What Happened in May 1968

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 1 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 2 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • May 2 Israeli television begins transmitting
  • May 3 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 4 Dancer Image DQ due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • May 5 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • May 6 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • May 6 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • May 8 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • May 8 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • May 10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US & North Vietnam

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May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • May 11 The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
  • May 12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • May 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • May 12 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting

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May 13 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
  • May 14 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček
  • May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • May 15 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36

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May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • May 16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • May 17 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
  • May 17 Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

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May 18 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 18 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • May 19 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible & Barbara Bain win
  • May 19 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
  • May 19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
  • May 20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group
  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 21 Paul McCartney & Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 21 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • May 24 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days

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May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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May 24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)
  • May 25 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • May 25 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 25 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 26 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 27 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
  • May 27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.

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May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • May 28 AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions
  • May 28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise

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May 28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • May 29 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • May 29 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • May 29 12th European Cup: Manchester United beats Benfica 4-1 at London
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • May 30 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • May 30 University church in Leipzig, German DR, blown up
  • May 30 West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 3:16:13.786 (246.040 km/h)

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May 31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service, and is promoted to major general by President Reagan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 102

  • May 1 Anton Scheutjens, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • May 1 Lisa Campbell, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • May 1 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • May 1 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • May 1 Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
  • May 1 Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • May 1 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • May 2 Reggie Slack, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • May 2 Will Furrer, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • May 2 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor
  • May 2 Jeff Agoos, American soccer player
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
  • May 3 Deborah Caprioglio, Miestre Italy, actress (Big Game Hunter)
  • May 3 Jay Darlington, keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • May 3 Shane Minor, American singer
  • May 4 Andre Collins, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • May 4 Eddie Perez, Cuidad Ojeda Venezuela, catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • May 4 Kevin Todd, Winnipeg, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh
  • May 5 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 5 Michael Titley, WLAF TE (London Monarchs)
  • May 5 Robert David Burns, Mission Hills CA, PGA golfer (1994 Buick-5th)
  • May 5 Tim Neilsen, cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991)
  • May 6 Andy Kelly, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • May 6 Linnea Marie Fayard, Shrevept La, Miss Louisiana-America (1991-5th)
  • May 6 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
  • May 7 Joe King, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 8 Franklin Langham, Nike golfer (1993 Permian Basin Open), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 8 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (NO Saints)

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May 8 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • May 8 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 9 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • May 9 Marie-Jose Perec, Guadeloupe, French 200m/400m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)
  • May 9 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • May 10 Julie Smith, Glendora California, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • May 10 Erik Palladino, American actor
  • May 10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • May 11 Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • May 12 Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)

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May 12 Tony Hawk, American skateboarder, born in Carlsbad, California

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk
  • May 12 Scott Schwartz, American actor
  • May 12 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • May 13 Annette DeLuca, North Bergen NJ, LPGA golfer
  • May 13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 13 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician
  • May 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)
  • May 13 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • May 14 Hiroshi Matsuura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • May 15 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 15 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 15 Todd Porter, NJ, actor (Hamilton-Whiz Kids)
  • May 15 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • May 15 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • May 16 Ralph Tresvant, singer (New Editon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • May 18 Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • May 19 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • May 19 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • May 19 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 20 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 20 Phil Hansen, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
  • May 21 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • May 22 Alan Levine, Park Ridge IL, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • May 22 Brent Geiberger, Nike golfer (1994 Queen Mary-2nd), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • May 22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayak (Olympics-96), born in Oakland, California
  • May 22 Randy Brown, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • May 22 Kevin Carolan, American actor and comedian
  • May 23 Daryl Hobbs, NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 23 Tiffany Rochelle-Anderson, Laguna Beach Ca, WPVA (Nationals-13th-1995)
  • May 23 Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • May 24 Jerry Dipoto, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • May 25 Debbi Miho Koyama, LPGA golfer (1995 US Women's Open-28th)
  • May 25 Kendall Gill, NBA guard/forward (NJ Nets)
  • May 25 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 25 Shawn Bouwens, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 26 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • May 26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • May 26 Pat Kenney, American professional wrestler
  • May 26 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • May 26 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • May 27 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 27 Frank Thomas, "Big Hurt", 1st baseman (Chicago White Sox, 1993 MVP)
  • May 27 Jeff Bagwell, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 27 John Connelly, Nike golfer (1991 NH Open), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • May 28 Char Thompson, WLAF running back (Barcelona Dragons)

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May 28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • May 28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Oly-92, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympics-8th-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 29 Brian Roche, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 29 Duane Young, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 30 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympics-4th-92, 96)
  • May 30 Jerry Springer, White Plains NY, Canadian Tour golfer
  • May 30 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans-Only One I Know)
  • May 30 Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • May 2 Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 3 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer, dies at 86
  • May 5 Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • May 9 Finlay Currie, dies at 90
  • May 9 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9 Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9 Phil Arnold, actor (Skidoo, Errand Boy, Damn Yankees), dies at 58
  • May 9 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • May 14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 20 Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 21 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23 James Burke, actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 25 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 26 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • May 27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • May 28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)