What Happened in May 1946

Historical Events

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May 1 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • May 1 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • May 2 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • May 4 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • May 8 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • May 8 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • May 9 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • May 10 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yanks 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
  • May 11 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • May 11 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • May 11 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death

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May 13 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 14 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • May 16 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC
  • May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • May 21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • May 22 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • May 22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 24 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • May 26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • May 26 Darius Milhauds 3rd Concert for piano/orchestra premieres in Prague
  • May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 26 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • May 28 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

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May 28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • May 30 Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
  • May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Robson wins in 4:21:16.711 (184.785 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Bruce Robinson, actor (Story of Adele H)
  • May 1 Jerry Weiss, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 1 Joanna Lumley, Kashmir India, actress (Abs Fab, OHM's Secret Service)
  • May 1 Nick Fortune, [Nicholas Fortuna], rock bassist (Buckinghams Chicago)
  • May 1 Valentin Muratov, USSR, floor exercise gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • May 1 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • May 2 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 2 David Suchet, English actor
  • May 3 Greg Gumbel, sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN)
  • May 3 Norm Chow, American football coach
  • May 4 Renee Powell, LPGA golfer
  • May 4 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • May 5 Stefania Sandrelli, Viareggio Italy, actress (Lie, Conformist, 1900)
  • May 6 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • May 6 Susan Brown, actress (Gail Baldwin-General Hospital)
  • May 7 Bill Danoff, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • May 7 Bill Kreutzmann, Palo Alto CA, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead)
  • May 7 Richard L Brodsky, US lawyer/NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983- )
  • May 7 Brian Turner, English celebrity chef
  • May 8 André Boulerice, Quebec politician
  • May 9 Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actress (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)
  • May 10 Graham Gouldman, bassist (10cc-No Milk Today), born in Manchester, England
  • May 10 Maureen Lipman, actress (Educating Rita, Wonderworks)
  • May 10 Dave Mason, Worcester England, singer/songwriter (We Just Disagree)
  • May 10 Donovan, Scottish musician
  • May 11 Plume Latraverse, Quebec singer and musician
  • May 12 Leonard Baichan, cricketer (WI opener, 103 v Pakistan on debut 1975)
  • May 12 L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
  • May 13 Danny Klein, rock bassist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York
  • May 13 Tim Pigott-Smith, actor (Sweet William, Jewel in Crown)
  • May 14 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer
  • May 14 Derek Lek Leckenby, rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits-Kinda Hush)
  • May 14 Robert Jarvik, surgeon/inventor (Jarvik 7 artificial heart)
  • May 16 Robert Fripp, guitarist (King Crimson)
  • May 16 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • May 16 Roger Earl, rocker (Foghat)
  • May 17 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • May 17 Udo Lindenberg, German musician
  • May 17 F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • May 18 George Alexander, rocker

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May 18 Reggie Jackson, American baseball right fielder (NY Yankees, Athletics) nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason, born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • May 18 Frank Hsieh, former Premier of Taiwan
  • May 18 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • May 19 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 19 Mary Bryan, LPGA golfer
  • May 19 Michele Placido, Foggia Italy, actor (La Lupa, Poliziotti)

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May 19 André the Giant, French professional wrestler, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1993)

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • May 19 Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
  • May 20 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Oly-silver-1972) disqualified

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May 20 Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask), born in El Centro, California

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
  • May 20 Craig Patrick, NHL coach
  • May 20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • May 21 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • May 21 Ronald Bear, actor/director (Make-up), born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 22 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • May 22 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • May 23 Tom Dorris, horse trainer
  • May 23 Danny Klein, American rocker (J. Geils band), born in New York City
  • May 23 Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • May 23 H. Paul Shuch, American SETI scientist
  • May 24 Irina Kirszenstein Szewinska, Lenningrad, long jumper (Oly-bron-1972)
  • May 24 Jeremy Treglown, English scholar/editor (TLS)
  • May 24 Steve Upton, rock drummer (Wishbone Ash-There's the Rub, Locked In)
  • May 25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • May 25 Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)
  • May 25 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • May 25 David A. Hargrave, RPG designer
  • May 26 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • May 26 Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)
  • May 27 Lewis Collins, English actor, (d. 2013)
  • May 27 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish musician (d. 2005)
  • May 28 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • May 28 Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • May 28 Skip Jutze, American baseball player
  • May 29 Robin Johnson, actress (Times Square), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 29 Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Candy Lightner, political activist/founder (MADD)
  • May 31 Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
  • May 31 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director (Marriage of Maria Braum)
  • May 31 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • May 31 Ted Baehr, American media critic

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 2 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (28) weds producer and actor William Dozier (38)

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71
  • May 1 Percy William Whitlock, composer, dies at 42
  • May 7 Anton A Mussert, engineer/NSB leader, executed
  • May 7 Joe Humphries, cricket wicket keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies
  • May 19 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • May 26 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, monarch of Waldeck, dies
  • May 29 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • May 30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)