On This Day

Events in History in May 1956

  • May 1 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease
  • May 2 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
  • May 2 US Methodist church disallows racial separation
  • May 3 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
  • May 4 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • May 4 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • May 5 Jim Bailey (US) runs mile a record 3:58.6 in LA Calif
  • May 6 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • May 7 Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
  • May 7 NY Giant Bill White, homers in his 1st at bat
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
  • May 8 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London
  • May 9 First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas by Japanese climbers Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu

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May 9 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • May 10 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • May 12 East Pakistan struck by cyclone and tidal waves

  • May 13 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • May 16 Egypt recognizes People's Republic of China
  • May 16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • May 16 Kraft Theater presents an act from "Profiles in Courage"
  • May 18 Hungarian party leader Matyas Rákosi enforces his own policy
  • May 18 Queen Juliana opens Rembrandt fairs in Amsterdam
  • May 19 Pirate Dale Long hits 9th-inning HR, 1st HR in 8 straight games
  • May 20 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane at Bikini Atoll
  • May 20 Jordan government of Samir resigns
  • May 21 Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
  • May 21 US explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
  • May 23 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco
  • May 24 Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbāna
  • May 25 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Haurietis aquas
  • May 26 A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew
  • May 27 French raid in Algiers
  • May 27 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • May 28 Dale Long becomes 1st to hit HRs in 8 straight games

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May 28 Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • May 30 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee Florida
  • May 30 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)