Four black students hosted a sit-in demonstration after having been refused service at the lunch counter of Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC. The non-violent protest ignited other sit-in movements in various businesses and locations across the country and the formulation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee two months later, which would organize freedom rides through the south and the historic March on Washington in 1963.
February 9, 1960
Los Angeles, CA
The streets of Los Angeles were bedazzled with the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a cultural and historical landmark honoring significant figures in motion pictures, television, radio, recording, and live theater. Joanne Woodward, who received an Academy Award for her performance in The Three Faces of Eve, received the first star on the walkway.
September 1, 1960
The Twist topped the pop charts, bringing instant success to Chubby Checker. The song was the first and only to reclaim its #1 position after disappearing off the charts when it would make a comeback a year later.
September 30, 1960
"Yabba-Dabba-Do!" Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first animated characters on prime-time television.
November 8, 1960
The first televised presidential debate aired, with Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and Republican nominee Richard M. Nixon deliberating. With his good looks and communicative abilities, Kennedy seemed to win over the American public. Two months later JFK would win the Presidency, the youngest and first Catholic candidate ever to do so.
November 24, 1960
Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA record for the most rebounds in a single game, with a whopping 55. Chamberlain was one of the best offensive players in the history of basketball, breaking more than 70 NBA records.