April 1960

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April 1, 1960: TIROS I opens era of satellite weather images
April 21, 1960: The new city of Brasilia is dedicated
April 8, 1960: Radio telescope picks up signals from Epsilon Eridani

The following events occurred in April 1960:

April 1, 1960 (Friday)[edit]

  • The United States launched the first weather satellite, the 270 pound TIROS-1, from Cape Canaveral at 6:40 a.m. EST. The name was an acronym for Television Infra-Red Observation Satellite.[1][2] The same evening, satellite weather photos were introduced to the world, on television, for the first time. Taken from an altitude of 450 miles, the pictures of cloud cover confirmed the spiral pattern of winds in a storm.[3]
  • The 1960 United States Census began. Officially, there were 179,323,175 United States residents on that day.[4]
  • R Griggs & Co. began the production of Dr. Martens boots under licence in the UK. Known as style 1460, the original product is still in production today.[5]
  • Died: Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan, 64, the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, died in office.

April 2, 1960 (Saturday)[edit]

April 3, 1960 (Sunday)[edit]

April 4, 1960 (Monday)[edit]

  • Senegal signed a transfer of power agreement with France, leading up to the country's independence.
  • Elections in Burma resulted in victory for U Nu, who began his third non-consecutive term as prime minister.
  • Sweden's first three female priests were ordained.
  • At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, Ben Hur won a record eleven Oscars, including Best Picture.
  • Born: Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-born Australian actor, in Ibadan

April 5, 1960 (Tuesday)[edit]

April 6, 1960 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The Short SC.1 VTOL aircraft made its first transition from vertical to horizontal flight and back.
  • Alberto Lleras Camargo, the President of Colombia, addressed a joint session of Congress as part of a 13-day state visit to the United States. Lleras was given a ticker-tape parade in New York on April 11.[1]

April 7, 1960 (Thursday)[edit]

  • In an event described as "unique in world postal history", the governments of 70 nations simultaneously issued stamps to commemorate World Refugee Year.[13]
  • Under the Unlawful Organisations Act No 34, the African National Congress and Pan Africanist Congress parties were banned in South Africa.[14] This resulted in the formation of "Umkonto we Sizwe" ("Spear of the Nation"), the guerrilla wing of the ANC, by Nelson Mandela and others.

April 8, 1960 (Friday)[edit]

April 9, 1960 (Saturday)[edit]

April 10, 1960 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The last successful American U-2 overflight of the Soviet Union took place, as a pilot passed near the missile range at Tyuratam. The S-75 Dvina missile batteries that could have downed the plane had not been alerted in time of the intrusion, and several Soviet senior commanders were fired. On May 1, a U-2 plane flown by Francis Gary Powers would be downed.[19]

April 11, 1960 (Monday)[edit]

  • A fisherman in Masan, South Korea, discovered the mutilated body of Kim Chu Yol, a high school student who had been killed during March protests against the fraudulent presidential election. A police tear gas shell was visible in Kim's eye socket, and the outrage against the government's brutality triggered a riot. The violence in Masan was then followed by rioting in other South Korean cities.[20]
  • Born: Jeremy Clarkson, English television presenter, in Doncaster
  • Died: Archibald McIndoe, 59, New Zealand plastic surgeon

April 12, 1960 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Eric Peugeot, the four-year-old grandson of French automotive tycoon Jean-Pierre Peugeot of Peugeot, was kidnapped from a playground at Saint-Cloud, near Paris.[21] Eric was released three days later, in exchange for a ransom of $300,000.[22]
  • Candlestick Park, described by one source as "the windiest, coldest, and the most hated baseball stadium in the history of the game" [23] opened at San Francisco, and began a 40-season run as the home of the San Francisco Giants. U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon (and Republican presidential candidate) threw out the first pitch.
  • The International Court of Justice, more popularly known as the World Court, resolved a dispute between Portugal and India after more than four years, in Portugal's favor, ruling 11–4 that Portuguese officials could cross over India's territory to reach its colonies in Goa, Daman and Diu. The victory was short-lived, as India annexed all three territories the following year.[24]
  • Nine miners were killed in a mining accident at Tower Colliery, Hirwaun, Wales.

April 13, 1960 (Wednesday)[edit]

April 14, 1960 (Thursday)[edit]

April 15, 1960 (Friday)[edit]

April 16, 1960 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The "New Realism" artistic movement was founded by art critic Pierre Restany with the publication of his Manifeste des Nouveaux Réalistes.[32]
  • The Sino-Soviet split widened as the Chinese Communist Party journal Red Flag published the editorial Long Live Leninism, an assertion that began with the premise that the Soviet Union had, by pursuing peaceful change, deviated from Lenin's thesis that "so long as imperialism exists, war is inevitable".[33]
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April 17, 1960 (Sunday)[edit]

April 18, 1960 (Monday)[edit]

April 19, 1960 (Tuesday)[edit]

Seoul protesters
SWAPO flag

April 20, 1960 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Elvis Presley returned to Hollywood for the first time since his return from military service in Germany, to begin filming G.I. Blues.
  • Rebels led by General Jose Maria Castro León seized control of the Venezuelan state of Táchira and its capital, San Cristóbal, and attempted unsuccessfully to persuade other military garrisons to revolt against the government of President Rómulo Betancourt. The uprising was quickly put down.[44]

April 21, 1960 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The city of Brasilia was dedicated by President Juscelino Kubitschek, three years after he had directed construction to begin on a new capital city for Brazil. Located 600 miles inland, the city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa at a cost of ten billion dollars.[45]
  • After a week in which 6,000 East Germans fled to West Berlin, several DDR police crossed the border and began searching luggage at railroad stations. West Berlin police arrested two of the DDR police, while others fled. The exodus of thousands came after the East German government "collectivized" private farms and businesses and directed landowners and shopkeepers to become employees of state-owned cooperatives.[46]

April 22, 1960 (Friday)[edit]

April 23, 1960 (Saturday)[edit]

April 24, 1960 (Sunday)[edit]

  • One of the first widely publicized stories of hysterical strength happened in Tampa, Florida, when Mrs. Florence Rogers, a 123-pound woman, lifted one end of a 3,600 pound car that had fallen off of a jack and onto her 16-year-old son, Charles Trotter. Mrs. Rogers, an LPN, fractured several vertebrae in the process.[49]
  • When more than 100 black protesters marched on to a "whites only" beach in Biloxi, Mississippi, for a "wade-in" to force desegregation, they were attacked by several hundred white people, while Harrison County sheriff's deputies at the scene stood by. The violence then spilled over into the most violent riot in Mississippi history. A U.S. Department of Justice suit ended beach segregation the following month.[50]
  • A fraudulent parliamentary election in Laos resulted in a landslide victory for the ruling CDNI Party.[51]
  • Died: Max von Laue, 80, German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, 16 days after his car was struck by a motorcyclist.[52]

April 25, 1960 (Monday)[edit]

April 26, 1960 (Tuesday)[edit]

President Rhee
  • Syngman Rhee resigned as President of South Korea after 12 years of dictatorial rule, after a week-long uprising in which 145 students had died.[54] Rhee and his wife were flown out of the country by the United States, and he lived in exile in Hawaii until his death in 1965. Until a new President could be elected, Rhee was replaced in the interim by a former Mayor of Seoul Heo Jeong.[55]
  • The "Manifesto of the Eighteen" was published in Saigon.[56]
  • Born: Affectionately, thoroughbred racehorse and one of only two female horses to earn more than half a million dollars in prize winnings. Between 1962 and 1965, she would win 18 major stakes races, and would later be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (d. 1979)

April 27, 1960 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The West African nation of Togo, formerly a French colony, became independent, as the Togolese Republic was proclaimed at 12:10 a.m. local (and GMT) in Lomé. Sylvanus Olympio became the new nation's first President. The symbolic first raising of the new flag was confounded by tangled ropes and the problem was not resolved until later in the hour.[57]
  • USS Tullibee (SSN-597), the first nuclear-powered electric-drive submarine, was launched from Groton, Connecticut.[58]
  • The Ghanaian constitutional referendum resulted in a vote in favour of replacing the constitutional monarchy with a republic led by a president.

April 28, 1960 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The construction of what would become Shea Stadium, at Flushing, Queens, was approved by New York City's Board of Estimate, 20–2, giving the proposed Continental League the chance to launch. The Continental League never played, but the stadium gave the National League the impetus to return to the city, with the New York Mets.
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  • Died: Lee Ki-poong, former Vice-President of South Korea, died along with his wife and two sons as part of a suicide pact. Lee, and President Syngman Rhee, had resigned two days earlier in the wake of the April Revolution.

April 29, 1960 (Friday)[edit]

  • Italy's new government, led by Fernando Tambroni of the Christian Democrats, narrowly won a vote of confidence, 128–110, in the Italian Senate. Tambroni had quit on April 11, shortly after taking office.[1]

April 30, 1960 (Saturday)[edit]


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