On This Day

May 1952 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
  • May 1 Mr Potato Head introduced
  • May 1 TWA introduces tourist class
  • May 2 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) Comet from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers [1]
  • May 3 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk for this novel "The Caine Mutiny"
  • May 7 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
  • May 12 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • May 12 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Jawaharlal Nehru becomes premier of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • May 13 The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting
  • May 15 Detroit Tiger Virgil Trucks no-hits Washington Senators, 1-0

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May 18 Professor WF Libby says Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BC

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Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England
Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England
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  • May 21 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
  • May 27 European Defense Community forms
  • May 28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • May 28 The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
  • May 29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • May 7 Amy Heckerling, American director (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 8 Charles J Camarda, American PhD/astronaut, born in NYC, New York
  • May 11 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • May 13 John Kasich, US politician (Governor of Ohio (R), 2011-), born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 Manfred Langer, Austrian/Dutch disco builder
  • May 14 Donald R McMonagle, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66), born in Flint, Michigan
  • May 15 David Brandon, American businessman (Toys "R" Us, Domino's Pizza), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • May 16 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • May 17 Howard Hampton, Canadian politician
  • May 18 Diane Duane, American sci-fi author (Door into Fire), born in New York City
  • May 18 Martin Hoke, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio), born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • May 18 Jeana Yeager, American aviator (1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 22 Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat, born in Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Martin Parr, British photographer, born in Epsom, England
  • May 25 Al Sarrantonio, American writer (999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Gordon Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Oregon), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • May 25 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive (CEO of Time Warner from 2008-18), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • May 29 Louise Cooper, British sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne), (d. 2009)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 William Fox [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73

Person of interestMaria Montessori

May 6 Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • May 16 Frances Benjamin Johnston, American pioneering female photographer
  • May 26 Damaso Alonso, Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55
  • May 31 Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies