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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 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 May 1960: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1960?


Events

  • 01 May 1960 Russia shoots down American pilot Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.
  • 02 May 1960 Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 03 May 1960 The Off-Broadway musical comedy, The Fantasticks, opens in New York City's Greenwich Village, eventually becoming the longest-running musical of all time.
  • 04 May 1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
  • 06 May 1960 English Prince Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon)
  • 07 May 1960 Christine closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 08 May 1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 09 May 1960 US send U-2 over USSR
  • 10 May 1960 John F Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia
  • 11 May 1960 French liner France launched
  • 12 May 1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
  • 13 May 1960 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • 14 May 1960 At the Drop of a Hat closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • 15 May 1960 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 May 1960 Big four summit in Paris, France collapses as USSR levels spy charges against USA.
  • 17 May 1960 First atomic reactor system to be patented, JW Flora, Canoga Park, California, USA.
  • 18 May 1960 Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turn (for over 30 yrs)
  • 19 May 1960 DJ Alan Freed is accused of bribery in radio payola scandal
  • 20 May 1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • 21 May 1960 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6.
  • 22 May 1960 Virtually all coastal towns between 37th and 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM
  • 23 May 1960 Got A Girl by The Four Preps hits #24
  • 24 May 1960 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • 27 May 1960 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney)
  • 28 May 1960 Greenwillow closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 30 May 1960 Cemal Gürsel forms the new government of Turkey (its 24th government, composed mostly of so-called quottechnocratsquot)

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Release year: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Country: United States of America

Sergeant Rutledge

Sergeant Rutledge

Release year: 1960

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Release year: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

Starring: Jane Wyman, Hayley Mills, Richard Egan, Karl Malden

Country: United States of America

Never on Sunday

Never on Sunday

Release year: 1960

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Titos Vandis

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 1960?
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May This House Be Safe From Tigers by Alexander King

May This House Be Safe From Tigers

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Author: Alexander King. Memoir. Copyright: 1960. Illustrated with 23 original drawings from the author. 373 pages. Hardcover.

Dear And Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear And Glorious Physician

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The world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke. Man of science, and Gospel writer. Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, …

Carp'S Washington by Frank G. Carpenter

Carp'S Washington

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life in washington d.c. in the 1800's.

The Edge Of Day by Laurie Lee

The Edge Of Day

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A boyhood in the west of England: On a lovely June day in 1918, a little boy was standing all alone, lost, among grass which towered menacingly above his head.

Grant Moves South by Bruce Catton

Grant Moves South

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian’s acclaimed Civil War history of the complex man and controversial Union commander whose battlefield brilliance ensured the downfall of the Confederacy Preeminent Civil War historian Bruce