April 1960 calendar

April 1960

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1960.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1960: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1960?


  • 01 Apr 1960 2nd French atom bomb explodes
  • 02 Apr 1960 Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • 04 Apr 1960 32nd Academy Awards - Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston, and Simone Signoret win.
  • 08 Apr 1960 Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties.
  • 09 Apr 1960 South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle.
  • 10 Apr 1960 US Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill.
  • 11 Apr 1960 First weather satellite launched (Tiros 1).
  • 12 Apr 1960 Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for Glass
  • 13 Apr 1960 Transit 1B, first navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit.
  • 14 Apr 1960 Bye Bye Birdie opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances
  • 15 Apr 1960 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw University.
  • 16 Apr 1960 The gunman David Pratt shoots South African Prime Minister Henrik Verwoerd in Johannesburg, wounding him seriously.
  • 17 Apr 1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government.
  • 19 Apr 1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54.
  • 20 Apr 1960 From A to Z opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 21 Apr 1960 Founding of the Orthodox Baha'i Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 24 Apr 1960 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker and Fiorello! win.
  • 25 Apr 1960 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed
  • 26 Apr 1960 Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after twelve years of dictatorial rule.
  • 27 Apr 1960 Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French adm
  • 28 Apr 1960 Christine opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 12 performances

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1960?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Theme From A Summer Place
  2. - Stuck On You
  3. - Wild One
  4. - Puppy Love
  5. - Greenfields

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - My Old Man's A Dustman
  2. - Cathy's Clown
  3. - Do You Mind?
  4. - Someone Else's Baby
  5. - Fall In Love With You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Cloud-Capped Star

The Cloud-Capped Star

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak

Starring: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Michael Powell

Starring: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Country: United States of America

Les Bonnes Femmes

Les Bonnes Femmes

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Claude Chabrol

Starring: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran, Lucile Saint-Simon

The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Basil Dearden

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Brian Levant


Which were the most popular books released in April 1960?
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The Status Seekers by Vance Packard

The Status Seekers


"An explosive exploration into class behavior in America and hidden barriers that impact you, your community and your future."

The Enemy Within by Robert F. Kennedy

The Enemy Within


This is the compelling, authoritative account of one the most successful, consummate, and famous Senate investigations in modern Congressional History.

The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan

The Longest Day


This is the classic account of the Allied invasion in Normandy.

Clea by Lawrence Durrell



Justine (Alexandria Quartet) [ JUSTINE (ALEXANDRIA QUARTET) ] By Durrell, Lawrence ( Author )Jul-12-1991 Paperback

I Kid You Not by Jack Paar

I Kid You Not


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