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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.
- February 13, 1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.
- February 29, 1960 – An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
- April 4, 1960 – France agrees to grant independence to the Mali Federation, a union of Senegal and French Sudan.
- June 20, 1960 – The Mali Federation gains independence from France (it later splits into Mali and Senegal).
- July 1, 1960 – Ghana becomes a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ceases to be its Head of state.
- August 15, 1960 – Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
- September 24, 1960 – USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
- October 1, 1960 – Nigeria gains independence from the United Kingdom.
- November 8, 1960 – John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the twentieth century to become the 35th president of the United States.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- January 15, 1960 – Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
- March 1, 1960 – William Bennett, English musician (Whitehouse)
- March 12, 1960 – Kipp Lennon, American singer
- July 17, 1960 – Mark Burnett, English-born television producer
- August 23, 1960 – Chris Potter, Canadian actor
- November 12, 1960 – Ismo Alanko, Finnish musician (Hassisen Kone, Sielun Veljet, Ismo Alanko Säätiö)
- November 28, 1960 – Kenny Wharton, English football coach
- November 30, 1960 – Rich Fields, American television personality
- December 15, 1960 – Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
- December 25, 1960 – Ron Bottitta, British actor