1960 Jan 2, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for
the Democratic presidential nomination.
1960 Jan 2, John Reynolds set the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years.
1960 Jan 2, Australia recorded a record temperature of 50.7° C at Oodnadatta.
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.34)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oodnadatta)
1960 Jan 4, Albert Camus (1913-1960), French writer, died in an automobile
accident at age 46. He won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957. His work included
the play "Caligula" and a collection of journalistic pieces for the
clandestine newspaper Combat (1944-1947). In 1997 Oliver Todd wrote the biography
"Albert Camus." In 1979 Herbert Lottman also wrote a biography: "Albert
Camus." In 2006 Camus' WW II pieces, edited by Jacqueline Levi-Valensi,
were published as "Camus at Combat." In 2010 Virgil Tanase authored
(SFC, 12/25/96, p.A22)(WSJ, 12/12/97, p.A16)(AP, 1/4/98)(WSJ, 2/11/06, p.P10)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.83)
1960 Jan 9, The foundation stone for Egypt's Aswan High Dam was laid.
1960 Jan 12, The San Francisco Chronicle learned that jazz musician Dave Brubeck
had lost $40,000 in bookings on a monthlong Southern tour by his quartet because
the group included black bass player Eugene Wright. Brubeck refused to drop
Wright from his group.
(SSFC, 1/10/10, DB p.42)
1960 Jan 14, The US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant.
1960 Jan 19, The US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security formalized
a US-Japanese alliance.
(www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/q&a/ref/1.html)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.43)
1960 Jan 22, The Johnburg coal mine caved in and 417 die.
1960 Jan 23, The Bathyscaphe "Trieste" reached bottom of Pacific
at 10,900 m. Jacques Piccard (1922-2008) and US Navy Lt. Don Walsh descended
for 20 minutes in the Trieste into the Mariana Trench, a 1,500 mile gash in
the Earth's crust east of the Philippines with a depth of 37,000 feet below
sea level, nearly 7 miles.
(SFC, 10/29/96, p.A11)(SFEC, 11/17/96, BR p.4)(AP, 11/1/08)
1960 Jan, The US stock market began a 10 month decline of 16%.
1960 Jan, The San Francisco Examiner (a Hearst newspaper) offered Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) a job writing a weekly column. He accepted and by May 1961 the column had proved popular enough that he was asked to do two and sometimes even three per week. Rexroth wrote some 700 columns for the Examiner until June 1967, when he was fired after writing a particularly scathing article about the American police.
1960 Jan-Aug, 160,000 refugees crossed from East Germany to West Germany following
food shortages. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered a wall 103 miles long
and 12 feet high to be built with guards and barbed wire to stop the flow of
(SFEC, 10/31/99, Z1 p.4)
1960 Feb 1, Four black North Carolina A&T students staged a sit-in in a
dime store in Greensboro, NC, lunch counter, where they'd been refused service,
to begin the first of the historic 1960s sit-ins.
(AP, 2/1/97)(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1960 Feb 2, The U.S. Senate approved 24th Amendment calling for a ban on the
1960 Feb 3, Candlestick Park, the new home of the SF Giants baseball team,
was officially turned over to the team.
(SFEC,12/797, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 1/31/10, DB p.42)
1960 Feb 7, Old handwriting was found in at Qumran, Jordan, near the Dead Sea.
1960 Feb 8, Congress opened hearings into payola.
1960 Feb 9, The Hollywood, Ca., Walk of Fame began with an installation of
its first pink terrazzo star for, actress Joanne Woodward, at 6801 Hollywood
Blvd. The first eight stars were dedicated in September 1958 and placed in the
sidewalk on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.
(SSFC, 2/7/10, p.D4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Walk_of_Fame)
1960 Feb 9, The Angelo Petri, the world's largest wine tanker, foundered outside the San Francisco Golden Gate. It carried a capacity load of 2,383,000 gallons of wine and vegetable oil. In 1946 the vessel had broken in two near Honolulu.
(SSFC, 2/7/10, DB p.42)(www.navsource.org/archives/11/0103.htm)
1960 Feb 9, Ernst von Dohnanyi (82), US composer, died.
1960 Feb 10, "Unsinkable Molly Brown" ended at Winter Garden, NYC,
after 532 performances.
1960 Feb 10, Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, was kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
1960 Feb 11, Jack Paar walked off his TV show.
1960 Feb 12, Bobby Clark (71), vaudevillian (World's funniest circus clown),
1960 Feb 13, Ella Fitzgerald, live in concert, recorded "Mack the Knife,
Ella in Berlin."
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A10)
1960 Feb 13, Gerboise Bleue ("blue jerboa") was the name of the first French nuclear test. It was an atomic bomb detonated in the middle of the Algerian Sahara desert, during the Algerian War (1954-62).
1960 Feb 16, US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world
1960 Feb 17, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
1960 Feb 18, The Eighth Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw
Valley, Calif., by Vice President Nixon. A drought of snow ended 2 days before
the start of the games.
(AP, 2/18/98)(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A13)
1960 Feb 19, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown gave a 60-day stay of execution
for San Quentin inmate Caryl Chessman (39), convicted sex offender and best-selling
author, the Red Light Bandit." The governor hoped to quiet public sentiment
in Latin America for Pres. Eisenhower's impending visit.
(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A23)(SSFC, 2/14/10, DB p.42)
1960 Feb 19, UC Regents retracted the following question from an English aptitude test for high school applicants: "What are the dangers to a democracy of a national police organization, like the FBI, which operates secretly and is unresponsive to public criticism." FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had organized a covert public relations campaign and put pressure on Gov. Brown to retract the question.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)
1960 Feb 19, Prince Andrew of Britain, Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York was born.
(HN, 2/19/98)(MC, 2/19/02)
1960 Feb 20, English archeologist Charles Leonard Woolley (b.1880), best known
for his excavations at Ur in Mesopotamia, died. He was knighted by King George
V in 1935.
(ON, 8/20/11, p.9)
1960 Feb 21, Havana placed all Cuban industry under direct control of the government.
1960 Feb 23, Whites joined Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C.
1960 Feb 23, Naruhito, crown prince of Japan, was born.
1960 Feb 26, USA's David Jenkins won the Olympics Gold for men's figure skating.
1960 Feb 26, Soviet premier Khrushchev voiced support for Indonesia.
1960 Feb 27, The U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the
Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
1960 Feb 27, Adriano Olivetti (58), Italian engineer, manufacturer, died.
1960 Feb 28, The Eighth Winter Olympic Games formally closed in Squaw Valley,
(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A13)
1960 Feb 29, An 5.7 earthquake in Morocco's southwest Atlantic coast killed
as many as 12,000. The town of Agadir was destroyed.
1960 Feb, In San Francisco the Villa Taverna restaurant opened at No. 27 Hotaling
as a private social club to celebrate Italian culture and cuisine. The street
was originally called Jones Alley and had been renamed in honor of Anson Hotaling,
owner of a nearby distillery, who convinced firefighters in 1906 not to explode
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.N1)
1960 Mar 1, 1,000 Black students prayed and sang the national anthem on the
steps of the old Confederate Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
1960 Mar 2, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover received a 60-page report on the "political
complexion" of UC Berkeley.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)
1960 Mar 3, The 9th largest snowfall in NYC history dropped14.5".
1960 Mar 3, The French cargo ship "La Coubre," laden with Belgian weapons, exploded in Havana Harbor and killed 136  people. The blast was blamed on US agents.
(USAT, 10/8/97, p.8A)(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A14)
1960 Mar 4, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz.
1960 Mar 4, In Cuba Alberto Korda took a photo of Che Guevara at a rally where Castro blamed the US for the cargo ship disaster of the previous day. The photo later became famous as a poster of Che and symbol for the Cuban revolution.
(USAT, 10/8/97, p.8A)
1960 Mar 5, Elvis Presley ended his 2-year hitch in US Army.
1960 Mar 6, The Swiss granted women the right to vote in municipal elections.
1960 Mar 7, Ivan Lendl, tennis pro (US Open 1985-87), was born in Czechoslovakia.
1960 Mar 9, In Seattle, Wa., Clyde Shields (39), was implanted with the 1st
kidney dialysis shunt developed by Dr. Belding H. Scribner (d.2003) and engineer
Wayne Quinton. The process was 1st developed in the 1940s by Dr. Willem J. Kolff,
but had been restricted to operating rooms. Shields lived for 11 more years.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A17)
1960 Mar 9, San Francisco Mayor George Christopher visited Moscow and accepted lavish gifts from Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
(SSFC, 3/7/10, DB p.46)
1960 Mar 11, Pioneer 5 was launched into solar orbit between Earth & Venus.
1960 Mar 13, NFL's Chicago Cardinals moved to St Louis.
1960 Mar 15, Ten nations met in Geneva to discuss disarmament.
1960 Mar 17, Eisenhower formed anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.
1960 Mar 19, "Redhead" closed at 46th St Theater in NYC after 455
1960 Mar 21, California state officials dumped radioactive waste from civilian
installations into the ocean about 50 miles off of San Francisco at a site that
the Navy and other Atomic Energy contractors have been using since 1946. The
waste was mixed with concrete, sealed in 55-gallon steel drums and dumped in
about 7,500 feet of water.
(SSFC, 3/21/10, DB p.46)
1960 Mar 21, Capt. John Eaheart (32), a US Marine Corps Reserve pilot, crashed in his F9F Cougar fighter jet and disappeared into Flathead Lake, Wyoming, near the home of his fiancée's parents. His remains were found in 2006.
(WSJ, 5/23/06, p.A1)
1960 Mar 21, A police massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa, left 69 black protestors dead as people gathered to protest the pass books that the apartheid government required them to carry at all times. The ANC was outlawed.
(SFC, 12/5/96, p.C2)(SFEC, 2/9/97, Z1 p.7)(AP, 3/21/08)
1960 Mar 22, The 1st patent for lasers was granted to Arthur Schawlow and Charles
Townes. Schawlow and Townes developed their laser, light amplification by stimulated
emission of radiation, while working at Bell labs in 1958.
1960 Mar 23, Explorer 8 failed to reach Earth orbit.
1960 Mar 24, US appeals court ruled the novel, "Lady Chatterly's Lover"
by D.H. Lawrence, to be not obscene.
(WSJ, 5/15/95, p. A-16)(MC, 3/24/02)
1960 Mar 25, The 1st guided missile was launched from a nuclear powered sub,
1960 Mar 26, Iraq executed 30 after attack on President Kassem.
1960 Mar 28, In Glasgow, Scotland, a factory exploded burying 20 fire fighters.
1960 Mar 31, The South African government declared a state of emergency after
demonstrations led to the deaths of more than 50 Africans.
1960 Mar 31, Joseph Haas (81), German opera composer (Totenmesse), died.
1960 Apr 1, The first weather satellite, TIROS 1, was launched from Cape Canaveral,
1960 Apr 1, U Nu was elected premier of Burma.
1960 Apr 1, France exploded a 2nd atom bomb in the Sahara Desert. Gerboise Blanche ("white gerboa") was a surface shot fired in a seven meter deep pit, which accounted for the strange, Christmas tree-like shape of the fireball. General Ailleret once again personally initiated the firing of the device.
1960 Apr 2, Cuba bought oil from USSR.
1960 Apr 4, In the 32nd Academy Awards "Ben-Hur," Charlton Heston
and Simone Signoret won.
1960 Apr 10, The US Senate passed a landmark Civil Rights Bill. A history of
the civil rights movement was later written by Tom Dent (d.1998 at 65), 1961
press liaison for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
(HN, 4/10/98)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A24)
1960 Apr 12, Bill Veeck and Chicago's Comiskey Park debuted the "Exploding
1960 Apr 12, The SF Giants made their opening day debut in the new Candlestick stadium before 42,000 fans. The stadium was built by Charles Harney (d.1962), a friend of Mayor Christopher, who also sold 41 acres to the city at $66,853 per acre. He had purchased the land just a few years earlier at $2,100 per acre. Harney received $7 million for building the stadium and was named director of the corporation set up to build the stadium. The stadium was designed by architect John S. Boles. A radiant heating system for the 2nd tier seats failed to work.
(SFC, 5/3/01, p.A8)(SFC, 4/10/10, DB p.50)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.C2)
1960 Apr 13, The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth's orbit.
1960 Apr 14, "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at Martin Beck Theater in NYC
for 607 performances.
1960 Apr 14, The 1st underwater launching of Polaris missile.
1960 Apr 15, The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organized
at Shaw University.
1960 Apr 19, Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.
1960 Apr 21, Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the
seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's National Bank for
Economic and Social Development (BNDES), founded in 1952, helped fund its development.
(USA Today, OW, 4/22/96, p.3)(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/98)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.81)
1960 Apr 24, In the 14th Tony Awards: "Miracle Worker" and "Fiorello"
1960 Apr 25, First submerged circumnavigation of the Earth was completed by
a Triton submarine. In 1962 Edward Latimer "Ned" Beach (b.19180, Navy
captain authored "Around the World Submerged."
(HN, 4/25/98)(SFC, 12/2/02, p.A19)
1960 Apr 25, Hope Emerson (62), actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), died.
1960 Apr 27, The 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine was launched at
1960 Apr 27, France's Gen. Charles de Gaulle flew into San Francisco and was welcomed by a 21-gun salute and some 250,000 people along his downtown motorcade.
(SSFC, 4/25/10, DB p.54)
1960 Apr 27, South Korean pres Syngman Rhee resigned. The government of Syngman Rhee was toppled. Parliament began investigations of alleged summary executions during the 1950-1953 war.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A19)(MC, 4/27/02)
1960 Apr 27, Togo, a UN Trust territory under French administration, gained independence. Sylvanus Olympio became the 1st chief of state.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1960 Apr, The US CIA began planning an invasion of Cuba that culminated in
the 1961 Bay of Pigs disaster. The initial budget of $4.4 million grew to $46
(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A19)
1960 Apr, In San Francisco the new 12-story Jack Tar Hotel opened on Van Ness Avenue. It featured a 2-acre 4th floor patio with a circular swimming pool and rectangular year-round ice rink. In 1982 it was sold, remodeled and renamed as the Cathedral Hotel. In 2009 it was slated for demolition to make way for a new California Pacific Medical Center to open in 2015. Demolition began in late 2013.
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.C1)(SFC, 11/19/13, p.D1)
1960 May 1, India's Bombay state split into Gujarat and Maharashtra states.
1960 May 1, A Soviet missile shot down an American U-2 spy plane near Sverdlovsk with pilot Francis Gary Powers (1929-1977). Powers was held in the Soviet Union for 21 months.
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A11)(AP, 5/1/97)(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A4)
1960 May 2, Pulitzer prize was awarded to Alan Drury (Advice & Consent).
1960 May 2, House investigating committee looked into payola questions.
1960 May 2, Caryl Chessman (39), convicted sex offender and best-selling author, the Red Light Bandit," was executed at San Quentin Prison in California. He became a best-selling author while on death row. SFC crime reporter Bernice Davis (d.2002 at 97) later authored "Desperate and the Damned," an account of the Chessman case.
(AP, 5/2/08)(SFC, 2/8/02, p.A25)(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A23)
1960 May 3, The musical "The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan
Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. It featured the song "Try to Remember"
by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt and was 1st produced at Barnard College in
1959. Lore Noto (d.2002), former actor and agent, produced the show, which became
the world's longest-running musical. It closed Jan 13, 2002 after 17,162 shows.
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A20)
1960 May 3, Austria became a founding member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), along with Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. The agreement took effect in 1994.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Free_Trade_Association)(Econ, 11/24/07, SR p.7)
1960 May 6, President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1960 May 6 Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1978.
1960 May 6, Jacques Mornard (Ram¢n Mercader), Trotsky's murderer, was freed in Mexico.
1960 May 7, Fidel Castro announced Cuba's resumption of diplomatic relations
with the Soviet Union.
(AH, 4/07, p.18)
1960 May 7, Leonid Brezhnev replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
1960 May 9, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the pill Enovid
as safe for birth control use. The pill was made by G.D. Searle and Company
of Chicago. It was commissioned by Margaret Sanger and funded by heiress Katharine
McCormick. In 2001 Carl Djerassi authored "This Man's Pill: Reflections
on the 50th Birthday of the Pill." Djerassi synthesized a key hormone in
the pill in Mexico City in 1951.
(SSFC, 10/21/01, p.R6)(AP, 5/9/00)
1960 May 9, US sent a U-2 over USSR.
1960 May 10, John F. Kennedy won the primary in West Virginia.
1960 May 10, USS Nautilus completed the first circumnavigation of globe under water.
1960 May 11, John D. Rockefeller Jr. (86), philanthropist, died.
1960 May 11, Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires as he returned home from his job at the Mercedes factory. Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal, was nabbed by Peter Malkin. Eichmann was taken to Israel where he was tried, found guilty and hung in 1962.
(SFEC, 11/3/96, Par. p.13)(WSJ, 4/28/97, p.A17)(HN, 5/11/98)(MC, 5/11/02)
1960 May 13, Phillies lost their 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1960 May 13, Bill Mandel was brought before a House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) committee at SF City Hall concerning his broadcasts at KPFA radio and KQED TV about press and periodicals of the Soviet Union. His TV show was canceled but he continued broadcasting at KPFA. There was a protest over the hearing and 64 people were arrested as police turned on fire hoses to quell the disturbance. The event led Frank Cieciorka (1939-2008) to create his woodcut of a fist that became an icon of the 1960s. The film "Operation Abolition" was later made depicting the riots. The ACLU called the film a propaganda job.
(http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2501072550238174626#)(SFEC, 9/29/96, DB p.44)(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.D1,4)(SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)(SFC, 11/29/08, p.B5)(SSFC, 2/6/11, DB p.42)
1960 May 13, The 1st US launch of the Delta satellite launching vehicle failed.
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
1960 May 14, "At the Drop of a Hat" closed at John Golden in NYC
after 216 performances.
1960 May 14, Some 2-5,000 people marched against the HUAC proceedings at SF City Hall and the police actions against protestors.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)
1960 May 16, A Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening
day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the United States in the
wake of the U-2 incident.
(HN, 5/16/98)(AP, 5/16/99)
1960 May 17, Connecticut executed Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky in the
electric chair for a series of murders and robberies.
1960 May 17, The YF4H-1 Phantom fighter and Douglas DC-8 were unveiled.
(NPub, 2002, p.19)
1960 May 18, Eileen Fulton began playing Lisa on the TV soap "As the World
Turns" and continued for over 30 years.
1960 May 18, Jean Genet's "Le Balcon" premiered in Paris France.
1960 May 19, Walt Disney's movie "Pollyanna" was released in movie
1960 May 19, The Drifters recorded "Save the Last Dance For Me".
1960 May 19, DJ Alan Freed was accused of bribery in radio payola scandal.
1960 May 19, USAF Maj. Robert M White took the X-15 to 33,222 m.
1960 May 19, Belgian parliament required a rest day for self employed.
1960 May 22, Chile experienced a 9.5 earthquake (moment magnitude). A slow
earthquake was detected just before the big one. It caused tsunamis in every
coastal town between the 36th and 44th parallels with a death toll of some 1000
(PCh, 1992, p.977)(SFC, 9/6.96, p.A11)(Econ, 10/15/05, p.28)
1960 May 23, A tidal wave, due to a 9.5 earthquake off Chile, hit Hilo, Hawaii.
It killed 61 people, wiped out the beaches and destroyed 537 buildings. It went
on to hit Japan.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.T4)(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.C14)
1960 May 23, Israel announced Israeli agents had captured former Nazi official SS Lt. Col. Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. Eichmann was tried in Israel, found guilty of crimes against humanity, and hanged in 1962. [see May 11]
(WSJ, 4/28/97, p.A17)(AP, 5/23/02)
1960 May 25, Benoît van Innis, Belgian cartoonist, painter, (New York
Post), was born.
1960 May 26, UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding
a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that
they presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
1960 May 27, In Turkey a military coup organized by 37 "young officers"
deposed the government PM Menderes, who was arrested along with all the leading
1960 May 29, Adrian Paul, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander), was born in London,
1960 May 29, Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hit #1.
1960 May 30, Boris Pasternak (b.1890), Russian poet, novelist (Dr Zhivago)
and translator, died at age 70.
(WUD, 1994, p.1055)(MC, 5/30/02)
1960 Jun 1, The ABC Television Network reached 100 affiliates.
1960 Jun 4, The Taiwan island of Quemoy was hit by 500 artillery shells fired
from the coast of Communist China.
1960 Jun 11, In Pakistan a house packed with wedding celebrants collapsed killing
1960 Jun 15, The Billy Wilder movie "The Apartment," starring Jack
Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, opened in New York.
1960 Jun 23, The Food and Drug Administration approved Enovid by GD Searle,
the first oral contraceptive.
1960 Jun 23, Patrice Lumumba and the MNC formed the first government, with Lumumba (35) as Congo's first prime minister and Joseph Kasavubu (1917-1969) as its president.
1960 Jun 26, The Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) gained independence from France.
(SFC, 8/19/96, p.A10)(PC, 1992, p.973)
1960 Jun 26, British Somaliland became independent and five days later was united with Italian Somaliland as the Somali Republic.
(SFC, 4/10/96, A-5)
1960 Jun 27, Chlorophyll "A" was synthesized at Cambridge, Mass.
1960 Jun 28, John Elway, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos quarterback: Super
Bowl XXI, XXII, XXIV), was born.
1960 Jun 30, Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Psycho," opened.
1960 Jun 30, Independence was granted to the Congo. A rebel movement freed the Belgian Congo from Belgium. In Zaire (Congo) Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961) became the first post-independence prime minister. He made Joseph Mobutu, a young military officer, his private secretary. Two months after he took power a sub-committee of the US National Security Council authorized the assassination of Lumumba.
(SFC, 5/17/97, p.A14)(SFEM, 5/7/00, p.18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Lumumba)
1960 Jun 30, US stopped sugar imports from Cuba.
1960 Jul 1, Fidel Castro nationalized Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba.
1960 Jul 1, Ghana became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth and Kwama N. Nkrumah became the 1st president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1960 Jul 1, French and Italian Somaliland gained independence and united with the Somali Republic.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(Econ, 7/4/09, p.44)
1960 Jul 1, USSR shot down a US RB-47 reconnaissance plane.
1960 Jul 4, The 50-star flag made its debut in Philadelphia. A 50th star was
added to the American flag in honor of Hawaii's admission into the Union on
August 21, 1959.
(HN, 7/4/98)(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)
1960 Jul 6, Aneurin Bevan (b.1897), British Labour politician, died. He was
a key figure on the left of the party in the mid-20th century, and prominently
served as the Minister of Health during the creation of the National Health
Service, in which he played a vital part. In 1962 and 1974 Michael Foot authored
a 2-volume biography of Bevan.
1960 Jul 7, Theodore Maiman (1918-2007), a physicist at the Hughes Research
Labs in California, introduced the 1st working laser at Manhattan's Delmonico
(Econ, 6/11/05, TQ p.28)(WSJ, 5/12/07, p.A8)
1960 Jul 8, The Soviet Union charged Francis Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane
was shot down over the country, with espionage.
1960 Jul 9, Roger Woodward (7) and his sister, Deanne Woodward (17), were rescued
from the Niagara River after being tossed from family friend James Honeycutt's
12-foot aluminum boat. New Jersey tourists John Hayes and John Quattrochi pulled
Deanne Woodward to shore just before the brink. Honeycutt was swept with Roger
Woodward over the Horseshoe Falls and died. Roger survived the 162-foot plunge.
1960 Jul 9, Khrushchev threatened to use rockets to protect Cuba from the US.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1960 Jul 11, Katanga province, with the support of Belgian business interests
and troops, broke away from the new Congolese government of Patrice Lumumba,
declaring independence under Moise Tshombe leader of the local CONAKAT party.
This led to five years of mayhem.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Crisis)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.59)
1960 Jul 13, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential
nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.
1960 Jul 13, Joy Davidman (b.1915), American poet, died. Her 2 husband included novelists William Gresham and C.S. Lewis.
(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.M6)(www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/davidman/bio.htm)
1960 Jul 14, Fire raging through a Guatemala City, Guatemala, insane asylum
and 225 were killed with 300 severely injured.
1960 Jul 15, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic nomination for president
of the United States.
1960 Jul 15, Lawrence Mervil Tibbett (63), baritone, died after surgery.
1960 Jul 16, Albrecht von Kesselring (74), German field marshal (Italy), died.
1960 Jul 16, The 1st UN troops reached Congo to replace Belgian troops.
1960 Jul 17, Francis Gary Powers pleaded guilty to spying charges in a Moscow
court after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
1960 Jul 20, The submarine George Washington became the 1st submerged sub to
fire a Polaris missile.
1960 Jul 21, Francis Chichester arrived in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting
a record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing.
1960 Jul 21, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman prime minister of Ceylon. In Sri Lanka, an island country in the Indian Ocean formerly known as Ceylon she served as prime minister twice, 1960-65 and 1970-77. Under her leadership a republican constitution was adopted in 1972 and the name of Ceylon changed to Sri Lanka.
(HNQ, 5/23/98)(HN, 7/21/98)
1960 Jul 21, Germany passed the Volkswagen law legislation privatizing Volkswagen. It capped a shareholder's voting rights at 20%, regardless of the number of shares held, and required a majority of 80% for "important decisions." It also gave Lower Saxony, the state in which Volkswagen is based, a controlling minority stake in the automaker. In 2007 the European Court ruled that the VW law had to go.
(http://uk.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idUKL2232313720071023)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.82)
1960 Jul 22, Cuba nationalized all US owned sugar factories.
1960 Jul 27, Vice President Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican
national convention in Chicago.
1960 Jul 28, Republican National convention selected Richard Nixon.
1960 Jul 30, Over 60,000 Buddhists marched in protest against the Diem government
in South Vietnam.
1960 Jul 31, Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, called for a black
1960 Jul, The US Congress created the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A7)
1960 Aug 1, Dahomey, just west of Nigeria, became independent from France with
Hubert Maga as president. It was renamed Benin with the capital at Porto Novo.
(WUD, 1994, p.139)(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1172)
1960 Aug 3, Niger gained independence from France. Hamani Diori was president.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)(SC, 8/3/02)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1960 Aug 5, Upper Volta, formerly part of French West Africa, became independent
under Maurice Yameogo. In 1984 it was renamed Burkina Faso.
(WUD, 1994, p.139)(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 4th ed., p.1233)
1960 Aug 6, Chubby Checker debuted his version of "The Twist" on
the Dick Clark Show. Hank Ballard did the original in 1958.
1960 Aug 6, Revolutionaries of the Castro regime seize the Lone Star Industries cement plant in Mariel, Cuba. [letter by the CEO of Lonestar]
(WSJ, 10/17/95, A-20)
1960 Aug 7, Students staged kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches.
1960 Aug 7, Ivory Coast became independent from France. Felix Houphouet-Boigny (b.1905) began to rule Ivory Coast as prime minister. Houphouet-Boigny led the country until his death in 1993. Encouragement of investment and stability made it one of region's most prosperous.
(SFC, 12/25/99, p.A12)(AP, 9/24/02)
1960 Aug 7, Vaino Hannikainen (60), Finnish composer, died.
1960 Aug 8, The pop song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini",
sung by Brian Hyland (16), hit #1. The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee
(www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Pop-Modern/1960.html)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A2)
1960 Aug 9, There was a race riot in Jacksonville Florida.
1960 Aug 10, Antonio Banderas, actor (Phila, Evita, Mambo Kings, was born in
1960 Aug 10, The first successful US Corona spy satellite mission was launched after 12 previous failures [see 1957]. The flight photographed 1.6 million square miles of the Soviet Union.
(WSJ, 7/6/98, p.A13)(SFC, 8/15/12, p.C8)
1960 Aug 11, Chad became independent from France, but remained within the French
community. Francois Tombalbaye became the 1st president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1960 Aug 12, Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas), was born.
1960 Aug 12, USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m.
1960 Aug 12, The first balloon satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the US from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It bounced phone calls from JPL in California to the Bell Labs in New Jersey.
(AP, 8/12/97)(SFC, 4/9/02, p.A18)
1960 Aug 13, The first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place
with the help of Echo 1, a balloon satellite.
1960 Aug 13, Central African Republic became independence from France and David Dacko was named 1st president.
(MC, 8/13/02)(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1960 Aug 13, The Soviet Union withdrew advisors, aid and other support from China.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A14)(MC, 8/13/02)
1960 Aug 15, Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declared Independence from
1960 Aug 16, Timothy Hutton (actor: Taps, Made in Heaven, Ordinary People,
The Dark Half, The Temp, Q&A), was born.
1960 Aug 16, American test pilot Joe Kittinger's history-making parachute jump was from an altitude of 102,800 feet, or 19.3 miles. In a gondola lifted by a 360-foot helium balloon, Kittinger reached the highest altitude ever reached by man in nonpowered flight. His free fall lasted four minutes and 36 seconds and he became the first man to exceed the speed of sound without an aircraft or space vehicle. In 1984 Kittinger became the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in a helium balloon alone.
1960 Aug 16, Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus. Archbishop Makarios became the 1st post independence president and chose Spyros Kyprianou (28) as foreign minister.
(AP, 8/16/97)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)
1960 Aug 17, Sean Penn, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), was born.
1960 Aug 17, American Francis Gary Powers pleaded guilty at his Moscow trial for spying over the Soviet Union in a U-2 plane.
1960 Aug 17, Gabon became independence from France. Leon M'Ba, head of the Gabon Democratic Block, became the 1st president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(WSJ, 1/24/97, p.A14)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1960 Aug 18, Enovid 10, the 1st commercial oral contraceptive, debuted in Skokie,
1960 Aug 18, Beatles gave their 1st public performance at Kaiser Keller in Hamburg.
1960 Aug 19, A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary
Powers of espionage. About 18 months later, the Soviets agreed to release him
in exchange for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet spy convicted 5 years earlier. The CIA
and the Senate cleared Powers of any personal blame for the incident.
1960 Aug 19, Korabl-Sputnik-2 (Spaceship Satellite-2), also known as Sputnik 5, was launched. On board were the dogs Belka ( Squirrel) and Strelka (Little Arrow). Also on board were 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. After a day in orbit, the spacecraft's retrorocket was fired and the landing capsule and the dogs were safely recovered. They were the first living animals to survive orbital flight.
1960 Aug 20, Senegal broke from Mali federation and declared independence.
1960 Aug 23, World's largest frog (3.3 kg) was caught in Equatorial Guinea.
1960 Aug 23, Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II (65) died in Doylestown, Pa.
1960 Aug 25, The 17th summer Olympics opened in Rome. Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994),
was the first African American to win three gold medals in a single Olympiad.
Her athleticism was remarkable since Rudolph contracted polio as a small child
and spent six years in a steel brace. With therapy and hard work, Rudolph overcame
her handicap to excel in basketball and track. As a celebrity, she worked to
break many gender and racial barriers. Rudolph died of brain cancer.
(WSJ, 7/19/96, p.R6)(HN, 6/23/98)(chblue.com, 8/25/01)
1960 Aug 25, AFL began placing players names on back of their jerseys.
1960 Aug 25, In Congo demonstrations took place against premier Lumumba.
1960 Aug 26, Knud Jensen (23), Danish cyclist, collapsed while riding in a
100-km team trial at the Olympics in Rome. He fractured his skull and died.
An autopsy revealed amphetamines in his blood. His death would led the International
Olympic Committee to begin a program of drug testing beginning with the 1968
Games held in Grenoble, France and Mexico City, Mexico.
(WSJ, 8/7/06, p.B1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knud_Enemark_Jensen)
1960 Aug 30, East Germany imposed a partial blockade on West Berlin.
1960 Aug, The CIA recruited a former FBI agent to approach two of America's
most-wanted mobsters and gave them poison pills meant for Fidel Castro during
his first year in power. This was only made public in 2007 in declassified papers.
The CIA recruited ex-FBI agent Robert Maheu, then a top aide to Howard Hughes
in Las Vegas, to approach mobster Johnny Roselli and pass himself off as the
representative of international corporations that wanted Castro killed because
of their lost gambling operations. From August to May, 1961, CIA officials approved
several plans to kill Fidel Castro.
(SFC, 7/2/97, p.A5)(AP, 6/27/07)
1960 Sep 1, Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons," premiered in London.
1960 Sep 3, Niger became independence from France.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)
1960 Sep 5, Cassius Clay captured Olympic light heavyweight gold medal.
1960 Sep 5, Congo's President Kasavubu fired Premier Lumumba.
1960 Sep 5, Senegal became independent from France. Leopold Sedar Senghor (d.2001 at 95), poet and politician, was elected president of Senegal, Africa.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(HN, 9/5/98)(SFC, 12/21/01, p.A34)
1960 Sep 8, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., was dedicated
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This followed the activation of the facility
in July of that year, when a key element of the U.S. Army's Ballistic Missile
Agency was transferred from the Department of Defense to NASA. The Marshall
Center is named in honor of General George C. Marshall, who was the Army Chief
of Staff during World War II, U.S. Secretary of State, and a Nobel Prize winner
for his post-World War II "Marshall Plan."
(NASA PR, 8/22/00)
1960 Sep 8, Penguin Books in Britain was charged with obscenity for trying to publish the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterly's Lover.
1960 Sep 8, German DR limited access to East-Berlin for West Berliners.
1960 Sep 8, Feroze Gandhi (b.1912) Indian politician and journalist, died. He had served as the publisher of The National Herald and The Navjivan newspapers from Lucknow. He was the husband of Indira Gandhi and the son-in-law to Jawaharlal Nehru.
1960 Sep 8, Jussi Bjorling, Swedish epic tenor (Manrico, Cavaradossi, Faust, Rodolfo, Riccardo, Romeo), died of heart failure at 49.
1960 Sep 9, Hurricane Donna hit the Florida Keys and moved up the coast to
New England. It caused 50 US deaths and $387 million in damage.
(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.A1)(http://tampa.about.com/cs/history/l/bl1960.htm)
1960 Sep 10, Abebe Bikila (1932-1973), barefoot runner from Ethiopia, won the
1960 Sep 11, The 17th Summer Olympics closed in Rome. In 2008 David Maraniss
authored "Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World."
1960 Sep 12, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed the
issue of his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Protestant group in Houston, "I
do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak
1960 Sep 13, VP Richard Nixon campaigned in San Francisco and 40,000 came to
Union Square as he promised to keep the US military as the strongest in the
(SSFC, 9/12/10, DB p.50)
1960 Sep 13, The US Federal Communications Commission banned payola. The scandal included Alan Freed a popular DJ at WABC, he lost his job for allegedly accepting gifts and money for playing certain records for money. There was substantial evidence was uncovered to prove that the payola practice was widespread.
1960 Sep 13, Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), died at 75.
1960 Sep 14, The "Twist" sung by Chubby Checker (born as Ernest Evans
in 1941) hit #1. It reached #1 a 2nd time in Jan. 1962.
1960 Sep 14, REITs were created when President Eisenhower signed into law the REIT Act title contained in the Cigar Excise Tax Extension of 1960. REITs were created by Congress in order to give all investors the opportunity to invest in large-scale, diversified portfolios of income-producing real estate.
1960 Sep 14, A Congo coup led by Col. Mobutu overthrew PM Patrice Lumumba.
1960 Sep 14, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela formed OPEC. Fuad Rouhani (1907-2004) of Iran served as its 1st secretary-general. In 1964 he was succeeded by Abdul Rahman Bazzaz of Iraq.
(HN, 9/14/98) (WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A8)
1960 Sep 17, Cuba nationalized US banks.
1960 Sep 18, Two thousand cheered Castro's arrival in New York for the United
1960 Sep 19, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations,
angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management.
Castro accepted an invitation to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.
1960 Sep 19, India and Pakistan signed the Indus Waters Treaty.
(Econ, 5/22/10, SR p.18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indus_Waters_Treaty)
1960 Sep 20, David Park (b.1911), a SF Bay Area figurative painter, died at
49. His work included: "Man in a T-Shirt" and "Untitled"
(1958), "Torso" (1959). He made the 1st serious break with Abstract
Expressionism in his 1950 painting "Kids of Bikes." In 2012 Nancy
Boas authored "David Park: A Painter's Life."
(SFEC, 12/1/96, DB p.21)(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(SFEM, 9/21/97, p.31)(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 5/6/12, p.F7)
1960 Sep 21, Dr. Albert Starr performed the first successful heart valve replacement
in a human. He and engineer Lowell Edwards had developed the artificial heart
valve in the 1950s.
(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A2)(http://icvts.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/6/4/570)
1960 Sep 22, Mali became an independent republic. Pres. Modibo Keita was elected
the first president and introduced a one-party dictatorship.
1960 Sep 24, The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,
was launched at Newport News, Va.
(AP, 9/24/97)(HN, 9/24/98)
1960 Sep 24, The International Development Association (IDA) was created as part the World Bank to provide long-term interest-free loans to the world's 81 poorest countries.
1960 Sep 25, Emily Post (b.1873), etiquette expert, died at 86. A 1941 profile
of Emily Price Post called her "the American dictator of correct behavior,"
an apt description since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies
in its first 20 years. Born into high society, Post wanted to write novels but
she turned to etiquette when she discovered the poor quality of existing books
on the subject. For her, however, "nothing is less important than the fork
you use"--rather, etiquette was the art of making other people feel comfortable.
Post delivered her message with wit and style in radio broadcasts and a daily
column printed in 160 newspapers. A 1941 profile of Emily Price Post called
her "the American dictator of correct behavior," an apt description
since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies in its first 20 years.
In 2008 Laura Claridge authored "Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age,
Mistress of American Manners."
(HNPD, 8/17/00)(WSJ, 10/16/08, p.A13)
1960 Sep 26, Ted Williams hit his 521st HR off Jack Fisher for his last time
1960 Sep 26, The first televised debate between presidential candidates Vice Pres. Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago. Diplomat Henry Cabot Lodge was Nixon's vice-presidential nominee.
(SFEM, 4/28/96, p.12)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-6)(AP, 9/26/97)
1960 Sep 26, Fidel Castro made the longest speech in UN history, 4 hrs, 29 mins.
(WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A9)
1960 Sep 27, Europe's 1st "moving pavement," (travelator), opened
at Bank station.
1960 Sep 27, Sylvia Pankhurst, feminist, died. She with her mother, Emmeline Pankhurst, had established the militant Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. These British suffragettes employed controversial, even violent methods to win the right to vote. In 1918, women over thirty were granted the vote, and in 1928, the voting age was lowered to 21, the voting age of men.
1960 Sep 28, "Millionaire," last aired on CBS-TV.
1960 Sep 28, "Sunrise at Campobello" premiered at Palace theater.
1960 Sep 30, Flintstones premiered. It was the 1st prime time animation show.
1960 Sep 30, The last "Howdy Doody Show" (b.1947) with Buffalo Bob Smith was broadcast. Clarabelle finally talked and said "Goodbye Kids."
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(MC, 9/30/01)
1960 Sep 30, Mensa, the high IQ society founded in the UK in 1946, held its 1st meeting in the US at the Brooklyn home of Peter and Ines Sturgeon with 5 other pioneer members.
(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.E10)
1960 Sep 30, Fifteen African nations were admitted to the United Nations.
1960 Oct 1, California Coast Guardsmen boarded the Coho II at the entrance
of SF Bay. The engine was running and the fishing boat was on automatic pilot,
but skipper Ted Bean (45) was missing. Days earlier E.A. Davison, skipper of
the albacore boat Steelhead, had radioed in panic from the Monterey fishing
grounds saying "The Coho Second me just shot me."
(SSFC, 9/26/10, DB p.50)
1960 Oct 1, Nigeria gained independence from Britain (National Day). Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912-1966) became the first prime minister and continued to 1966.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abubakar_Tafawa_Balewa)(WSJ, 10/14/95, p.A-1)
1960 Oct 3, "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS. It was directed
by Aaron Ruben (1914-2010) ran to 1968. Don Knotts (d.2006 at 81) played the
bumbling Deputy Barney.
(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/3/00)(AP, 2/26/06)(SFC, 2/5/10, p.C7)
1960 Oct 5, A Lockheed Electra turbo-prop crashed in Boston Harbor and 62 people
died. The plane had flown into a flock of starlings.
(MC, 10/5/01)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1960 Oct 7, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican
opponent Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates, in Washington,
1960 Oct 10, A cyclone hit the coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 4000 died. [see
1960 Oct 10, The Russian Mars 1960A Probe failed to reach Earth orbit.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1960 Oct 11, In Cuba bank president Ernesto Guevara offered sugar magnate Julio
Lobo leadership of Cuba's sugar industry in exchange for keeping one of his
14 mills and home. Mr. Lobo declined the offer.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1960 Oct 11, A hurricane ravaged East Pakistan and some 6,000 died.
1960 Oct 12, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a UN General Assembly
session by pounding his desk with a shoe when a speaker criticized his country.
1960 Oct 13, The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series at Forbes Field with
a 9th inning homerun by Bill Mazeroski. A Univ. of Pittsburgh academic building
was later built on the site.
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.D1)
1960 Oct 13, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in New York.
1960 Oct 13, Opponents of Fidel Castro were executed in Cuba.
1960 Oct 14, The idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential
candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan.
1960 Oct 14, Cuba nationalized all sugar assets and made itself custodian of all art and artifacts.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1960 Oct 14, The Russian Mars 1960B Probe failed to reach Earth orbit.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1960 Oct 17, A grand jury found that the popular television game show Twenty-One
had provided contestants with questions and answers before the live programs
1960 Oct 19, US President Eisenhower imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba
covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products.
1960 Oct 19, Canada and the United States agreed to undertake a joint Columbia River project to provide hydroelectric power and flood control.
1960 Oct 19, The United States and Mexico agreed to the co-construction of a dam on the Rio Grande.
1960 Oct 19, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in an Atlanta sit-in.
1960 Oct 20, The 1st fully mechanized post office opened in Providence, RI.
1960 Oct 21, The 1st British nuclear submarine, Dreadnought, was launched at
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, by her majesty the Queen. Dreadnought was the first
British submarine to surface at the North Pole in 1971. In the 1970s she was
fitted to fire Tigerfish torpedoes. She developed reactor problems in late 1980
and was decommissioned in 1982. She is laid up at Rosyth awaiting disposal.
1960 Oct 25, Martin Luther King, Jr., was sentenced to four months in prison
for a sit-in.
1960 Oct 25, The 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale in NYC.
1960 Oct 25, Cuba nationalized all remaining US businesses.
1960 Oct 21, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clashed
in their fourth and final presidential debate.
1960 Oct 27, Singer Ben E. King recorded "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand
1960 Oct 28, In a note to the OAS (Organization of American States), the United
States charged that Cuba had been receiving substantial quantities of arms and
numbers of military technicians" from the Soviet bloc.
1960 Oct 29, Chartered C46 carrying Cal State's football team crashed and 16
people were killed.
1960 Oct 30, Guatemala's "La Hora" reported a plan for the invasion
1960 Oct 31, A cyclone hit the coast of Gulf of Bengal and about 10,000 died.
[see Oct 10]
1960 Oct, In San Francisco the Co-Existence Bagel Shop closed in North Beach.
The owner cited a sick city administration and a psychopathic police department
for his decision.
(SFC, 3/21/15, p.C2)
1960 Nov 1, US Pres. Eisenhower announced that the US would take all steps
necessary to defend its naval base at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay.
(AH, 4/07, p.18)
1960 Nov 2, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy told an audience
of 20,000 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca., that the US should establish
a Peace Corps. The idea was first presented 3 weeks earlier at the Univ. of
1960 Nov 2, A British jury determined that Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence is not obscene. It had been published by Penguin Books.
(HN, 11/2/00)(MC, 11/2/01)
1960 Nov 2, Dimitri Mitropoulos (64), Greek-US conductor and composer, died.
1960 Nov 3, Tammy Grimes' "Unsinkable Molly Brown," premiered in
1960 Nov 3, The first Arhoolie LP (Long Play, 33 1/3 rpm record) arrived from the pressing plant: 250 copies of Mance Lipscomb's "Texas Sharecropper and Songster." Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in Berkeley, Ca.
(www.arhoolie.com/about-us.html)(SFC, 1/25/11, p.E1)
1960 Nov 3, Felix Houphouet-Boigny (b.1905) began to rule Ivory Coast as president.
1960 Nov 4, The film "Misfits" premiered. It was the final movie
for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
1960 Nov 5, Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), died.
1960 Nov 8, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy was elected 35th president by
118,550 popular votes. He defeated Richard Nixon in the US pres. elections and
was the first Roman Catholic to win the office. Popular legend later held that
the political machine of Richard Daley in Chicago provided the necessary votes
for Kennedy to win Illinois (27 electoral votes) and the elections. The Electoral
College result was 303 to 219. The Democratic ticket of Kennedy and Johnson
received 49.72% of the popular vote to 49.55% given to Republicans Richard Nixon
and Henry Lodge-a difference of about 118,000 voters nationwide (the deciding
electoral vote was 56.4% to 40.8% in favor of the Democrats).
(SFEC, 8/31/97, p.B5)(AP, 11/8/97)(SFEC, 1/18/98, Par p.2)(HN, 11/6/98)(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A21)(HNQ, 11/6/00)
1960 Nov 8, Hawaiians voted for the first time in a US presidential election. John Kennedy beat Richard Nixon by a margin of 2115 votes.
1960 Nov 10, Pres. Elect John F. Kennedy named Pierre Salinger (35), a former
SF Chronicle reporter, to be his White House Press Secretary and Andrew T. Hatcher
(37), a negro and former editor of the SF Sun-Reporter, as associate press secretary.
(SSFC, 11/7/10, DB p.50)
1960 Nov 12, Discoverer XVII was launched into orbit from California's Vandenberg
AFB. The Discoverer Program (1959-1962) was a ruse to conceal the Corona Program,
a series of photoreconnaissance spy satellites. Corona was the first photoreconnaissance
program, and a precursor of the military and civilian space imaging programs
1960 Nov 12, Coup against South Vietnam president Ngo Dinh Diem failed.
1960 Nov 13, Sammy Davis Jr. married Swedish actress May Britt.
1960 Nov 13, Fire in movie theater killed 152 children in Amude, Spain.
1960 Nov 14, President Dwight Eisenhower ordered U.S. naval units into the
Caribbean after Guatemala and Nicaragua charged Castro with starting uprisings.
1960 Nov 14, New Orleans integrated two all white schools. Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old black girl, entered a previously all-white school flanked by 4 federal marshals before a phalanx of angry racists. A 1998 Disney movie "Ruby Bridges" portrayed the event, which was captured by Norman Rockwell in his painting: "The Problem We all Live With."
(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)(HN, 11/14/98)
1960 Nov 14, 2 passenger trains collided at high-speed killing 110 in Czech.
1960 Nov 14, OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), formed.
1960 Nov 15, The first submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington,
took to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
1960 Nov 15, In San Francisco groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the $3.2 million, 800-car underground garage at Portsmouth Square.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, DB p.50)
1960 Nov 16, After the integration of two all white schools, 2,000 rioted in
the streets of New Orleans.
1960 Nov 16, Clark Gable (59), actor (Gone With the Wind), died.
(WUD, 1994 p.578)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.B7)(MC, 11/16/01)
1960 Nov 16, Nnamdi Azikiwe became the 1st governor-general of Nigeria. He was a member of the southern Ibo people.
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-16)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1172)
1960 Nov 25, John F. Kennedy Jr. (d.1999), son of JFK, lawyer, magazine publisher
(George), was born in NYC.
1960 Nov 25, "Amos 'n' Andy" made its last broadcast on CBS radio.
1960 Nov 25, CBS ended last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs. Burton) and canceled 4 other series.
1960 Nov 27, CBS radio cancelled "Have Gun Will Travel."
1960 Nov 27, Patrice Lumumba fled Leopoldville, Congo.
1960 Nov 28, CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes.
1960 Nov 28, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart and stayed there for six weeks; Elvis also released a version of that song where he breaks up into laughter.
1960 Nov 28, "Last Date" by Floyd Cramer peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.
1960 Nov 28, "New Orleans" by U.S. Bonds peaked at #6 on the pop singles chart.
1960 Nov 28, "Ol' MacDonald" by Frank Sinatra peaked at #25 on the pop singles chart.
1960 Nov 28, Richard N. Wright (52), US author (Native son), died in Paris France.
1960 Nov 28, The Islamic Republic of Mauritania proclaimed independence with Moktar Ould Daddah as president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 4th ed., p.1233)
1960 Nov 30, In San Francisco demolition began of the old Fontana spaghetti
factory on North Point Street. It will be replaced by twin 17-story towers,
the Fontana East and Fontana West, each with 130 apartments. The old warehouse,
built between 1868 and 1870, was first used as a woolen mill and converted to
a spaghetti factory around the turn of the century.
(SSFC, 11/28/10, DB p.50)
1960 Dec 1, Patrice Lumumba was caught in the Congo.
1960 Dec 3, Daryl Hannah, film star, was born in Chicago, Ill.
(SSFC, 3/14/04, Par p.18)
1960 Dec 3, The Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
(AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)
1960 Dec 4, The USSR vetoed Mauritania's application for UN membership.
(EWH, 4th ed., p.1233)
1960 Dec 7, The first episode of "Coronation Street", the longest
running TV soap opera in the world, was broadcast by Granada.
1960 Dec 9, The Laos government fled to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane
was engulfed in war.
1960 Dec 10, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a third of a million
fifths of an exotic moonshine, known as bok chow, were being distilled in Chinatown.
A recent raid at 1555 Mason St. gave up 22 gallons.
(SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)
1960 Dec 14, A U.S. B-52 bomber set a 10,000 mile non-stop record without refueling.
1960 Dec 16, A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided
over Staten Island, New York City. 134 people were killed including 128 people
on both planes.
1960 Dec 18, A rightist government was installed under Prince Boun Oum in Laos
as U.S. resumed arms shipments.
1960 Dec 19, A fire aboard the USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn,
1960 Dec 20, Auschwitz-commandant Richard Baar was arrested in German FR.
1960 Dec 20, National Liberation Front was formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.
1960 Dec 26, Musical "Do Re Mi" with Phil Silvers premiered in NYC.
1960 Dec 27, France exploded a 3rd atom bomb in the Sahara Desert, code-named
Gerboise Rouge ("red gerboa").
1960 George Herm created his sculpture "The Librarian."
(SFC, 10/4/96, p.C8)
1960 William Christenberry, American artist from Alabama, painted "Tenant
(SFC, 3/31/97, p.E6)
1960 Bruce Conner began his sculpture "Portrait of Allen Ginsberg."
It was completed in 1961.
(SFC, 10/4/96, p.C8)
1960 John Barth authored his novel "The Sot-Weed Factor."
(SSFC, 12/18/05, p.M4)
1960 Daniel Bell (1919-2011) authored "The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion
of Political Ideas in the Fifties."
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.34)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Bell)
1960 Edwin Dale Jr. (d.1999 at 75), NY Times journalist, published "Conservatives
(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A19)
1960 Ernest Dichter (1907-1991), Viennese psychologist, authored "The
Strategy of Desire." He had arrived in America in the 1930s and spun his
insights on human instincts into a million-dollar business. He is often considered
to be the "father of motivational research."
(Econ, 12/17/11, p.119)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Dichter)
1960 Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), expatriate British writer, authored "Clea,"
the fourth volume his 4-part Alexandria Quartet (1957-1960).
1960 F.A. Hayek, economist, wrote "The Constitution of Liberty" (The
Challenge to Liberty). Here he declared the concepts of liberty and responsibility
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A18)(WSJ, 4/19/01, p.A16)
1960 Jasper Johns made his "Painting with Two Balls."
(SFEC, 12/1/96, BR p.4)
1960 Sargent Johnson (1888-1967), African-American artist in SF, made his diorite
(SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.43)
1960 Yves Klein painted "Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 106)," a white
canvas body-printed at his direction by nude models with blue pigment.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.E4)
1960 Rex Lardner (d.1998 at 80) wrote "Out of the Bunker and Into the
Trees," a parody of golf and golfers. His books also included "the
Complete Guide to Tennis." He was the chief radio and TV writer for Ernie
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D6)
1960 Sylvia Plath published her first book of poems "The Colossus."
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)
1960 "Ezra Pound," a biography by Charles Norman, poet and biographer,
(SFC, 9/16/96, p.A15)
1960 The Lithuanian embassy in Washington published "Lithuania's Occupation
by the Soviet Union."
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.3)
1960 Herb Caen, SF newspaper columnist, wrote his 6th book "Only in San
(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A13)
1960 Prof. Earl Wendell Count (1897-1996) edited "This Is Race: An Anthology
of the Int'l. Literature on the Races of Man."
(SFEC, 12/22/96, p.C12)
1960 William Heyden Easton (1919-7/7/96), an authority on fossil corrals, published
his textbook "Invertebrate Paleontology."
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A19)
1960 Clifton Fadiman (d.1999 at 95) first published his "Lifetime Reading
(WSJ, 7/2/99, p.W13)
1960 Leslie Fiedler (d.2003), authored "Love and Death in the American
Novel." He analyzed the work of mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and others.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A26)
1960 Hans-Georg Gadamer (d.2002), German philosopher and influential in hermeneutics
(the study of the understanding and meaning of texts), authored "Truth
(SFC, 3/26/02, p.A24)
1960 Paul Goodman authored "Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the
(SFC, 12/4/02, p.A28)
1960 Graham Green (1904-1991) authored "A Burnt-Out Case," centered
on a leper colony in the Congo.
1960 Jack Lalanne (b.1914) authored "The Jack LaLanne Way to Vibrant Good
(SSFC, 5/16/10, DB p.58)
1960 George Leonard Herter (1911-1994), Minnesota-born catalogue writer, published
his "Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices." Herter
was later considered the prince of fantasy food historians.
1960 David Kidd (1927-1996) wrote "All the Emperor's Horses," an
account of the last days of the ancient regime of China. It was reissued in
1988 as Peking Story.
(SFC, 11/27/96, p.B2)
1960 Harper Lee (b.1926), American novelist, authored "To Kill a Mockingbird."
It was made into a film in 1962. In 2006 Charles J. Shields authored "Mockingbird:
A Portrait of Harper Lee."
(HN, 4/28/99)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.M3)
1960 Gavin Maxwell authored "Ring of Bright Water," his classic tale
of living with otters.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.81)
1960 Prof. Herbert McClosky (1916-2006) of UC Berkeley authored "The Soviet
Dictatorship," a political analysis of the Soviet Union.
(SFC, 3/17/06, p.B9)
1960 Alan Moorehead authored "The White Nile," a history of African
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.126)
1960 Vance Packard (1914-1996) wrote "The Waste Makers," a critique
of consumer society.
(SFC, 12/13/96, p.B6)
1960 "Bertillon 166" was the first novel by Cuban writer Jose Soler
Puig (1917-1996). The book described a day in the life his native city under
the government of Fulgencio Batista. He also wrote "In the Year of January"
(1963), "The Collapse" (1964), "Sleeping Bread" (1975),
"The Decaying Mansion" (1977), "A World of Things" (1982),
"The Knot," "Soul Alone," and "A Woman."
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A20)
1960 Thomas Schelling, game theorist, authored "The Strategy of Conflict."
In 2005 Schelling won the Nobel Prize in economics.
(Econ, 10/15/05, p.82)(WSJ, 2/23/08, p.W8)
1960 Bertram Smythies (d.1999 at 86), British naturalist, published "The
Birds of Borneo."
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A20)
1960 William Stokoe Jr. (1919-2000) authored "Sign language Structure."
His work led to the acceptance of American Sign Language as a genuine language.
In 1964 Stokoe co-authored "A Dictionary of American Sign Language on Linguistic
(SFC, 4/13/00, p.C2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stokoe)
1960 Joseph Tussman (1915-2005), professor of philosophy, authored "Obligation
and the Body Politic," in which he warned of America's democracy moving
"deeper into the morass of public relations, the projection of images,
and the painless engineering of consent."
(SSFC, 10/30/05, p.B5)
1960 Gore Vidal published his satirical fantasy "Visit to a Small Planet."
Vidal's play "The Best Man" opened on Broadway.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 9/20/00, p.A24)
1960 Theodore H. White published "The Making of the President."
(WSJ, 7/29/99, p.A26)
1960 Edmund Wilson and Joseph Mitchell authored "Apologies to the Iroquois."
It memorialized the seizure by Robert Moses, the unelected head of the New York
Power Authority, of 600 acres by eminent domain for a power reservoir near Niagara
1960 C. Van Woodward published "The Burden of Southern History."
(SFEC, 12/19/99, p.C14)
1960 The Noel Coward play "Waiting in the Wings" was first performed.
(WSJ, 12/20/99, p.A24)
1960 Angela Lansbury played in "A Taste of Honey."
(SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)
1960 The musical "Oliver" based on the Dickens novel "Oliver
Twist" premiered in London. It was written and composed by Lionel Bart
(d.1999 at 68).
(SFEC, 4/4/99, p.B12)
1960 Peter Brook directed the stage show "Irma La Douce."
(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A26)
1960 Benjamin Britten based his new opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
on the Shakespeare play.
(WSJ, 12/11/96, p.A1)
1960 Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) first performed his dance "Revelations."
In 1996 Jennifer Dunning wrote his biography: "Alvin Ailey, A Life in Dance."
(SFEC, 12/15/96, BR p.4)
1960 The last Playhouse 90 production was shown on TV. It was a drama of the
Warsaw ghetto titled: "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" and was written
by Rod Serling.
(WSJ, 11/27/95, p.A-14)
1960 "The Porter Wagoner Show" began on TV and ran for 21 years.
1960 Ray Charles made a hit with "Georgia on My Mind."
(SSFC, 7/28/02, Par p.20)
1960 Sam Cooke made a hit with his song: "Wonderful World."
(SFEC, 1/10/99, BR p.9)
1960 Floyd Cramer (d.1997 at 64), studio pianist, had a hit single with the song "Last Date." He also wrote "San Antonio Rose," "Fancy Pants," and "On the Rebound."
(SFC, 1/1/98, p.A25)
1960 Bob Ferguson (d.2001 at 73) wrote the country song "Wings of a Dove" for Ferlin Husky.
(SFC, 7/25/01, p.C2)
1960 Leonard Kwan (d.2000 at 69) recorded "Slack Key," the world's first all-instrumental slack key album.
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A27)
1960 John Lewis directed the Monterey Jazz Festival and featured Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Eric Dolphy. Jimmy Lyons and many others in the crowd wailed that "that stuff isn't jazz." "Evolution of the Blues" by Joe Hendricks, commissioned for the festival was first performed. Lalo Schifrin's "Gillespiana" suite was also preformed.
(SFC, 6/30/96, B9)(SFC, 9/23/96, D1)
1960 Country singer Hank Lochlin (1918-2009) made a hit with his song "Please Help Me, I'm Falling." It was Billboard's No. 1 song for 14 weeks.
(SFC, 3/12/09, p.B6)
1960 Loretta Lynn scored her first hit with "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."
(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A21)
1960 Rockin' Robin Roberts recorded a version of "Louie, Louie" with the Wailers. It became a regional hit in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
(SFC, 1/25/97, p.A19)
1960 Isaac Stern (d.2001 at 81), Russian-Jewish immigrant to the US and legendary
violinist, saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball.
(SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A24)
1960 "We Shall Overcome" became the anthem of the non-violence movement
in the US.
(TMC, 1994, p.1960)
1960 Pan Am constructed its World Port terminal at Idlewild Airport, which
was later renamed to JFK Airport.
(Hem., 5/97, p.70)
1960 It was reported that a rule that required women to wear head coverings
in churches was repealed. No official statement to that effect was actually
(WSJ, 10/8/97, p.A1)(www.catholicintl.com/qa/qa.htm)
1960 Pat Robertson started the Christian Broadcasting Network with the purchase
of an idle UHF broadcast station in Portsmouth, Va.
(WSJ, 8/29/96, p.A7)
1960 Ruses Solomon founded Tower Records in Sacramento, Ca., by selling records
out of his father's drugstore. In 2006 the 89-store company was sold for $150
million, with creditors owed $200 million.
(SFC, 10/7/06, p.C3)
1960 Rev. Elwood Kieser founded Paulist Productions to spread the Catholic
faith through film.
(WSJ, 9/26/96, p.B1)
1960 Ira Eaker (1922-2002) and Allen Zwerdling founded Back Stage, a NYC theater
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A27)
1960 Wilbur Hardee (1917-2008), opened his first Hardee's restaurant, in Greenville,
NC. The company went public in 1963.
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/6ztal8)
1960 Gil Perkins (d.1999 at 91), actor and stuntman, co-founded the Stuntmen's
Association of Motion Pictures.
(SFC, 4/2/99, p.D6)
1960 The Rockefeller and Ford foundations joined forces to found the Int'l.
Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Losa Banos, Philippines.
(Hem., 12/96, p.82)
1960 In Georgia the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit began as a small church in
the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Membership peaked at about 10,000
in the 1990s. By 2007 membership had fallen to about 1,500 in the wake of sex
scandals associated with founding Archbishop Earl Paulk (80).
(SFC, 11/20/07, p.A7)
1960 New York based Greek Archbishop Iakovos founded the Standing Conference
of Canonical Orthodox Bishops for cooperation and unity.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.B7)
1960 Pamela Churchill Harriman (1920-1997) married producer Leland Hayward.
Hayward died in 1971 and Pamela married Averell Harriman, a former lover. Her
biography was written in 1996 by Sally Bedell Smith: "Reflected Glory:
The Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman."
(SFC, 10/23/96, p.E6)(WSJ, 11/4/96, p.A21)(SFC, 2/6/97, p.A14)
1960 Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967), Luxembourg-born US publisher and inventor,
won his own Hugo award as "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction."
1960 Donald A. Glaser (1926-2013) of UC Berkeley, inventor of the bubble chamber,
won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/13, p.C6)
1960 Albert John Lutuli (Luthuli) (c1898-1967), tribal chief and president-general of the African National Congress, won the Nobel Peace prize.
1960 Alexis Saint-Leger (1887-1975), Guadeloupe-born French poet and diplomat, won the Nobel Prize for literature. He wrote under the pseudonym Saint John Perse.
1960 In boxing American Floyd Patterson defeated Sweden's Ingemar Johansson
in their 2nd meeting.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.B1)
1960 Mohammad Ali (Cassius Clay) threw his Olympic gold medal for boxing into
the Ohio River after being refused service at a Louisville restaurant.
(SFEC, 9/27/98, Par p.2)
1960 The Oakland Raiders began play in the fledgling American Football League
at Youell Field, Kezar Stadium and the new Candlestick Park. The team was founded
by developers John Brooks and Wayne Valley.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W39)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.D7)
1960 Pete Rozelle (1926-1996) became the commissioner of the National Football
League. He served until 1989.
(SFC, 12/7/96, p.A1,11)
1960 The Dallas Cowboys football team played their first season with no wins.
(WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)
1960 The Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)
1960 The Eisenhower administration created the Arctic National Wildlife Range
on 9 million acres of Alaska's coastal plain and mountains adjacent to Canada.
(SSFC, 8/28/05, p.A13)
1960 John F. Kennedy asked his friend Frank Sinatra for help in the West Virginia
primary for presidential elections. Sinatra asked his friend Sam Giancana to
assist in this matter. The story is documented in a 1995 biography of Sinatra
by his daughter Nancy titled: "Frank Sinatra: An American Legend."
JFK used his young lover Judith Campbell Exner (d.1999 at 65) to carry messages
and money to Sam Giancana. The story was told in a 1997 A&E TV show series
titled "Godfathers," that focused on the biography of Sam Giancana.
Exner was introduced to JFK and Giancana by Frank Sinatra.
(WSJ, 12/14/95, p.A-12)(SFC, 1/8/96, p.B2)(SFC, 12/9/98, p.A7)(SFEC, 9/26/99, p.C7)
1960 Republican Richard Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Nelson Rockefeller
89.3 to 3.8%. Democrat John Kennedy won over Paul Fisher 85.2 to 13.5%.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1960 Joseph P. Kennedy was later reported to have held a meeting with Chicago
mobster Sam Giancana to encourage the mob-run unions to vote for JFK. The events
were later described in the 1997 book "The Dark Side of Camelot" by
Seymour Hersh. Hersh excluded controversial documents known as the "JFK
Papers" that were reportedly found in the files of the late New York lawyer
(SFEC,11/9/97, p.A12)(SFEC,11/23/97, p.A8)
1960 John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon for the US presidency by 118,574 votes.
(TMC, 1994, p.1960)
1960 Dr. Frances Kelsey (1914-2015) of the FDA blocked the US sale of thalidomide,
prescribed to relieve morning sickness in pregnant women. In 1962 the Richardson-Merrell
drug company withdrew its US application and the drug was pulled worldwide after
babies were born with flipper-like limbs and other deformities due to the drug.
(SFC, 8/10/15, p.C4)
1960 Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old black girl, entered a previously all-white
school flanked by 4 federal marshals before a phalanx of angry racists. A 1998
Disney movie "Ruby Bridges" portrayed the event, which was captured
by Norman Rockwell in his painting: "The Problem We all Live With."
(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)
1960 The Forest Service designated 6,000 sq. mls. of revitalized grasslands
of the US western plains as National Grasslands. Kiowa National Grassland occupies
210 sq. mls. of northeastern New Mexico.
(NH, 5/96, p.64)
1960 California voters under Gov. Pat Brown narrowly approved the $1.75 billion
State Water Project. It involved 22 upstream dams and reservoirs and a pumping
plant to send water into an aqueduct largely for urban use in the south.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A7)(Econ, 10/24/09, p.28)
1960 California ordered smog control devices on cars. It was the first such law in the country.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A10)
1960 In San Francisco the 20-story Pacific Height Towers, designed by John Sardis, was built at 2200 Sacramento St.
(SSFC, 6/8/14, p.C3)
1960 SF State College became one of several under a new California state Master Plan for Higher Education.
(SFEC, 3/21/99, Z1 p.4)(Econ, 8/11/12, p.24)
1960 The California-based Save the Redwoods League dedicated Avenue of the Giants Parkway in Humboldt Redwoods State Park after 40-year-long acquisition process.
1960 The US Army completed Capehart Housing, some 30 duplexes in the Marin Headlands of northern California.
(SFCM, 10/3/04, p.14)
1960 The Woodside Community Church was built in Woodside, Ca. It was designed by Donn Emmons (d.1997 at 87).
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.A20)
1960 The new King Estates Middle School opened in Oakland, Ca.
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A1)
1960 Harold Dobbs (1918-1994) served as acting mayor of San Francisco. A close political ally of Mayor George Christopher, Dobbs served on several occasions as Acting Mayor in Christopher's absence and was considered heir apparent to the mayor's office. In 1963 Dobbs lost his first run for mayor in a three-way race behind Congressman Jack Shelley.
1960 Ralph Stackpole presented the new city of Pacifica, Ca., with 2 working models of his 1939 Expo statue of the same name.
(Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)
1960 The SF Bay was reduced to 548 sq. miles by silting, diking, draining and filling.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A29)
1960 Developer T. Jack Foster, to finance the development of Foster City, persuaded California state Sen. Richard Dolwig (R.-Redwood City) to pass a bill creating the Estero Municipal Improvement District, which was authorized to issue over $85 million in bonds through 1967.
(SFC, 6/14/09, p.H2)
1960 A fire swept the old Madden & Lewis boatyard in Sausalito, Ca., and devastated the studio of David Morris (d.1999 at 88). Morris had served as the head of the arts section of the WPA in the 1930s.
(SFC, 2/25/99, p.C2)
1960 Otis Chandler (32), great-grandson of Gen. Otis Chandler, became the 4th publisher of the LA Times. In 2001 Dennis McDougal authored "Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the LA Times."
(SSFC, 6/24/01, DB p.66)
1960 Hugh Hefner (b.1926), in partnership with Victor Lownes and restaurateur
Arnold Morton (d.2005), opened the 1st Playboy Club in Chicago.
(SFC, 5/30/05, p.B4)
1960 The Univ. of Chicago's business school launched its Center for Research in Security Prices following a donation by banker Louis Engel.
(Econ, 11/20/10, p.90)
1960 Allied Capital, a private-equity firm for business development companies
(BDCS), went public. Such firms were exempt from corporate taxes as long as
the bulk of profits were distributed to shareholders.
(Econ, 4/24/04, p.78)
1960 Stanford R. Ovshinsky and his wife Iris founded Energy Conversion Devices
(ECD) in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In the 1980s the company introduced a nickel-metal
hydride battery (NiMH) for consumer use and made it available for automobiles
in the early 1990s. The technology made hybrid vehicles possible. By 2006 sales
for the solar division, United Solar Ovonic, reached $90 Million.
(WSJ, 10/13/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 11/27/06, p.A1)(Econ, 12/2/06, TQ p.33)
1960 The Dart Container Corp. was incorporated by W.A. Dart. It grew to control
more than half of the US polystyrene-cup market.
(WSJ, 12/5/97, p.A1)
1960 Marc Bohan took over Dior as a fashion designer for jet setters.
(WSJ, 1/20/03, p.B1)
1960 Isadore Sharp founded the Four Seasons luxury hotel chain.
(WSJ, 4/8/02, p.A1)
1960 Pan American World Airways was contracted to provide service to a chain
of Micronesian islands.
(WSJ, 11/21/96, p.A23)
c1960 Trucker Malcom McClean of North Carolina put freight containers on a
cargo ship and launched the container ship business. His company became Sea-Land.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.B1)
1960 US car makers introduced some small cars, among them the Comet, Falcon
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)
1960 William G. White (1913-1996) took over the leadership of Consolidated
Freightways and turned the company into a leader in the trucking industry.
(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A28)
1960 TRW became the first US company to produce a rack-and-pinion steering
(F, 10/7/96, p.70)
1960 Builder Del Webb opened the Sun City retirement community near Phoenix,
(WSJ, 10/13/04, p.D6)
1960 Wells Fargo was acquired by the American Trust Company, which shifted
the bank's focus to retail banking. Wells at the time had 12 offices in California,
while American Trust had 102. The Wells Fargo name was kept.
(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A10)
1960 IBM Pres. Thomas J. Watson committed $5 billion to develop the System/360
new computer line.
(WSJ, 11/5/99, p.A1)
1960 Bob Bemer, programmer at IBM, created the software "escape sequence"
that allowed computers to break from one alphabet to another. He later led efforts
to establish the universal character set called ASCII, named the COBOL programming
language, and helped develop the standard for the 8 bit byte.
(WSJ, 6/20/97, p.B1)
1960 Hans Freudenthal, Dutch mathematician, designed the Lincos artificial
language. It was designed to communicate with aliens.
(Wired, 8/96, p.88)
1960 James Cooke Brown designed Loglan, an artificial language to test the
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language influences the thoughts of the speaker.
The Lojban language later grew out of Loglan for the purpose of studying artificial
intelligence. It used the same grammar but a completely different vocabulary.
(Wired, 8/96, p.88)
1960 George Kozmetsky (d.2003 at 85) and Henry Singleton of Litton Industries
formed Teledyne Corp. Kozmetsky and his wife Ronya formed the RGK Foundation
(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A1)
1960 The Xerox model 914 plain-paper copier made its debut. It was invented
by Chester Carlson and had been nursed along by Batelle research institute of
Ohio and Haloid, a NY manufacturer of photographic paper. In 1961 Haloid became
(WSJ, 8/6/04, p.W8)
c1960 The Visible Man toy was created by Marcel Jovine (d.2003 at 81) and was
soon followed by Visible Woman.
(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A15)
1960 Jane Goodall began her study of chimpanzees in the Gombe reserve of Tanzania.
(SFEC, 12/15/96, zone 1 p.3)
1960 Stanley Milgram began experiments at Yale Univ. on the psychology of torture.
His groundbreaking article "Behavioral Study of Obedience," was published
on Oct 15, 1963, in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His experiments created
a paradigm for considering how cruel people can be when they are "only
obeying orders." In 2004 Thomas Blass authored "The Man Who Shocked
the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram."
(SSFC, 7/4/04, p.M6)(SAM, 10/08, p,24)
1960 William F. House led a team that perfected the cochlear implant, a device
that transforms sound into electrical signals that stimulate the auditory nerve
in the brain.
(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A8)
1960 Garnis Curtis (d.2012 at 93), UC Berkeley geologist, and colleague Jack
F. Evernden used their new potassium-argon dating technique to date Zinjanthropus
to 1.85 million years of age.
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.C2)
1960 The population of the world again doubled from what it was in 1900 to
3.2 billion. It was expected that by the year 2000 there would be 6 to 7 billion
human beings on the planet.
1960 The Int'l. Bureau of Weights and Measures defined the meter as 1,650,763.73
wavelengths, in a vacuum, of light emitted by the unperturbed atomic energy
level transition 2p10 to 5d5 of the krypton-86 isotope.
(NH, 2/05, p.24)
1960 A tidal wave hit Hilo, Hawaii, and wiped out the beaches along with a
section of downtown.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.T4)
1960 Two planes crashed over Staten Island N.Y. killing 134 people.
(TMC, 1994, p.1960)
1960 Richard Buckley (b.1906), monologist known as Lord Buckley, died. In 2002
Oliver Trager authored "Dig Infinity! The Life and Art of Lord Buckley."
(SFC, 7/9/02, p.D1)
1960 Alvin Pleasant Carter, legendary country musician (A.P. Carter), died
in his Virginia mountain cabin. His brother Ezra pressed his 3 daughters and
Maybelle Carter to form a 2nd generation Carter Family music group. Johnny Cash
was Maybelle's son-in-law.
(SSFC, 8/4/02, p.M3)
1960 Eddie Cochran (21), guitarist, died following a car crash in a hired car
in England. His hit songs included "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon
Everybody." His girlfriend, songwriter Sharon Sheeley and rocker Gene Vincent,
(SFC, 5/25/02, p.A27)
1960 Zora Neale Hurston (b.1903), black author, died. Her 1942 autobiography
was titled "Dust Tracks on a Road." In 1977 Robert Hemenway authored
a biography of Hurston. In 2002 Cora Kaplan edited "Zora Neale Hurston:
A Life in Letters." In 2002 Valerie Boyd authored the biography "Wrapped
(WSJ, 12/20/02, p.W8)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.M1)
1960 Dimitri Mitropoulos (b.1897), conductor of the NY Philharmonic, died.
he was succeeded by Leonard Bernstein.
(WUD, 1994, p.918)(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.B11)
1960 St. John Philby died in Beirut from a heart attack. He had orchestrated
the Aramco oil deal in Saudi Arabia.
(WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1960 Martin Ramirez (b.1885 in Mexico), outsider artist, died in a state mental
hospital. He was picked up in LA in 1930 and locked up for the rest of his life.
He began to draw around 1948 with any material he could get and was discovered
in 1954 by a prof. of psychology at Cal State in Sacramento. His pencil-and-crayon
drawings became some of the highest-priced works in the field.
(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A18)
1960 Richard Wright (b.1908), novelist who wrote about the abuses of blacks
in white society, best known for "Native Son" (1940), died in Paris.
In 2001 Hazel Rowley authored the biography: "Richard Wright."
(HN, 9/4/98)(SSFC, 8/12/01, DB p.61)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A20)
1960 In this year 17 former African colonies became independent members of
(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.C1)
1960 Albania sided with China on a Sino-Soviet ideological dispute; consequently
Soviet economic support was curtailed and Chinese aid was increased.
(www, Albania, 1998)
1960 The new American Embassy in London, designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed.
His designed for the building, officially titled the U.S. Chancellery, was completed
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.D9)
1960 Britain ended its 2-year national service program. Conscription in the United Kingdom existed for two periods in modern times. The first was from 1916 to 1919, the second was from 1939 to 1960. During World War I and World War II it was known as War Service or Military Service. From 1948 it was known as National Service.
(Econ, 9/10/11, p.67)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_the_United_Kingdom)
1960 The British farthing went out of circulation.
(Econ, 5/12/12, p.78)
1960 Britain had 16 banks. Then years later the number dropped to six.
(Econ, 5/19/12, p.83)
1960 The Central American Common Market was set up by a treaty between El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and later Costa Rica. It fell apart by the end
of the decade.
(Econ, 5/14/05, p.41)(www.bartleby.com/65/ce/CentrACM.html)
1960 China launched its first rocket despite a cutoff of Soviet aid amid a
1960 China completed the construction of the Sanmenxia Dam on the middle-reaches of the Yellow River near Sanmenxia on the border Shanxi and Henan Province. Soon after completion, sediment-accumulation threatened the benefits of the dam. Silt balance was achieved in 1970. Two more bottom sluices began operating in 1990 along with another in 1999 and the final in 2000.
1960 Colombia's a domestic spy agency, created in 1953, was reconstructed as
the DAS by President Alberto Lleras Camargo.
1960 Following the revolution Ramon Grau Alsina (d.1998 at 80) and his sister
founded the underground Pedro Pan organization for Cuban parents to send their
children to live in the US.
(SFC, 11/6/98, p.D5)
1960 In Egypt Pres. Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the country's media. Mustafa
Amin (d.1997 at 83) and his twin brother Ali published 5 of the best-selling
publications prior to the seizure and were highly critical of Nasser.
(SFC, 4/14/97, p.A19)
1960 The Aswan High Dam was begun. Lake Nasser behind it stores 170 billion cubic meters of water at top level, enough to satisfy Egypt's needs for about three years. The Aswan High Dam forced the relocation of 60,000 Egyptian Nubians. New settlements were built in the desert away from the river with irrigation canals for farming.
(NG, May 1985, Farouk El-Baz, p.595)(NG, May 1985, p.602)
1960 In Finland 3 teenage camping companions were found stabbed to death inside
a tent by Lake Bodom. A 4th survived with multiple stab wounds. In 2005 Nils
Gustafsson (63), the survivor, was charged with murdering his 3 companions.
1960 The magazine Hara-Kiri was founded as a monthly French version of Mad.
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.76)
1960 Raymond Queneau, French author, inspired the formation of Oulipo: the Ouvroir de Litterature Potentiale (the workshop for potential or hypothetical literature). In 1999 the "Oulipo Compendium," edited by Harry Matthews and Alastair Brotchie, was published.
(SFEC, 5/9/99, BR p.8)
1960 Pres. de Gaulle granted independence to all its colonies in Africa.
(WSJ, 1/24/97, p.A14)
1960 In France Jacques Foccart (1913-1997) was named secretary-general for African affairs. He held the office until 1974.
(SFC, 3/20/97, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Foccart)
1960 Homag, a German firm for making wood-working machines, was founded in
Schopfloch. Its shares were floated on the stock market in 2007.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.75)(http://www.homag.com/en-en/Pages/home.aspx)
1960 Germany paid 115 million Deutschmarks - equivalent to about $330 million in 2015 - as part of a treaty with Greece meant to compensate victims of Nazi atrocities, including Greek Jews.
1960 In Guatemala rebellious army officers took to the hills and began the long attempt to overthrow a tyrannical regime.
(SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)
1960 In India the film "Mughal-e-Azam" (Emperor of the Moghuls) was
released. It became one of Bollywood's greatest classics. In 2004 it was re-released
in a color version. The film was set in Lahore at a time when Muslims ruled
India. It was shown in Pakistan for the 1st time in 2006.
(AP, 11/8/04)(Reuters, 4/23/06)
1960 Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), Japanese writer, authored "Utage No Ato
"After the Banquet), a somewhat disguised account of certain aspects of
an actual political campaign.
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.35)(www.answers.com/topic/yukio-mishima)
1960 Japan's PM Nobusuke Kishi strengthened Japan's alliance with America. His grandson, Shinzo Abe, became PM of Japan in 2006. During the 1930s Kishi had run industrial policy in Manchuria and in the 1940s oversaw forced-labor programs.
(Econ, 10/7/06, p.31)
1960 In Latin America the military brass met for their first Conference of
(SFC, 11/20/99, p.C1)
1960 Malaysia introduced the Internal Security Act (ISA) to stem a communist
insurgency. It allowed authorities to detain people indefinitely without trial.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A12)(Econ, 9/24/11, p.52)
1960 In Nepal malaria was eradicated. Illiterate tribes on the Terai plains
were displaced by higher-caste hordes streaming down from the hills and became
serfs in their own land.
1960 Islamabad was designed as the forward capital of Pakistan to replace Karachi.
Islamabad and the ancient Gakhar city of Rawalpindi stand side by side, displaying
the country's past and present.
1960 Arequipa, Peru, was hit by another earthquake. [see Chile, May 22, 1960]
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A16)
1960 Naftali Herts Kon (b.1910) was imprisoned in Warsaw on fabricated charges
of spying for Israel. He had just completed a report from Romania on the persecution
of political opponents and Jews. Kon had spent the years between 1949 and 1956
at Soviet labor camps among other persecuted intellectuals. He died in Israel
in 1971, never having recovered from the loss of his writings.
1960 South Korea's population was about 25 million.
(Econ, 7/17/10, SR p.10)
1960 The Lutheran Church of Sweden ordained its first female ministers.
(SFC, 10/16/12, p.A2)
1960 The West Indies Associated States were formed from the former British
colony of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.
(WUD, 1994, p.961)
1960s In 1987 Todd Gitlin authored "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.M2)
1960s The quarterly journal The Eventorium Muse was published. It featured
the poetry of Frank Kuenstler (1928-1996). He also published the poetry books
"Lens," "Fugitives" and "Miscellany."
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A20)
1960s Darcy Ribeiro, anthropologist (1923-1997), wrote his 6-volume work "Studies
of the Anthropology of Civilization."
(SFC, 2/20/96, p.A20)
1960s Leni Riefenstahl, German filmmaker, published a collection of photographs
of the Nuba tribe of southern Sudan.
(SFC, 9/10/03, p.A19)
1960s Alexander Schindler (d.2000 at 75), US Jewish reform leader, authored
"The Torah: A Modern Commentary."
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.D7)
1960s Czech director Ivan Passer did "Intimate Lightning."
(WSJ, 1/24/97, p.A13)
1960s Prof. Frank Kofsky (d.1997 at 62) wrote "John Coltrane and the Jazz
Revolution of the 1960s." He also wrote "Black Music, White Business."
1960s The King Family was featured on ABC TV. The show featured Alyce King
Clarke (1916-1996), one of the King Sisters who sang through five decades.
(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A21)
1960s Dion DiMucci, rock-pop singer, popularized "Runaround Sue,"
"The Wanderer," and "Abraham, Martin and John." He initially
sang with The Belmonts and in 1996 worked with a band called Little Kings.
(SFC, 7/12/96, p.D5)
1960s Singer and minstrel Donovan Leitch made hits with his songs: "Sunshine
Superman," "Hurdy Gurdy Man," "Atlantis," and "Mellow
(SFEC, 10/13/96, DB p.47)
1960s The Serendipity Singers toured with the Kingston Trio and the New Christy
Minstrels. They recorded "Don't Let the Rain Come Down." Lead singer
Dennis E. Arnold died in 1997 at 49.
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A13)
1960s Taj Mahal began performing with his R&B band around Boston coffeehouses
and later earned a degree in animal husbandry.
(SFEC, 8/31/97, DB p.9)
1960s John Sinclair founded the White Panther Party and managed the MC5 rock
(SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.35)
1960s Rev. Paul Van Buren (d.1998 at 74), an Episcopal professor at Temple
Univ., was a leading exponent of the 'death of God" school of theology.
(SFC, 7/2/98, p.C5)
1960s US pres. Lyndon B. Johnson visited Malaysia. In honor of his visit a
new plantation was named LBJ. The plantation was later sold for the development
of an information technology zone called the Multimedia Super Corridor.
(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)
1960s A payola scandal brought down the empire of popular disk jockey Alan
Freed after it was revealed that he had accepted money from record companies
to play their records.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A21)
1960s The US Army Corps of Engineers, at the behest of state and federal governments,
crisscrossed the remnants of Florida's Kissimmee River with dykes, ditches and
(Econ, 10/8/05, p.31)
1960s Eugene Stoner (1922-1997) invented the Stoner 63, an automatic weapon
that could be converted from a light rifle into a rapid-firing gun. He developed
M-16 assault rifle.
(SFEC, 4/27/97, p.B8)
1960s Four revolutions were being enacted around the world: 1)The radical movement
in the West. 2) The movement in Czechoslovakia against totalitarianism. 3) National
liberation movements in Southeast Asia. 4) Liberation theology in Latin America.
Paul Berman focuses on the first two in his 1996 book "A Tale of Two Utopias,
The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968."
(SFEC, 1/5/97, BR p.4)
1960s The CIA gave the Tibetan exile movement $1.7 million a year. The Dalai
Lama's share was $180,000. The payments were part of a program to undermine
communism worldwide and were apparently stopped by the Nixon administration
in the 1970s.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A10)
1960s Four American soldiers defected to North Korea.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A12)
1960s In Bridgeport, Conn., the Rev. Laurence Brett molested young Frank Martinelli.
In 1997 the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese was found guilty for breach of
duty and failure to investigate for other victims and awarded Martinelli (50)
$750,000. The good Rev. could not be found.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.E4)
1960s Tino De Angelis hocked and sold billions of pounds of non-existent salad
oil in a major scandal of the period.
(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.A8)
1960s Billy Sol Estes mortgaged nonexistent farm equipment in a major scandal of the decade.
(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.A8)
1960s Big Top peanut butter produced a glass mug to hold its product with a
picture of Hopalong Cassidy, the old singing cowboy star.
(SFC, 2/18/98, Z1 p.3)
1960s A walking catfish (Clarias batrachus), imported from Bangkok, walked
away from a fish farm west of Deerfield Beach, Florida. By 2002 it had spread
to 20 counties in South Florida.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A2)
1960s The DoodelMaster Magic Screen toy, made in England, was acquired by Ohio
Art Toy and renamed Etch A Sketch.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.C6)
1960s Philip Kraczkowski (1916-1996) designed the head of the G.I. Joe figure
for the Hasbro toy company.
(SFC, 10/11/96, p.A24)
1960 The new antibiotic methicillin was introduced. In 1961 strains of Staphylococcus
aureus resistant to Methicillin (MRSA) were first reported.
(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A4)(www.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTX026108.html)
1960s Edward Lorenz, MIT meteorologist, popularized the notion of the butterfly
effect: where a small turbulence, such as a butterfly flapping its wings, can
set in motion atmospheric events that can climax in a hurricane.
(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A6)
1960s Robert B. Leighton (1919-1997) led the team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
for the Mars probes, Mariner IV, VI, and VII. He was the inventor of the Leighton
dishes, a type of telescope that enabled astronomers to analyze an unexplored
area of the electromagnetic spectrum. He also wrote the text "Principles
of Modern Physics."
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)
1960s The black hole in the center of the Milky Way was named Sagittarius A
after it was found to be a compact source of radio waves. It was estimated to
have a mass equal to 2.6 million suns and be about 6 million miles across and
some 26,000 light years away.
(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A6)
1960s On the island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles, turtles became legally
protected in the mid 60s.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, T8)
1960s In Brazil Carlos Marighella and Carlos Lamarca founded revolutionary
groups. They financed their operations by robbing banks and kidnapped foreign
ambassadors as exchange for jailed colleagues.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1960s Many Nepalese migrated to Bhutan for economic reasons.
(Econ, 10/25/03, p.39)
1960-1962 The Stanford Radio Telescope Dish, built by SRI, took three years
to complete. Its mission was to do observational radio science. It participated
in the Pioneer space program and was used to study solar winds.
(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-11)
1960-1962 In China in the famine of this period an estimated 30 million people
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A19)
1960-1963 In Cambodia Prince Norodom Sihanouk repressed the Communist party
and Pol Pot and other leaders fled to the jungle.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A15)
1960-1966 On TV Hanna-Barbera introduced "The Flintstones" animated
cartoon series which ran for a record 166 episodes. This was surpassed in 1997
by "The Simpsons." Jean Vander Pyl (d.1999 at 79) spoke the voice
of Wilma, Pebbles and Mrs. Slate, the wife of Fred's boss. The theme music was
composed by Hoyt Curtin (d.2000 at 78).
(USAT, 1/13/97, p.1D)(SFC, 8/26/98, z1 p.6)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.AC5)(SSFC, 12/10/00, p.C17)
1960-1966 Marina City, a pair of cylindrical apartment towers, was constructed
built. The design was by Bertrand Goldberg (d.1997 at 84).
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A19)
1960-1966 The Ska era of music in Jamaica. The musicians included guitarist
Ernest Ranglin, saxophonist Tommy McCook and trombonist Don Drummond.
(SFEC, 4/26/98, DB p.38)
1960-1967 Bobby Darin, singer, and Sandra Dee, actress, were married. Their
story was later told by their son in the book "Dream Lovers."
(SFEC, 11/10/96, Par p.2)
1960-1969 In 2008 Peter Doggett authored "There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries,
Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s." The title was taken from
the 1971 album by Sly and the Family Stone.
(SFC, 10/3/08, p.E5)
1960-1970 In 2000 Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin authored "America
Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s."
(SFEC, 6/11/00, BR p.2)
1960-1979 The US CIA launched a secret domestic spying program dubbed MHCHAOS
aimed at the US anti-war underground press. The events were later described
in the 1997 book by Angus McKenzie (d.1997): "Secrets: The CIA's War at
1960-1970 The Toyota Motor Company, formed as a division of Toyoda Automatic
Loom Works in the 30s, acquired several competing companies including Hino,
Nippondenso and Daihitsu during the 60s and 70s in a huge expansion that included
marketing more cars overseas. The "Toyota Way," its corporate culture,
embodied 5 elements: Kaizen (continuous improvement), Genchi genbutsu (go to
the source for facts), Challenge, Teamwork, and Respect for other people.
(HNQ, 9/28/00)(Econ, 1/21/06, Survey p.11)
1960s-1970s In Russia Vladimir Soloukhin, writer, published a series of essays
lamenting the loss of ancient monuments. His essays sparked a grassroot interest
in preserving the past and the formation of the All-Russian Society for the
Protection of Monuments of History and Culture (VOOPIK).
(AM, Jul/Aug '97 p.34)
1960s-1973 Thanom Kittikachorn (d.2004) ran Thailand in the 1960s and early
1970s with his son, Col. Narong Kittikachorn, and Narong's father-in-law, Field
Marshal Praphas Charusathien.
1960-1972 Some 90 cancer patients at the Univ. of Cincinnati Gen'l. Hospital
were administered doses of radiation. The project was funded by the Defense
Dept. for data on how radiation might affect troops. A federal judge approved
a $4.3 million settlement in 1997 to the relatives of the patients along with
a government apology.
1960-1990 80 billion tons of carbon was put into the atmosphere. This amount
was equaled in the period from 1860 to 1960.
(NOHY, Weiner, 3/90, p.41)
1960-1990s Peter Schrag, retired editor of the Sacramento Bee, published in
1998 the book "Paradise Lost: California's Experience and America's Future."
In it he brought together the disparate political and social events of the last
four decades in the state.
(SFEC, 2/22/98, Z1 p.3)
1960-1995 Robert Fogel of the Univ. of Chicago argued that America was undergoing
its fourth religious revival and that it started about 1960 and was still continuing.
The period from 1890-1930 marked in his mind the 3rd Great Awakening in America.
This was from his Bradley lecture at the American Enterprise Institute.
(WSJ, 10/6/95, p.A-10)
1960-2000 Madagascar lost half of its forests over this period.
(Econ, 3/1/14, p.94)
1960-2005 The fault line in American politics shifted from class to values.
(Econ, 5/21/05, p.29)
1960-2006 US inflation over this period caused the buying power of $1,000 in
1960 money to match $6,818 in 2006.
(WSJ, 12/16/06, p.S5)
1960-2009 South Korea's fertility rate fell during this period form 6 children
per woman to 1.15.
(Econ, 12/17/11, p.78)