May 1954 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • May 1 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)

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May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick

  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 5 Military coup by general Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay
  • May 6 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4) at Iffley Road,Oxford
  • May 7 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • May 7 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • May 10 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
  • May 13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • May 13 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • May 13 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots.
  • May 14 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
  • May 17 US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy v Ferguson decision
  • May 19 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

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May 20 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
  • May 22 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
  • May 24 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM
  • May 24 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • May 24 German airline Lufthansa forms
  • May 24 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • May 29 Pope Pius X issues holy declaration
  • May 29 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
  • May 30 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
  • May 30 Hector Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca" premieres

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
  • May 2 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • May 6 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russia, cosmonaut
  • May 6 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • May 7 Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, American director
  • May 10 Jeff Apple, producer (In the Line of Fire), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • May 15 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • May 16 [Dafydd] Rhys Williams, Saskatoon Canada, MD/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • May 17 John Iles, dolby supervisor (Elephant Man, Richard III)
  • May 20 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russia, doctor/cosmonaut
  • May 20 David Paterson, American politician
  • May 20 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • May 20 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • May 25 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts)
  • May 26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • May 26 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • May 28 George E Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson CA (1974-78)
  • May 28 John Tory, Canadian politician

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

Deaths in History

  • May 14 Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • May 15 William March, American writer (b. 1893)
  • May 16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • May 19 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73

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May 25 Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Robert Capa
  • May 26 Franz Pfemfert, writer, dies at 74
  • May 27 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • May 30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian/author, dies at 67