On This Day

What Happened in May 1958

Historical Events

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers 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 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • 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 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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

USALittle Rock Crisis

May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
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The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film release premierFilm Release

May 8 "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, directed by Terence Fisher is the first Hammer Horror film released

  • May 9 Russian Mikhail Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship

Film release premierFilm Release

May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak

  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

VenezuelaNixon Attacked in Venezuela

May 13 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured
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The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • May 16 Major 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 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "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.
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

BattleBattle of Interest

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, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • 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 28 European Cup Final, Brussels: Francisco Gento scores the winner in extra time as Real Madrid beats AC Milan, 3-2; 3rd consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins in 3:44:21.064 (215.316 km/h)
  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 French Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first and only French title; beats Luis Ayala of Chile 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Kevin Kilner, American actor (Earth:Final Conflict), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 3 Sandi Toksvig, Danish-British comedian and radio presenter (The Great British Baking Show), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Person of interestKeith Haring

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 Air Force weapon systems officer (WSO) who is officially classified as missing in action since October 1986, born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • May 6 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • May 8 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • May 9 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 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 11 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • May 11 Walt Terrell, baseball player
  • May 12 Beth Maitland, American actress (Traci-Young & Restless), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • May 12 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • May 12 Kim Greist, actress (CHUD, Brazil, Payoff, Manhunter), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • May 12 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (Kiss), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 13 Frances Barber, Wolverhampton England, actress (Castaway)
  • May 14 Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • May 15 Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • May 16 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • May 17 Vincent Henar, Surinam bassist (Fra Fra Sound), born in Surinam
  • May 18 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 18 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 20 Jane Wiedlin, Wisc, singer, guitarist (GoGos, Fur, Rush Hour)
  • May 20 Mike Engleman, Sonoma California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • May 20 Ronald Prescot Reagan Jr, LA, TV host (Ron Reagon Show) and son of Ronald and Nancy Reagon
  • May 20 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • May 21 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • May 21 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • May 21 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 23 Thomas Reiter, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)

Person of interestDrew Carey

May 23 Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor and Comedian Drew Carey
Actor and Comedian
Drew Carey
  • May 23 Mitch Albom, American writer
  • May 23 François Feldman, French singer
  • May 25 Dorothy Straight, American 4 year old author (How the World Began), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 25 Paul Weller, English guitarist (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • May 26 Margaret Colin, American actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Linnea Quigley, Davenport Iowa, actress (Night of Demons, Virgin High)
  • May 27 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Person of interestAnnette Bening

May 29 Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

  • May 29 Ivar Sisniega, Mexican pentathlete, politician (Sports Minister 1994-2000), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • May 29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • May 29 Uwe Rapolder, German soccer midfielder, coach (1. FC Köln), born in Hausen an der Zaber, Germany
  • May 30 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), born in Össjö, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • May 30 Michael E Lopez-Alegria, Lt Cmdr/astro (STS 73, sk 92), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 30 Ted McGinley, actor (Love Boat, MWC, Dynasty), born in Newport Beach, California
  • May 30 Steve Israel, American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (D-New York)
  • May 31 Gary Hallberg, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • May 31 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • May 31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 3 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • May 5 James Branch Cabell, American novelist and essayist (Restless Heads), dies at 79
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • May 8 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), dies at 65
  • May 9 Bill Goodwin, American television announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • May 19 Bruno Sturmer, composer, dies at 65

Person of interestRonald Colman

May 19 Ronald Colman, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), dies at 67

  • May 19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • May 25 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 27 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46
  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 28 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • May 30 Jozef van Mierlo, Belgian Jesuit and literary (Hadewych), dies at 79