What Happened in May 1970

Historical Events

  • May 2 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • May 2 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • May 2 KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 3 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
  • May 3 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • May 4 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • May 4 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • May 6 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • May 6 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • May 6 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • May 7 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • May 8 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • May 8 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • May 8 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • May 9 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
  • May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 10 Brave's Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5

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May 10 Bobby Orr scores one of the most famous goals in hockey history, an overtime goal that gives the Boston Bruins its first Stanley Cup since 1941

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 12 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • May 12 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • May 12 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • May 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • May 14 Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
  • May 14 Harry A Blackmun appointed to US Supreme Court
  • May 14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • May 14 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • May 14 The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • May 15 Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • May 15 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • May 15 South-Africa excluded from Olympic play
  • May 16 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

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May 16 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
  • May 16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "MASH" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 17 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 17 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam
  • May 20 2 die and 70 injured when 2 NYC subway trains crash in Queens
  • May 20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 22 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • May 22 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 22 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • May 23 SD Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • May 23 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 23 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately ¬£1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
  • May 24 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 24 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • May 25 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • May 27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • May 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • May 28 Arms Trial Begins: several men are charged in a Dublin court with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 30 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:12:37.057 (250.654 km/h)
  • May 31 At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)
  • May 31 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 31 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies' Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • May 1 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 1 Allen DeGraffenreid, WLAF wide receiver (Scotland Claymores)
  • May 1 Alundis Brice, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 1 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Oly-silver-92, 96)
  • May 2 Vania Thomas, Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997)
  • May 3 Alexia Dechaume-Ballert, La Rochelle France, tennis star (1992 Aust)
  • May 3 Ted Crowley, Concord Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994)
  • May 4 Dawn Staley, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Gregg Alexander, American musician (New Radicals)
  • May 4 Will Arnett, Canadian-American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 5 Harold Nash, CFL halfback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 5 LaPhonso Ellis, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • May 5 Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • May 5 Juan Acevedo, baseball player
  • May 5 Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • May 5 Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • May 6 Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)
  • May 6 Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
  • May 7 Edwin Zoetebier, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • May 7 Mark Smith, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 7 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ)
  • May 8 Christine Stark, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • May 8 Marco Heering, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • May 8 Michael Bevan, cricketer (dashing NSW & Australian lefty bat)
  • May 9 Doug Christie, NBA guard/forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • May 10 Andre Stolz, Brisbane QLD, Australian golfer
  • May 10 Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
  • May 10 Dallas Roberts, American actor
  • May 10 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas
  • May 11 Dean Capobianco, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics-92, 96)
  • May 11 Michael Joubert, Australian 400m/800m (Olympics-96)
  • May 11 Nicky Katt, American actor
  • May 11 Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • May 12 Andreas Hestler, Victoria BC, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • May 12 Andrew Coltart, Dumfries Scotland, Australian golfer
  • May 12 James Michael Furyk, West Chester PA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
  • May 12 Mike Malizia, Utica NY, Nike golfer (1993 Doral-Ryder Open-61st)
  • May 12 Mike Weir, Sarnia Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Ontario Amateur-1990, 92)
  • May 12 Stevie Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 12 Todd Hallett, Shelburne Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • May 12 Samantha Mathis, American actress
  • May 13 Doug Evans, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 13 Giuseppe Busillo, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • May 13 Mark Beaufait, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • May 13 Mitch Lyons, NFL tight end (Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 13 Selwyn Jones, NFL defensive back (Seahawks, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 14 Natasha Ryan, actress (Amy-Ladies' Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Sylvester Stanley, WLAF defensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • May 15 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • May 15 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • May 15 Desmond Howard, NFL receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders)
  • May 15 Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • May 15 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • May 15 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • May 15 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 15 Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • May 15 Tony Brown, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 15 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • May 16 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • May 16 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentina, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • May 17 Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 17 Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • May 17 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • May 17 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • May 17 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 17 John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
  • May 17 Jordan Nathaniel M Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
  • May 17 Renzo Furlan, Italy, tennis star
  • May 17 Stefania Croce, Bergamo Italy, golfer (95 State Farm Rail Classic-11)
  • May 17 Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • May 17 Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • May 18 Clemens Zwijnenberg, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • May 18 Vicky Sunohara, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)

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May 18 Tina Fey, American actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • May 19 Choi Kyung-Ju, South Korean professional golfer
  • May 20 Jason York, Nepean, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • May 20 Missy Cress, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Burbank, California
  • May 20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv SWE, NHL forward (Team Sweden, NY Islanders)
  • May 20 Terrell Brandon, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks)

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May 20 Louis Theroux, English television broadcaster (Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, When Louis Met....), born in Singapore

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux
  • May 21 Dorsey Levens, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 21 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Oly-98)
  • May 21 Scott "Munnster" Munn, Larkspur California, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • May 21 Veronica Sanchez, Michoan Mexico, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17-1994)
  • May 21 Carl Veart, Australian former footballer
  • May 22 Clyde Johnson, cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • May 22 Eric Wunderlich, US, 200m breaststroke (Olympics-7th-96)
  • May 22 Marcus Dowdell, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)

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May 22 Naomi Campbell, model/actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped), born in London, England

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • May 22 Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • May 23 Grahae Hick, cricketer
  • May 23 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 23 Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin
  • May 23 Nanette Burstein, American director/producer
  • May 23 Bryan Herta, American race car driver
  • May 23 Blake Schwendiman, American author
  • May 24 Jeff Zgonina, NFL defensive tackle (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Rams)
  • May 24 Nick Castaneda, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 24 Tommy Page, Glenridge, New Jersey, American singer (I'll Be Your Everything)
  • May 25 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Famous Weddings

  • May 11 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore

HeartWedding of Interest

May 23 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • May 3 Candelario Huizar, composer, dies at 82
  • May 4 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • May 4 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Walter P Reuther, US worker's union leader/president (CIO), dies
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906)

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May 12 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • May 14 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • May 17 Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • May 19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • May 21 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • May 21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • May 22 Joseph W Krutch, US writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • May 23 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • May 27 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34

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May 31 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk