1960

1960 was the year known as the year of Africa.

1960

Seventeen countries gained their independence from their colonial masters, through armed struggle. A charismatic John F. Kennedy presented to the American people an ambitious domestic agenda, where he sought to oust inequality and injustice. In this year, Elvis Presley released his tenth studio album named Elvis Is Back!

By 1960, the United States of America was at the height of civil rights freedom marches. Coincidentally the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first artificially produced birth control pill in the world. The pill took six years undergoing clinical tests and approved on May 9.

Twelve days later on May 21, the first tremor of an earthquake hit the Valdivia city in Chile. The series of earthquakes started with a 7.6 magnitude and followed by an 8.5 magnitude quake. The cause of the earthquakes was the Nazca oceanic plate plunged 50 feet below the South American plate. The effects were massive landslides down the nearby mountains. At twenty minutes past four, a 26-foot wave hit the coast taking with it buildings and other structures as it receded. A few moments later, a 35-foot wave rolled into the shore, and it killed more people than a thousand people. An estimated 5000 died and 2 million people left homeless.

In a rather bizarre incident, two planes collided over New York City on the snowy morning of December 16. The incident left 134 people dead, both in the airplanes as well as on the ground. When the debris landed, it took 72 hours to put out the multiple fires.

Unbeknownst to many people, the establishment of the American Football League (AFL) was in 1960 and meant to rival the National Football League (NFL). Finally, the American toy inventor, Randi Altschul was born in 1960.

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Movies

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Psycho

Psycho

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Country: United States of America

The Apartment

The Apartment

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Country: United States of America

Rocco and His Brothers

Rocco and His Brothers

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale

Country: United States of America

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Country: United States of America

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Country: United States of America

Books

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How I Made $2,000,000 In The Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas

How I Made $2,000,000 In The Stock Market

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2011 reprint of 1960 edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Hungarian by birth, Nicolas Darvas trained as an economist at the University of Budapest.

I Kid You Not by Jack Paar

I Kid You Not

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Who is Jack Parr? I Kid You Not is the answer to this question by the one who has the inside story -- Jack Parr.

Advise And Consent by Allen Drury

Advise And Consent

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Advise And Consent

Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

Folk Medicine

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In an essential work for any sufferer of the debilitating illness, the best-selling author of Folk Medicine focuses his extraordinary talents on providing natural and effective remedies for

The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase

The Lovely Ambition

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“Readers who have come to expect Miss Chase to provide stunning evocations of time and place, particularly of nineteenth-century Maine, will not be disappointed by The Lovely Ambition.”

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1960 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. David
  2. Michael
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda
  4. Karen
  5. Donna
  6. Lisa
  7. Patricia
  8. Debra
  9. Cynthia
  10. Deborah
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1960?


Events

  • 01 Jan US census at 179,245,000
  • 02 Jan John F Kennedy announces run for US Presidency
  • 04 Jan European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 05 Jan Continental League, a proposed third major baseball league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating.
  • 06 Jan National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami.
  • 07 Jan The Polaris missile is test launched.
  • 09 Jan Building of Aswan dam in Egypt begins.
  • 10 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz.
  • 11 Jan Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts.
  • 12 Jan Sobers and Worrell complete 399 stand for fourth wicket versus England.
  • 14 Jan US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
  • 17 Jan NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21.
  • 18 Jan US and Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • 19 Jan Eisenhower and Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
  • 20 Jan Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
  • 21 Jan Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia with Miss Sam, a female rhesus monkey on board.
  • 22 Jan Coal mine of Johnburg caves-in, 417 die
  • 23 Jan Bathosphere Trieste reach bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • 24 Jan Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the ''barricades week'', during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.
  • 25 Jan In Washington, D.C., the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
  • 26 Jan High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • 28 Jan NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) and Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises.
  • 30 Jan CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • 31 Jan Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress / singer Phyllis Newman in New York City
  • 01 Feb 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
  • 02 Feb Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss.
  • 03 Feb British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the ''a wind of change'' of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government is likely to support decolonisation.
  • 04 Feb BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • 05 Feb The first CERN particle accelerator becomes operational in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 07 Feb Old handwriting found at Qumran, near the Dead Sea.
  • 08 Feb US Congress opens hearings looking into payola.
  • 09 Feb AFL and NFL agree verbally to a no-tampering pact.
  • 10 Feb Unsinkable Molly Brown closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • 11 Feb Jack Paar walks off his TV show.
  • 12 Feb Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers.
  • 13 Feb Beg, Borrow or Steal opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 14 Feb Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Saint Petersburg Golf Open.
  • 16 Feb US nuclear submarine USS Triton sets off on underwater round-world trip.
  • 18 Feb 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, Colorado
  • 19 Feb Protest strike in Poznan, Poland.
  • 21 Feb Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open.
  • 24 Feb US beats Germany in Olympics hockey finals round, 9-1.
  • 26 Feb Soviet premier Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia.
  • 27 Feb US Olympics Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal.
  • 28 Feb 8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, Colorado
  • 29 Feb KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 03 Mar 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5)
  • 04 Mar Lucille Ball files for divorce from Desi Arnaz.
  • 05 Mar Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army
  • 07 Mar Dutch Builders strike for CLA
  • 08 Mar Greenwillow opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 95 performances
  • 09 Mar Dr. Belding Hibbard Scribner implants for the first time a shunt he invented into a patient, which allows the patient to receive hemodialysis on a regular basis.
  • 10 Mar USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing.
  • 11 Mar Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth and Venus.
  • 13 Mar Fay Crocker wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 14 Mar Fourteen die in a train crash in Bakersfield, California, USA.
  • 15 Mar National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated.
  • 17 Mar Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
  • 19 Mar Redhead closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 455 performances
  • 21 Mar Apartheid: Massacre in Sharpeville, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.
  • 22 Mar AL Schawlow and C H Townes obtain patent for the laser
  • 23 Mar Explorer (8) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 24 Mar US appeals court rules D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterly's Lover not obscene.
  • 25 Mar Ford Frick voids Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox deal as Sam White retires.
  • 26 Mar Orioles-Reds series for Havana, is moved to Miami
  • 27 Mar Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open.
  • 28 Mar Pope John raises the first Japanese, first African, and first Filipino cardinals.
  • 29 Mar ''Tom Pillibi'' by Jacqueline Boyer (music by André Popp, text by Pierre Cour) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 for France.
  • 01 Apr 2nd French atom bomb explodes (Sahara)
  • 02 Apr Cuba buys oil from USSR
  • 04 Apr 32nd Academy Awards - Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston, and Simone Signoret win.
  • 08 Apr Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties.
  • 09 Apr South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle.
  • 10 Apr US Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill.
  • 11 Apr First weather satellite launched (Tiros 1).
  • 12 Apr Bert Haanstra wins Oscar for Glass
  • 13 Apr Transit 1B, first navigational satellite, placed in Earth orbit.
  • 14 Apr Bye Bye Birdie opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 607 performances
  • 15 Apr Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), organizes at Shaw University.
  • 16 Apr The gunman David Pratt shoots South African Prime Minister Henrik Verwoerd in Johannesburg, wounding him seriously.
  • 17 Apr American Samoa sets up a constitutional government.
  • 19 Apr 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54.
  • 20 Apr From A to Z opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 21 Apr Founding of the Orthodox Baha'i Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 24 Apr 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker and Fiorello! win.
  • 25 Apr 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
  • 26 Apr Forced out by the April Revolution, President of South Korea Syngman Rhee resigns after twelve years of dictatorial rule.
  • 27 Apr Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French adm
  • 28 Apr Christine opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 01 May Russia shoots down American pilot Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.
  • 02 May Harry Belafonte 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • 03 May 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 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
  • 06 May English Prince Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon)
  • 07 May Christine closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 08 May Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open.
  • 09 May US send U-2 over USSR
  • 10 May John F Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia
  • 11 May French liner France launched
  • 12 May Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
  • 13 May WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • 14 May At the Drop of a Hat closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • 15 May KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 16 May Big four summit in Paris, France collapses as USSR levels spy charges against USA.
  • 17 May First atomic reactor system to be patented, JW Flora, Canoga Park, California, USA.
  • 18 May Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turn (for over 30 yrs)
  • 19 May DJ Alan Freed is accused of bribery in radio payola scandal
  • 20 May Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • 21 May 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6.
  • 22 May Virtually all coastal towns between 37th and 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM
  • 23 May Got A Girl by The Four Preps hits #24
  • 24 May 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • 27 May 1st use of oversized catching mitt (Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney)
  • 28 May Greenwillow closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • 30 May Cemal Gürsel forms the new government of Turkey (its 24th government, composed mostly of so-called quottechnocratsquot)
  • 01 Jun WDTV TV channel 5 in Clarksburg-Weston, WV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jun Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)
  • 05 Jun George Gobel Show, last airs on CBS-TV
  • 06 Jun Steve Allen Show, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 07 Jun U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy wins the California Democratic primary.
  • 08 Jun Argentine government demands release of Adolf Eichmann
  • 09 Jun ABC and AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • 11 Jun 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
  • 12 Jun KORN (now KDLT) TV channel 5 in Mitchell-Sioux Falls, SD (ABC) begins
  • 13 Jun Alley-Oop by Dyna-Sores peaks at #59
  • 15 Jun Angel Cordero wins his 1st of over 7000 horse races
  • 16 Jun Psycho, opens in New York
  • 17 Jun Fire consumes the El Rancho Vegas casino resort, on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • 18 Jun Destry Rides Again closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 472 performances
  • 19 Jun Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • 20 Jun 12nd Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack and Jane Wyatt
  • 21 Jun Armin Hary runs world record 100m (10.0)
  • 23 Jun Pat Boone Show, last airs on ABC-TV
  • 24 Jun Joseph Kasavubu is elected as the first President of the independent Congo.
  • 25 Jun Earthquake in NE Belgium
  • 26 Jun Hall of Fame allows veteran committee to vote annually
  • 27 Jun British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • 28 Jun 10.40 (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
  • 29 Jun Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 30 Jun US stops sugar import from Cuba
  • 01 Jul British Somaliland becomes Somalia
  • 02 Jul Once Upon a Mattress closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 03 Jul Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot
  • 04 Jul 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • 05 Jul Mongolia adopts constitution
  • 06 Jul Dr Barbara Moore completes a 3,207-mile walk from Los Angeles to New York City.
  • 07 Jul Neth-US cemetery Margraten official opens
  • 08 Jul Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.
  • 10 Jul Belgium sends troops to Congo
  • 11 Jul 28th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-3 at Municipal Stadium, Kansas City
  • 12 Jul Congo, Chad and Central African Republic declare independence
  • 13 Jul 29th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • 14 Jul Barbara Romack wins LPGA Leesburg Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 16 Jul George Crowe sets record of 12 pinch-hit home runs with a runner on.
  • 18 Jul 1st UN troops reach Congo
  • 19 Jul San Francisco Giants' Juan Marichal debuts, with a one hitter against Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 20 Jul Sirima Bandaranaike becomes 1st female Premier of Ceylon
  • 21 Jul Francis Chichester arrive in New York aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
  • 22 Jul Cuba nationalizes all US owned sugar factories
  • 24 Jul 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone Country Club - Akron
  • 25 Jul US Republican Convention nominates Nixon as presidential candidate
  • 26 Jul Italian government of Fanfani forms
  • 27 Jul VP Nixon nominated for President at Republican Convention in Chicago
  • 28 Jul Republican National convention selects Richard Nixon as candidate
  • 31 Jul KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 01 Aug Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
  • 03 Aug Niger gains independence from France.
  • 04 Aug Rocket propelled US Air Force research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH.
  • 05 Aug Burkina (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 06 Aug Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • 07 Aug Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • 08 Aug Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini hits #1
  • 09 Aug Race riot in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
  • 10 Aug Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned first object from space.
  • 11 Aug French colony of Chad became independent
  • 12 Aug 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 13 Aug Central African Republic and Chad proclaim independence from France
  • 15 Aug Congo (formerly Congo / Brazzaville) declares Independence from France
  • 16 Aug Republic of Congo (Zaire, Dem Republic of Congo) forms
  • 17 Aug Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow
  • 18 Aug 1st commercial oral contraceptive, Enovid 10 debuts in Skokie, Illinois
  • 19 Aug Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)
  • 20 Aug USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space
  • 22 Aug Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open
  • 24 Aug 60 people die when bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil.
  • 25 Aug 17th summer olympics opens in Rome
  • 27 Aug Anita Lonsbrough swims world / olympic record 200m (2:49.5)
  • 29 Aug Jordan Premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • 30 Aug Boston 2nd baseman Pete Runnels goes 6-for-7
  • 31 Aug Agricultural Hall of Fame established.
  • 01 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • 02 Sep Tamara and Irina Press (USSR) become 1st sisters to win olympic gold
  • 05 Sep President Kasavubu fires Premier Lumumba of Congo
  • 06 Sep William Hamilton Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell, two American cryptologists, announce their defection to the Soviet Union at a press conference in Moscow.
  • 07 Sep Ljudmila Shevcova runs female olympic record 800m (2:04.3)
  • 08 Sep German DR limits access to East-Berlin for West Berliners
  • 09 Sep 4th American Football League plays first game (Denver 13, Boston 10).
  • 10 Sep Abebe Bikila runs Olympic / World record marathon (2:15:16.2)
  • 11 Sep 17th Olympic games close in Rome Italy
  • 13 Sep Dutch 1st Chamber condemns soccer-law
  • 14 Sep Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form OPEC
  • 15 Sep France spends 9 billion guilders on atomic experiments
  • 16 Sep Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at age 98.
  • 17 Sep Cuba nationalizes American-owned banks.
  • 18 Sep Mickey Wright wins LPGA Memphis Golf Open
  • 20 Sep WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 22 Sep Mali (formerly French Sudan) declares independence from France
  • 24 Sep 1st nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, launches (USS Enterprise)
  • 25 Sep 1st Atomic powered aircraft carrier (Enterprise) launched (US)
  • 26 Sep 1st of 4 TV debates Nixon and Kennedy took place (Chicago)
  • 28 Sep Millionaire, last airs on CBS-TV
  • 29 Sep Johnny Ringo, TV Western Drama
  • 30 Sep West Germany signs trade agreement with East Germany
  • 01 Oct 14th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 2-1 at Montreal
  • 02 Oct Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Tournament
  • 03 Oct Janio Quadros elected President of Brazil
  • 04 Oct Courier 1B launched; first active repeater satellite in orbit.
  • 05 Oct British Labour party demands unilateral nuclear disarmament
  • 07 Oct Route 66 premieres
  • 08 Oct Bobby Richarson hits a world series grand slammer (World Series #57).
  • 09 Oct Cowboy QB Eddie LeBaron throws shortest touchdown pass (2)
  • 10 Oct Laughs & Other Events opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 11 Oct Hurricane ravages East-Pakistan (6,000 die)
  • 12 Oct Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe at United Nations General Assembly session.
  • 13 Oct Nikita Khrushchev (PM USSR) bangs his shoe on table at UN
  • 14 Oct Belgian sen Victor Leemans reveals huge gas field in Groningen
  • 15 Oct Laughs & Other Events closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 16 Oct NL votes to admit Houston and New York to league
  • 17 Oct Tenderloin opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 216 performances
  • 18 Oct In Britain, News Chronicle and Daily Mail merge, and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
  • 19 Oct KWCS (now KOOG) TV channel 30 in Ogden, UT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Oct Ralph Houk replaces Casey Stengel as New York Yankees manager.
  • 21 Oct 1st British nuclear sub Dreadnought launched
  • 22 Oct Cassius Clay wins 1st battle as professional boxer
  • 24 Oct Disaster on USSR (Baikonoer) launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash
  • 25 Oct Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses
  • 26 Oct AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins and announces franchises in LA and Washington DC for 1961
  • 27 Oct AL admits LA and Washington to the league
  • 29 Oct Chartered C46 carrying California State's football team crashes, kills 16.
  • 30 Oct Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • 01 Nov Balitmore Oriole shortstop Ron Hansen voted AL Rookie of Year
  • 02 Nov George Weiss, at 66, resigns as GM of New York Yankees
  • 03 Nov Unsinkable Molly Brown opens at Winter Garden NYC for 532 performances
  • 04 Nov Misfits premieres, final movie for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe
  • 07 Nov KNRR TV channel 12 in Pembina, ND (IND) begins broadcsting
  • 08 Nov JFK (Sen-D-Mass) beats VP Richard Nixon (R) for 35th US President
  • 11 Nov Largest New York Knicks' 49th Steet Madison Square Gardens crowd-18,499.
  • 12 Nov Coup against South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem fails
  • 13 Nov Fire in movie theater kills 152 children (Amude, Spain).
  • 14 Nov OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), forms
  • 15 Nov USS G Washington, 1st sub with nuclear ballistic missiles, launched
  • 16 Nov NL batting champion Dick Groat wins MVP
  • 17 Nov New Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada
  • 18 Nov Charlie Finley, makes a bid to purchase expansion LA Angels
  • 19 Nov Mickey Vernon is hired as 1st manager of new Washington team
  • 21 Nov Bob Scheffing signs to manage Tigers after Casey Stengel turns it down
  • 22 Nov French National Meeting decide to build own nuclear weapons
  • 23 Nov Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 24 Nov Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record).
  • 25 Nov CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone and 2nd Mrs Burton) and cancels 4 other series
  • 26 Nov 48th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 16-6
  • 27 Nov CBS radio cancels Have Gun Will Travel
  • 28 Nov CBS radio expands hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes
  • 29 Nov 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Bellino, Navy (HB)
  • 30 Nov French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons
  • 01 Dec Patrice Lumumba caught in the Congo
  • 03 Dec Camelot opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances
  • 04 Dec The admission of Mauritania to the United Nations vetoed by the Soviet Union for inscrutable reasons.
  • 05 Dec Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium.
  • 06 Dec AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 07 Dec Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • 08 Dec Expansion Los Angeles Angels sign a four-year lease to use Dodger Stadium.
  • 09 Dec 1st broadcast of Coronation Street on British ITV
  • 11 Dec Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die.
  • 12 Dec The Supreme Court of the United States upholds a lower Federal Court ruling that the State of Louisiana's laws on racial segregation laws are unconstitutional, and overturns them.
  • 13 Dec Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane.
  • 14 Dec Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) forms.
  • 15 Dec Richard Paul Pavlick is arrested for attempting to blow up and assassinate the U.S. President-Elect, John F. Kennedy only four days earlier.
  • 16 Dec Wildcat opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • 17 Dec La Plume de Ma Tante closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • 18 Dec General Meeting of United Nations condemns apartheid.
  • 19 Dec Fire aboard USS Constellation, under construction in Brooklyn, New York (50 die).
  • 20 Dec National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam is formed.
  • 23 Dec King Saudi of Saudi-Arabia takes power.
  • 24 Dec Dutch bishops question papacy values.
  • 26 Dec Do Re Mi opens at St. James Theater NYC for 400 performances
  • 27 Dec France sets off its third A-bomb test at its nuclear weapons testing range near Reggane, Algeria.
  • 31 Dec The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.