May 1951 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany
  • May 1 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
  • May 3 Royal Festival Hall opens in London
  • May 3 The Festival of Britain opens.
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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 Bernardus J Alfrink appointed bishop's asst of Utrecht
  • May 29 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane-CF Blair
  • May 31 Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • May 3 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer
  • May 4 Gene Greenwood, (Rep-R-Pennsylvania)
  • May 6 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • May 7 David Whitton, campaigner
  • May 10 Steve Gunderson, (Rep-R-WI, 1981- )
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, American politician, governor of Vermont
  • May 15 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • May 17 I R Evans, CEO (Hyder, Welsh Water)
  • May 17 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • May 20 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • May 20 Thomas D Akers, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 23 Anatoli Karpov, USSR, world chess champion (1975-85)
  • May 23 Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
  • May 24 Ronald A Parise, Warren Ohio, PhD/astronaut (STS 35, STS 67)
  • May 26 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • May 26 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

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May 26 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • May 27 Norma Jean Almodovar, Binghampton, auto-biographer (Cop to Call Girl)
  • May 29 Peter Chernin, President of News Corporation
  • May 30 Fernando Lugo, Paraguayan politician

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  • May 7 Warner Baxter, dies at 62
  • May 9 Marie Ault, dies at 80
  • May 12 Oscar DePriest, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 80
  • May 13 Marianne [Goudeket-]Philips, author (Issue Beukennoot), dies at 65
  • May 25 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-born writer (b. 1887)
  • May 26 Lincoln Ellsworth, Arctic explorer, dies at 71
  • May 27 Thomas Blamey, soldier, dies
  • May 29 Fanny Brice, Zeigfield Girl (Baby Snooks Show), dies at 59
  • May 30 Hermann Broch, writer, dies at 64