May 1959 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 West Germany introduces 5 day work week
  • May 3 Tiger's Charlie Maxwell hits 4 consecutive HRs in a doubleheader
  • May 4 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
  • May 6 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels
  • May 8 3-deck Nile excursion steamer springs a leak panicking passengers who capsized ship. 200 drown just yards from shore
  • May 10 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
  • May 10 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released & charged with loss 2 months after his retirement
  • May 19 Jan de Quay becomes premier of Netherlands
  • May 19 The USS Triton, the first submarine with two nuclear reactors, is completed
  • May 20 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
  • May 20 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • May 20 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
  • May 20 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • May 21 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
  • May 22 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force
  • May 24 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pa)
  • May 24 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

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May 25 Khrushchev visits Angola

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • May 26 Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, loses in 13th
  • May 28 Congressional Committee of Astronautics meets Project 7 astronauts
  • May 28 Monkeys Able & Baker zoom 300 mi (500 km) into space on Jupiter missile, became 1st animals retrieved from a space mission

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May 29 Charles de Gaulle forms French government

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 30 Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality
  • May 30 President Luis Somoza Debayle ends emergency crisis in Nicaragua
  • May 30 Pres Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament
  • May 30 World's 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes, England
  • May 30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Uma Bharati, Indian politician
  • May 6 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • May 7 Tamara E Jernigan, Chattoonaga, PhD/astro (STS 40, 52, 67, 80)
  • May 19 Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson (murdered), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • May 20 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)
  • May 25 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • May 28 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Frank Vanhecke, Belgian politician
  • May 30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Muppeteer Jim Henson (22) weds Jane Nebel (24) in Salisbury, Maryland

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Jim Henson

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • May 20 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60
  • May 24 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71