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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 9, 1960 – President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.
- January 28, 1960 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- May 6, 1960 – More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
- June 30, 1960 – Congo gains independence from Belgium.
- July 12, 1960 – Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
- August 11, 1960 – Chad declares independence.
- August 16, 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102800 ft, setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
- September 8, 1960 – In Huntsville, Alabama, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA had already activated the facility on July 1).
- November 2, 1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case
- December 9, 1960 – The first episode of the world’s longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- January 1, 1960 – Leilani Kai, American wrestler
- January 26, 1960 – Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows)
- February 8, 1960 – Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian ice hockey player
- February 9, 1960 – Holly Johnson, British singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
- February 11, 1960 – Nick Currie, Scottish musician
- March 25, 1960 – Steve Norman, British saxophonist (Spandau Ballet)
- September 17, 1960 – Damon Hill, English race car driver and 1996 F1 world champion
- November 13, 1960 – Neil Flynn, American actor
- December 15, 1960 – Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
- December 22, 1960 – Luther Campbell (Luke), American rap artist (2 Live Crew)