On This Day

May 1950 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 2 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China

CrownRoyal Coronation

May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

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May 8 Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 9 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • May 10 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • May 11 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano) premieres in Paris
  • May 13 Diner's Club issues its 1st credit cards
  • May 14 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • May 18 Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders
  • May 19 NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain

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May 21 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • May 22 Celal Bayar elected President of Turkey
  • May 22 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
  • May 25 Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens in NYC
  • May 27 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Wallace Stevens

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Duncan Gay, Australian politician, Vice-President of the Executive Council (2014-17), born in Crookwell, New South Wales
  • May 10 Sally James [Cann], British children's TV-show presenter (Tiswas), born in Chiswick, London
  • May 11 John Kelly, American General, President Trump's Chief of Staff (2017-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 14 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 16 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • May 17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • May 17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • May 22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician (Member of the European Parliament for Greece), born in Athens, Greece

Person of interestMartin McGuinness

May 23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • May 24 Larry Seidlin, American judge (judge during the infamous Anna Nicole Smith body custody hearing after her death), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • May 30 Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
  • May 31 Edward Barker, cartoonist

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • May 8 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • May 9 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist and engineer, dies at 66
  • May 10 John G Fletcher, American poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • May 10 Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer and archivist, dies at 66
  • May 24 Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, British general, dies at 67
  • May 28 Vicente Sotto, Filipino politician and author (Sotto Law, Republic Act No. 53), dies at 73