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1960 Historical Event(s)
- January 21, 1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
- January 28, 1960 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 8, 1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”.
- February 13, 1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.
- April 21, 1960 – Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
- May 11, 1960 – In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement.
- June 30, 1960 – Congo gains independence from Belgium.
- August 15, 1960 – Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) becomes independent from France.
- September 18, 1960 – Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
- September 24, 1960 – USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
Who Were Born On 1960?
- February 8, 1960 – Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian ice hockey player
- March 21, 1960 – Benito de Leon, Filipino military officer
- May 21, 1960 – Vladimir Salnikov, Russian swimmer
- August 12, 1960 – Greg Thomas, England cricketer
- August 19, 1960 – Morten Andersen, American football player
- September 20, 1960 – Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter
- October 14, 1960 – Steve Cram, English athlete
- October 23, 1960 – Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author (d. 2008)
- December 28, 1960 – Melvin Turpin, American basketball player (d. 2010)