What Happened in May 1974

Historical Events

  • 2nd Former VP Spiro Agnew disbarred
  • 2nd Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • 4th 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • 5th Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • 6th A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • 6th Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • 6th Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
  • 6th Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 6th West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns
  • 7th Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
  • 8th 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

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8th Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 8th FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 9th US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • 10th 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 11th "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
  • 11th Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
  • 12th 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 12th Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 14th Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
  • 15th Mail truck terrorists take school in Maalot, 30 killed
  • 15th Walter Scheel succeeds Heinemann as president
  • 15th Ma'alot massacre: A total of 31 people, including hostage takers, are killed.
  • 15th Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • 16th Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • 16th USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 17th Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet
  • 17th The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)explode four bombs in the Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians and wounded a further 300(This is the highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
  • 17th 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • 18th "Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • 18th 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • 18th India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • 18th Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions
  • 19th Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
  • 19th Stanley Cup: Phila Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 19th Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
  • 20th Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
  • 22nd Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly & dies 14 months later
  • 22nd Soccer team Veendam forms
  • 22nd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 23rd Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 23rd Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed
  • 24th Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV

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24th 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • 26th During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
  • 26th Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
  • 26th Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
  • 27th Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
  • 28th "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 1859 performances

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28th 26th Emmy Awards: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 28th Emmy 1st Daytime Award presentation
  • 28th Italian fascists bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed
  • 28th Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" premieres in NYC
  • 29th Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • 30th 10th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
  • 31st Israel & Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights
  • 31st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Keri Phebus, Laguna Beach California, tennis star
  • 1st Matthew Hatchette, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1st Vladimir Zavyalov, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998)
  • 2nd Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 2nd Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor
  • 2nd Andy Johnson, Welsh footballer
  • 3rd Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan
  • 4th Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 5th Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver
  • 7th Scott Whittaker, center/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 7th Breckin Meyer, American actor
  • 7th Ian Pearce, English footballer
  • 8th Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 8th Colin Daynes, Windsor Ontario, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96)
  • 8th Korey Stringer, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 8th Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • 9th Shin Yahata, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 9th Stephane Yelle, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 10th Grant Williams, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 10th Janet Reasons, Port Orchard Washington, Miss America-Washington (1997)
  • 10th Sylvain Wiltord, French footballer
  • 11th Roger Juffing, soccer player (Fortuna Sittard
  • 11th Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 11th Billy Kidman, American professional wrestler
  • 11th Benoît Magimel, French actor
  • 11th Darren Ward, Welsh footballer
  • 12th Anna Ozolins, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 12th Tiffany Stoker, Clovis California, Miss America (California-4th-1996)
  • 13th Albert Connell, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 13th Lisa Jacob, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
  • 13th Brian Geraghty, American actor
  • 13th Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • 14th Ken Belanger, Sault-ste-marie Ca, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 14th Keram Malichi-Sanchez, actor (No Contest, Catwalk, Boulevard)
  • 14th Jennifer Allan, American model
  • 15th A J Hinch, Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 15th Addilson dos Santos, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 15th Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
  • 15th Shiney Ahuja, Indian actor
  • 16th Conal Groom, Northford Conn, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 16th Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 16th Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • 16th Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • 17th Marcia Turner, Cambridge Massachusetts, Miss America (Mass-Top 10-1996)
  • 17th Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 17th Sendhil Ramamurthy, American actor
  • 18th Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player
  • 19th Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 20th Brandon Jessie, tight end (NY Giants)
  • 21st Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Gas Food Lodging)
  • 21st Havoc, American rapper (Mobb Deep)
  • 22nd Greg Jones, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 22nd Sean Gunn, American actor
  • 22nd A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 23rd Duane Clemons, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)

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23rd Jewel Kilcher, Payson, Utah, American singer-songwriter (Pieces of You)

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Jewel Kilcher
  • 23rd Kimber West, playmate (Feb 1997), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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23rd Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • 23rd Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder
  • 23rd Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer
  • 24th Ace Custis, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 24th Marcus Coleman, free safety (NY Jets)
  • 24th Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuelan tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz), born in Caracas
  • 24th Natalie Neaton, Royal Oak Mich, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 24th Will Sasso, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 24th Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player
  • 25th Dennis Stallings, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 25th Frank Klepacki, American musician
  • 26th Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 27th Danny Wuerffel, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 28th Alicia Minshew, American actress
  • 29th Barbara Mulej, Kranj Slovenia, tennis star (1992 Futures Germ)
  • 29th Kenny Bynum, running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 29th Robyn Petroskey, Minneapolis Minn, figure skater (1996 Midwest champ)
  • 29th Myf Warhurst, Australian radio presenter on Triple J and TV personality on Spicks and Specks
  • 29th Marc Gené, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 30th David Wilkie, Ellensburg, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 30th Konstantinos Chalkias, Greek footballer
  • 30th Cee-Lo, American musician
  • 30th Big L, American rapper (d. 1999)
  • 31st Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 31st Jim Carey, Dorchester MA, NHL goalie (Washington Capitals)
  • 31st Steve Martin, defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 31st Chad Campbell, American golfer
  • 31st Adrian Tomine, American cartoonist

Famous Divorces

Broken-heartDivorce of Interest

6th Actress Maggie Smith (39) divorces actor Robert Stephens (42) after 6 years of marriage

Actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith

Famous Deaths

  • 4th Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 4th John Wengraf, actor (Pride & Passion, 12 to the Moon), dies at 77
  • 8th Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 9th Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
  • 10th Hal Mohr, Cinematographer, Husband of Evelyn Venable (b. 1894)
  • 13th Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican writer (b. 1902)

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13th Denny Shute, American golfer, dies at 69

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 17th Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • 17th Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • 18th Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 23rd Kathleen Cannell, writer, dies

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24th Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist
Duke Ellington
  • 25th Donald Crisp, actor/director (Beloved Brat, Dawn Patrol), dies at 91
  • 25th Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • 25th Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • 26th Kitty Gordon, entertainer, dies at 96
  • 26th Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 31st Adelle Davis, US nutrionalist (Let's stay healthy), dies at 70