May 1953 calendar

May 1953

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1953.
The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Sir Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1953: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1953?


  • 02 May 1953 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02.
  • 03 May 1953 WTVO TV channel 17 in Rockford, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 04 May 1953 Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man & The Sea)
  • 05 May 1953 Aldous Huxley first tries the psychedelic hallucinogen mescaline, inspiring his book ''The Doors of Perception''.
  • 07 May 1953 Can Can opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • 08 May 1953 WIPB TV channel 49 in Muncie, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 09 May 1953 France agrees to the provisional independence of Cambodia with King Norodom Sihanouk.
  • 10 May 1953 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 11 May 1953 Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles' domino theory.
  • 12 May 1953 KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 May 1953 New York Giants' Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each hit two homeruns and a triple.
  • 15 May 1953 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 1 for heavywgt boxing title
  • 17 May 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open.
  • 18 May 1953 1st woman to break sound barrier (Jacqueline Cochrane, USA)
  • 19 May 1953 Nuclear explosion in Nevada (fall-out in Saint George, Utah).
  • 21 May 1953 French Government of Mayer resigns.
  • 22 May 1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Washington 12-4
  • 23 May 1953 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 24 May 1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • 25 May 1953 1st atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
  • 26 May 1953 Dutch Convair crashes at Schipholweg, two die.
  • 27 May 1953 Dutch social democratic / Dutch Liberal Party win municipal elections
  • 28 May 1953 Premiere of first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor: Melody.
  • 29 May 1953 Edmund P Hillary of New Zealand and Nepalese Sherpa Tensing Norkay are first to reach summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, the highest mountain on earth.
  • 31 May 1953 WSUN TV channel 38 in St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1953?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - The Ho Ho Song
  2. - Almost Always
  3. - I'm Walking Behind You
  4. - April in Portugal
  5. - The Moulin Rouge Theme (Where Is Your Heart)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - She Wears Red Feathers
  2. - I Believe
  3. - (How Much Is That) Doggie In The Window?
  4. - Pretend
  5. - Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Country: United States of America

The Captain's Paradise

The Captain's Paradise

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Anthony Kimmins

Starring: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner

The President's Lady

The President's Lady

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Henry Levin

Starring: Susan Hayward, Charlton Heston, John McIntire, Fay Bainter

Sailor of the King

Sailor of the King

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Roy Boulting

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller, Bernard Lee

The Moon Is Blue

The Moon Is Blue

Release year: 1953

Directed by: Otto Preminger

Starring: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully


Which were the most popular books released in May 1953?
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Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Zorba The Greek


A stunning new translation of the classic book—and basis for the beloved Oscar-winning film—brings the clarity and beauty of Kazantzakis’s language and story alive.First

The Amazing Mr. Doolittle by Quentin Reynolds

The Amazing Mr. Doolittle


A 1st edition biography of Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle, published in 1953, just 8 years after WW2's end.

People, Places, And Books by Gilbert Highet

People, Places, And Books


People Places And Books, by Highet, Gilbert

Major Campaign Speeches by Adlai Stevenson

Major Campaign Speeches


US History & Politics, American History & Studies, Non-Fiction

The Private Dining Room by Ogden Nash

The Private Dining Room


The poetry of Ogden Nash