What Happened in May 1972

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • May 1 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
  • May 1 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
  • May 2 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho)
  • May 2 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • May 4 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • May 7 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store

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May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)

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May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • May 13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • May 14 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • May 14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast

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May 15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
  • May 15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • May 15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • May 17 Netherlands & China PR exchange ambassadors
  • May 17 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)
  • May 18 "Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 18 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • May 20 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • May 20 Cameroon adopts its constitution
  • May 20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • May 21 "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • May 21 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

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May 21 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

Painter Michelangelo
  • May 21 The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
  • May 22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • May 22 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • May 22 US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow
  • May 22 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • May 24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

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May 26 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
  • May 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
  • May 26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
  • May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • May 28 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
  • May 28 Four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and four civilians killed when a bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely at a house in Belfast
  • May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 29 The Official IRA announce a ceasefire
  • May 30 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • May 30 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 119

  • May 1 Bobby Chouinard, Manilla Phillipines, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • May 2 Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • May 2 Jennifer Miriam, playmate (March, 1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 2 Jill Savery, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • May 2 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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May 2 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, American professional wrestler and actor, born in Hayward, California

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • May 2 Paul Adcock, English footballer
  • May 3 Brett Hayman, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 3 Josh Taves, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • May 3 Vyacheslav Kozlov, Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Detroit Red Wings)
  • May 3 Shonie Carter, American MMA fighter
  • May 4 Ethan Watts, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 4 Gretchen Ulion, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • May 4 Marc Lamb, WLAF T (London Monarchs)

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May 4 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • May 5 Barrett Brooks, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 5 Brigitta Boccoli, Milan Italy, actress (Manhattan Baby)
  • May 5 Janelle Lynn Canady, Miss Alaska USA (1996)
  • May 5 Mikael Renberg, Pitea Swe, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, TB Lightning)
  • May 5 Ron Snook, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 5 Rushia Brown, WNBA forward/center (Cleveland Rockers)
  • May 5 Travis Jervey, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 5 Wendy Kaye, playmate (Jul, 1991), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 5 Zigmund Palffy, Skalica Slo, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • May 5 James Cracknell, British rowing champion, double Olympic gold medalist
  • May 6 Dean Larsson, BC Canada, Nike golfer (1994 Monterrey Open-46th)

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May 6 Martin Brodeur, NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • May 7 Chris Hayes, safety (NY Jets)
  • May 7 John Holecek, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 7 Vince Stewart, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 7 Frank Trigg, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • May 8 Chris Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)
  • May 8 Keelin Curnuck, Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)
  • May 9 Dan Hollander, figure skater (1996 Great Lakes champ), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • May 9 Dave Barr, WLAF quarterback (Scotland Claymores)
  • May 9 Simon Hollingsworth, Australian 400m hurdler (Olympics-92, 96)
  • May 9 Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • May 9 Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
  • May 10 Akili Johnson, NFL defensive back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 10 Emma Ridley, Hanpstead England, actress (Return to Oz)
  • May 10 Farrell Duclair, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • May 10 Stuart Carlisle, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1995-)
  • May 10 Radosław Majdan, Polish footballer
  • May 11 Andrew Bonhomme, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 11 Hicham El-Mashtoub, NFL center (Houston Oilers)
  • May 11 Stefen Reid, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 11 Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • May 12 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • May 12 David Oaks, 100m/200m runner
  • May 12 Jason Kyle, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 12 Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
  • May 12 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • May 13 Darryl Sydor, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • May 13 Josh Heinrich, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Lions, Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 13 Stefaan Maene, Belgian swimmer
  • May 14 Chad Cascadden, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • May 14 Gabriel Mann, American actor
  • May 14 Mark Ruskell, England-born Scottish politician
  • May 15 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • May 15 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • May 15 Tirrell Greene, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • May 15 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 16 Keith Burns, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 16 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • May 16 Khary Payton, American actor
  • May 17 Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
  • May 17 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 18 Turner Stevenson, Prince George, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • May 19 Ronald Williams, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 19 Willie Brown, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Seattle Seahawks. Rhein Fire)
  • May 19 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • May 20 Michael Cox, Hannibal Missouri, 1.5k runner
  • May 21 Alesha Oreskovich, playmate (Jun, 1993), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 21 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • May 21 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • May 21 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 22 Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • May 22 Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 22 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • May 22 Anna Belknap, American actress
  • May 22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • May 23 Isabelle Fijalkowski, WNBA center/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • May 23 Marco van Hoogdalem, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • May 23 Rene Ingoglia, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 23 Shannon Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 23 Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver
  • May 24 Danny Bautista, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • May 24 Petra Schwarz-Ritter, Vienna Aus, tennis star (1988 Futures-Bari-ITA)
  • May 24 Tito Paul, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • May 24 Viktor Ujcik, Jihlava CZE, hockey (Team Czech Rep)
  • May 24 Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer
  • May 25 Antonio Lang, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • May 25 Tony Ronaldson, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • May 26 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • May 27 Antonio Freeman, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 27 Karen Hecox, US 1500m runner
  • May 27 Troy Sienkiewicz, NFL tackle/guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 27 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • May 27 Todd Demsey, American golfer
  • May 28 Cheryl Demkowski, dance skater (& Gregory Maddalone), born in Syracuse, New York

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • May 2 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

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May 2 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 4 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 5 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • May 20 Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20 Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
  • May 24 Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)

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May 28 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • May 29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 30 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • May 31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies