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1960 at a glance

Published: Tuesday 1 February 2011, 4.49CET
As the USSR won the inaugural UEFA European Championship, hosts France found some solace in their Eurovision triumph in a year when the world's first female prime minister was elected.
1960 at a glance
Spain's Luis Suárez was named European Footballer of the Year ©empics
Published: Tuesday 1 February 2011, 4.49CET

1960 at a glance

As the USSR won the inaugural UEFA European Championship, hosts France found some solace in their Eurovision triumph in a year when the world's first female prime minister was elected.

It took a flurry of late applicants to take the number of entries for the inaugural UEFA European Championship beyond the required minimum of 16 – but the effort was rewarded. After a home-and-away knockout competition the four-team final tournament got under way in thrilling style as Yugoslavia twice came from two goals down to beat hosts France 5-4. It set up a meeting in Paris with USSR, 3-0 victors over Czechoslovakia, where Viktor Ponedelnik's extra-time goal earned the Soviets a 2-1 win and their place in history.

Teams
Winners: USSR
Runners-up: Yugoslavia
Third: Czechoslovakia
Fourth: France

Top scorers: Jean Vincent, Just Fontaine (France) – 5

Did you know?
Yugoslavia had the consolation two months later of beating Denmark in Rome to take Olympic gold, after a run of three consecutive silvers.

Also in 1960
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: SL Benfica (3-2 v FC Barcelona)

European Footballer of the Year: Luis Suárez (FC Barcelona)

Eurovision Song Contest winner: Jacqueline Boyer (France) singing Tom Pillibi

Nobel Peace Prize: Albert Lutuli (African National Congress president, South Africa)

Men's Olympic 100m champion: Armin Hary (Germany) running 10.2 seconds

Formula 1 world champion: Jack Brabham (Australia) driving a Cooper

Oscar for Best Picture: The Apartment

Key events
20 July – Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaika, the world's first female prime minister

8 November – John F Kennedy beats Richard Nixon to become youngest man voted in as United States president

Last updated: 18/01/16 14.33CET

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