May 1950 calendar

May 1950

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1950.
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 1950: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1950?


  • 01 May 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize
  • 02 May 1950 Carlo Terrons Giuditta, premieres in Milan
  • 05 May 1950 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowns himself King Rama IX of Thailand.
  • 06 May 1950 Great to Be Alive closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 08 May 1950 China's Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons.
  • 09 May 1950 French Foreign minister Robert Schuman announces the Schuman Plan for European integration.
  • 10 May 1950 1st Neth-US telex sent
  • 11 May 1950 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die.
  • 12 May 1950 Darius Milhauds opera Bolivar, premieres in Paris
  • 13 May 1950 The first round of the Formula One World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 14 May 1950 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • 17 May 1950 Celal Bayar becomes the third president of Turkey.
  • 18 May 1950 Liar opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 19 May 1950 New York Times reports of worlds smallest and dumbest mechanical brain
  • 20 May 1950 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2.
  • 21 May 1950 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia.
  • 22 May 1950 Dutch Poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • 24 May 1950 Maritime Administration (under Department of Commerce).
  • 25 May 1950 Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opens in New York City, New York.
  • 27 May 1950 Arms & the Girl closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • 30 May 1950 Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open.
  • 31 May 1950 Due to rain, Indianapolis 500 shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins.
  • 08 May 1950 The Tollund Man was discovered in a peat bog near Silkeborg, Denmark.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1950?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Hoop-Dee-Doo
  2. - Roses
  3. - Bewitched
  4. - I Wanna Be Loved
  5. - Bewitched


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1950?

Chicago Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer

Chicago Confidential


Chicago is known as the "hurly-burly", rough-and tumble, guns-and girls, front-page city of the U.S. This is an uncensored, uncensored and shocking account of this fascinating, fast-paced, fascinating city.

The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson

The Cardinal


The Cardinal became a bestseller immediately after its publication. It was a selection from the Literary Guild and was published in over a dozen languages. The book has been sold more than two million times.

The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier

The Parasites


"Wickedly readable... Daphne du Maurier's instinct is so strong that every woman wants to read her." Celia, Niall, and Maria grew up in the

The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler

The Greatest Story Ever Told


Fulton Oursler’s classic, The Greatest Story Ever Told, is a powerful and timeless story about the life of Jesus Christ. It is simple and powerful, but it is set against a rich and precise background.

The Horse'S Mouth by Joyce Cary

The Horse'S Mouth


The Horse's Mouth is the third and most famous volume in Joyce Cary's First Trilogy. It's perhaps the best novel about an artist ever written.