May 1955 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bob Feller's 15th 1 or less hitter (12 1-hitters, 3 no-hitters)
  • May 2 India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • May 5 Indian parliament accept Hindu divorce
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • May 5 West Germany is granted full sovereignty by its three occupying powers
  • May 6 West Germany joins NATO
  • May 7 USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain
  • May 7 West European Union established
  • May 9 German Federal Republic (West Germany) joins NATO
  • May 11 Israel attacks Gaza
  • May 12 Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • May 14 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • May 15 Building of space travel center at Baikonur Kazakhstan begins
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence
  • May 15 The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain.
  • May 16 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • May 17 Dutch government of Drees resigns
  • May 18 28.7 cm rain falls at Lake Maloya New Mexico (state record)
  • May 18 Atkinson & Depeiaza take WI from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Aust
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam
  • May 19 Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia
  • May 20 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church & state
  • May 21 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
  • May 22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • May 25 Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas & most of Blackwell Okla

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 26 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 28 Henry Bolte becomes Premier of the state of Victoria.
  • May 29 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
  • May 30 Said el-Mufti forms Jordan government
  • May 30 Tunisia begins domestic self governing
  • May 31 Construction begins on Soviet cosmodrome launch facilities
  • May 31 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike
  • May 31 US Supreme Court orders school integration "with all deliberate speed"

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Donatella Versace, Reggio Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • May 5 Robert Feld, National Scrabble Champion (1990), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 6 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 6 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • May 6 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • May 7 Kevin Reed, American theologian
  • May 9 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
  • May 10 Mark David Chapman, Forth Work Texas, assassin (John Lennon)
  • May 11 John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • May 19 Pierre J Thuot, Groton Conn, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 36, 49, 62)
  • May 20 Nigel Griffiths, MP (Labour)
  • May 22 Sam Coppersmith, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • May 25 Alistair Burt, British politician
  • May 26 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • May 29 John Hinckley Jr, shot & wounded President Reagan (1981)
  • May 29 Sut Jhally, Kenyan-born American educator

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 30 Brian Kobilka, American Nobel Prize winning chemistry professor (G protein-coupled receptors), born in Little Falls, Minnesota

Professor Brian Kobilka
Professor
Brian Kobilka
  • May 31 Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • May 4 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • May 9 Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • May 10 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • May 14 Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • May 16 James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • May 18 Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • May 29 Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78