Historical Events in May 1958

  • 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 Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

Film Release

May 8 Classic Hammer horror film "Dracula" film starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire alongside Peter Cushing, directed by Terence Fisher released

Little Rock Crisis

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

Historic Event

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

Film Release

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

  • May 9 Russian Mikhail Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 11 US performs its second atmospheric nuclear test of the day, this one at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation

Baseball Record

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

Baseball Record

May 13 MLB San Francisco Giants teammates Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple, and combine for 10 RBI in a 16-9 win over the Dodgers at Los Angeles

  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

Nixon 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

  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered

Film Premiere

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)

  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • 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 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

Theater Premiere

May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London

  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 22 Influential modernist skyscraper the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe officially opens in Manhattan, New York
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

Historic Event

May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China

  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances

Battle of Interest

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

  • May 24 United Press Association and International News Service merge to form United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • 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

Historic Event

May 28 French government of Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin resigns; 200,000 demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins a race best known for a massive first-lap, 15-car pileup that results in death of fan-favourite driver Pat O'Connor
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"
  • 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 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)