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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Gustav Heinemann as West German 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: Philadelphia 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

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, Miss America (Mass-Top 10-1996), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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, born in Edmonds, Washington

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, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
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