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 (The Town)
  • 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 (goes 0 for 5)
  • 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.

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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?
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Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Country: United States of America

Watch Out for the Automobile

Watch Out for the Automobile

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Starring: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Oleg Efremov, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya, Anatoliy Papanov

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Country: United States of America

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Country: United States of America

The Searchers

The Searchers

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in May 1951?
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A Mouse Is Born by Anita Loos

A Mouse Is Born


"The logical, natural, and happy outcome of Miss Loo's long experience as a screen writer." This novel, which takes place in Hollywood and is a humorous story of the trials and

Washington Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer

Washington Confidential


Washington Confidential, Mass Market Paperback

My Six Convicts by Donald Powell Wilson

My Six Convicts


Mental health

New York 22 by Ilka Chase

New York 22


A novel about a woman, her lover, her Vassar College daughter and her publisher husband.

A Woman Called Fancy by Frank Yerby

A Woman Called Fancy


Vintage fiction by the prolific Georgia author in which Fancy arrived in August, Georgia, on a spring day in 1880, she was 19 years old.