Historical Events in May 1955

Golf Tournament

May 1 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year

Sports History

May 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter in Indians' 2-0 win v Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Stadium

Miss Atomic Pageant

May 1 Showgirl Linda Lawson is crowned "Miss-Cue" in the Atomic Pageant, after the Operation Cue test is repeatedly delayed by high winds

  • May 2 India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable

Historic Event

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

  • May 2 WGBH TV channel 2 in Boston, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 5 "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1022 performances
  • May 5 Indian parliament accepts 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

Sports History

May 7 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8

  • 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 10 8th Cannes Film Festival: "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann wins Palme d'Or
  • May 11 Israel attacks Gaza
  • May 12 Chicago Cub Sam "Toothpick" Jones is 1st African-American to pitch a no-hitter, winning 4-0 over Pittsburgh Pirates, at Wrigley Field, Chicago

Baseball Record

May 13 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

  • 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 KPUA (now KGMD) TV channel 9 in Hilo, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 15 The first ascent of Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain
  • May 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence
  • May 16 King Baudouin of Belgium visits Congo
  • May 16 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Boxing Title Fight

May 16 Rocky Marciano beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • 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 West Indies from 6-187 to 6-494 in day v Australia
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens E55 fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 19 Atkinson & Depeiaza make 347 stand for 7th wkt WI v Australia
  • May 20 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church and state
  • May 21 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset

Musical Finale

May 21 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote' musical "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 165 performances

  • May 21 WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • May 22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • May 25 Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall, Kansas and most of Blackwell, Oklahoma
  • May 26 "7th Heaven" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 44 performances

Election of Interest

May 26 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election

Historic Event

May 26 Khrushchev arrives in Belgrade

  • May 27 "The Red Buttons Show", last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 27 Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0

Sports History

May 28 80th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 1:54.6

  • May 28 Henry Bolte becomes Premier of the state of Victoria
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Bob Sweikert wins; defending champion Bill Vukovich killed in a crash while seemingly on his way to an unprecedented third consecutive Indy 500
  • May 29 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
  • May 30 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 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"