Years 1960 to 1969

02/01/1960 Politician John Fitzgerald Kennedy announced he would run for the American presidency.
1960 1961 Mayor – Councillor George William Thorne JP.
1960 South Gare Lighthouse converted to gas and electricity.
1960 June 1960 500 Children left Middlesbrough for Redcar for an annual summer outing organised by Acklam Employee’s Welfare Committee. They were accompanied by 200 parents and given sweets and ice-cream
1960 June 1960. Dredging/quay/berths for the new Tees Dock at Lackenby was completed ahead of schedule
16/03/1960 Grocers in the areas of schools were annoyed that schoolchildren in the area were buying biscuits and other goods within their schools (tuck shops) thus their trade was becoming effected.
1960 Late 1960’s the Queens Hotel, High Street, was demolished. (Iceland now stands there)
1960 Food hygiene Inspectors secured an emergency court order for Chilli’s, Redcar High Street to remain closed until Redcar & Cleveland Council are satisfied that there is not health risk.
21/07/1960 Francis Chichester -later Sir- docked in New York in Gypsy Moth II, setting a new record of 40 days for a solo crossing of the Atlantic.
01/08/1960 Chubby Checker singer introduced ‘The Twist’. in the UK. Born as Earnest Evans.
16/08/1960 Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
18/08/1960 America introduced the birth control pill.
23/08/1960 Oscar Hammerstein II American lyricist died. With his brother Richard Rodgers produced show/film Oklahoma.
25/08/1960 17th Olympic Games opened in Rome. Light weight boxing gold medal won by an American youth Named Cassius Clay.
13/11/1960 First night of Jazz Club in the Coatham Hotel was Sunday 13th, November, 1960 Nat Gonella & the Georgians appeared – Support band was Mike Taylor Jazzmen from Manchester. Attendance record broken for Jazz Club’s in the North of England, there being approximately 650 attendees.
09/12/1960 First broadcast of the long running British TV soap opera, ‘Cornation Street’
20/06/1960 Floyd Patterson became the first man to retain the world heavyweight boxing title.
30/06/1960 Congo gains independence from Belgium.
20/10/1960 Trial took place re Penguin Books proposed publication of the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, under the Obscene Publications Act. Found not guilty.
08/11/1960 John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon and became the 35th US President.
02/11/1960 The ‘Lady Chatterley’ book trial ended with publishers, Penguin, cleared of obscenity.
16/11/1960 Clarke Gable the “King of Hollywood” and Oscar winner, died after shooting the final scenes of The Misfits, opposite Marilyn Monroe.
09/12/1960 The first episode of Coronation Street was televised, although it was not networked until Spring 1961. It was originally called Florizel Street.
1961 The population of Redcar was 31,460.
10/08/1961 Britain first applied for membership of the EEC.
15/01/1962 James Bond movie began shooting Dr No. Sean Connery made his debut as Bond.
01/10/1962 Mississippi race riots over first black university student.
1961/1962 Mayor – Councillor Philip Harvey JP.
09/02/1961 The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern, Liverpool, during a lunch time session.
23/04/1961 Date of Census. Population of Redcar 31,460
05/05/1961 Commander Alan Shepard returned to Earth after becoming the first American in space.
16/06/1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, defected to the West at Paris airport.
01/08/1961 The then Mayor of Redcar stated that the next two years would see an significant increase in houses and population with the town growing faster than ever before.
06/08/1961 Soviet cosmonaut Major Gherman Titov became the second man in orbit. Orbited the Earth 17 times whilst in space for 25 hours.
10/08/1961 Britain first applied for membership of the EEC.
13/08/1961 Germany – Berliners woke to a divided city. East German guards stopped cars passing east through the Brandenburg Gate thus sealing the border. Later a wall was built. the Berlin Wall.
17/09/1961 One of the largest “ban the bomb” demonstrations ended up with 830 arrested including Vanessa Redgrave, and playwright John Osborne.
18/10/1961 Artist Henry Matisse’ Le Bateau attracted crowds when his painting went on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 116,000 people and 46 days later, it was found the painting was hanging upside down.
10/02/1962 In Berlin, Germeny,US spy-plane pilot Gary Powers, shot down by the Russians, was exchanged for KGB agent Rudolf Abel, captured in New York five years earlier.
1962 1963 Mayor – Councillor Albert William Kidd.
20/02/1962 John Glen became the first American to orbit the Earth three times, in his spacecraft Friendship Seven, before landing in the Atlantic Ocean safely.
1962 Teesdock opens following the imminent closure of Middlesbrough Docks.
1962 Seal Sands purchased by ICI for development of new chemical plant
12/07/1962 The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London.
1962 Teesmouth Coxswain John Stonehouse received bronze medal for gallantry from RNLI rescuing a three man crew from yacht ‘Sybil Kathleen’ off Skinningrove.
21/07/1962 The Rolling Stones made their first appearance, at the Marquee club in London
31/08/1962 Tinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
21/09/1962 The British TV quiz programme University Challenge, conducted by Bamber Gascoigne, was first transmitted.Bamber
1962 Sir William Turner’s Grammar School moved to new site on Corporation Road.
01/10/1962 Barbra Streisand signed her first recording contract and brought out multi-Grammy winning album The Barbra Streisand Album the following year on Columbia Records.
17/10/1962 The Beatles made their first ever television appearance on Granada Television, Manchester.
24/11/1962 Satirical TV programme That Was The Week That Was went out for the first time. introduced by newcomer David Frost, with material written by equally unknown John Cleese.
14/12/1962 The ‘Mona Lisa’ was given the highest ever insurance value for a painting; $10 million.
14/12/1962 NASA’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
1963 1964 Mayor – Councillor Stanley Brotton.
09/04/1963 Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill was made the first honorary citizen of the United States. To this day only two have received this award, the other being Mother Teresa.
05/06/1963 Secretary of War, John Profumo, resigned over his relationship with a call girl, Christine Keeler.
1963 Two Jazz Festivals held on Redcar Racecourse with a Jazz Ball staged on Bank Holiday Monday
16/06/1963 The first woman astronaut, Valentina Tereshkova, blasted off in the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6.
1963 Caravan Park opened, Coatham end of Town.
1963 Zetland Lifeboat taken by road to Leith, Edinburgh for the 9th International Lifeboat Conference.
1963 The playing fields within Locke Park were amongst the first to be allocated money from the Prince of Edinburgh’s Playing Field Scheme’s
08/08/1963 Great Train Robbery took place near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, and more than £2.5 million in untraceable banknotes taken
05/09/1963 Christine Keeler was arrested and charged with perjury over the Profumo Affair. Later pleaded guilt and jailed for nine months.
09/09/1963 Scotland’s Jim Clark became the world’s youngest motor racing champion at the age of 27 years.
22/09/1963 Murder. The body of Linda Cook found at 7am in Green Lane, Redcar.
19/10/1963 Sir Alex Douglas-Home succeeded Harold MacMillan as Prime MInister.
04/11/1963 The Beatles played at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.
22/11/1963 John F Kennedyu president of the United States, was assassinated in Texas, during the run up to the 1964 presidential campaign
23/11/1963 The first episode of the BBC TV serial Doctor Who was screened in Britain. The Doctor was played by William Hartnell.
24/11/1963 Lee Harvey Oswald charged with killing President Kennedy, was shot dead by club owner Jack Ruby at Dallas Police Headquarters.
13/01/1964 A reluctant Capitol Records released the first Beatles record in the US “to see how it goes”. I wanna Hold Your Hand became the fastest-selling single – one million copies we sold in the first three weeks.
28/03/1964 The pirate ship, ‘Radio’ Caroline’, began transmitting from a ship in the North Sea.
16/04/1964 Twelve members of the Great Train Robbery gang were sentenced to a total of 307 years in jail for their part in the £2.6m robbery mail train.
1964 Roseberry Square Shopping Centre opened.
18/05/1964 The seaside resort of Clacton was the scene of pitched battles by gangs of Mods and Rockers.
04/06/1964 Geoffrey Boycott made his cricket test debut against Australia at Trent Bridge.
13/06/1964 Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Robben Island, seven miles off Cape Town, sparking international protests.
1964 A 19,000 tonne vessel Welsh Herald carrying 27,000 tonnes of ore. Biggest shipment ever to arrive on the river and unloaded at Dorman Long’s South Bank wharf.
27/07/1964 Sir Winston Churchill made his last appearance in the House of Commons.
12/08/1964 Ian Fleming best selling author and creator of James Bond died.
18/08/1964 South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its racial policies.
1964 Female body discovered floating in the sea at Coatham.Police appeal for identity.
23/09/1964 The first performance of Fiddler On The Roof took place in New York, with Zero Mostel singing If I Was A Rich Man.
28/09/1964 Harpo Marx, the silent one who chased girls and played the harp. died aged 75 years.
15/10/1964 American composer and songwriter Cole Porter died in California aged 73. Successes included the film and soundtrack of the film a ‘High Society’.
24/10/1964 American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King jnr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. for his nonviolent campaign against racism. Donated prize $54,600 to the civil rights movement.
25/10/1964 President Kaunda took power in Zambia.
1965 1966 Mayor – Councillor Gordon Timperley Thornton.
24/01/1965 Winstin Churchill (born November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England—died January 24, 1965, London), British statesman, orator, and author who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory.
30/01/1965 The state funeral of Winston Churchill (90 years) took place and Big Ben was silenced for the funeral procession.
11/02/1965 Ringo Starr married Liverpool hairdresser Maureen “Mo” Cox at Caxton Hall Register Office in London.
15/02/1965 Nat King Cole, US singer and Pianist, died of cancer.
00/06/1965 The film Goldfiinger with 007 James Bond was shown at The Regent Cinema.
05/07/1965 Maria Callas gave her last stage performance – in Tosca – at Covent Garden. She was 41.
28/08/1965 Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills.
1965 Limited customs experiment for Teesside Airport introduced.
1965 11th Century camp of refuge created by Gospatric and known as Freedom Land destroyed to build Steel House nearby.
1965 Central and Regent Cinemas, Market Hall, demolished and rebuilt to become Craighton House.
1965 Lifeboats – Aquila Wren into service and saving 28 lives.
1965 Laburnum Road Library opened on site of old Sir William Turners Grammar School.
1965 After 900 years the remains of a camp from approx 1910, were covered over by the then Dorman Long Steel works.
08/10/1965 The Post Office Tower in London became operational. It was opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
26/10/1965 The Beatles went to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their MBE’s.
12/12/1965 Last of the Beatles concerts in Britain took place at the Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, in front of 5,000 fans. 25,000 applied for tickets.
1966 1967 Mayor – Alderman Lancelot Harold Baker JP.
00/00/1966 Telephone lines, trees toppled as gales sweep across Teesside area, accompanied with heavy rain making some road impassable.
21/01/1966 George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Epsom register office, in Surrey. Beatle Paul McCartney was Best Man and manager Brian Epstein was present. John Lennon and Ringo Starr were away on holiday.
01/03/1966 Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan said Britain would switch to decimal currency from 1971.
1966 Part of the wall surrounding St. Peter’s Parish Church, Redcar was demolished to make improvements at the crossroads for traffic.The section effected was turned into an open space allowing for the widening of Lord Street. The grave stones were taken down and replaced elsewhere.
1966 64-year-old Redcar widow won £13,123 on the football pools.
1966 Teesside Aiport opened. Former Wartime aerodrome ‘Goosepool’
1966 Dorman Long became British Steel Corp.
01/06/1966 Folk fans at the Royal Albert Hall booed Bob Dylan for performing with an electric guitar.
1966 Wheatlands Park Estate – commenced building.
1966 New library opened on site of the Grammar School.
1966 Christ Church (Church in the Fields) damaged by fire. NFD
11/07/1966 World Cup Willie became the first ever football tournament mascot (a lion)
23/07/1966 Prime Minister Harold Wilson re-opened the revamped Cavern Club in Liverpool
15/08/1966 The Princess Royal (Princess Ann) was born.
18/08/1966 The Tay Road Bridge was opened.
08/09/1966 The Severn Bridge was officially opened by the Queen.
29/09/1966 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
21/10/1966 Disaster struck the Welsh village of Aberfan when under rainy conditions slag slid down a tip and engulfed a children’s school, houses and a farm. 144 people died, 116 of them being children.
22/10/1966 George Blake, is a former British spy who worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union, escaped from Wormwood Scrubs. He escaped via East Germany into Russia where he remained.
12/11/1966 The Beach Boys were No.1 in the music charts with Good Vibrations. Record cost $75,000 to produced being the most expensive record at the time produced.
30/11/1966 Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
10/12/1966 Sir Cliff Richard made his debut playing Buttons in the London Palladium production of Cinderella.
15/12/1966 Walt Disney, cartoon film producer and creator, died aged 65.
31/12/1966 George Harrison was refused admission to Annabel’s Nightclub in London. He and his party, which included Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Eric Clapton, saw in the New Year in the Lyons Corner House instead.
1967/1968 Mayor – Councillor Mrs Hannah Cunningham.
01/01/1967 Tees Conservancy Commision replaced by the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority. Now responsible for all the port area.
04/01/1967 Donald Campbell died attempting to break the world water speed record on Coniston Water, in the Lake District.
28/04/1967 Mauhammad Ali refused induction into the US army and was stripped of his heavyweight boxing title.
1967 Doman Long became part of the British Steel Corporation
16/06/1967 The Monterey Pop Festival begins.
27/06/1967 The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London.
1967 Redcar’s last Mayor Councilor Nancy Cunningham. She was only the second woman to hold that position.
1967 Roseberry Square Library opened.
Redcar Regent Cinema showing Alfie’, starring Michael Caine which was billed as ‘by popular demand. Freddie and the Dreamers starring at the Fiesta Night
03/12/1967 First Human heart transplant took place in Cape Town, South Africa, by Christiaan BArnard and team of surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa. Patient died 18 days later from double pneumonia.
01/06/1967 ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by The Beatles, is released.
06/07/1967 Using Sir Francis Drake’s sword, the Queen knighted Francis Chichester, who had sailed solo around the world in Gypsy Moth.
26/08/1967 Brian Epstein who made the Beatles died at his London home of an overdose.
29/09/1967 Radio 1 went on air for the first time with The Breakfast Show introduced by Tony Blackburn. First record was Flowers in the Rain.
08/10/1967 Transport Minister Barbara Castle introduced the roadside breathalysers for motor vehicle drivers who faced a 12 month ban if they were found to be over the limit. Traffic accidents dropped dramatically once they cam into force.
27/10/1967 The Queen launched the new Cunard cruise liner the Queen Elizabeth 2, at a ceremony on the Clydebank.
22/01/1968 Apollo 5 lifted off, carrying the first lunar module into space.
04/02/1968 The first trials of the world’s largest hovercraft were held. The British Hovercraft Corporation-built vessel named Princess Margaret, began running cross-channel services between Dover and Boulogne.
1968 County Borough of Teesside formed with unification of Stocton, Billingham. Redcar, Thornaby and Middlesbrough.
1968 Three oil refineries built on Seal Sands to supply chemical industries and one refinery on the South of the Tees at Teesport.
1968 138 mile pipeline completed linking ICI Teesside with plant in Runcorn, supplying ethylene in gaseous form.
01/01/1968 Alexander Dub’ek comes to power: ‘Prague Spring’ begins in Czechoslovakia.
1968 York Hotel, Coatham Road, Redcar opened.
1968 14/03/1968 – Final meeting of Redcar Borough Council took place on this date.
16/05/1968 Collapse of a London tower block Ronan Point.
22/05/1968 First meeting of Teesside County Borough Council took place.
25/05/1968 St Louis Gateway Arch is dedicated.
08/06/1968 James Earl Ray, wanted for the murder of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London travelling under an assumed name with a Canadian passport.
17/07/1968 The Beatle’s animated, Yellow Submarine’, premièred in London.
18/07/1968 Intel is founded in Mountain View, California.
20/07/2017 Actress Jane-Asher broke off her engagement with Paul McCartney in a BBC television interview.
31/08/1968 Sir Garfield Sobers of Nottinghamshire became the first cricketer to score six sixes off an over
06/09/1968 Swaziland become independent.
06/10/1968 British drivers took the first three places in the US Grand Prix. Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, John Surtees.
16/10/1968 During the Olympics awards ceremony two athletes gave a black power salute.
22/10/1968 After orbiting the Earth 163 times, the spacecraft ‘Apollo 7’, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
24/12/1968 Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and WQilliam Anders piloted the first manned space mission into orbit around the Moon.
1968 1969 Mayor – Alderman John Appleby Brown (Middlesbrough).
1968 Redcar became part of Teesside Borough
1969 1970 Mayor – Alderman Frederick Talbot Webster (Stockton).
14/01/1969 Football legend Sir Matt Busby retired from Manchester United. He survived the Munich air crash tragedy in 1958 which claimed eight of his “Busby Babes” players.
18/02/1969 Approximately one thousand people turned out to the wedding of Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb and singer Lulu. Married at St. James Church, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire.
02/03/1969 The French built supersonic airliner Concorde made its maiden flight from Toulouse.
10/03/1969 James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to murdering American civil rights leader Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in jail.
12/03/1969 Beatle Paul McCartney married American photographer Linda Eastman.
19/03/1969 The 385 metre TV mast at Emley Moor, UK, collapsed due to build up of ice
1969 Concorde flew for the first time.
1969 Bandstand demolished to be replaced by the ‘Beach centre’ later to become ‘Old Kent Road’ then ‘Leos’
1969 Zetland Museum opened by Teesside council.
1969 First Boxing Day dip- Redcar Lions.
02/04/1969 Official maiden voyage of the QE2 to New York.
22/04/1969 The Queen Elizabeth II left on a mini cruise to Las Palmas before returning on its first official maiden voyage to New York. A world cruise trip lasted about 80 days.
26/05/1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a one week ‘bed-in’ to promote world peace in a Montreal hotel. Another later followed in Amsterdam.
05/07/1969 More then 300,000 rock fans attended a free concert by the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park.
21/07/1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon. Stepping out he said, “One giant step for mankind.”
18/08/1969 400.000 fans attended The Woodstock Music Festival, New York ended with Jimi Hendrix as the final act. Because of traffic jams adverse weather and shortage of food it led to the even being decaled a disaster area,
31/08/1969 Rocky Marciano, American world heavyweight boxing champion 1952-1956. who retired undefeated, was killed in an air crash In Iowa.
01/09/1969 Colonel Gaddafi seized power in Libya, over throwing King Idris I.
13/09/1969 “Apollo 9” returned to Earth
19/09/1960 Traffic Wardens issued the first Parking Tickets in central London. Penalty £2.
14/10/1969 The 50p decimal coin was first issued in Britain, replacing the 10 shilling note.
24/10/1969 Richard Burton bought his wife. Elizabeth Taylor, a 69.4 carat diamond, costing more than a million dollars.
19/11/1969 Astronauts from the second Apollo mission landed on the moon. Commander Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad became the third man to walk on the moon followed by Lieutenant- Commander Alan Bean 30 minutes later.
16/12/1969 MPs vote, by a large majority, for the abolition of the death penalty for murder.


Chris Hansom February 1, 2013 1960-1969