On This Day

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 Alan Freed for causing a riot in Boston, he quits
  • 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
  • May 7 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

USALittle Rock Crisis

May 8 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
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The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas
The 101st Airborne Division escort the nine black students into Little Rock School in Arkansas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enewetak
  • May 11 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 12 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 12 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • May 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

VenezuelaNixon 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
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The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
The car of US Vice President Richard Nixon is attacked by a mob during a visit to Venezuela in 1958
  • May 13 The trade mark Velcro is registered
  • May 15 USSR launches Sputnik III
  • May 16 Major Irwin, USAF, flies a Lockheed Starfight F-104 A to a record 1,404.18 MPH
  • May 16 Eli Beeding experiences 83 g deceleration on a rocket sled, New Mexico
  • May 17 Emergency crisis proclaimed in Algeria
  • 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 reconquers Morotai Island
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
  • May 23 US schools 1st use Cliff's Notes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • May 23 Explorer 1 ceases transmission.

BattleBattle of Interest

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

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • May 24 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • May 26 Ceylon emergency crisis proclaimed
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 26 Union Square, San Francisco becomes state historical landmark
  • May 27 Ernest Green becomes the 1st African-American to graduate from Little Rock's Central High School
  • May 27 Vanguard SLV-1 launched for Earth orbit (failed)
  • May 27 Maiden flight of the F-4 Phantom II
  • May 28 French government of Pflimlin resigns/200,000 demonstrate against De Gaulle
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 30 Unidentified soldiers killed in WW II & Korean War buried in Arlington
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)

Birthdays in History


Person of interestKeith Haring

May 4 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review) and social activist, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • 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, (Rep-R-Penn)
  • May 10 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • May 12 Christian Brando, son of Marlon/killed sisters boyfriend
  • May 12 Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
  • May 21 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • May 23 Thomas Reiter, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-22)
  • May 23 Mitch Albom, American writer
  • May 25 Dorothy Straight, American 4 year old author (How the World Began), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 29 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • 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, murdered
  • 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 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