What Happened in May 1971

Historical Events

  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • May 1 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • May 1 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • May 2 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 3 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • May 3 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader
  • May 3 National Public Radio begins programming
  • May 3 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
  • May 5 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 5 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • May 8 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 9 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 9 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • May 9 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Balt Oriole history
  • May 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open
  • May 10 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 13 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • May 15 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • May 15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • May 16 US 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • May 16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • May 16 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • May 17 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • May 17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • May 18 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • May 18 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • May 18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found
  • May 19 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • May 20 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • May 22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • May 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale
  • May 23 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands
  • May 24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • May 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • May 27 24th Cannes Film Festival: "The Go-Between" directed by Joseph Losey wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 28 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 28 USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
  • May 29 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)
  • May 30 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • May 30 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • May 30 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 31 WDXR (now WKPD) TV channel 29 in Paducah, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 114

  • May 1 Ethan Albright, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills)
  • May 1 Jamie Marie Swenson, Miss USA-South Dakota (1997)
  • May 1 Renee Poetschka, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics-92, 96)
  • May 1 Stuart Appleby, Cohuna Australia, Nike golfer (1994 Victorian PGA)
  • May 1 Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor
  • May 2 Greg Bishop, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • May 3 James Roberson, defensive end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • May 3 Damon Dash, American label executive
  • May 3 Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva)
  • May 4 Derrick Clark, NFL/WLAF fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • May 4 Steve Glenn, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • May 4 Joe Borowski, American baseball player
  • May 4 Luiz Garcia, Jr., Brazilian racing driver
  • May 5 Harold Miner, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • May 5 Keith Hamilton, defensive end (NY Giants)
  • May 5 Ken Brown, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • May 5 Reggie Jones, wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • May 5 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 6 Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters
  • May 7 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 7 Dave Karpa, Regina, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • May 7 Jose Munoz, WLAF offensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • May 7 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • May 7 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • May 7 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • May 8 Carlos Brooks, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 8 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)
  • May 8 Stephen Ingram, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • May 9 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • May 10 Andrei Kravtsov, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • May 10 Eric Stock, soccer player (NEC)
  • May 10 Ronnie Dixon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, NY Jets)
  • May 10 Adriano Giannini, Italian actor
  • May 11 Corey Fuller, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 11 Yo Murphy, WLAF receiver (Scottish Claymores)
  • May 12 Craig Novitsky, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 12 Jamie Luner, actress (Cindy-Just the 10 of Us), born in Palo Alto, California
  • May 12 Tommy Johnson, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • May 12 Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
  • May 13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 13 Michael Sirotka, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 13 Rob Fredrickson, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 13 Tom Nalen, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 14 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • May 14 Sofia Coppola, American director (Lost in Translation), born in New York City
  • May 15 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayak (Olympics-6th-96)
  • May 15 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • May 16 Khari Jones, CFL/WLAF quarterback (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores)
  • May 16 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • May 17 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • May 17 Mark Williams, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 17 Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
  • May 18 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 18 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 18 Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 18 Daniel Gowing, Germany, NZ judoka (Olympics-96)
  • May 18 Karen Bye, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • May 18 Lael Perlstrom, Laguna Beach Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995)
  • May 18 Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • May 18 Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter
  • May 18 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • May 19 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • May 19 Lori Ann Mundt, Yorkton Saskatchawan, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
  • May 19 Psicosis, Mexican professional wrestler
  • May 20 Jonas Berqvist, Angelhorn SWE, hockey forward (Team Sweden, Oly-98)
  • May 20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv Swe, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • May 20 Sandy Schreur, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • May 20 Šárka Kašpárková, Czech athlete
  • May 20 Tony Stewart, American race car driver
  • May 21 Eric Nies, actor (MTV Real World, Grind)
  • May 21 Jeff Stavroff, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Space Coast-4), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 22 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • May 22 Troy Barnhart, Hanford CA, water polo 2m offense (Olympics-96)
  • May 22 Manuel Ortiz, Mexican professional wrestler
  • May 23 Issac Booth, NFL cornerback/safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • May 23 Joseph Rogers, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 23 Marshall Boze, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in San Manual, Arizona
  • May 23 Laurel Holloman, American actress
  • May 24 Paul Ragusa, Bulach Switz, Canadian 48 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-96)
  • May 24 Troy Barnett, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • May 25 Alan Kline, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 25 Justin Henry, Rye NY, actor (Kramer vs Kramer, 16 Candles)
  • May 25 Keith Hamilton, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • May 25 Larry Thompson, CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, BC Lions)
  • May 25 Tim Kroeker, Chilliwack BC, 110m hurdler (Olympics-96)
  • May 25 Marco Cappato, Italian politician
  • May 26 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • May 26 Lewis Capes, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • May 26 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • May 26 Matt Stone, American television producer
  • May 27 Corey Beck, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets)
  • May 27 Ferdino Hernandez, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • May 27 Monika Schnarre, US actress (Bold & Beautiful)
  • May 27 Scott Szeredy, NFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Chiefs, Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 27 Paul Bettany, English actor (A Beautiful Mind ), born in London
  • May 27 Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
  • May 27 Kaur Kender, Estonian author
  • May 27 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)
  • May 27 Glenn Ross, Northern Irish strongman

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown


Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • May 1 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 4 Louis de Bree, [Louis C Davids], Dutch actor (Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • May 5 Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 6 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • May 15 Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Neth/US composer, dies at 76
  • May 19 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 21 Dennis King, actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • May 25 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • May 26 John Longden, actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70
  • May 27 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62
  • May 28 Audie Murphy, American actor (Whispering Smiths), dies of plane crash at 45
  • May 28 Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • May 30 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75