A typical front page layout from 1960 is shown here, with the top local story on the left side of the page and the top national story at the top right. The top national story dealt with those insidious Russkies and their devious plans to do scary stuff. It often did, in 1960.
Currently, we try to put as much local news on the front page as possible, because the Daily Globe emphasizes local coverage over wire stories. However, in 1960 there were fewer options for reading state and national news, and the critical national news went on the front page.