May 1952 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
  • May 2 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.

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May 13 Jawaharlal Nehru becomes premier of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • May 13 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
  • May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0

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May 18 Professor WF Libby said Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BC

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
  • May 27 European Defense Community forms
  • May 28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • May 28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, dir (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 8 Charles J Camarda, American PhD/astronaut, born in NYC, New York
  • May 11 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • May 13 John Kasich, US politician (Governor of Ohio (R), 2011-), born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 Manfred Langer, Austrian/Dutch disco builder
  • May 14 Donald R McMonagle, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66), born in Flint, Michigan
  • May 16 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • May 17 Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
  • May 18 Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, American sci-fi author (Door into Fire)
  • May 18 Martin R Hoke, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • May 18 Jeana Yeager, American aviator
  • May 22 Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat
  • May 25 Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • May 25 Gordon Smith, American politician
  • May 25 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive
  • May 29 Louise Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73

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May 6 Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • May 16 Frances Benjamin Johnston, early American female photgrapher
  • May 26 Damaso Alonso, Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55
  • May 31 Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies