the year 1960
The Year 1960
What happened in 1960? I was born in that year, so I decided to make a lens about 1960. It was a transition year from the fun, clean 1950s to the turmoil and political change that was going on. I hope you enjoy reading some things about the year 1960 and its place in history. If you were also born in 1960, please leave a note below if you were born around 1960!
Famous people born in 1960
Who else was born in 1960?
Here are just a few of the more famous people born in 1960. Some of these names may bring back some memories.
January 6 - Howie Long
January 12 - Dominique Wilkins
January 29 - Greg Louganis
February 14 - Jim Kelly
# February 19 - Prince Andrew, Duke of York
March 7 - Ivan Lendl
March 14 - Kirby Puckett
March 26 - Marcus Allen
April 14 - Brad Garrett
April 23 - Valerie Bertinelli
May 6 - Roma Downey
May 10 - Bono
June 6 - Steve Vai
June 28 - John Elway
August 1 - Chuck D
August 14 - Sarah Brightman
August 17 - Sean Penn
August 24 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
August 26 - Branford Marsalis
September 9 - Hugh Grant
September 22 - Joan Jett
October 18 - Jean-Claude Van Damme
October 30 - Diego Armando Maradona
November 3 - Karch Kiraly
November 25 - Amy Grant
November 25 - John F. Kennedy, Jr.
1960 The start of a turbulent but very cool decade.
Perhaps the 1960s is the last truly decade that was defined. Proceeding decades seem to just morph from one to the next.
Political Events and People of 1960
January 2-John F. Kennedy announces he is running for president.
February 1- 4 black college students protest not being served at a Woolworth's lunch counter.
February 12- France tests their first nuclear bomb.
March 6-The first 3500 United Soldiers are to be sent to Vietnam.
April 21-Brazil changes its capital city from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia.
May 1-The Soviet Union shoots down a spy plane from the United States and captures the pilot, Francis Powers.
May 6-The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed into law by President Eisenhower.
May 10-The United States submarine, the USS Triton, is the first submarine to go around the world completely submerged.
May 15- The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
July 1-A Soviet fighter place shoots down 4 Americans aboard a RB-47 plane. Two Americans survive and are imprisoned.
July 13-John F. Kennedy is nominated as the democratic nominee for president in Los Angeles.
July 21-Sri Lanka(Ceylon at the time) makes world history as it elects the first female head of a country ever to be elected.
July 21-Woolworth's lunch counters agree to serve black customers and does it for the first time.
July 25-Richard Nixon is nominated for president by the republicans in Chicago.
August 17-19-The captured pilot, Francis Powers is found guilty by the Soviet Union and sentenced to 10 years.
August 19-The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 5, complete with dogs, mice, and rats who all return safely.
September 14-OPEC is formed. The founding members are Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
September 26-The first televised presidential debate happens between Nixon and Kennedy.
October 26-Martin Luther King jr., is released from a jail in Atlanta, Georgia. He was in on a traffic violation and Robert Kennedy helped get his release.
November 8-John F. Kennedy is elected president.
(Note: He is not president until 1961)
December 5-The Supreme Court decides that segregation is illegal in public transportation.
1960 and Sports Headlines
The world of sports in 1960
Jim Rathmann wins the Indy 500.
Junior Johnson wins the Daytona 500.
Rex White is NASCAR champion.
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the New York Yankes 4 games to 3 to win the World Series.
California is defeated by Ohio State in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Boston Celtics defeat the St. Louis Hawks to win the NBA title.
Squaw Valley, California hosts the 1960 Winter Olympics. Carol Heiss of the United States is the woman's gold medal winner in figure skating. The American men win the gold medal in hockey.
Rome hosts the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Cassius Clay wins the gold medal.
Floyd Patterson wins the heavy weight boxing championship by defeating Ingemar Johansson,
Tour de France is won by Italian Gastone Nencini.
Minnesota wins the NCAA football championship.
The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Green Bay Packers for the NFL title.
Houston beats San Diego for the AFL championship.
Arnold Palmer wins the Masters and the US Open.
Venetian Way wins the Kentucky Derby.
Montreal defeats Toronto for the Stanley Cup.
Neale Fraser (Australia) wins Wimbledon.
Rafer Johnson and Wilma Rudolph are named Athlete's of the Year.