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Events in History in May 1953

  • May 2 Feisal II installed as King of Iraq
  • May 2 Hussein I installed as King of Jordan
  • May 3 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"

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May 4 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • May 7 "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • May 7 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
  • May 11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

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May 11 Winston Churchill criticizes US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • May 15 Osip Zadkine's monument to "The destroyed city" unveiled in Rotterdam
  • May 18 American Jacqueline Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier
  • May 19 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in St George, Utah)
  • May 21 French government of Mayer resigns

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May 22 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

May 24 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • May 25 1st atomic cannon electronically fired at Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • May 26 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, 2 die
  • May 27 Dutch social democratic/Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections

Historic InventionTenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

May 29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition

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Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest
Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest
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May 29 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)

Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror
Ottoman Sultan
Mehmed the Conqueror
  • May 31 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government