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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 18, 1960 – Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes into a farm in Charles City County, Virginia, killing all 50 aboard, the third fatal Capital Airlines crash in as many years.
- 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.
- 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.
- February 29, 1960 – Family Circus makes its debut.
- May 3, 1960 – The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, opens in New York City’s Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
- August 5, 1960 – Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
- 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.
- August 19, 1960 – Sputnik program: Sputnik 5 – the Soviet Union launches the satellite with the dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants.
- 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?
- February 14, 1960 – Jim Kelly, American football player
- March 12, 1960 – Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
- May 21, 1960 – Mohanlal, Indian actor
- August 1, 1960 – Chuck D, American activist and rapper (Public Enemy)
- August 16, 1960 – Timothy Hutton, American actor
- August 31, 1960 – Chris Whitley, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
- September 25, 1960 – Eduardo Yáñez, Mexican actor
- October 24, 1960 – Dennis Anderson, American monster truck driver (Grave Digger)
- November 12, 1960 – Ismo Alanko, Finnish musician (Hassisen Kone, Sielun Veljet, Ismo Alanko Säätiö)
- December 22, 1960 – Wakin Chau, Chinese singer