Historical Events in May 1950

  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 2 Carlo Terrons "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic

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May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 6 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6

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May 8 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 9 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
  • May 10 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • May 11 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris
  • May 12 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • May 13 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • May 13 The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • May 14 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 18 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
  • May 20 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
  • May 21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
  • May 22 Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
  • May 22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
  • May 25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • May 27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film
  • May 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
  • May 31 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial