What Happened in May 1953

Historical Events

  • May 2 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02
  • May 2 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
  • May 2 Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
  • May 3 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • May 6 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0
  • May 7 "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • May 7 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
  • May 8 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open
  • May 10 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

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May 11 Winston Churchill criticizes US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 12 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 15 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • May 15 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • May 16 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • May 17 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
  • May 17 Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game
  • May 18 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • May 19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • May 21 French government of Mayer resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 22 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • May 23 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • May 25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • May 25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • May 25 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
  • May 26 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
  • May 27 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • May 28 Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"

1stTenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

May 29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

  • May 29 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)
  • May 30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:53:01.668 (207.187 km/h)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 30 52nd Men's French Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Victor Elias Seixas (6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • May 30 52nd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government
  • May 31 WSUN TV channel 38 in St Petersburg-Tampa, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • May 1 Mindy Moore, LPGA golfer
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • May 2 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, Champaign Ill, rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon)
  • May 3 Van McLain, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 6 Lynn Whitfield, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge
  • May 6 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
  • May 6 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 7 Pat McInally, American National Football League player
  • May 7 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • May 9 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 9 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 9 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • May 10 Barbara Moxness, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Lawrence Lau, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 10 John Diamond, English journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 10 Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • May 11 Boyd Gaines, actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 11 David Gest, American television producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • May 14 Bill Meek, Upland PA, prone rifle (Olympics-8th-1996)
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, England, composer (Tubular Bells)

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May 16 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • May 16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • May 16 Richard Page, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 Kathleen Sullivan, newscaster (ABC-TV, CBS Morning Show), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 17 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • May 17 Yoko Shimada, Kumamota Japan, author (Kir Royal)/actress (Shogun)
  • May 18 Helen Chadwick, artist
  • May 18 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • May 19 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 19 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • May 20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • May 22 John Edward Stevens, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Doris Barnett, German politician
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • May 24 Alfred Molina, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears), born in London, England
  • May 24 Nell Campbell, [Laura], Australian actress (Rocky Horror), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 25 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • May 25 Jane Priest, Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover
  • May 25 Rich Alves, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • May 25 Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • May 25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • May 26 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Danny Elfman, composer (Simspon Show Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, Beaumont Tx, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • May 30 Colm Meaney, actor (Star Trek Deep Space 9)
  • May 31 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor

Famous Weddings

  • May 23 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 4 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 11 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (b. 1910)
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 19 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)