On This Day

May 1946 in History

Events in History

Appointment of Interest

May 1 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

  • May 1 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
  • May 1 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
  • May 1 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy
  • May 2 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
  • May 3 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
  • May 4 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
  • May 4 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • May 6 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • May 7 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • May 7 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees
  • May 8 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn

Historic Event

May 9 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by his son Umberto II who reigns for only 34 days before the monarchy is abolished

  • May 11 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • May 13 Sarwate & Banerjee add 249 for 10th wkt for Indians v Surrey
  • May 13 US sentences 58 camp guards of Mauthausen concentration camp to death
  • May 17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • May 17 US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation's railroads to delay a strike
  • May 19 Dutch Cooperation for Sexual Reform (NVSH) forms in Amsterdam
  • May 21 Physicist Louis Slotin is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation while preparing a plutonium core experiment at the Los Alamos lab, he dies 9 days later and the accident ends all hands-on nuclear assembly work at Los Alamos
  • May 22 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • May 25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes King of Jordan
  • May 26 Klement Gottwald becomes premier of Czechoslovakia
  • May 28 US Patent filed for a hydrogen bomb

Historic Event

May 28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

  • May 29 KVP wins Provincial National election in Netherlands
  • May 30 United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • May 4 Richard L. Brodsky, American lawyer and NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983-2010), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 6 Jim Ramstad, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • May 7 Brian Turner, British celebrity chef, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
  • May 8 André Boulerice, Quebec politician
  • May 11 Robert Jarvik, American scientist and researcher (developed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart), born in Midland, Michigan
  • May 12 L. Neil Smith, American sci-fi author (Lando Calrissian novels), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 16 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • May 17 F. Paul Wilson, American novelist
  • May 18 Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese politician, Premier of Taiwan (2005-6), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • May 19 Claude Lelièvre, Belgian commissioner for children's rights
  • May 23 H. Paul Shuch, American scientist who coordinated radio amateurs to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 24 Jeremy Treglown, English scholar and editor (TLS)
  • May 25 Janet Morris, American sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 25 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born on Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • May 25 David A. Hargrave, role-playing games (RPGs) designer (d. 1988)
  • May 28 Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • May 29 Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • May 30 Candy Lightner, American political activist/founder (MADD), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 31 Ted Baehr, American media critic

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Anton Mussert, Dutch fascist and leader of the Nationalist Socialist Movement, executed for high treason at 51
  • May 19 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish watchmaker and inventor (powered flight), dies at 74
  • May 26 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, monarch of Waldeck, dies
  • May 29 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • May 30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)