What Happened in May 1969

Historical Events

  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 5 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

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May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
  • May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • May 7 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes German DR
  • May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Apollo 10 transmit 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • May 11 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 11 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
  • May 12 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court

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May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 16 Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 17 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 18 Apollo 10 (Stafford/Cernan/Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • May 18 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam
  • May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to life imprisonmnet
  • May 21 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

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May 21 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
  • May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 23 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

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May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman (Best Picture 1970)

  • May 25 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

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May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • May 27 Walt Disney World construction begins
  • May 28 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
  • May 30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao
  • May 30 Riots on the Caribbean island of Curaçao

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May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

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May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 31 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Billy Owens, NBA forward/guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • May 1 Bryan Marchment, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • May 1 Carrie Stevens, playmate (June 1997), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 1 Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • May 2 Brian Lara, cricketer (WI left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994)
  • May 2 Glen Young, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 3 Karen Kraft, San Mateo California, rower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • May 3 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer/editor
  • May 4 Micah Aivazoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 4 Ryan Shamrock, American wrestling valet
  • May 5 Bryan Ivie, Torrance California, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-br-92, 96)
  • May 6 Mark Thomas, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Bears)
  • May 6 Pascall Davis, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • May 6 Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
  • May 7 Katerina Maleeva, Bulgaria, tennis player (US Open Junior 1984)
  • May 7 Melanie Valerio, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • May 7 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish musician
  • May 7 Rick Porras, American co-producer
  • May 8 Brad Culpepper, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • May 8 Duane Forde, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • May 8 Swift Burch, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 8 Akebono Taro, sumo wrestler
  • May 9 Carla Overbeck, soccer defender (Olympics-96), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 9 Renn Crichlow, canoeist (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 9 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • May 10 Curtis Whitley, NFL center (Panthers, Packers, Raiders)
  • May 10 Dennis Bergkamp, Amsterdam Neth, soccer player (Ajax)
  • May 10 Judson Mills, Purcellville Va, actor (Hutch-As The World Turns)
  • May 10 Martin Driever, WLAF tight end (Rhein Fire)
  • May 10 Pete Schourek, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Austin, Texas
  • May 10 John Scalzi, American writer
  • May 11 Amy Legacki, Terrytown NY, 10k runner
  • May 12 Kim Fields Freeman, actress (Tootie-Facts of Life), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Kevin Nalty, famed YouTuber
  • May 13 Lyle Mouton, Lafayette Louisiana, outfielder (Chicago White Sox)
  • May 13 Buckethead [Brain Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 13 André Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk)
  • May 14 David William Wood, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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May 14 Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (Elizabeth, Galadriel-The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria

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May 15 Emmitt Smith, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • May 15 Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • May 15 Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player
  • May 15 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • May 16 Marcel Schewe, cricketer (Holland wicket-keeper 1996 World Cup)
  • May 16 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic-gold-1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Tracey Gold, actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday), born in NYC, New York
  • May 16 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 16 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
  • May 16 Steve Lewis, American athlete
  • May 17 Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • May 17 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
  • May 17 Paige Turco, actress (Melanie-Guiding Light), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
  • May 17 Thom Filicia, American television personality
  • May 17 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • May 18 Jean-Chris. Filippin, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • May 18 Martika, [Marta Marrero], Cuba, singer (Toy Soldiers)
  • May 19 Cecile Ulbrich Tucker, Warren Maine, rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 19 David Wharton, Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic-silver-88)
  • May 19 Kevin Scott, WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores)
  • May 19 Richard Dumas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • May 20 Alberto Mancini, Argentina, tennis star
  • May 20 Suzanne Lawrence, Humble Texas, Miss Texas-America (1991) (4th)
  • May 20 Brian Gerard James, American professional wrestler
  • May 21 Reid Simpson, Flin Flon, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • May 21 Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress
  • May 21 Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer
  • May 22 Tim Wiley, Lexington Mass, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • May 22 Vaughn Eshelman, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Pat Hurst, San Leandro CA, LPGA golfer (1995 Rolex Rookie of the Year)
  • May 23 Ramon Caraballo, baseball player
  • May 24 Martin McCague, cricketer (in Ulster AIS product, Eng quickie 1993-94)
  • May 24 Rich Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)

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May 25 Anne Heche, American actress (Donnie Brasco, Juror, Volcano), born in Aurora, Ohio

Actress Anne Heche
Anne Heche
  • May 25 Matt Borlenghi, actor (Brian Bodine-All My Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 25 Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • May 26 John Baird, Canadian politician
  • May 26 Musetta Vander, South African actress
  • May 27 Chip Beake, WLAF administrative assistant (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 27 Francois Letourneau, St Jerome Quebec, canoeist (Olympics-96)
  • May 27 Lesley Tashlin, 100m hurdler (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 27 Todd Hundley, Martinsville VA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • May 27 Travis Williams, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • May 27 Dondre Whitfield, American actor
  • May 28 Bob Meeks, WLAF corner (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 28 Damian Rhodes, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • May 28 Frank McCormack, Leicester Mass, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • May 29 Toby Borland, Quitman LA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • May 29 Wiltrud Probst, Nuermberg Germany, tennis star (1992 Belgian Open)
  • May 29 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)
  • May 31 Juliet Haslam, Adelaide SA Australia, field hockey midfielder (Oly-96)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Actor Dustin Hoffman (31) weds actress Anne Byrne (25)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • May 1 George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1924), dies
  • May 2 Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 3 Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • May 4 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • May 5 Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • May 8 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

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May 15 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 16 Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 23 Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 26 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45