What Happened in May 1975

Historical Events

  • May 2 Apple records closes down
  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • May 4 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 4 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
  • May 5 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs)
  • May 6 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • May 6 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • May 6 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska

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May 7 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • May 7 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • May 10 Brian Oldfield of US put shot 75', an unofficial record
  • May 11 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 11 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
  • May 12 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville Tenn
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • May 14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • May 14 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
  • May 16 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • May 16 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 17 10CC releases "I'm Not in Love"

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May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 17 NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 19 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 19 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India
  • May 21 Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
  • May 21 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Cleve's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0
  • May 25 Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes

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May 27 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 27 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
  • May 28 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 18 launches
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris
  • May 30 European Space Agency (ESA) forms
  • May 30 Wings release "Venus & Mars" album
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day exhibition

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Austin Croshere, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • May 1 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)

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May 1 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl), born in London, England

Actress Jodhi May
Jodhi May
  • May 1 Alexei Smertin, Russian footballer
  • May 2 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 2 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 2 David Beckham, Leytonstone, London, English footballer (Manchester United, England)
  • May 3 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist
  • May 3 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress
  • May 3 Dulé Hill, American actor
  • May 4 Pablo Ruiz, Buenos Aires Arg, spanish singer
  • May 4 Laci Peterson, American murder victim (d. 2002)
  • May 5 Christine Buschur, Eagle River Alaska, Miss America-Alaska (1997)
  • May 7 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • May 7 Zee, American hip hop artist

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May 8 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop (Bailamos, Hero), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • May 8 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • May 8 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • May 9 Brian Deegan, Freestyle Motocross innovator
  • May 9 Chris Diamantopoulos, Canadian actor
  • May 9 Tamia, Canadian singer
  • May 10 Adam Deadmarsh, Trail BC, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Oly-98)
  • May 10 Hélio Castroneves, Brazilian race car driver
  • May 12 Lawrence Phillips, running back (St Louis Rams)

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May 12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, born in Auckland (d. 2015)

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • May 13 Chris Crawford, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • May 14 Carmen Klomp, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 14 Nicki Sørensen, Danish road cyclist
  • May 14 Salim Iles, Algerian swimmer

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May 15 Ray Lewis, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • May 16 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • May 16 Tonéx, American singer
  • May 17 Cheick Kongo, French martial artist
  • May 17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • May 17 Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • May 17 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • May 17 Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
  • May 18 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player
  • May 18 Jack Johnson, American musician
  • May 18 Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames)
  • May 19 London Fletcher, American football player
  • May 19 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • May 19 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • May 20 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)
  • May 20 Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
  • May 21 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist
  • May 22 Cole Hauser, actor (Randy-High Incident)[or Mar 22], born in Santa Barbara, California
  • May 22 Jaane Niinimaa, Raahe FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Oly-br-98, Flyers)
  • May 22 Tracy Brookshaw, American professional wrestler and valet
  • May 22 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.
  • May 23 Vincent Goossens, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • May 23 Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
  • May 24 Katie King, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • May 24 Yannis Goumas, Greek footballer
  • May 24 Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater
  • May 24 Maria Lawson, British Singer
  • May 25 Adam Saathoff, running target (Olympics-1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 26 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, Dunedin NZ, 100m/200m runner (Oly-96)
  • May 26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California

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May 26 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
  • May 26 Nicki Aycox, American actress
  • May 27 André 3000, American musician (OutKast)
  • May 27 Michael Hussey, Australian cricketer
  • May 27 Jadakiss, American rapper (The Lox)
  • May 27 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality
  • May 28 Caresa Winters, Miss South Dakota USA (1996)
  • May 28 Mike Fisher, Naperville Ill, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • May 29 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • May 29 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)
  • May 29 Melanie Janine Brown, "Scary Spice", Leeds, vocalist (Spice Girls)
  • May 29 Shoshanna Lonstein, girlfriend (Jerry Seinfeld), born in NYC, New York
  • May 29 Anthony Wall, English golfer
  • May 30 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer
  • May 30 Marissa Mayer, American technology executive (CEO of Yahoo, designed Google home page) born in Wausau, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 6 Actor Sean Connery (44) weds Micheline Roquebrune in Casablanca

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78

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May 4 Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77

Comedian Moe Howard
Moe Howard
  • May 6 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • May 8 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 9 Philip Dorn, dies at 73
  • May 13 Bob Wills, actor (Lone Prairie), dies at 69
  • May 16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, dies in fire at 72
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • May 22 Torben Meyer, actor (Viking, Roberta, Sunny), dies at 90
  • May 22 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • May 23 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81

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May 27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 28 Eric Emerson, entertainer, dies
  • May 28 Roy Roberts, actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies at 75
  • May 30 Michel Simon, actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • May 30 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)