On This Day

Historical Events in May 1952

  • May 1 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Comet from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers [1]
  • May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole

Sports History

May 3 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins his record fifth Derby

  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk for this novel "The Caine Mutiny"
  • May 5 "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" (also known as "Vitameatavegamin") episode of "I Love Lucy" premieres, garnering 68% of US television viewers
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 8 Revival of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • May 8 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances
  • May 8 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "La Ronde" Best Film
  • May 10 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

Cannes Film Festival

May 10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur
  • May 13 Ron Necciai of Pittsburgh Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27 in 9-innings, as he no-hits Welch Minors; 4 Minors do reach base
  • May 13 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting
  • May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0
  • May 15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • May 16 "New Faces of 1952" opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 365 performances
  • May 17 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
  • May 21 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
  • May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
  • May 27 European Defense Community forms
  • May 28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • May 28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • May 30 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves

Music History

May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Troy Ruttman at 22 years 80 days sets record for youngest 500 winner in history; his Kuzma-Offenhauser is last dirt track car to win at Indy