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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 21, 1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica, killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica’s history and the first for Avianca.
- January 28, 1960 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 1, 1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- February 16, 1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
- February 26, 1960 – A New York bound Alitalia airliner crashed into a cemetery at Shannon, Ireland, shortly after takeoff, killing 34 of the 52 persons on board.
- April 1, 1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
- May 1, 1960 – Cold War: U-2 incident – Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
- May 16, 1960 – Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
- August 17, 1960 – Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
- September 28, 1960 – Mali and Senegal join the United Nations.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- January 10, 1960 – Brian Cowen, Taoiseach of Ireland
- April 1, 1960 – Michael Praed, British actor
- May 6, 1960 – Roma Downey, Northern Irish actress
- May 10, 1960 – Bono, Irish singer (U2)
- June 1, 1960 – Simon Gallup, English bassist (The Cure)
- June 16, 1960 – Peter Sterling, Australian rugby league footballer
- October 24, 1960 – B.D. Wong, American actor
- November 4, 1960 – Kathy Griffin, American comedian
- November 19, 1960 – Matt Sorum, American musician (The Cult, Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver)