What Happened in May 1949

Historical Events

  • May 1 A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
  • May 1 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)

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May 2 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • May 2 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • May 2 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • May 3 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
  • May 4 Air crash at Turin (whole Torino soccer team survives)
  • May 5 Council of Europe forms
  • May 5 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
  • May 5 Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
  • May 7 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 8 West German constitution approved
  • May 9 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • May 9 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • May 11 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • May 11 Siam renames itself Thailand

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May 12 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • May 13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • May 14 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • May 14 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56

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May 14 US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • May 17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • May 18 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
  • May 25 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
  • May 27 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • May 27 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • May 28 48th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Budge Patty (6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • May 28 48th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Nelly Adamson (7-5, 6-2)
  • May 29 Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • May 29 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Best Years of Our Lives" Best Film
  • May 29 2nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Hamlet" Best Film
  • May 30 East German constitution approved
  • May 30 NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname
  • May 30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h)

Sport awardGolf Major

May 31 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • May 31 Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, & stays 117 days)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • May 1 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 1 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • May 1 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • May 2 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 3 Albert Sacco Jr, PhD/astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 3 Ron Wyden, (Rep-D-OR, 1981- )
  • May 4 Gerrit J P van Otterloo, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • May 4 Sybil Danning, [Danninger], Weis Austria, actress (Chained Heat)
  • May 4 Zal Cleminson, rocker (Alex Harvey Band)
  • May 4 John Force, American race car driver
  • May 4 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • May 5 Anna Bergman, actress (Agent 69), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 6 David Cornell Leestma, Muskegon Mich, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
  • May 7 Marilyn Cole, Portsmouth England, playmate of the year (Jan, 1972)
  • May 7 Stuart Marshall, director (Desire)

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May 9 Billy Joel, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • May 9 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • May 10 Miuccia Prada, Milan Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • May 13 Franklin Ajaye, American comedian/actor (Jazz Singer, Car Wash), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Jane Glover, British conductor
  • May 13 Zoe Wanamaker, actress (Raggedy Rawney)
  • May 14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Oly-96)
  • May 16 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 16 William Sputnik Spooner, rock guitarist (Grateful Dead, Tubes)
  • May 17 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
  • May 17 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • May 18 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • May 18 Rick Wakeman, rock keyboardist (Yes-Fish Out of Water)
  • May 18 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18 William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 19 Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)
  • May 20 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • May 21 Andrew Nell, editor (Sunday Times)
  • May 21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • May 21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • May 23 Alan Garcia Perez, President of Peru (1985-90)
  • May 24 John Illsley, rocker (Dire Straits)
  • May 24 Jim Broadbent, English actor (Iris), born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • May 25 Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
  • May 25 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • May 26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • May 26 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

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May 26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • May 26 Pam Grier, Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough)
  • May 26 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 26 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • May 28 Shelley Hamlin, San Mateo CA, LPGA golfer (1978 Patty Berg Classic)
  • May 28 Sue Holderness, actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers)
  • May 28 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • May 29 Francis Rossi, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man), born in London, England
  • May 29 Brian Kidd, English footballer
  • May 30 Bob Willis, cricketer (superb England fast bowler 1971-84)
  • May 30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach
  • May 31 Steven Kampmann, actor (Kirk-Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 31 Tom Berenger, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 31 Nancy Shade, American soprano

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 31 Actress Doris Day (25) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 A L Ochse, cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies

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May 6 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • May 9 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • May 11 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • May 16 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • May 18 James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • May 20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • May 21 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • May 22 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80
  • May 22 Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies
  • May 24 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • May 25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • May 27 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY