The crowd of 127,621 at Hampden Park remains a European Cup final record, appropriate for the highest-scoring fixture in the showpiece.
• The Soviet Union wins the first edition of what was to become the UEFA European Championship.
• Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia wins the Olympic marathon, running bare-footed in Rome.
• John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest man to be elected as President of the United States.
• Francis Chichester, diagnosed with lung cancer two years earlier, wins the first single-handed transatlantic yacht race.