May 1953 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
  • May 2 Hussein I installed as king of Jordan
  • May 3 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"

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May 4 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • May 7 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
  • May 11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

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May 11 Winston Churchill criticizes US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • May 15 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • May 17 Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game
  • May 18 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • May 19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • May 21 French government of Mayer resigns

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May 22 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 22 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
  • May 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • May 25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • May 26 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
  • May 27 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections

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May 29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

  • May 29 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)
  • May 31 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
  • May 6 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • May 7 Pat McInally, American National Football League player
  • May 7 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • May 9 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • May 10 John Diamond, English journalist (d. 2001)
  • May 14 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • May 16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • May 17 Nicholas Bacon, premier baronet of England
  • May 18 Helen Chadwick, artist
  • May 19 Henry Lascelles, English grandson of princess Mary
  • May 19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • May 20 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • May 22 John Edward Stevens, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • May 22 Doris Barnett, German politician
  • May 25 Jane Priest, Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover
  • May 25 Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • May 25 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • May 26 Michael Portillo, British politician

Weddings in History

  • May 23 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 11 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 19 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60