What Happened in May 1976

Historical Events

  • May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
  • May 1 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 2 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

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May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • May 4 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • May 8 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament
  • May 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • May 15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • May 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
  • May 16 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

  • May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
  • May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • May 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • May 23 Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
  • May 27 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances

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May 28 29th Cannes Film Festival: "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d'Or

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

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May 29 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 22nd LPGA Championship won by Betty Burfeindt
  • May 30 Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 1:42:52.466 (239.350 km/h)
  • May 31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Darius McCrary, actor (Edward Winslow-Family Matters)
  • May 2 Ailleen Damiles, Miss Universe-Philippines/Miss Photogenic (1996)
  • May 2 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star
  • May 3 Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player
  • May 4 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 4 Ben Grieve, American baseball player
  • May 4 Jason Michaels, American baseball player
  • May 5 Sage Stallone, Sylvester's son/actor (Rocky V)
  • May 5 Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer
  • May 5 Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer
  • May 6 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • May 7 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 8 Oleg Tverdovsky, Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • May 8 Martha Wainwright, Canadian American musician and songwriter
  • May 8 Ian "H" Watkins, pop singer (Steps)
  • May 9 Faye Johnstone, archer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 10 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • May 10 Rob Malda, American internet writer/editor (Slashdot)
  • May 10 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • May 10 Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi, Greek javelin thrower
  • May 12 Matthew P Newmark, actor (Joseph Carroll-Guns of Paradise)
  • May 13 Mark Delaney, Welsh footballer
  • May 14 Terrance Cauthen, lightweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • May 14 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • May 14 Brian Lawrence, American baseball player
  • May 14 Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • May 15 Eric DuBose, Bradenton Fl, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • May 15 Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • May 15 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • May 15 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • May 17 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 17 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • May 17 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
  • May 17 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • May 18 Ron Mercer, NBA guard (Boston Celtics)
  • May 19 Kevin Garnett, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • May 20 Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 20 Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • May 21 Deron Miller, American rock musician
  • May 21 Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • May 22 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 23 Kelly Marie Monaco, playmate (April, 1997), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Melanie Joyce Bell, Vernon New Jersey, Miss America-New Jersey (1997)
  • May 23 Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • May 24 Alessandro Cortini, Italian musician
  • May 24 Catherine Cox, Australian netballer
  • May 24 Bob Maesen, Belgian flatwater canoer
  • May 25 Tarik Glenn, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 25 Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • May 25 Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • May 25 Sandra Nasic, German singer (Guano Apes)
  • May 26 Benji Gregory, Encino California, actor (Brian Tanner-Alf)
  • May 26 Markus Wieland, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • May 26 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • May 26 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • May 27 Richard Park, Seoul Kor, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • May 27 RJD2, American hip-hop producer
  • May 28 Liam O'Brien, American voice actor
  • May 28 Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • May 28 Glenn Morrison, Rugby League Player
  • May 29 David Buckner, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • May 29 Caçapa, Brazilian footballer
  • May 29 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball player
  • May 29 Yūsuke Iseya, Japanese model and actor
  • May 30 Omri Hairi Katz, actor (Marshall Teller-Eerie Indiana), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 30 Magnus Norman, Swedish tennis player

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May 31 Colin Farrell, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • May 31 Matt Harpring, American basketball player

Famous Weddings

  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Rex O'Malley, actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 David Bruce, dies at 62
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • May 6 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 8 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, composer, dies at 68
  • May 11 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • May 14 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, US historian (Admiral of Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • May 24 Henk Lankhorst, pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 27 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 30 Max Carey, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57