Events in History in May 1958

  • May 1 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
  • May 1 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
  • May 2 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC
  • 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

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

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

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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 13 French settlers riot against French army in Algeria
  • May 13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • May 13 Pierre Pflimlin forms French government

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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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  • 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 19 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
  • 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

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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.

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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 and 600 whites graduate from Little Rock's Central HS
  • 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)