Historical Events in May 1951

  • 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

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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