What Happened in May 1951

Historical Events

  • May 1 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany
  • May 1 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir

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May 1 Mickey Mantle's 1st HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 1 Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox
  • May 3 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3 NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 3 Royal Festival Hall opens in London
  • May 3 The Festival of Britain opens.
  • May 5 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • May 5 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
  • May 8 Dacron men's suits introduced
  • May 8 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 9 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
  • May 10 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • May 11 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
  • May 12 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
  • May 14 Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • May 14 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • May 15 AT&T is 1st US company to have one million stockholders
  • May 15 The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • May 16 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • May 18 US General Collins predicts use of atom bomb in Korea
  • May 19 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4
  • May 21 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition - a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School.
  • May 23 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London
  • May 23 Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet signed in Beijing, formally establishes Chinese sovereignty over Tibet
  • May 24 Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal
  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)

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May 25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 26 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London

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May 27 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • May 27 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
  • May 28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • May 28 Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht
  • May 28 Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
  • May 29 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)
  • May 31 Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Gordon Greenidge, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1974-91)
  • May 1 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • May 3 Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
  • May 3 Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 3 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer
  • May 4 Gene Greenwood, (Rep-R-Pennsylvania)
  • May 4 Jackie Jackson, [Sigmund], rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 4 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
  • May 4 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • May 4 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer.
  • May 5 Rex Goh, rock guitarist (Air Supply)
  • May 6 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • May 7 David Whitton, campaigner
  • May 7 Robert Hegyes, NJ, actor (Underground Aces, Welcome Back Kotter)
  • May 8 Chris Frantz, Ky, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
  • May 8 Deborah Harmon, actress (Ted Knight Show, M*A*S*H, Just the 10 of Us)
  • May 8 Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • May 9 Alley Mills, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 10 Ron Banks, US R&B singer (Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get)
  • May 10 Steve Gunderson, (Rep-R-WI, 1981- )
  • May 11 Mike Sleman, rugby player
  • May 12 Gunnar Larrson, Sweden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • May 13 Paul Thompson, rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • May 13 Selina Scott, TV newscaster (West 57th)
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, American politician, governor of Vermont
  • May 14 Robert Zemeckis, American film director (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 14 Jay Beckenstein, saxophonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • May 14 Seasan Hubley, [Susan], actress (Vice Squad, Hardcore), born in NYC, New York
  • May 15 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • May 15 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • May 16 Jonathan Richman, rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
  • May 17 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • May 17 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • May 18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic-gold-76)
  • May 18 Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)
  • May 18 James Stephens, Mount Kisko NY, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island)
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • May 19 Joey Ramone, [Jeffrey Hyman], lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (Baby I Love You)
  • May 19 Dick Slater, American professional wrestler
  • May 20 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • May 20 Thomas D Akers, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 20 William Cullen Bryant, actor (Hell Squad)
  • May 21 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-) comedian/writer/actor (SNL), born in New York City
  • May 23 Anatoli Karpov, USSR, world chess champion (1975-85)
  • May 23 Judy Rodman, Riverside California, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too)
  • May 23 Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
  • May 24 Rob Baker, rock drummer (Red Rider)
  • May 24 Ronald A Parise, Warren Ohio, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67)
  • May 25 Clifford Archer, bassist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 25 Bob Gale, American screenwriter
  • May 26 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • May 26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

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May 26 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • May 27 Norma Jean Almodovar, Binghampton, auto-biographer (Cop to Call Girl)
  • May 29 Peter Chernin, President of News Corporation
  • May 30 Stephen Tobolowsky, Tx, actor (Single White Female, Thelma & Louise)
  • May 30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician
  • May 30 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54

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May 5 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • May 6 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  • May 7 Warner Baxter, dies at 62
  • May 9 Marie Ault, dies at 80
  • May 12 Oscar DePriest, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 80
  • May 13 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, author (Issue Beukennoot), dies at 65
  • May 17 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)
  • May 26 Lincoln Ellsworth, Arctic explorer, dies at 71
  • May 27 Thomas Blamey, soldier, dies
  • May 29 Dimitrios Levidis, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
  • May 29 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, composer, dies at 91
  • May 29 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • May 30 Hermann Broch, writer, dies at 64