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
  • 01 Apr 1960 The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1960?

Dear And Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear And Glorious Physician


The famous novel about the triumphant story that St. Luke tells. Scientist and Gospel writer. While St. Luke is today best known for writing the third Gospel of New Testament, two thousand years ago, he was Lucanus. He was a …

Poor No More by Robert Ruark

Poor No More


In Very Good Condition. The boards were taped by the previous owner. Tape ghosts on the outsides of boards.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace


A Separate peace, an American classic that has been a great bestseller for more than thirty years, is timeless in its portrayal of adolescence at a time when the country was losing its innocence.

Grant Moves South by Bruce Catton

Grant Moves South


Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce's Civil War history is a highly acclaimed account of the controversial Union commander and complex man who ensured the fall of the Confederacy.

My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn

My Wicked, Wicked Ways


Errol Flynn is a man well-known to millions as the greatest swashbuckler on the silver screen. He was complex and lived an adventurous life that was far beyond the scope of any of his films.