What Happened in May 1974

Historical Events

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

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May 8 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

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

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

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

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

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May 23 Ken Jennings, American game show contestant, born in Edmonds, Washington

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

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith

Famous Deaths

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

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May 13 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
  • May 17 Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • May 17 Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • May 18 Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, writer, dies

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

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