What Happened in May 1952

Historical Events

  • May 1 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
  • May 2 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 3 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6
  • May 4 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • May 5 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 8 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 8 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 8 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • May 10 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances

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May 10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • May 13 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
  • May 13 Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India
  • May 13 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Wash Senators, 1-0
  • May 15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • May 16 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances
  • May 17 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4

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May 18 Professor WF Libby said Stonehedge dates back to 1848 BC

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • May 21 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
  • May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
  • May 27 European Defense Community forms
  • May 28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • May 28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • May 30 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves
  • May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Troy Ruttman wins in 3:52:41.930 (207.480 km/h)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Christine Baranski, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 2 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • May 3 Allen Wells, Scottish 100m sprinter (Olympic gold-1980), born in Edinburgh
  • May 3 Caitlin Clarke. American actress (d. 2004)
  • May 4 Michael Barrymore, English comedian, actor, quiz master and entertainer
  • May 5 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • May 5 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • May 6 Christian Clavier, French actor
  • May 6 Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, dir (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 8 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • May 8 Charles J Camarda, PhD/astronaut, born in NYC, New York
  • May 9 Patrick Ryecart, actor (Silas Mariner)
  • May 10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • May 10 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
  • May 10 Lee Brilleaux, Durban South Africa, British musician (Dr Feelgood)
  • May 11 Darrow Igus, comedian (Fridays, Roll Out), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 11 Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • May 11 Frances Fisher, English-born actress
  • May 11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
  • May 11 Renaud S├ęchan, French composer
  • May 11 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • May 13 John Kasich, US politician (Governor of Ohio (R), 2011-), born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 Manfred Langer, Austrian/Dutch disco builder
  • May 13 Sew Shivnarine, cricketer (3 Tests for WI 1978, later USA captain)
  • May 14 David Byrne, Dumbarton Scotland, rock guitarist/singer (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House)
  • May 14 Donald R McMonagle, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66), born in Flint, Michigan
  • May 14 M J Smith, LPGA golfer
  • May 14 Scott Irwin, American professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • May 15 Chazz Palminteri, American actor (The Usual Suspects, Bronx Tale), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 15 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)
  • May 16 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • May 17 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • May 17 Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
  • May 18 Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, US, sci-fi author (Door into Fire)
  • May 18 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • May 18 Martin R Hoke, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • May 18 Jeana Yeager, American aviator
  • May 19 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • May 19 Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • May 20 Warren Cann, Victoria Canada, rock drummer (Ultravox)
  • May 20 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer

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May 21 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actor Mr. T
Mr. T
  • May 22 Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat
  • May 22 R W Eaks, Colorado Springs CO, Nike golfer (1990 Quicksilver Open)
  • May 23 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)
  • May 23 Deborah Adair, actress (Tracey-Dynasty, Kate-Day of Our Life)
  • May 23 James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • May 23 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • May 25 Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • May 25 Gordon Smith, American politician
  • May 25 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive
  • May 26 David Meece, Christian musician
  • May 28 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • May 29 Louise Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne)
  • May 30 Zoltan Kocsis, composer
  • May 31 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)

Famous Divorces

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May 29 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
  • May 6 Alberto Savinio, Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60

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May 6 Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • May 8 William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • May 9 Canada Lee, African American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies in NYC at 45
  • May 11 Giovanni Tebaldini, composer, dies at 87
  • May 15 Albert Basserman, actor (Madame Curie, Rhapsody in Blue), dies at 84
  • May 15 Italo Montemezzi, composer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • May 16 Frances Benjamin Johnston, early American female photgrapher
  • May 18 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • May 21 John Garfield, actor (Juarez, Air Force), dies at 39
  • May 23 Georg Alfred Schumann, composer, dies at 85
  • May 26 Damaso Alonso, Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55
  • May 31 Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies