January 1960 in history

January 1960 events chronologically

Jan 6 The Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, allowing registration of political parties
Jan 6 National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami, Florida
Jan 7 The Polaris missile is test launched
Jan 9 President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile
Jan 11 Henry Lee Lucas, once listed as America's most prolific serial killer, commits his first known murder
Jan 13 The Gulag system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union is officially abolished
Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established

Top 7 most famous people born in January 1960

Jan 4 Michael Stipe an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011
Jan 6 Nigella Lawson an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Lawson, whose family owned the Lyons and food and catering business. After graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998, she brought out her first cook book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller. She wrote her second book in 2000, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, which won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year
Jan 10 Brian Cowen an Irish former politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 7 May 2008 to 9 March 2011. He was head of a coalition government led by Fianna Fáil which until 23 January 2011 had the support of the Green Party and independent TDs
Jan 12 Dominique Wilkins a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname The Human Highlight Film. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Jan 20 Will Wright (game designer) an American video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts. In April 2009, he left EA to run "Stupid Fun Club Camp", an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders
Jan 22 Michael Hutchence an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997
Jan 29 Greg Louganis an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. In 1984, he received the James Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States

Top 7 most famous people died in January 1960

Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan an American stage and film actress.
Jan 2 Fausto Coppi the dominant international cyclist of the years each side of the Second World War. His successes earned him the title Il Campionissimo, or champion of champions. He was an all-round racing cyclist: he excelled in both climbing and time trialing, and was also a great sprinter. He won the Giro d'Italia five times , the Tour de France twice , and the World Championship in 1953. Other notable results include winning the Giro di Lombardia five times, the Milan – San Remo three times, as well as wins at Paris–Roubaix and La Flèche Wallonne and setting the hour record in 1942
Jan 2 Friedrich Adler (assassin) an Austrian socialist politician and revolutionary. He is perhaps best known for his assassination of Count Karl von Stürgkh in 1916
Jan 4 Albert Camus a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The Rebel" that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom
Jan 12 Nevil Shute a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen name, to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels
Jan 25 Beno Gutenberg a German-American seismologist who made several important contributions to the science. He was a colleague and mentor of Charles Francis Richter at the California Institute of Technology and Richter's collaborator in developing the Richter magnitude scale for measuring an earthquake's magnitude
Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God