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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 20, 1960 – Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on whether South Africa should become a Republic.
- January 26, 1960 – Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia)
- January 28, 1960 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 8, 1960 – The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- March 5, 1960 – Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase, giving rise to the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis.
- May 9, 1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle’s Enovid, making Enovid the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill.
- 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.
- July 20, 1960 – The Polaris missile is successfully launched from a submarine, the USS George Washington, for the first time.
- September 26, 1960 – In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
- November 11, 1960 – A military coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam is crushed.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- February 18, 1960 – Greta Scacchi, Australian actress
- March 15, 1960 – Mike Pagliarulo, American baseball player
- March 16, 1960 – Duane Sutter, Canadian ice hockey player
- May 10, 1960 – Bono, Irish singer (U2)
- June 24, 1960 – Erik Poppe, Norwegian film director
- September 1, 1960 – Joseph Williams, American singer and film score composer
- September 10, 1960 – Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist
- September 25, 1960 – Sonia Benezra, Canadian television host
- October 8, 1960 – Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
- October 19, 1960 – Jennifer Holliday, American singer and actress