May 1958 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 3 WINS suspends disc jockey Alan Freed for being charged with inciting a riot at a Boston concert, he quits, charges are dropped
  • May 4 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family
  • May 5 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

Little Rock Crisis

May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

Nixon Stoned in Peru

May 8 US VP Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Peru

  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 11 US performs its second atmospheric nuclear test of the day, this one at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

Nixon Attacked in Venezuela

May 13 The motorcade carrying US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked in Caracas, Venezuela; several of Nixon's staff are injured

  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria

Birthday Party

May 19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London

  • May 20 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 22 Influential modernist skyscraper the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe officially opens in Manhattan, New York
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

Event of Interest

May 23 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China

  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

Battle of Interest

May 24 Cuban President Fulgencio Batista opens military offensive against Fidel Castro's armed rebellion

  • May 24 United Press Association and International News Service merge to form United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

Event of Interest

May 28 French government of Prime Minister Pierre Pflimlin resigns; 200,000 demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle

  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)

Birthdays in History

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May 4 American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania

  • May 5 Ron Arad, Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer (WSO) who is officially classified as missing in action since October 1986, born in Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • May 10 Ellen Ochoa, PhD/Astronaut (STS 56, 66), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 Rick Santorum, American politician (Rep-R-Penn 1995-2007), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • May 10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • May 12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • May 12 Christian Brando, son of Marlon who killed his sisters boyfriend, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • May 23 Mitch Albom, American writer
  • May 23 Thomas Reiter, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)
  • May 25 Dorothy Straight, American 4 year old author (How the World Began), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal and murderer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 30 Michael E Lopez-Alegria, Lt Cmdr/astro (STS 73, sk 92), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 30 Steve Israel, American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives (D-New York)
  • May 31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 5 James Branch Cabell, American novelist and essayist (Restless Heads), dies at 79
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, assassinated at 48 or 49
  • May 8 Norman Bel Geddes, American theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End), dies at 65
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef Frans Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49
  • May 22 Julien de Valckenaere, Belgian poet, dies at 60
  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 29 Juan Ramon JimĂ©nez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • May 30 Jozef van Mierlo, Belgian Jesuit and literary (Hadewych), dies at 79