May 1949 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 A's Elmer Valo is 1st AL'er to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game
  • May 1 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)

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May 2 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • May 2 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
  • May 2 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • May 3 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
  • May 5 Council of Europe forms
  • May 5 Statute of Council of Europe drawn up
  • May 8 West German constitution approved
  • May 9 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • May 9 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • May 11 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • May 11 Siam renames itself Thailand

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May 12 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • May 13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight

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May 14 US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • May 17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • May 18 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
  • May 23 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
  • May 25 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
  • May 27 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • May 30 East German constitution approved
  • May 30 NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname
  • May 31 Charley Lupica begins stay on 4 foot square platform atop a 60' pole, vowing to stay until Indians clinch pennant. (They don't, & stays 117 days)

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • May 2 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 3 Albert Sacco Jr, PhD/astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 3 Ron Wyden, (Rep-D-OR, 1981- )
  • May 4 Gerrit J P van Otterloo, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • May 4 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • May 6 David Cornell Leestma, Muskegon Mich, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
  • May 7 Stuart Marshall, director (Desire)
  • May 9 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • May 10 Miuccia Prada, Milan Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • May 15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 17 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • May 18 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 20 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • May 21 Andrew Nell, editor (Sunday Times)
  • May 23 Alan Garcia Perez, President of Peru (1985-90)
  • May 25 Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
  • May 26 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor

Deaths in History

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May 6 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • May 9 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • May 11 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • May 16 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • May 18 James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • May 20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • May 21 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • May 22 Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies
  • May 24 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • May 25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • May 27 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY