May 1951 calendar

May 1951

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1951.
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 1951: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1951?


  • 01 May 1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
  • 03 May 1951 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • 05 May 1951 Out of This World closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • 06 May 1951 Pittsburgh Pirates' player Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0.
  • 07 May 1951 Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter
  • 08 May 1951 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.
  • 09 May 1951 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River.
  • 10 May 1951 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • 11 May 1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory.
  • 12 May 1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
  • 13 May 1951 The 400th anniversary of the founding of the National University of San Marcos is commemorated by the opening of the first large-capacity stadium in Peru.
  • 14 May 1951 Flahooley opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 15 May 1951 The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czes?aw Mi?osz, asks the French government for political asylum.
  • 16 May 1951 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • 18 May 1951 UN moves HQ to New York City
  • 19 May 1951 77th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4.
  • 21 May 1951 The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition : a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.
  • 23 May 1951 Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China.
  • 24 May 1951 Willie Mays begins playing for New York Giants
  • 25 May 1951 New York Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game
  • 27 May 1951 Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, SF opens
  • 28 May 1951 Jerry Colonna Show, debuts on ABC-TV
  • 30 May 1951 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 31 May 1951 Netherlands and South Africa sign cultural accord.
  • 03 May 1951 The United States Senate Committee on Armed Services and United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations begin their closed door hearings into the relief of Douglas MacArthur by U.S. President Harry Truman.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1951?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Jezebel
  2. - Old Soldiers Never Die
  3. - On Top of Old Smoky
  4. - Rose, Rose, I Love You
  5. - Rose, Rose, I Love You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1951?

War In Korea by Marguerite Higgins

War In Korea


The report of a female combat correspondent on war in Korea. Extremely worn dust jacket Box 118

A Mouse Is Born by Anita Loos

A Mouse Is Born


"The natural, logical, and happy result of Miss Loo’s many years as a screenwriter." This humorous novel is set in Hollywood.

His Eye Is On The Sparrow by Ethel Waters and Charles Samuels

His Eye Is On The Sparrow


Ethel Waters's His Eye is on the Sparrow is perhaps the most important autobiography about a black female performer. It captures both the horrors and the joys of African American women's experiences through the sometimes bitter but always forgiving voice …

Proud New Flags by F. Van Wyck Mason

Proud New Flags


Anchor on hardcover in good condition.

Washington Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer

Washington Confidential


Washington Confidential, Mass Market Paperback