On This Day

Events in History in May 1954

  • May 1 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
  • May 1 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)

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

  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • May 5 Military coup in Paraguay led by general Alfredo Stroessner
  • 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 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 13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots
  • 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

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May 20 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 21 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

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May 29 Pope Pius XII issues holy declaration

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • May 29 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
  • May 30 Emile Zatopek runs world record 5K (13:57.2)
  • May 30 Hector Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca" premieres