Years 1960 to 1969
|Politician John Fitzgerald Kennedy announced he would run for the American presidency.
|Mayor – Councillor George William Thorne JP.
|South Gare Lighthouse converted to gas and electricity.
|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
|June 1960. Dredging/quay/berths for the new Tees Dock at Lackenby was completed ahead of schedule
|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.
|Late 1960’s the Queens Hotel, High Street, was demolished. (Iceland now stands there)
|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.
|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.
|Chubby Checker singer introduced ‘The Twist’. in the UK. Born as Earnest Evans.
|Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
|America introduced the birth control pill.
|Oscar Hammerstein II American lyricist died. With his brother Richard Rodgers produced show/film Oklahoma.
|17th Olympic Games opened in Rome. Light weight boxing gold medal won by an American youth Named Cassius Clay.
|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.
|First broadcast of the long running British TV soap opera, ‘Cornation Street’
|Floyd Patterson became the first man to retain the world heavyweight boxing title.
|Congo gains independence from Belgium.
|Trial took place re Penguin Books proposed publication of the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, under the Obscene Publications Act. Found not guilty.
|John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon and became the 35th US President.
|The ‘Lady Chatterley’ book trial ended with publishers, Penguin, cleared of obscenity.
|Clarke Gable the “King of Hollywood” and Oscar winner, died after shooting the final scenes of The Misfits, opposite Marilyn Monroe.
|The first episode of Coronation Street was televised, although it was not networked until Spring 1961. It was originally called Florizel Street.
|The population of Redcar was 31,460.
|Britain first applied for membership of the EEC.
|James Bond movie began shooting Dr No. Sean Connery made his debut as Bond.
|Mississippi race riots over first black university student.
|Mayor – Councillor Philip Harvey JP.
|The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern, Liverpool, during a lunch time session.
|Date of Census. Population of Redcar 31,460
|Commander Alan Shepard returned to Earth after becoming the first American in space.
|Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, defected to the West at Paris airport.
|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.
|Soviet cosmonaut Major Gherman Titov became the second man in orbit. Orbited the Earth 17 times whilst in space for 25 hours.
|Britain first applied for membership of the EEC.
|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.
|One of the largest “ban the bomb” demonstrations ended up with 830 arrested including Vanessa Redgrave, and playwright John Osborne.
|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.
|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.
|Mayor – Councillor Albert William Kidd.
|John Glen became the first American to orbit the Earth three times, in his spacecraft Friendship Seven, before landing in the Atlantic Ocean safely.
|Teesdock opens following the imminent closure of Middlesbrough Docks.
|Seal Sands purchased by ICI for development of new chemical plant
|The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London.
|Teesmouth Coxswain John Stonehouse received bronze medal for gallantry from RNLI rescuing a three man crew from yacht ‘Sybil Kathleen’ off Skinningrove.
|The Rolling Stones made their first appearance, at the Marquee club in London
|Tinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
|The British TV quiz programme University Challenge, conducted by Bamber Gascoigne, was first transmitted.Bamber
|Sir William Turner’s Grammar School moved to new site on Corporation Road.
|Barbra Streisand signed her first recording contract and brought out multi-Grammy winning album The Barbra Streisand Album the following year on Columbia Records.
|The Beatles made their first ever television appearance on Granada Television, Manchester.
|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.
|The ‘Mona Lisa’ was given the highest ever insurance value for a painting; $10 million.
|NASA’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
|Mayor – Councillor Stanley Brotton.
|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.
|Secretary of War, John Profumo, resigned over his relationship with a call girl, Christine Keeler.
|Two Jazz Festivals held on Redcar Racecourse with a Jazz Ball staged on Bank Holiday Monday
|The first woman astronaut, Valentina Tereshkova, blasted off in the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6.
|Caravan Park opened, Coatham end of Town.
|Zetland Lifeboat taken by road to Leith, Edinburgh for the 9th International Lifeboat Conference.
|The playing fields within Locke Park were amongst the first to be allocated money from the Prince of Edinburgh’s Playing Field Scheme’s
|Great Train Robbery took place near Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, and more than £2.5 million in untraceable banknotes taken
|Christine Keeler was arrested and charged with perjury over the Profumo Affair. Later pleaded guilt and jailed for nine months.
|Scotland’s Jim Clark became the world’s youngest motor racing champion at the age of 27 years.
|Murder. The body of Linda Cook found at 7am in Green Lane, Redcar.
|Sir Alex Douglas-Home succeeded Harold MacMillan as Prime MInister.
|The Beatles played at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen Mother.
|John F Kennedyu president of the United States, was assassinated in Texas, during the run up to the 1964 presidential campaign
|The first episode of the BBC TV serial Doctor Who was screened in Britain. The Doctor was played by William Hartnell.
|Lee Harvey Oswald charged with killing President Kennedy, was shot dead by club owner Jack Ruby at Dallas Police Headquarters.
|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.
|The pirate ship, ‘Radio’ Caroline’, began transmitting from a ship in the North Sea.
|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.
|Roseberry Square Shopping Centre opened.
|The seaside resort of Clacton was the scene of pitched battles by gangs of Mods and Rockers.
|Geoffrey Boycott made his cricket test debut against Australia at Trent Bridge.
|Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Robben Island, seven miles off Cape Town, sparking international protests.
|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.
|Sir Winston Churchill made his last appearance in the House of Commons.
|Ian Fleming best selling author and creator of James Bond died.
|South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its racial policies.
|Female body discovered floating in the sea at Coatham.Police appeal for identity.
|The first performance of Fiddler On The Roof took place in New York, with Zero Mostel singing If I Was A Rich Man.
|Harpo Marx, the silent one who chased girls and played the harp. died aged 75 years.
|American composer and songwriter Cole Porter died in California aged 73. Successes included the film and soundtrack of the film a ‘High Society’.
|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.
|President Kaunda took power in Zambia.
|Mayor – Councillor Gordon Timperley Thornton.
|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.
|The state funeral of Winston Churchill (90 years) took place and Big Ben was silenced for the funeral procession.
|Ringo Starr married Liverpool hairdresser Maureen “Mo” Cox at Caxton Hall Register Office in London.
|Nat King Cole, US singer and Pianist, died of cancer.
|The film Goldfiinger with 007 James Bond was shown at The Regent Cinema.
|Maria Callas gave her last stage performance – in Tosca – at Covent Garden. She was 41.
|Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills.
|Limited customs experiment for Teesside Airport introduced.
|11th Century camp of refuge created by Gospatric and known as Freedom Land destroyed to build Steel House nearby.
|Central and Regent Cinemas, Market Hall, demolished and rebuilt to become Craighton House.
|Lifeboats – Aquila Wren into service and saving 28 lives.
|Laburnum Road Library opened on site of old Sir William Turners Grammar School.
|After 900 years the remains of a camp from approx 1910, were covered over by the then Dorman Long Steel works.
|The Post Office Tower in London became operational. It was opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
|The Beatles went to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their MBE’s.
|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.
|Mayor – Alderman Lancelot Harold Baker JP.
|Telephone lines, trees toppled as gales sweep across Teesside area, accompanied with heavy rain making some road impassable.
|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.
|Chancellor of the Exchequer James Callaghan said Britain would switch to decimal currency from 1971.
|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.
|64-year-old Redcar widow won £13,123 on the football pools.
|Teesside Aiport opened. Former Wartime aerodrome ‘Goosepool’
|Dorman Long became British Steel Corp.
|Folk fans at the Royal Albert Hall booed Bob Dylan for performing with an electric guitar.
|Wheatlands Park Estate – commenced building.
|New library opened on site of the Grammar School.
|Christ Church (Church in the Fields) damaged by fire. NFD
|World Cup Willie became the first ever football tournament mascot (a lion)
|Prime Minister Harold Wilson re-opened the revamped Cavern Club in Liverpool
|The Princess Royal (Princess Ann) was born.
|The Tay Road Bridge was opened.
|The Severn Bridge was officially opened by the Queen.
|The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
|Sir Cliff Richard made his debut playing Buttons in the London Palladium production of Cinderella.
|Walt Disney, cartoon film producer and creator, died aged 65.
|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.
|Mayor – Councillor Mrs Hannah Cunningham.
|Tees Conservancy Commision replaced by the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority. Now responsible for all the port area.
|Donald Campbell died attempting to break the world water speed record on Coniston Water, in the Lake District.
|Mauhammad Ali refused induction into the US army and was stripped of his heavyweight boxing title.
|Doman Long became part of the British Steel Corporation
|The Monterey Pop Festival begins.
|The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield, London.
|Redcar’s last Mayor Councilor Nancy Cunningham. She was only the second woman to hold that position.
|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
|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.
|‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by The Beatles, is released.
|Using Sir Francis Drake’s sword, the Queen knighted Francis Chichester, who had sailed solo around the world in Gypsy Moth.
|Brian Epstein who made the Beatles died at his London home of an overdose.
|Radio 1 went on air for the first time with The Breakfast Show introduced by Tony Blackburn. First record was Flowers in the Rain.
|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.
|The Queen launched the new Cunard cruise liner the Queen Elizabeth 2, at a ceremony on the Clydebank.
|Apollo 5 lifted off, carrying the first lunar module into space.
|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.
|County Borough of Teesside formed with unification of Stocton, Billingham. Redcar, Thornaby and Middlesbrough.
|Three oil refineries built on Seal Sands to supply chemical industries and one refinery on the South of the Tees at Teesport.
|138 mile pipeline completed linking ICI Teesside with plant in Runcorn, supplying ethylene in gaseous form.
|Alexander Dub’ek comes to power: ‘Prague Spring’ begins in Czechoslovakia.
|York Hotel, Coatham Road, Redcar opened.
|14/03/1968 – Final meeting of Redcar Borough Council took place on this date.
|Collapse of a London tower block Ronan Point.
|First meeting of Teesside County Borough Council took place.
|St Louis Gateway Arch is dedicated.
|James Earl Ray, wanted for the murder of Martin Luther King, was arrested in London travelling under an assumed name with a Canadian passport.
|The Beatle’s animated, Yellow Submarine’, premièred in London.
|Intel is founded in Mountain View, California.
|Actress Jane-Asher broke off her engagement with Paul McCartney in a BBC television interview.
|Sir Garfield Sobers of Nottinghamshire became the first cricketer to score six sixes off an over
|Swaziland become independent.
|British drivers took the first three places in the US Grand Prix. Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, John Surtees.
|During the Olympics awards ceremony two athletes gave a black power salute.
|After orbiting the Earth 163 times, the spacecraft ‘Apollo 7’, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
|Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and WQilliam Anders piloted the first manned space mission into orbit around the Moon.
|Mayor – Alderman John Appleby Brown (Middlesbrough).
|Redcar became part of Teesside Borough
|Mayor – Alderman Frederick Talbot Webster (Stockton).
|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.
|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.
|The French built supersonic airliner Concorde made its maiden flight from Toulouse.
|James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to murdering American civil rights leader Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in jail.
|Beatle Paul McCartney married American photographer Linda Eastman.
|The 385 metre TV mast at Emley Moor, UK, collapsed due to build up of ice
|Concorde flew for the first time.
|Bandstand demolished to be replaced by the ‘Beach centre’ later to become ‘Old Kent Road’ then ‘Leos’
|Zetland Museum opened by Teesside council.
|First Boxing Day dip- Redcar Lions.
|Official maiden voyage of the QE2 to New York.
|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.
|John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a one week ‘bed-in’ to promote world peace in a Montreal hotel. Another later followed in Amsterdam.
|More then 300,000 rock fans attended a free concert by the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park.
|Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon. Stepping out he said, “One giant step for mankind.”
|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,
|Rocky Marciano, American world heavyweight boxing champion 1952-1956. who retired undefeated, was killed in an air crash In Iowa.
|Colonel Gaddafi seized power in Libya, over throwing King Idris I.
|“Apollo 9” returned to Earth
|Traffic Wardens issued the first Parking Tickets in central London. Penalty £2.
|The 50p decimal coin was first issued in Britain, replacing the 10 shilling note.
|Richard Burton bought his wife. Elizabeth Taylor, a 69.4 carat diamond, costing more than a million dollars.
|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.
|MPs vote, by a large majority, for the abolition of the death penalty for murder.
February 1, 2013 1960-1969