What Happened in May 1958

Historical Events

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 2 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • May 3 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • May 3 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
  • May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

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May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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May 8 "Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, debuts

  • May 9 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship

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May 9 Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

  • May 11 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government
  • May 13 Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela

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May 13 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III

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May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • May 16 Maj Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 17 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • May 18 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London
  • May 19 South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 19 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

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May 23 Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

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May 24 Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • May 24 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
  • May 28 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
  • May 28 3rd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Milan 3-2 at Brussels
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins in 3:44:21.064 (215.316 km/h)
  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 57th Men's French Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Luis Ayala (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Kim Jones, Sonoma California, 5k runner
  • May 3 Kevin Kilner, American actor
  • May 3 Sandi Toksvig, Danish comedian and radio presenter

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May 4 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • May 5 Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
  • May 6 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • May 8 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • May 9 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • May 10 Ellen Ochoa, PhD/Astronaut (STS 56, 66), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Jeannette Kohlhaas, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Margaret Ward, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Rick Santorum, (Rep-R-Penn)
  • May 10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • May 11 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 11 Walt Terrell, baseball player
  • May 12 Beth Maitland, actress (Traci-Young & Restless)
  • May 12 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • May 12 Kim Greist, Stamford CT, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter)
  • May 12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • May 12 Eric Singer, American drummer
  • May 13 Frances Barber, Wolverhampton England, actress (Castaway)
  • May 14 Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • May 15 Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • May 16 Glenn Gregory, rock vocalist (Heeaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 17 Vincent Henar, Surinam, bassist (Fra Fra Sound)
  • May 18 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 18 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 20 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer/guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • May 20 Mike Engleman, Sonoma California, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • May 20 Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, TV host (Ron Reagon Show) and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagon
  • May 21 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • May 21 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • May 21 Sabine Bischoff, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, fencer (Oly Gld 1984), (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 23 Thomas Reiter, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)

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May 23 Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew-Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor and Comedian Drew Carey
Actor and Comedian
Drew Carey
  • May 23 Mitch Albom, American writer
  • May 23 François Feldman, French singer
  • May 25 Dorothy Straight, 4 year old author (How World Begun)
  • May 25 Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)
  • May 27 Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)
  • May 27 Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)

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May 29 Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

  • May 29 Ivar Sisniega, Mexico, pentathelete (Olympic-1980)
  • May 29 Sam Clancy, WLAF defensive assistant coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • May 30 Marie Fredriksson, Ostra-Lj Swed, singer (Roxette-Must Have Been Love)
  • May 30 Michael E Lopez-Alegria, Lt Cmdr/astro (STS 73, sk 92), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 30 Ted McGinley, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty), born in Newport Beach, California
  • May 30 Steve Israel, American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (D-New York)
  • May 31 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
  • May 31 Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
  • May 31 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • May 31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 3 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • May 9 Bill Goodwin, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • May 19 Bruno Sturmer, composer, dies at 65

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May 19 Ronald Colman, British actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 67

  • May 19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • May 25 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 27 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46
  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 28 Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, composer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76