What Happened in May 1966

Historical Events

  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • May 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 1 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • May 1 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • May 3 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 4 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • May 5 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • May 5 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 6 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • May 6 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • May 6 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 7 Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene
  • May 8 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • May 8 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
  • May 8 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
  • May 9 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • May 9 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 10 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • May 11 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels
  • May 12 St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
  • May 13 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • May 13 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • May 14 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • May 15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • May 15 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
  • May 15 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • May 16 Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
  • May 16 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • May 16 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • May 16 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • May 17 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 20 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 21 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • May 21 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • May 21 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 21 A "loyalist" group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 22 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 22 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • May 24 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • May 26 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • May 26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • May 27 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • May 27 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 29 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • May 30 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Graham Hill wins (232.2 kph)
  • May 30 US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Armando Reynoso, San Luis Potosi Mexico, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • May 1 Charlie Schlatter, actor (18 Again, Heartbreak Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • May 1 Johnny Colt, Cherry Point NC, rock bassist (Black Crowes)
  • May 1 Mark Coogan, Manhaset NY, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • May 1 Olaf Thon, German football player
  • May 2 Belinda Stronach, Canadian politician
  • May 3 Paul Stevenson, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • May 3 Peter Abbay, American actor
  • May 3 Firdous Bamji, Indian-American actor
  • May 3 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player
  • May 3 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], Cruiserweight boxing champion, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Monica Tranel [Michini], Billings Mont, rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 4 Jane McGrath, co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer (d. 2008)
  • May 5 Mike Stapleton, Sarnia, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • May 5 Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth)
  • May 7 Anderson Cummins, cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie)
  • May 8 Eddie Brown, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • May 8 Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer
  • May 8 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer
  • May 9 Mark Tinordi, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • May 10 Jonathan Edwards, Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)
  • May 10 Mikael Andersson, Swedish NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • May 11 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 11 Trenidad Hubbard, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 11 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein)
  • May 12 Rafael Bournigal, Azua Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • May 12 Stephen Baldwin, actor (Beast, Lawrenceville Stories, Usual Suspects)
  • May 12 Steven Conran, Lithgow NSW, Australian golfer
  • May 12 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
  • May 13 Kamen Vodenicharov, Bulgarian entertainer
  • May 13 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish)
  • May 13 Nikos Aliagas, Greek TV show host
  • May 14 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus)
  • May 14 Leroy Blugh, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • May 14 Pooh Richardson, NBA guard (LA Clippers)
  • May 14 Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • May 14 Marianne Denicourt, French actress
  • May 14 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
  • May 15 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Janet Jackson, singer, Michael's sister (Control), born in Gary, Indiana

  • May 16 Scott Reeves, actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • May 16 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • May 16 Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 17 Danny Manning, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
  • May 17 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • May 17 Mark Schmocker, Interlaken Switz, US team handball goalie (Oly-96)
  • May 18 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • May 19 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • May 19 Marc Bureau, Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
  • May 19 Polly Walker, British actress
  • May 19 Sophia Crawford, English actress and martial artist
  • May 20 Lawyer Tillman, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • May 20 Liselotte Neumann, Finspang Sweden, LPGA golfer (1988 US Women's Open)
  • May 20 Mindy Cohn, LA, actress (Facts of Life)
  • May 20 Paolo Seganti, actor (Damian-As the World Turns)
  • May 20 Dan Abrams, American TV reporter (Nightline)
  • May 20 Gina Ravera, American actress
  • May 21 Manon Kelley, Canadian actress (Red Lips 2), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • May 22 Donald Royal, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic)
  • May 22 Jose Mesa, Azua Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • May 22 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • May 23 Gary Roberts, North York, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • May 23 Graeme Hick, cricketer (in Zimbabwe Massive run-scorer for Worcs)
  • May 24 Tony Jones, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 24 Eric Cantona, French footballer
  • May 24 Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver
  • May 25 Bill Haselman, Long Branch NJ, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • May 25 Dave Hollins, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 25 Melissa McNamara, LPGA golfer (1991 Stratton Mt Classic), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 25 Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 26 Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End), born in London, England

  • May 26 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 26 Billy Downes, Nike golfer (1994 New England Classic), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • May 26 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • May 26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)
  • May 27 Eric Leckner, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • May 27 John Jaha, Portland OR, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • May 27 Ray Sheppard, Pembroke, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • May 27 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • May 28 Gavin Robertson, NSW cricket off-spin all-rounder (Aust ODI-Pak 1994)
  • May 29 Floyd Turner, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 30 Gary Martin, cricket pace bowler (Zimbabwe ODI)
  • May 30 Stephen Malkmus, American musician (Pavement)
  • May 31 Jessica Monroe, Palo Alto California, Canadian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 31 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • May 31 Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Country singer Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • May 4 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
  • May 12 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • May 13 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • May 14 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • May 14 Megan Lloyd George, English politician, dies at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 18 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • May 19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain Cook (1773), dies
  • May 21 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, cricketer (22 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies
  • May 23 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • May 23 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • May 26 Don Castle, actor (Motor Patrol, Born to Speed), dies at 47
  • May 26 Neal Dodd, actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86