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August 19th, 1960.

August 19th, 1960, was a Friday. It was day 232 of 1960. The decade was the 1960s.

60 years, 9 months and 24 days have passed since August 19th, 1960.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 19th, 1960?

  • The Soviet Union sentences American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers to 10 years in prison for espionage.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 19th, 1960.

  • United States: It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
  • United Kingdom: Please Don't Tease - Cliff Richard & The Shadows
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Take me back to August 19th, 1960!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 19th, 1960 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song It's Now Or Never by Elvis Presley is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Please Don't Tease by Cliff Richard & The Shadows is the number one hit song.

Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. Because it's 1960, radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as Percy Faith, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Connie Francis and Johnny Preston.

In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1950s are still popular. Women are wearing tailored skirts, short boxy jackets and shift dresses. Trousers are also becoming popular amongst women. Meanwhile, men are wearing polo shirts, argyle socks, sweater vests, loafers and harrington jackets. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jack Benny Program", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Casey Jones" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "The Rifleman" and "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Troll doll, Astrobase and Etch A Sketch.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 19th, 1960.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the first half of the 1960s, rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did exist at this time, they were relatively uncommon.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1960?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1960?

    In 1960, the best NBA players were Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy and Gene Shue.

  • The Apartment.

    The Apartment.

    "The Apartment" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1960.

  • "Theme of Exodus"

    "Theme of Exodus"

    "Theme of Exodus" went on to win a Grammy for 1960's Song of the Year.

  • 1960 in movies.

    1960 in movies.

    Movies released in 1960 included Spartacus, Psycho, Exodus, Swiss Family Robinson, The Alamo, The Apartment, BUtterfield 8, Ocean's 11, Peeping Tom, Inherit the Wind, Please Don't Eat the Daisies and From the Terrace.

  • 1960 in music.

    1960 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1960 were dominated by the likes of Percy Faith, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Preston, The Drifters, Brenda Lee and Jim Reeves.

  • U.S. Scientists.

    U.S. Scientists.

    "U.S. Scientists" were named as the Time Person of the Year in 1960. During 1960, scientists in the United States made a remarkable amount of progress in areas such as space travel and DNA.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 60 years, 9 months and 24 days have passed since August 19th, 1960.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1960.
  • Leap Year: 1960 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on August 19th, 1960, will be 60 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1960 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 19th, 1960.

  • July 28th, 1960: Richard Nixon is nominated as the Republican candidate for the United States presidential election.
  • August 6th, 1960: Chubby Checker's song "The Twist" becomes a national sensation after he performs it on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
  • This date: August 19th, 1960
  • August 29th, 1960: Hurricane Donna kills 50 people in Florida and New England.
  • September 8th, 1960: The horror film Psycho (1960) is released.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 19th, 1960, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1960 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 19th, 1960 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • The Untouchables - American crime drama.
  • The Twilight Zone - TV series about disturbing or unusual events.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Casey Jones - American Western series starring Alan Hale.
  • Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.
  • Tonight Starring Jack Paar - Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.

Kid's TV shows on August 19th, 1960.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1960.

  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
  • Dennis the Menace
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • The Rifleman
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Father Knows Best
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1960.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1960.

  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1960.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 19th, 1966 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 19th of August.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on August 19th, 1960.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 19th, 1960.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 19th, 1960 was most likely conceived around the 10th of November, 1959.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 19th, 1960 is close to the 29th of May, 1961.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 19th, 1960.

  • A total of 22,212 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,173 weeks have passed.
  • 1,919,116,800 seconds have passed since the August 19th, 1960.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,238,969,600 times.
  • Since August 19th, 1960, the earth has travelled approximately 990,264,268,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 319,852,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 165,044,045 steps. That's about 73,353 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,029,402 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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