This Day in History

Tsunami Devastates Hawaii

A massive tsunami, triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Chile, struck the Hawaiian Islands on May 23, 1960. This deadly wave resulted in significant loss of life and property, highlighting the vulnerabilities of island communities to oceanic natural disasters. The tragedy spurred advancements in tsunami detection and warning systems, leading to better […]

The FDA Approves the Birth Control Pill

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the birth control pill on May 9, 1960, heralding a monumental shift in reproductive rights and women’s health. As the first commercially available oral contraceptive, the pill gave women unprecedented control over their fertility, contributing to profound social changes, including the women’s liberation movement, changes in marital […]

Dick Clark and the Payola Scandal

American television icon Dick Clark testified before the U.S. Congress on May 2, 1960, during the investigation into the Payola scandal, where music industry figures were accused of accepting bribes for promoting certain records. Clark’s reputation survived the scandal relatively unscathed, allowing him to continue his influential career in music and television. This event highlighted […]

Mauritania Gains Independence

November 28th, 1960, marked a historic day as Mauritania gained independence from French colonial rule. This event set the stage for the country’s development as an independent nation.

John F. Kennedy is Elected 35th President of the United States

November 8th, 1960, marked a pivotal moment in American history as John F. Kennedy was elected as the 35th President of the United States. His election signaled a new era of optimism and change, inspiring a generation with his vision for a better America.

Televised Presidential Debate

The first-ever televised presidential debate in the United States took place, featuring John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, forever changing the landscape of political campaigning.