What Happened in May 1973

Historical Events

  • May 1 SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 6 Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)

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May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • May 8 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 9th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 8-4
  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2

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May 10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances

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May 13 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • May 13 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military

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May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • May 16 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

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May 17 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 18 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 19 "Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 20 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 20 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina

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May 25 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 25 26th Cannes Film Festival: "The Hireling" directed by Alan Bridges and "Scarecrow" directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • May 26 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • May 27 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins in 2:05:25.320 (255.944 km/h)
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st black mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Curtis Martin, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • May 1 Frank Beede, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 1 Oliver Neuville, German footballer
  • May 2 Rich Yurkiewicz, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)
  • May 2 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German film director and screenwriter
  • May 3 Dominique Monami, Verviers Belgium, tennis star
  • May 3 Michel Traveller, soccer player (Ajax)
  • May 4 Edward Hervey, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 4 Matthew Barnaby, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 4 Melissa Boyd, Miss Ohio USA (1996)
  • May 4 Michelle Martinez, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 4 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine footballer
  • May 5 Johan Hedberg, Nacka SWE, hockey goalie (Team Sweden, Oly-1998)
  • May 5 Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • May 5 Muhsin Muhammad, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • May 5 Tina Yothers, Whittier California, actresss (Jennifer-Family Ties)
  • May 6 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 6 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • May 6 Wendy Ward, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Classic-15th), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (NO Saints)
  • May 7 Kristian Lundin, record producer
  • May 7 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  • May 8 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
  • May 8 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • May 9 Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress
  • May 10 Jerome Williams, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • May 10 Joshua Eagle, Australian tennis player
  • May 11 Dean Pullar, Cobram Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • May 11 Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • May 11 Patrick Sapp, NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 11 James Haven, American actor
  • May 12 MacKenzie Astin, actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Stefano Margoni, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • May 12 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
  • May 12 Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • May 13 Brooke Jennifer Gambrell, Boise Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1996)
  • May 13 Michelle Mouser, Miss USA-Ohio (1997)
  • May 14 John Davis, WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • May 14 Shanice, [Wilson], vocalist (Discovery, Loving You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Voshon Lenard, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • May 14 Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • May 14 Anais Granofsky, Canadian actress and director
  • May 14 Julian White, English rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • May 15 Vic"Tori"a Davey Spelling, actress (Donna-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Jason Acuña "Wee-Man", American television personality
  • May 17 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 17 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • May 17 Matthew McGrory, American actor (d. 2005)
  • May 17 Sasha Alexander, American television actress
  • May 17 Steve Barakatt, Canadian composer
  • May 18 Darren Van Impe, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • May 18 David Bailey, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • May 18 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)
  • May 18 Markus Brunner, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • May 18 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 18 Walter Scott, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 18 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver
  • May 19 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • May 20 Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • May 21 Noel Fielding, British comedian
  • May 22 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • May 22 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • May 22 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • May 22 Leslie Ratliffe, WLAF offensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • May 22 Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • May 23 Verna Vasquez, Miss Universe-best swimsuit (Curacao, 1997)
  • May 24 Karim Alami, Morocco, tennis star
  • May 24 Ville Peltonen, Vantaa FIN, NHL forward (Team Finland, San Jose)
  • May 24 Ruslana, Ukrainian singer
  • May 25 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 25 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 25 Jeff Smith, NFL/WLAF corner (Scotland Claymores/KC Chiefs)
  • May 25 Josee Corbeil, Pointe-Claire Quebec, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
  • May 25 Maria Jose Gaidano, Buenos Aires Arg, tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles)
  • May 25 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • May 25 Demetri Martin, American comedian
  • May 25 Molly Sims, American model and actress
  • May 25 Daz Dillinger, American hip-hop performer
  • May 27 Jack McBrayer, American actor and comedian
  • May 28 Pat Peake, NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 28 Todd Sweeris, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • May 29 Emma Johnson, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 29 Etdrick Bohannon, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • May 29 Jason Dawe, North York, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • May 29 Malcolm Allen, Wauchope NSW Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • May 29 Tiffany M Sloan, Orange county California, playmate (Oct, 1992)
  • May 29 Alpay Özalan, Turkish footballer
  • May 29 Anthony Azizi, American actor
  • May 29 Mark Lee, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)
  • May 30 Christine Pavone, Miss USA-Connecticut (1997)
  • May 30 Je'Rod Cherry, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 30 Jennifer Darst, pairs skater (& Arthur Reid), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 30 Steve Charbonneau, CFL defensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 30 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • May 31 Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
  • May 31 Marty Janzen, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 31 Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Alan Carney, actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, composer, dies at 79
  • May 8 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • May 10 Jack E Leonard, Chicago Ill, comedian, dies at 62
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
  • May 11 Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
  • May 12 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
  • May 15 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J Kropholler, Dutch architect/writer, dies at 91

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May 18 Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • May 21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 21 George Breakstone, actor/director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 23 Athena Lorde, actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies at 57
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, US cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Germ composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 28 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish/French/US art critic sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89