|Centuries:||19th century – 20th century – 21st century|
|Decades:||1930s 1940s 1950s – 1960s – 1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Years:||1957 1958 1959 – 1960 – 1961 1962 1963|
See also January 1960
- January â€“ The state of emergency is lifted in Kenya, officially ending the Mau Mau Uprising.
- January 1 â€“ Cameroon gains its independence.
- January 2 â€“ U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
- January 9â€“11 â€“ Aswan High Dam construction begins in Egypt.
- January 10 â€“ British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech for the first time (see February 3).
- January 14 â€“ The Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia.
- January 19 â€“ The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed in Washington, DC.
- January 21 â€“ A mine collapses at Coalbrook, South Africa, killing 500.
- January 22
- January 24 â€“ A major insurrection occurs in Algiers against French colonial policy.
- January 25 â€“ In Washington, DC, the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
- January 30 â€“ The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.
See also February 1960
- February 1 â€“ In Greensboro, North Carolina, four black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter. Although they are refused service, they are allowed to stay at the counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the Southern United States, and 6 months later the original 4 protesters are served lunch at the same counter.
- February 3 â€“ Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan makes the Wind of Change speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town (although he had first made the speech, to little publicity, in Accra, Gold Coast â€“ now Ghana â€“ on January 10).
- February 5 â€“ The CERN particle accelerator is inaugurated in Geneva, Switzerland.
- February 9
- February 10 â€“ A conference about the independence of the Belgian Congo begins in Brussels.
- February 11
- February 13 â€“ France tests its first atomic bomb in the Sahara.
- February 18 â€“ The 1960 Winter Olympics open in Squaw Valley, California.
- February 29 â€“ An earthquake completely destroys Agadir, Morocco.
See also March 1960
- March 3 â€“ Elvis Presley returns home from Germany, after being away on duty for 2 years.
- March 6
- March 17 â€“ Northwest Airlines Flight 710 crashes near Tell City, Indiana, killing all 63 on board.
- March 21 â€“ The Sharpeville massacre in South Africa results in more than 69 dead, 300 injured.
- March 22 â€“ Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
- March 23 â€“ Nikita Khrushchev meets Charles De Gaulle in Paris.
- March 25 â€“ Tom Pillibi by Jacqueline Boyer (music by AndrÃ© Popp, text by Pierre Cour) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1960 for France.
See also April 1960
- April 1
- April 4
- April 12 â€“ Eric Peugeot, youngest son of the founder of Peugeot, is kidnapped in Paris (he is released April 15 in exchange for $300,000 ransom).
- April 13
- April 16 â€“ Gunman David Pratt attacks South African Prime Minister Henrik Verwoerd in Johannesburg, wounding him seriously.
- April 17 â€“ Russwood Park, a baseball stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, burns to the ground from a fire shortly after a Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians game.
- April 19 â€“ April Revolution: South Korean students hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually leading him to resign.
- April 21 â€“ In Brazil, the country's capital (Federal District) is shifted from the city of Rio de Janeiro to BrasÃlia. The city of Rio de Janeiro becomes Guanabara State.
- April 27 â€“ Togo gains independence from French-administered U.N. trusteeship.
See also May 1960
- May 1
- May 4 â€“ West German refugee minister Theodor OberlÃ¤nder is fired because of his Nazi past.
- May 6 â€“ President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law.
- May 9 â€“ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces that it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making it the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
- May 10 â€“ The nuclear submarine USS Triton, under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr., completes the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.
- May 11 â€“ In Buenos Aires, 4 Mossad agents abduct fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was using the alias "Ricardo Klement".
- May 13 â€“ A Swiss/Austrian expedition makes the first ascent of Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest mountain.
- May 14 â€“ The Kenyan African National Congress Party is founded in Kenya, when 3 political parties join forces.
- May 15 â€“ Sputnik 4 is launched into Earth orbit.
- May 16
- May 20 â€“ In Japan, police carry away Socialist members of the Diet; Parliament then approves a security treaty with the United States.
- May 22 â€“ Great Chilean Earthquake: Chile's subduction fault ruptures from Talcahuano to Taitao Peninsula, causing a tsunami and one of the greatest earthquakes on record. Seismographs in Valdivia crash.
- May 23 â€“ Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured.
- May 27 â€“ In Turkey, a bloodless military coup d'Ã©tat removes President Celal Bayar and installs General Cemal GÃ¼rsel as head of state.
See also June 1960
- June 1 â€“ New Zealand's first television transmission occurs when a switch is flicked in Shortland Street, Auckland.
- June 4 â€“ The Lake Bodom murders occur in Finland.
- June 7 â€“ U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy wins the California Democratic primary.
- June 9 â€“ Typhoon Mary kills 1,600 people in the Fukien province of China.
- June 15
- June 19 â€“ The Associated Broadcasting Company is founded in the Philippines.
- June 20 â€“ The Mali Federation between Senegal and the Sudanese Republic (now Mali) gains independence from France.
- June 23 â€“ Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi announces his resignation.
- June 24
- June 26 â€“ British Somaliland gains independence from the United Kingdom; 5 days later it unites with the former Italian Somaliland to create the modern Somali Republic.
- June 28 â€“ The University of Novi Sad is founded in Yugoslavia.
- June 29 â€“ The Kanlaon Broadcasting System (KBS), the fourth TV station in the Philippines, is launched.
- June 30
See also July 1960
- July 1
- Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom ceases to be the head of state.
- A Soviet MiG fighter north of Murmansk in the Barents Sea shoots down a 6-man RB-47. Two United States Air Force officers survive and are imprisoned in Moscow's dreaded Lubyanka prison.
- Italian Somaliland gains its independence from Italy, 5 days after British Somaliland.
- July 4 â€“ Following the admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state the previous year, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- July 10 â€“ The Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia 2â€“1 to win the first European Football Championship.
- July 11
- July 12 â€“ Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
- July 13 â€“ U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.
- July 14 â€“ The United Nations decides to send troops to Katanga to oversee Belgian troop withdrawal.
- July 20 â€“ Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government.
- July 21 â€“ Francis Chichester, English navigator and yachtsman, arrives in New York aboard Gypsy Moth II, having made a record solo Atlantic crossing in 40 days.
- July 25 - [[The Woolworth's counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, the subject of a sit-in which sparked sit-ins and pickets across the southern United States in February 1960, serves its first black customer.
- July 25â€“28 â€“ In Chicago, the Republican National Convention nominates U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon for President and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. for Vice President.
- July 27 â€“ The OECD is founded in Paris.
- August 1 â€“ Benin becomes independent from France, under the name Dahomey.
- August 5 â€“ Burkina Faso (Upper Volta) declares independence from France.
- August 6
- August 7 â€“ CÃ´te d'Ivoire becomes independent.
- August 11 â€“ Chad becomes independent.
- August 13 â€“ Central African Republic becomes independent.
- August 15 â€“ Congo-Brazzaville becomes independent.
- August 16
- Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). He sets unbeaten (as of) world records for: high-altitude jump; free-fall by falling 16 miles (25.7 km) before opening his parachute; and fastest speed by a human without motorized assistance, 982 km/h (614 mi/h).
- Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- August 17
- August 19
- Cold War: In Moscow, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.
- Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 5, with the dogs Belka and Strelka (Russian for "Squirrel" and "Little Arrow"), 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The spacecraft returns to earth the next day and all animals are recovered safely.
- August 20 â€“ Senegal breaks away from the Mali Federation, declaring independence.
- August 25
- August 29 â€“ Hurricane Donna kills 50 in Florida and New England.
- September 1
- Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah, Sultan of Selangor and 2nd Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, dies in office. He is replaced by Tuanku Syed Putra, Raja of Perlis.
- Disgruntled railroad workers effectively halt operations of the Pennsylvania Railroad, marking the first shutdown in the company's history (the event lasts 2 days).
- September 2 â€“ The first elections of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration are held. The Tibetan community observes this date as Democracy Day.
- September 5
- September 8 â€“ In Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center (activated by NASA on July 1).
- September 14
- September 22 â€“ Mali, sole remaining member of the Mali Federation following the withdrawal of Senegal a month earlier, declares full independence as the Republic of Mali.
- September 26 â€“ The 2 leading U.S. presidential candidates, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in the first televised presidential debate.
- October 1 â€“ Nigeria gains independence; Nnamdi Azikiwe is the first native Governor General.
- October 3 â€“ JÃ¢nio Quadros is elected president of Brazil for a 5-year term.
- October 5 â€“ White South Africans vote to make the country a republic.
- October 7 â€“ Nigeria becomes the 99th Member of the United Nations.
- October 12
- October 14 â€“ U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggests the idea for the Peace Corps.
- October 24 â€“ A rocket explodes in the Baikonur Space Center during fueling, killing 91. Zambia gains independence from the United Kindom
- October 26 â€“ Robert F. Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and secures his release from jail on a traffic violation in Atlanta, Georgia.
- October 29 â€“ In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
- October 30 â€“ Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom, at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
- November 2 â€“ Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.
- November 5 â€“ Joe Grech, Maltese Singer, wins the 1st. Malta Song Festival (b. 1934)
- November 8 â€“ United States presidential election, 1960: In a close race, John F. Kennedy is elected over Richard M. Nixon, becoming (at 43) the youngest man elected President.
- November 13 â€“ Sammy Davis, Jr. marries Swedish actress May Britt.
- November 14
- November 15 â€“ The Polaris missile is test-launched.
- November 22 â€“ The United Nations supports the government of Joseph Kasavubu and Joseph Mobutu in the Congo.
- November 24 â€“ Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain grabs 55 rebounds.
- November 25 - 32 years until Mandy is born :D.
- November 28 â€“ Mauritania becomes independent of France.
- November 30 â€“ Production of the DeSoto automobile brand ceases.
- December 1
- December 2
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, talks with Pope John XXIII for about an hour in the Vatican. It is the first time in more than 500 years that a head of the Anglican Church had visited the Pope in England.
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the use of $1M for the relief and resettlement of Cuban refugees, who have been arriving in Florida at the rate of 1,000 a week.
- December 4 â€“ The admission to the United Nations of Mauritania is vetoed by the USSR.
- December 5
- December 7 â€“ The United Nations Security Council is called into session by the Soviet Union, to consider Soviet demands that the U.N. seek the immediate release of former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba.
- December 9
- French President Charles de Gaulle's visit to Algeria is marked by bloody European and Muslim mob riots by in Algeria's largest cities, resulting in 127 deaths.
- The first episode of the long-running drama Coronation Street airs. It was originally planned to be a 16-part drama but became such a success that it is still running 5 times or more per week.
- December 12
- December 13
- While Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard revolts against his rule, proclaiming the emperor's son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, as Emperor.
- Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras found the Central American Common Market.
- Navy Commander Leroy Heath (Pilot) and Lieutenant Larry Monroe (Bombardier/Navigator) establish a world altitude record of 91,450.8 feet (27,874.2 metres) in an A3J Vigilante carrying a 1,000 kilogram payload, besting the previous record by over 4 miles.
- December 14
- December 15
- December 16
- U.S. Secretary of State Christian Herter announces that the United States will commit 5 atomic submarines and 80 Polaris missiles to NATO by the end of 1963.
- 1960 New York air disaster: United Airlines DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Constellation over Staten Island, New York City. All 128 passengers and crew on both planes are killed, as are 6 persons on the ground.
- December 17 â€“ Troops loyal to Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia suppress the revolt that began December 13, giving power back to their leader upon his return from Brazil. Haile Selassie absolves his son of any guilt.
- December 19 â€“ Fire sweeps through the USS Constellation, the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, while it is under construction at a Brooklyn Navy Yard pier, killing 50 and injuring 150.
- December 20 â€“ Discoverer XIX is launched into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, to measure radiation.
- December 27 â€“ France sets off its 3rd nuclear test blast at its atomic proving grounds at Reggane, Algeria.
- The US census lists all people from Latin America as white, including blacks from the Dominican Republic, European whites from Argentina and Mexicans who resemble Native Americans.
- Beginning in 1959, Argentina suffers economic recession.
- World population: 3,021,475,000
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|- Shaka Samvat||1882–1883|
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- January 2 â€“ Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author and artist
- January 3 â€“ Sandeep Marwah, Indian filmmaker
- January 4 â€“ Michael Stipe, American rock singer (R.E.M.)
- January 6
- January 10
- January 12
- January 13
- January 20 â€“ Will Wright, American computer game designer
- January 22 â€“ Michael Hutchence, Australian rock musician (INXS) (d. 1997)
- January 23 â€“ Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
- January 28 â€“ Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
- January 29
- February 2 â€“ Jari Porttila, Finnish sports journalist
- February 3
- February 7 â€“ James Spader, American actor
- February 13
- February 14 â€“ Jim Kelly, American football player
- February 16 â€“ Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
- February 19 â€“ Prince Andrew, Duke of York
- February 21 â€“ Henry G. Brinton, American writer and minister
- February 23 â€“ Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
- February 27 â€“ AndrÃ©s GÃ³mez, Ecuadorian tennis player
- February 28 â€“ Dorothy Stratten, Canadian model and actress (d. 1980)
- February 29 â€“ Richard Ramirez, American serial killer
- March 2 â€“ Hector Calma Filipino basketball player
- March 4
- March 7
- March 8 â€“ Finn Carter, American actress
- March 10 â€“ Anne MacKenzie, Scottish broadcaster
- March 12 â€“ Minoru Niihara, Japanese singer
- March 13 â€“ Joe Ranft, American animator (d. 2005)
- March 14 â€“ Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (d. 2006)
- March 16 â€“ Jenny Eclair, British comedian, actress and novelist
- March 18 â€“ Richard Biggs, American actor (d. 2004)
- March 20 â€“ Norm Magnusson, American artist
- March 21 â€“ Ayrton Senna, Brazilian race car driver (d. 1994)
- March 23 â€“ Nicol Stephen, Scottish politician
- March 24 â€“ Nena Kerner, German singer
- March 26 â€“ Marcus Allen, American football player
- March 27
- April 1 â€“ Michael Praed, British actor
- April 2 â€“ Linford Christie, British athlete
- April 3 â€“ Elizabeth Gracen, American beauty queen, actress, and model
- April 4 â€“ Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
- April 11 â€“ Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and television show host
- April 13 â€“ Rudi Voller, German footballer and manager
- April 14 â€“ Brad Garrett, American actor
- April 16
- April 18 â€“ Neo Rauch, German painter
- April 19 â€“ Frank Viola, American baseball player
- April 23 â€“ Valerie Bertinelli, American actress
- April 25 â€“ Michael Lohan, American stockbroker and reality television star, father of Lindsay Lohan
- April 28
- May 4
- May 6 â€“ Roma Downey, Irish-born actress
- May 10 â€“ Bono, Irish rock singer (U2)
- May 14
- May 15 â€“ Julian Jarrold, English film & television director & producer
- May 16 â€“ Landon Deireragea, Nauruan politician
- May 18
- May 20 â€“ John Billingsley, American actor
- May 21 â€“ Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (d. 1994)
- May 22 â€“ Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
- May 23 â€“ Linden Ashby, American actor
- May 31 â€“ Greg C. Adams, Canadian ice hockey player
- June 4 â€“ Bradley Walsh, English comedian and actor
- June 6 â€“ Steve Vai, American guitarist
- June 8 â€“ Mick Hucknall, English rock singer and songwriter (Simply Red)
- June 12 â€“ Corynne Charby, French model, actress and singer
- June 14 â€“ Peter Mitchell, Australian news reader
- June 16 â€“ Peter Sterling, Australian rugby player
- June 17 â€“ Michael Monroe, Finnish rock singer (Hanoi Rocks)
- June 18 â€“ Kevin Drinkell, English footballer
- June 21 â€“ Kevin Harlan, American sports announcer
- June 28 â€“ John Elway, American football player
- June 30 â€“ Tony Bellotto, Brazilian guitarist and writer
- July 3 â€“ Perrine Pelen, French alpine skier
- July 4 â€“ Sid Eudy, American professional wrestler
- July 5 â€“ Pruitt Taylor Vince, American actor
- July 7 â€“ Kevin A. Ford, American astronaut
- July 8 â€“ Thilo Martinho, German composer, singer-songwriter
- July 9 â€“ Charles Gavin, Brazilian drummer and producer
- July 13 â€“ Ian Hislop, British journalist and broadcaster
- July 14 â€“ Kyle Gass, American music singer-song-writer-guitarist/actor
- July 17
- July 21
- August 1 â€“ Chuck D, American rapper, (Public Enemy)
- August 4
- August 7 â€“ David Duchovny, American actor
- August 8 â€“ Ulrich Maly, German politician and Mayor of Nuremberg
- August 10
- August 12 â€“ Laurent Fignon, French road bicycle racer
- August 13 â€“ Phil Taylor, English darts player
- August 14 â€“ Sarah Brightman, English soprano singer and actress
- August 17 â€“ Sean Penn, American actor
- August 19 â€“ Morten Andersen, American football player
- August 23 â€“ Chris Potter, Canadian actor and musician
- August 24 â€“ Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player
- August 26 â€“ Branford Marsalis, American musician
- August 30 â€“ Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (d. 1992)
- September 1 â€“ Joseph Williams, American singer and film score composer
- September 2 â€“ John S. Hall, American poet and spoken-word artist
- September 6 â€“ Bob Stoops, American football coach
- September 7 â€“ Phillip Rhee, American actor, producer and writer
- September 9 â€“ Hugh Grant, English actor
- September 10 â€“ Colin Firth, English actor
- September 14 â€“ Callum Keith Rennie, Canadian actor
- September 16 â€“ John Franco, American baseball player
- September 16 â€“ Yianna Katsoulos, French singer
- September 17 â€“ Kevin Clash, American actor and puppeteer
- September 19 â€“ Yolanda SaldÃvar, American murderer of tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez
- September 22 â€“ Joan Jett, American rock musician and vocalist
- October 4 â€“ Billy Hatcher, American baseball player
- October 5 â€“ Antonio de Oliveira Filho, Brazilian footballer
- October 6 â€“ Richard Jobson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter, filmmaker, and television presenter (Skids)
- October 7 â€“ Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer
- October 9 â€“ Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (d. 2008)
- October 12 â€“ Alexei Kudrin, Russian Minister of Finance
- October 17 â€“ Guy Henry, English actor
- October 18 â€“ Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor
- October 24
- October 26 â€“ Jouke de Vries, Dutchâ€“Frisian politician
- October 28 â€“ Landon Curt Noll, American astronomer, cryptographer, and mathematician
- October 29 â€“ Finola Hughes, British actress
- October 30 â€“ Diego Armando Maradona, Argentine footballer
- November 3 â€“ Karch Kiraly, American volleyball player
- November 4 â€“ Frl. Menke, German pop singer
- November 5 â€“ Tilda Swinton, British actress
- November 9 â€“ JoÃ«lle Ursull, Guadeloupean singer
- November 10 â€“ Neil Gaiman, English author
- November 11 â€“ Stanley Tucci, American actor and film director
- November 17 â€“ Jonathan Ross, English television presenter
- November 18 â€“ Kim Wilde, English singer and gardener
- November 20 â€“ Marc LabrÃ¨che, Canadian actor and television host
- November 25
- November 26 â€“ Harold Reynolds, American baseball player and broadcaster
- November 27
- November 30
- December 3
- December 4 â€“ Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete
- December 5 â€“ Brian Bromberg American jazz bassist and composer
- December 10 â€“ Kenneth Branagh, Northern Irish actor and director
- December 10 â€“ Michael Schoeffling, American actor and model
- December 14 â€“ Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
- December 18 â€“ Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
- December 24 â€“ Carol Vorderman, British television presenter
- December 27 â€“ Maryam d'Abo, British actress
- December 28 â€“ John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player
- December 29 â€“ Dave Pelzer, American author
- December 31
- January 1 â€“ Margaret Sullavan, American actress (b. 1909)
- January 3 â€“ Victor SjÃ¶strÃ¶m, Swedish actor (b. 1879)
- January 4
- January 5 â€“ Donald Knight, English cricketer (b. 1894)
- January 7 â€“ Dorothea Chambers, English tennis champion (b. 1878)
- January 9 â€“ Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's novelist (b. 1880)
- January 12 â€“ Nevil Shute, English writer (b. 1899)
- January 24
- January 25 â€“ Diana Barrymore, American stage & film actress (b 1921)
- January 27 â€“ Osvaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician (b. 1894)
- January 28 â€“ Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist and author (b. 1891)
- January 30 â€“ J. C. Kumarappa, Indian economist (b. 1892)
- February 2 â€“ Jagadguru Swami Sri Bharati Krishna Tirthaji Maharaja, Hindu teacher (b. 1884)
- February 3 â€“ Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
- February 6 â€“ Jesse Belvin, American R&B singer (b. 1932)
- February 7 â€“ Igor Kurchatov, Soviet physicist (b. 1903)
- February 9 â€“ Jaroslav Joseph Polivka, Czech structural engineer (b. 1886)
- February 10 â€“ Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian Catholic prelate (b. 1898)
- February 11 â€“ ErnÅ‘ DohnÃ¡nyi, Hungarian conductor (b. 1877)
- February 20 â€“ Leonard Woolley, British archaeologist (b. 1880)
- February 21
- February 29 â€“ Melvin Purvis, American lawman (b. 1903)
- February 29 â€“ Walter Yust, American encyclopedia editor (b. 1894)
- March 2 â€“ StanisÅ‚aw Taczak, Polish general (b. 1874)
- March 4 â€“ Leonard Warren, American opera singer (b. 1911)
- March 9 â€“ Jack Beattie, Irish politician (b. 1886)
- March 11 â€“ Roy Chapman Andrews, American explorer, adventurer and naturalist (b. 1884)
- March 26 â€“ Ian Keith, American actor (b. 1899)
- April 1 â€“ Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad, King of Malaysia (b. 1895)
- April 5
- April 17 â€“ Eddie Cochran, American rock singer (b. 1938)
- April 24
- April 25 â€“ Hope Emerson, American actress (b. 1897)
- May 2 â€“ Caryl Chessman, American criminal (b. 1921)
- May 3 â€“ Masa Niemi, Finnish actor (b. 1914)
- May 8 â€“ J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
- May 11 â€“ John D. Rockefeller Jr., American philanthropist (b. 1874)
- May 12 â€“ Prince Aly Khan, Pakistani United Nations ambassador (b. 1911)
- May 14 â€“ Lucrezia Bori, Spanish opera singer (b. 1887)
- May 23 â€“ Georges Claude, French inventor (b. 1870)
- May 27
- May 30 â€“ Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (declined) (b. 1890)
- May 31 â€“ Walther Funk, German Nazi politician (b. 1890)
- June 4
- June 14 â€“ Ana Pauker, Romanian communist politician (b. 1893)
- June 17 â€“ Arthur Rosson, English film director (b. 1886)
- June 18 â€“ Shalva Aleksi-Meskhishvili, Georgian politician (b. 1884)
- June 19 â€“ Chris Bristow, English race car driver (b. 1937)
- June 20
- June 25 â€“ Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player (b. 1869)
- June 27 â€“ Lottie Dod, English athlete (b. 1871)
- July 6 â€“ Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician (b. 1897)
- July 14 â€“ Maurice, 6th duc de Broglie, French physicist (b. 1875)
- July 15
- July 16 â€“ John P. Marquand, American novelist (b. 1893)
- July 22 â€“ Buddy Adler, American film producer (b. 1909)
- July 24 â€“ Hans Albers, German actor and singer (b. 1891)
- July 26 â€“ Cedric Gibbons, Irish-American art director (b. 1893)
- August 5 â€“ Arthur Meighen, ninth Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1874)
- August 10 â€“ Frank Lloyd, American film director (b. 1886)
- August 23
- August 27 â€“ Stanley Clifford Weyman, U.S. impostor (b. 1890)
- August 29 â€“ Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (b. 1888)
- September 1 â€“ Hisamuddin Alam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah, King of Malaysia (b. 1898)
- September 8
- September 9 â€“ Jussi BjÃ¶rling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
- September 11 â€“ Edwin Justus Mayer, American screenwriter (b. 1896)
- September 20 â€“ Ida Rubinstein, Russian ballet dancer (b. 1885)
- September 23 â€“ Kathlyn Williams, American actress (b. 1879)
- September 24 â€“ MÃ¡tyÃ¡s Seiber, Hungarian composer (b. 1905)
- September 27 â€“ Sylvia Pankhurst, English suffragette (b. 1882)
- October 11 â€“ Richard Cromwell, American actor (b. 1910)
- October 15
- October 21 â€“ Ma Hongbin, Chinese warlord (b. 1884)
- October 31 â€“ H. L. Davis, American author (b. 1894)
- November 2 â€“ Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek conductor, pianist, and composer (b. 1896)
- November 5
- November 6 â€“ Erich Raeder, German World War II naval leader (b. 1876)
- November 7 â€“ A.P. Carter, American singer and songwriter (b. 1891)
- November 12 â€“ Lord Buckley, American monologist (b. 1906)
- November 14 â€“ Walter Catlett, American actor (b. 1889)
- November 16 â€“ Clark Gable, American actor (b. 1901)
- November 19 â€“ Phyllis Haver, American actress (b. 1899)
- November 24 â€“ Grand Duchess Olga, sister of Nicholas II (b. 1882)
- November 25 â€“ The Mirabal Sisters, three Dominican revolutionaries (b. 1924, 1926, 1935)
- November 28 â€“ Richard Wright, American novelist (b. 1908)
- December 2 â€“ Fritz August Breuhaus de Groot, German architect, interior designer and designer (b. 1883)
- December 13 â€“ John Charles Thomas, American opera singer (b. 1891)
- December 14 â€“ Gregory Ratoff, Russian actor and director (b. 1897)
- December 26
- Physics â€“ Donald Arthur Glaser
- Chemistry â€“ Willard Frank Libby
- Physiology or Medicine â€“ Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Peter Brian Medawar
- Literature â€“ Saint-John Perse
- Peace â€“ Albert John Luthuli
- Best Picture: Ben-Hur, Sam Zimbalist (producer)
- Best Foreign Language Film: Orfeu Negro, France
- Best Director: William Wyler, Ben-Hur
- Best Actor: Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur
- Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith in Ben-Hur
- Best Actress: Simone Signoret, Room at the Top
- Best Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank
- Best Story and Screenplay: Pillow Talk by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Room at the Top by Neil Paterson
- Best Original Song: "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head
- Best Scoring of a Comedy or Dramatic Picture: Ben-Hur, Miklos Rozsa
- Best Scoring of a Musical Picture: Porgy and Bess, Andre Previn and Ken Darby
- List of ship launches in 1960
- List of ship commissionings in 1960
- List of ship decommissionings in 1960
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- For criticism see Criticism of 1960