May 1958 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 2 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • May 3 WINS suspends Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
  • May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for (Death in the Family)
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

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May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central HS, Little Rock, Arkansas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 9 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government
  • May 13 Rioters attack US VP Richard Nixon in Venezuela
  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered.
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Maj Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London
  • May 19 South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 19 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

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May 23 Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

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May 24 Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • May 24 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Union Square, SF becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green & 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)

Birthdays in History


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May 4 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • May 5 Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
  • May 10 Ellen Ochoa, PhD/Astronaut (STS 56, 66), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Rick Santorum, (Rep-R-Penn)
  • May 10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • May 12 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • May 12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • May 21 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • May 21 Sabine Bischoff, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, fencer (Oly Gld 1984), (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Thomas Reiter, Germany, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)
  • May 23 Mitch Albom, American writer
  • May 25 Dorothy Straight, 4 year old author (How World Begun)
  • May 25 Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)
  • May 29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • May 30 Michael E Lopez-Alegria, Lt Cmdr/astro (STS 73, sk 92), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 30 Steve Israel, American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (D-New York)
  • May 31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 29 Juan Ramon JimĂ©nez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76