May 1950 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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

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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 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 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain
  • 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 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 14 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 16 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • May 17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • May 17 Christian Lacroix, French couturier (Chic Frills)
  • May 17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)
  • May 22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician
  • May 24 Larry Seidlin, American judge
  • May 28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • May 30 Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
  • May 31 Edward Barker, cartoonist

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, dies at 76
  • May 8 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • May 9 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • May 10 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • May 10 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • May 24 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)