Newspapers have always served as an essential source of information. They hold irreplaceable information on the hundreds of years of history that they represent. For the year 1960, some of the important events that can be discovered further through the use of our archive include the dedication of the first Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, the first atomic bomb test to be performed by France, the launching of the first weather satellite by the United States, the release of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, John F. Kennedy winning the presidential election, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
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January 6, 1960
Registration of political parties is permitted in Iraq by the Associated Law coming into effect.
January 19, 1960
The signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security occurs between the United States and Japan.
January 28, 1960
The expansion of NFL teams for Dallas and Minneapolis-St. Paul is announced.
January 30, 1960
The founding of the African National Party occurs in Chad.
February 5, 1960
Geneva, Switzerland holds the first operation of the CERN particle accelerator.
February 9, 1960
The first Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is given to Joanne Woodward in Southern California.
February 13, 1960
France's first atomic bomb is tested in the Sahara Desert of Alegria.
March 5, 1960
An honorable discharge from the U.S. Army is given to Elvis Presley, relieving him of his duties.
March 6, 1960
3,500 American soldiers are said to be sent to Vietnam to fight in the Vietnam War.
March 21, 1960
South Africa's Sharpeville massacre occurs, resulting in over 350 people being either injured or killed.
April 1, 1960
The first weather satellite is launched by the United States, known as TIROS-1.
April 4, 1960
Best Picture, along with a record amount of other awards, of the 32nd Academy Awards is won by Ben-Hur.
April 17, 1960
The Russwood Park stadium in Memphis, Tennessee burns down from a fire.
May 3, 1960
The formation of the European Free Trade Association occurs.
May 6, 1960
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960, making it an official law.
May 9, 1960
Birth control is released by the Food and Drug Administration as the world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
May 15, 1960
Sputnik 4 is launched by the Soviet Union.
June 1, 1960
The city of Auckland holds the first television station to be broadcast by New Zealand.
July 11, 1960
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel, to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is published for the first time.
August 19, 1960
Sputnik 5 is launched by the Soviet Union and has two dogs, 40 mice, two rats and a variety of plants on board.
October 14, 1960
The Peace Corps of the United States is conceptualized for the first time by presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
October 30, 1960
The first successful kidney transplant procedure is performed by Dr. Michael Woodruff in the United Kingdom.
November 8, 1960
John F. Kennedy wins the presidential election as the second youngest elected President at the age of 43.
December 27, 1960
A third A-bomb test is performed by France near Reggane, Algeria.