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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 11, 1960 – Henry Lee Lucas, once listed as America’s most prolific serial killer, commits his first known murder.
- 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 29, 1960 – Family Circus makes its debut.
- 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.
- July 8, 1960 – Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
- July 11, 1960 – Congo Crisis: The State of Katanga breaks away from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- August 5, 1960 – Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
- 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).
- October 7, 1960 – Nigeria joins the United Nations.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- January 12, 1960 – Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
- March 4, 1960 – Kazimierz Matuszny, Polish politician
- March 12, 1960 – Maki Nomiya, Japanese singer (Pizzicato Five)
- April 6, 1960 – Batem, French comic book artist
- April 22, 1960 – Randall L. Stephenson, American business executive
- June 20, 1960 – John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)
- July 17, 1960 – Jan Wouters, Dutch football player and manager
- September 20, 1960 – Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter
- November 13, 1960 – Teodora Ungureanu, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist
- November 25, 1960 – Amy Grant, American singer