What Happened in May 1977

Historical Events

  • May 1 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
  • May 1 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 1 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • May 2 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • May 3 1977 NFL Draft: Ricky Bell from USC first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • May 7 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • May 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 9 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • May 9 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • May 9 Patty Hearst let out of jail

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • May 12 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
  • May 12 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 14 English football international Bobby Moore retires
  • May 14 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • May 14 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • May 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • May 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 16 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 17 Menachem Begin's Likoed party wins election in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • May 18 Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel
  • May 18 Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164
  • May 18 US, USSR and other nations sign the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • May 19 "Smokey & the Bandit," premieres
  • May 21 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • May 21 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • May 21 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • May 21 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • May 21 SD Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
  • May 22 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)
  • May 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 22 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
  • May 23 Benin adopts its constitution
  • May 23 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell
  • May 23 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • May 24 USSR President Podgorny resigns
  • May 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released
  • May 25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV
  • May 25 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • May 25 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
  • May 26 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
  • May 27 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
  • May 27 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed
  • May 27 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 165 killed in a fire at Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio
  • May 29 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 29 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500
  • May 29 Sue Press is 1st woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one
  • May 30 Cleve Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0
  • May 31 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • May 31 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes heir apparent to throne of Qatar
  • May 31 Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Anna Louise Wilson, Dunedin NZ, 100m breast stroke (Olympics-96)
  • May 1 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • May 1 Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer
  • May 2 Amy D'Entremont, Stoneham Mass, figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ)
  • May 2 Jenna Von Oy, actress (Seven-Blossom)
  • May 2 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician
  • May 2 Luke Hudson, American baseball player
  • May 3 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail
  • May 3 Ryan Dempster, American baseball player
  • May 4 Emily Perkins, Canadian actress
  • May 4 Mariano Pernía, Argentine-Spanish footballer
  • May 5 Tiffany Roberts, Petaluma California, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • May 5 Choi Kang-hee, South Korean actress
  • May 6 Gabriela Aguilar, Miss Costa Rica Universe (1997)
  • May 6 Shannon Shakespeare, Mission BC, 100m swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • May 6 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 6 Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • May 7 Marko Milic, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • May 7 Patrick Johnson, American broadcaster
  • May 8 Jennifer Walcott, American Playboy Playmate
  • May 8 Joe Bonnamassa, American singer-songwriter (SeeSaw), born in New Hartford, New York
  • May 9 Choi Jeong-yoon, South Korean actress
  • May 9 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • May 9 Iñigo Landaluze, Spanish cyclist
  • May 10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World-silv-94, Oly-gold-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 10 Henri Camara, Senegalese footballer
  • May 10 Nick Heidfeld, German Formula 1 driver
  • May 10 Chas Licciardello, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser
  • May 11 Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • May 11 Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer
  • May 11 Pablo García, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 11 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • May 11 Matthew Newton, Australian actor
  • May 12 Monique de Bruin, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 12 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • May 12 Rebecca Herbst, American actress
  • May 13 Diane Halber, Torrance California, figure skater (1996 National Collegiate champ)
  • May 13 Sara DeCosta, ice hockey goalie (USA, Oly-98)
  • May 13 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • May 13 Neil Hopkins, American actor
  • May 13 Samantha Morton, English actress
  • May 13 Robby Hammock, baseball player
  • May 14 Anca Barna, Cluj Romania, tennis star (semifinals 1995 ITF Poland)
  • May 14 Cesarina Mejia, Miss Dominican Republic Universe (1997)
  • May 14 Jayna Hefford, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • May 14 Sophie Anderton, English model and television personality
  • May 14 Roy Halladay, American baseball player
  • May 14 Ada Nicodemou, Australian actress
  • May 16 Dolcenera, Italian singer
  • May 16 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 17 Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
  • May 18 Lee Hendrie, English footballer
  • May 18 Danny Mills, English footballer
  • May 19 Manuel Almúnia, Spanish footballer
  • May 19 Brandon Inge, American baseball player
  • May 20 Angela Goethals, actress (VI Warshawski, Heartbreak Hotel)
  • May 20 Leonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
  • May 20 Matt Czuchry, American actor
  • May 20 Chad Muska, American Skateboarder for Element Skateboards
  • May 20 Miriam Parrish, American television actress
  • May 21 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • May 21 Ricky Williams, American football player
  • May 22 Vinnie Potestivo, American TV Producer
  • May 22 Alastair Ralphs, Canadian professional wrestler
  • May 22 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • May 22 Dre Bly, American Football Player
  • May 24 Kym Valentine Australian actress (Neighbours), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • May 26 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • May 26 Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • May 26 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • May 26 Misaki Ito, Japanese actress
  • May 27 Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete
  • May 27 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • May 28 Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 28 Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
  • May 28 Jeremy Borash, American professional wrestling announcer
  • May 29 Brent Roberts, Leesville La, diver (Olympics-96)
  • May 29 Danny Gerard, actor (Alan Silver-Brooklyn Bridge), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • May 29 Massimo Ambrosini, Italian footballer
  • May 29 Antonio Lebo-Lebo, Angolan footballer
  • May 30 Akwá, Angolan footballer
  • May 30 Rachael Stirling, British actress
  • May 31 Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
  • May 31 Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
  • May 31 Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
  • May 31 Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
  • May 31 Debbie King, English TV presenter
  • May 31 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • May 31 Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
  • May 31 Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
  • May 31 Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey
  • May 31 June Sarpong, British television presenter

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, composer, dies at 73
  • May 9 James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 10 Joan Crawford, actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 26 Jim Boles, actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63
  • May 26 William Powell, rocker (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
  • May 31 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)