What Happened in May 1978

Historical Events

  • May 1 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • May 1 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 2 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • May 2 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • May 3 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • May 8 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • May 8 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 9 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 10 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 13 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • May 14 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  • May 17 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 30 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • May 2 Steve Bays, Canadian musician
  • May 3 Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol)
  • May 3 Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 3 Lawrence Tynes, American football player
  • May 4 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
  • May 4 Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows
  • May 5 Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
  • May 5 Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
  • May 5 Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
  • May 6 Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • May 6 John Abraham, American football player
  • May 6 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • May 7 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • May 7 Brian Clevinger, American author
  • May 7 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • May 8 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Sandra Kleinova, Prague Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN)
  • May 8 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • May 8 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • May 8 Matthew Davis, American actor
  • May 8 Josie Maran, American model
  • May 9 Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • May 9 Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • May 10 Kenan Thompson, American actor
  • May 11 Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band Apocalyptica
  • May 11 Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • May 12 Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
  • May 12 Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • May 12 Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • May 12 Jason Biggs, American actor
  • May 12 Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • May 12 Josh Phelps, American baseball player
  • May 12 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • May 13 Mike Bibby, American basketball player
  • May 13 Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • May 13 Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • May 13 Steve Mildenhall, English football player
  • May 13 Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • May 14 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 14 André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • May 14 Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 14 Eddie House, American basketball player
  • May 14 Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • May 15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 David Krumholtz, actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons), born in NYC, New York

  • May 15 Krissy Taylor, American model, born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • May 15 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • May 15 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • May 15 Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • May 16 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • May 16 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine footballer
  • May 16 David Ford, English singer/songwriter
  • May 17 John Foster, American baseball player
  • May 17 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • May 17 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • May 18 Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
  • May 18 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • May 18 Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • May 19 Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • May 21 Kandy Marshall, Miss Virginia Teen USA (1996)
  • May 21 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • May 22 Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • May 22 Katie Price, British model
  • May 23 Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
  • May 23 Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • May 23 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • May 24 Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • May 24 Brian Ching, American footballer
  • May 24 Bryan Greenberg, American actor
  • May 24 Brad Penny, American baseball player
  • May 24 Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player
  • May 25 Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • May 25 Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • May 26 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • May 27 Adin Brown, American soccer player
  • May 29 Pelle Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives)
  • May 29 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player
  • May 29 Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
  • May 30 Krassmira Todorava, Miss Bulgaria Universe (1997)
  • May 30 Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
  • May 8 Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • May 5 Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 6 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 6 Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61

MurderAssassination

May 9 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • May 13 Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • May 16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • May 17 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 19 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 21 Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
  • May 22 Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • May 26 Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • May 28 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • May 31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)