May 1954 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • May 1 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
  • May 1 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form the American Motors Corporation [1]

Historic Event

May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick

  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

Coup d'état

May 5 General Alfredo Stroessner leads a military coup in Paraguay, overthrowing the government of President Federico Chávez

  • May 7 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • May 7 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • May 10 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
  • May 13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots
  • May 13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • May 13 Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row
  • May 13 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 14 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
  • May 17 US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reverses 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy v Ferguson decision
  • May 19 Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project

Historic Event

May 20 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

  • May 21 US Twenty-sixth amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
  • May 22 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
  • May 24 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
  • May 24 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st African American to head an American Medical Association unit (New York County)
  • May 24 German airline Lufthansa forms
  • May 24 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • May 29 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences, fostering relations between Europe and North America held at Oosterbeek, Netherlands

Historic Event

May 29 Pope Pius XII issues holy declaration

  • May 30 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
  • May 30 Hector Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca" premieres

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Joel Rosenberg, sci-fi author
  • May 2 Bulelani Ngcuka, South African attorney and leader (UDF), born in Middlerift, South Africa
  • May 4 Doug Jones, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Alabama 2017-), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • May 6 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • May 6 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • May 14 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • May 15 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • May 16 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • May 16 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2018)
  • May 20 Cindy Hensley McCain, American businesswoman, wife of politician John McCain, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 20 David Paterson, American politician
  • May 20 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russian doctor/cosmonaut
  • May 22 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • May 25 Alison Stern, American wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • May 26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • May 26 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • May 27 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • May 28 John Tory, Canadian lawyer and politician (Mayor of Toronto, 2016-present), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 29 Jerry Morgan, American politician (Senator-R-Kansas 2011-), born in South Bend, Kansas

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • May 14 Heinz Guderian, German general during WWII, dies at 65
  • May 15 William March, American writer (Company K), dies at 60
  • May 16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer (Magnum), dies accidentally in a road accident at 38
  • May 19 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73

Robert Capa

May 25 Robert Capa, Hungarian war photographer and photojournalist, dies of injuries from a landmine explosion at 40

  • May 26 Franz Pfemfert, German journalist and writer, dies at 74
  • May 27 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • May 30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), dies at 67