Historical Events in May 1960

  • May 1 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 1 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states

Historic Event

May 1 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk

  • May 2 Allen Drury wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel "Advise and Consent"
  • May 2 Harry Belafonte's 2nd Carnegie Hall performance
  • May 2 US House of Representative investigating committee, looking into payola questions in broadcasting
  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)

Historic Event

May 3 The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • May 4 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
  • May 6 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • May 6 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico

Historic Event

May 6 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

  • May 7 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • May 7 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • May 7 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry

Historic Event

May 7 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as President of USSR

  • May 7 Michael Tal beats Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • May 7 Musical review "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 21 performances
  • May 7 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater. NYC, after 602 performances and 1 Tony Award
  • May 7 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confesses to being a CIA spy
  • May 7 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 12 performances
  • May 8 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite", with Grofé conducting, in San Francisco
  • May 8 USSR & Cuba resume diplomatic relations
  • May 9 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • May 9 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

Historic Event

May 10 John F. Kennedy wins presidential primary in West Virginia

  • May 10 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • May 11 French liner "France" launched

TV Show Appearance

May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra television special; Elvis sings Sinatra's 1957 Cy Coleman hit "Witchcraft", and Frank performs Presley's 1956 classic "Love Me Tender"

  • May 13 1st launch of Delta satellite launching vehicle; it failed
  • May 13 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game
  • May 13 WOLE TV channel 12 in Aguadillo, PR
  • May 14 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • May 14 USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
  • May 14 Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis" premieres in Potsdam, NY
  • May 15 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • May 15 Chic Cub Don Cardwell no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0

Music History

May 15 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • May 15 KHVO TV channel 13 in Hilo, HI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 15 Sputnik 4 launched into Earth orbit; later recovery failed
  • May 15 Taxes took 25% of earnings in US
  • May 16 Big 4 summit in Paris collapses as USSR levels spy charges against US
  • May 16 Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California
  • May 17 1st atomic reactor system patented by J W Flora of Canoga Park, California
  • May 18 Eillen Fulton begins playing Lisa on As the World Turns (for almost 30 yrs)

Sports History

May 18 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos

Theater Premiere

May 18 Jean Genet's play "Le Balcon" (The Balcony) premieres in Paris

  • May 19 Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola
  • May 19 Belgian parliament requires rest day for self employed
  • May 19 SF Giants rookie Juan Marichal beats Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 on debut at Candlestick Park; first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter
  • May 19 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 33,222 m

Cannes Film Festival

May 20 13th Cannes Film Festival: "The Sweet Life" directed by Federico Fellini wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 20 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • May 21 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6

Music History

May 21 Leontyne Price becomes the first African American to sing the lead at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in "Aida"

  • May 22 A magnitude 9.4-9.6 earthquake strikes near the city of Valdivia in Chile, the strongest ever recorded, causing multiple tsunamis and killing 1,000-7,000 people
  • May 22 Tsunami generated by a magnitude 9.4-9.6 earthquake in Chile strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM, severely damaging virtually all coastal towns between the 37th and 44th parallels
  • May 23 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 23 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24

Historic Event

May 23 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

  • May 23 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 23 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, PR 1st broadcast
  • May 23 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (NYC)
  • May 24 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • May 25 George Crowe's record 11th pinch-hit HR
  • May 27 Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt, used by Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney
  • May 27 Military coup overthrows democratic government of Turkey
  • May 28 59th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Luis Ayala (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sports History

May 28 59th Women's French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)

Musical Finale

May 28 Frank Loesser's musical "Greenwillow", starring Anthony Perkins, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 95 performances

#1 in the Charts

May 29 Everly Brothers single "Cathy's Clown" hits #1

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Greatest two-man duel in race history; winner Jim Rathmann and Rodger Ward battle out then-record 29 lead changes until Ward slows with tire trouble