May 1949 calendar

May 1949

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1949.
The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Clement Attlee (Labour), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1949: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1949?


  • 01 May 1949 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (second satellite of Neptune).
  • 02 May 1949 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman
  • 03 May 1949 First firing of a US Viking rocket; reaches 80 km.
  • 04 May 1949 Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives).
  • 05 May 1949 Council of Europe forms
  • 06 May 1949 EDSAC, the first practicable stored-program computer, runs its first program at Cambridge University.
  • 07 May 1949 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2.
  • 08 May 1949 West German constitution approved.
  • 09 May 1949 Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 11 May 1949 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC)
  • 12 May 1949 1st foreign woman ambassador received in US (S V L Pandit India)
  • 14 May 1949 Love Life closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 17 May 1949 British government recognizes Republic of Ireland.
  • 18 May 1949 Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America incorporates.
  • 20 May 1949 In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 22 May 1949 After two months in Bethesda Naval Hospital, James Forrestal commits suicide, under circumstances that seem suspicious to many.
  • 23 May 1949 Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
  • 25 May 1949 Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai.
  • 27 May 1949 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • 29 May 1949 Candid Camera, TV comedy Variety, moves to NBC
  • 30 May 1949 East Germans constitution approved
  • 31 May 1949 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage Country Club, Richmond, Virginia, USA.

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Jour de fête

Jour de fête

Release year: 1949

Directed by: Jacques Tati

Starring: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli

Country: United States of America

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

Release year: 1949

Directed by: Mark Robson

Starring: Jeff Corey, James Edwards, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick

Colorado Territory

Colorado Territory

Release year: 1949

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone, Henry Hull