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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1960 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- March 17, 1960 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
- 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.
- July 11, 1960 – Independence of Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger.
- July 12, 1960 – Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
- July 14, 1960 – Jane Goodall arrives at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-day Tanzania to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.
- August 5, 1960 – Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
- September 18, 1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
- December 16, 1960 – 1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York’s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- February 8, 1960 – Stuart Hamm, American bassist (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai)
- February 23, 1960 – Alan Griffin, Australian politician
- May 8, 1960 – Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
- May 26, 1960 – Doug Hutchison, American actor
- July 27, 1960 – Conway Savage, piano, organ, backing vocalist (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds)
- August 3, 1960 – Tim Mayotte, American tennis player
- September 21, 1960 – David James Elliott, Canadian actor
- September 25, 1960 – Sonia Benezra, Canadian television host
- October 10, 1960 – Ron Flockhart, Canadian ice hockey player
- December 1, 1960 – Carol Alt, American supermodel