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Major Events of 1960

1960 (Roman Numerals: MCMLX) was the 60th year of the 20th century. 1960 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1960.
News Events of 1960

American U-2 spy plane shot down over Soviet Union.

Elvis Presley discharged from US Army.

Elvis Presley

The capital of Brazil becomes the new purpose-built city, Brasilia.


Sharpeville Massacre: Africans protesting against the Apartheid "Pass Laws" are shot in South Africa at Sharpeville.

France tests her first atomic bomb.

Atomic Bomb

FDA approves sale of birth control pill in the USA.

Independent Somalia formed from ex-British and ex-Italian protectorates.

Cyprus, Nigeria independent from UK.

Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), Benin, Niger, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Chad become independent from France.

Islamabad declared the capital of Pakistan.

Echo I, the first communications satellite is launched.

First successful kidney transplant performed.

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) founded.

European Free Trade Association (EFTA) established.

CERN's first particle accelerator becomes operational at Geneva, Switzerland.

The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes the first underwater circumnavigation of the globe.

Penguin Books found not guilty of obscenity for publishing D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover.

First eight stars are installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

National Liberation Front of Vietnam (the Vietcong) founded.

US launches Transit 1-B, the world's first satellite navigation system.

Sports in 1960
  • Olympic Games:

    • 1960 Summer Olympics (Games of the XVII Olympiad): Rome, Italy

    • 1960 Winter Olympics (VIII Olympic Winter Games): Squaw valley, USA

    • Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) wins the Olympic gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing.

      Muhammad Ali

  • Baseball:

    1960 World Series

    • Winning Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

    • Losing Team: New York Yankees

  • Boxing:

  • Soccer:

    1960 European Cup:

    • Winners: Real Madrid

    • Runners-Up: Eintracht Frankfurt

1960 Was Designated As
  • Year of Africa

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