May 1946 in History

Events in History

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May 1 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • May 1 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy.
  • May 2 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • May 8 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn.
  • May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • May 11 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death

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May 13 Winston Churchill welcomed in Rotterdam

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 14 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • May 22 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • May 22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 24 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 26 Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
  • May 28 1st night game at Yankee stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

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May 28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • May 6 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • May 7 Richard L Brodsky, US lawyer/NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983- )
  • May 7 Brian Turner, English celebrity chef
  • May 8 André Boulerice, Quebec politician
  • May 12 L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
  • May 14 Robert Jarvik, surgeon/inventor (Jarvik 7 artificial heart)
  • May 16 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • May 17 F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • May 18 Frank Hsieh, former Premier of Taiwan
  • May 19 Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
  • May 23 H. Paul Shuch, American SETI scientist
  • May 24 Jeremy Treglown, English scholar/editor (TLS)
  • May 25 Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)
  • May 25 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • May 25 David A. Hargrave, RPG designer
  • May 26 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • May 28 Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • May 29 Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Candy Lightner, political activist/founder (MADD)
  • May 31 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director (Marriage of Maria Braum)
  • May 31 Ted Baehr, American media critic

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Anton A Mussert, engineer/NSB leader, executed
  • May 19 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • May 26 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, monarch of Waldeck, dies
  • May 29 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • May 30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)