feet (196 m).
16 AugustJoseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at102,800 feet (31,330 m), setting records for high-altitude jump, free-fall height, and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft.
01 JulyGhana became a republic with Kwame Nkrumah as its firstpresident.
09 MayThe United States Food and Drug Administration announced itwould approve the use of Searle's Enovid for birth control, making itthe first oral contraceptive pill.
16 MayAmerican physicist Theodore Maiman operated the first workinglaser at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
24 MayCordón Caulle in the Andes in Chile, began to erupt, less thantwo days after the Valdivia earthquake struck the region.
05 March British marine biologist Alister Hardy introduced his aquaticape hypothesis, theorizing that swimming and diving for food exerted astrong evolutionary effect that was partly responsible for thedivergence between the common ancestors of humans and other great apes.
01 JulyGhana became a republic with Kwame Nkrumah as its firstpresident.
07 MayCold War-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that his country was holding American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spyplane was shot down over the Soviet Union six days earlier.
08 February The first eight brass star plaques were installed in theHollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
13 February African American college students staged the first of theNashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee, partof a nonviolent direct action campaign to end racial segregation.
14 JulyEnglish primatologist Jane Goodall arrived in Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve, Tanganyika, to begin her groundbreaking study of thesocial and family interactions of wild chimpanzees.
19 AugustSoviet space dogs Belka and Strelka began to orbit the Earthaboard the Korabl-Sputnik-2 spacecraft.
19 AprilStudents in South Korea held a nationwide pro-democracy protestagainst President Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.
25 NovemberThe Mirabal sisters, who opposed the dictatorship of militarystrongman Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, were beaten andstrangled to death.
25 AprilThe U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) completed thefirst submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
13 DecemberWith Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie out of the country,four conspirators staged a coup attempt and installed Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen as the new Emperor.

List of famous birthdays in the year 1960:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 MayAndrew Denton / Producer / Australia
04 AprilJonathan Agnew / Cricketer / United Kingdom
05 AprilAsteris Koutoulas / Producer / Germany
06 JuneSteve Vai / Writer / United States of America
06 January Paul Azinger / Golfer / United States of America
06 NovemberMichael Cerveris / Actor / United States of America
10 January Brian Cowen / Politician / Ireland
13 JulyIan Hislop / Writer / United Kingdom
13 AprilLyn Brown / Politician / United Kingdom
13 OctoberTim Brewster / Footballer / United States of America
14 DecemberChris Waddle / Footballer / United Kingdom
14 AprilOsamu Sato / Programmer / Japan
16 MayS. Shanmuganathan / Politician / Sri Lanka
16 AprilRafael Benítez / Footballer / Spain
17 JulyNancy Giles / Actress / United States of America
19 AprilFrank Viola / Baseball Player / United States of America
20 AprilDebbie Flintoff-King / Hurdler / Australia
25 JulyMāris Martinsons / Film Director / Latvia
25 OctoberJune Brigman / Illustrator / United States of America
29 March Wayne Pearce / Rugby Player / Australia

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1960:

YearName / Profession / Country
11 JulyKumar Gaurav / Actor / India
13 SeptemberN. Kiran Kumar Reddy / Politician / India
21 JulyAmar Singh Chamkila / Writer / India
13 AugustKetaki Dave / Actress / India
17 NovemberAlka Saraogi / Author / India
01 JanuaryKunika / Actress / India
02 January Raman Lamba / Cricketer / India
04 MayPaul Bhattacharjee / Actor / India
20 DecemberTrivendra Singh Rawat / Politician / India
09 NovemberTanvi Azmi / Actress / India
03 AugustGopal Sharma / Cricketer / India
21 MayMohanlal / Actor / India
13 AugustApra Mehta / Actress / India
07 NovemberShyamaprasad / Filmmaker / India

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