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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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Country: United States of America

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Country: United States of America

Day for Night

Day for Night

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Country: United States of America

The Celebration

The Celebration

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen


Which were the most popular books released in May 1953?
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In The Wet by Nevil Shute

In The Wet


It is the wet season in the Australian outback. Drunk and delirious, an old ex-pilot known as “Pisspot Stevie” lies dying in a remote cabin in the Queensland bush.

The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive Thinking


An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their lives through Dr.

The Private Dining Room by Ogden Nash

The Private Dining Room


The poetry of Ogden Nash

Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers

Angel Unaware


Entertainers Roy and Dale Evans Rogers were thrilled when their little daughter Robin was born. But their excitement turned to concern when they were informed that Robin was born with Down's

How To Play Your Best Golf All The Time by Tommy Armour

How To Play Your Best Golf All The Time


Tommy Armour's classic How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time provides timeless golf instruction on the following subjects: * How to learn your best golf * What can