1960

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Eastwood Mall opened in 1960.

1960 was the 89th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

Events

Business

Jack's hamburgers

Education

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Religion

Sports

Individuals

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See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1960

Works

  • The Birmingham Grotto of the National Speleological Society launched its Cavea Novea newsletter.
  • Artist Barbara Evans sold her first paintings.
  • Fate in a Pleasant Mood (LP) by Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra

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Context

1960 was a leap year, marked by John F. Kennedy's successful campaign for President. Construction of the Aswan Dam was begun in Egypt. Joanne Woodward was honored with the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Adolph Coors III was kidnapped and murdered. The Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California. Elvis Presley concluded his military service. A United Airlines flight collided with a TWA flight over Staten Island, killing 134 people. The US launched its first weather satellite. Brazil moved its capital from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia. The USSR shot down an American U2 spy plane. Mossad agents captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires. Several African colonies gained their independence. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published. The Beatles began a long club date in Hamburg. The Summer Olympics were held in Rome. Gold medalist Cassius Clay made his professional boxing debut. Hurricane Donna ravaged the Atlantic coast. Huntsville's Marhsall Space Flight Center was dedicated. The world's population stood at just over 3 billion people.

Ben-Hur won several Academy Awards including Best Picture. Elvis Presley dominated the pop charts with "It's Now Or Never," and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", along with Chubby Checker's "The Twist".

Notable 1960 births include those of singers Michael Stipe, Joan Jett and Bono, diver Greg Louganis, tennis star Ivan Lendle, outfielder Kirby Puckett, actors Antonio Banderas, Sean Penn and Valerie Bertinelli, murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, quarterback John Elway, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, soccer star Diego Maradona, and rapper Chuck D.

Deaths in 1960 included those of authors Albert Camus and Boris Pasternak, philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr, lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, and actor Clark Gable.

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