April 9: Prime minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd is shot twice in the face by a white farmer who called Verwoerd "the epitome of apartheid." Verwoerd survives.
Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 1960: Unrest in South Africa
April 8: The political groups PAC (Pan Africanist Congress) and the ANC (African National Congress) are banned by the apartheid government under the Unlawful Organisations Act. The order follows the Sharpeville massacre (see March 21) and the state of emergency imposed on March 30. Members of the groups flee the country or go into hiding for fear of arrest; the ban would lead to the rise of armed resistance the next year under the banner of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), or MK.
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- Undated: The Corvair
- Undated: Planning for a space station
- Monday, April 25, 1960: 'Happiness is a Warm Puppy...
- Sunday, April 24, 1960: Polio vaccine
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- Thursday, April 21, 1960: Brasilia is born
- Sunday, April 17, 1960: Eddie Cochran dies
- Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 1960: SNCC formed
- Thursday, April 14, 1960: Motown
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- Friday, April 8, 1960: The search for alien life
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