Today in History for May 1978

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 49 of 49

1st - 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
1st - MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
1st - Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
2nd - NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
2nd - 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
3rd - "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
3rd - Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
3rd - WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
3rd - 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
4th - Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
5th - Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
6th - 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
6th - South Africa military goes into Angola
8th - ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
8th - Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
MLB Player and Manager Pete RoseMLB Player and Manager Pete Rose 9th - "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs
9th - Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found
9th - Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
10th - "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
10th - 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
11th - Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
12th - US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
13th - "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
13th - Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
13th - Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
13th - Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
14th - "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
14th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 14th - First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
17th - Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
18th - Italy legalizes abortion
18th - Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
20th - 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
20th - 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
20th - US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
21st - 118 Unification church couples wed in England
21st - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
21st - Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
23rd - AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
23rd - General strike in Peru
24th - Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
25th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
26th - 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
28th - Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
28th - Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
29th - US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
29th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
29th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
30th - 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 81 of 81

1st - Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
2nd - Steve Bays, Canadian musician
3rd - Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol)
3rd - Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
3rd - Lawrence Tynes, American football player
4th - Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
4th - Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows
5th - Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
5th - Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
5th - Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
6th - Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
6th - John Abraham, American football player
6th - Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
7th - Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
7th - Brian Clevinger, American author
7th - Shawn Marion, American basketball player
8th - Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
8th - Sandra Kleinova, Prague Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN)
8th - Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
8th - Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
8th - Matthew Davis, American actor
8th - Josie Maran, American model
9th - Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
9th - Aaron Harang, American baseball player
10th - Kenan Thompson, American actor
11th - Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band Apocalyptica
11th - Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
12th - Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
12th - Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
12th - Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
12th - Jason Biggs, American actor
12th - Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
12th - Josh Phelps, American baseball player
12th - Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
13th - Mike Bibby, American basketball player
13th - Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
13th - Barry Zito, American baseball player
13th - Steve Mildenhall, English football player
13th - Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
14th - Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
14th - André Macanga, Angolan footballer
14th - Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
14th - Eddie House, American basketball player
14th - Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
15th - Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
Actor David KrumholtzActor David Krumholtz (15th) 15th - David Krumholtz, actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons), born in NYC, New York
15th - Krissy Taylor, model
15th - Edu, Brazilian footballer
15th - Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
15th - Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
16th - Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
16th - Lionel Scaloni, Argentine footballer
16th - David Ford, English singer/songwriter
17th - John Foster, American baseball player
17th - Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
17th - Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
18th - Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
18th - Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
18th - Marcus Giles, American baseball player
19th - Marcus Bent, English footballer
21st - Kandy Marshall, Miss Virginia Teen USA (1996)
21st - Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
21st - Adam Gontier, Canadian singer Three Days Grace
22nd - Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
22nd - Katie Price, British model
23rd - Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
23rd - Mike González, American baseball player
23rd - Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
24th - Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96)
24th - Brian Ching, American footballer
24th - Bryan Greenberg, American actor
24th - Brad Penny, American baseball player
24th - Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player
25th - Brian Urlacher, American football player
26th - Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
27th - Adin Brown, American soccer player
29th - Pelle Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives)
29th - Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player
29th - Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
30th - Krassmira Todorava, Miss Bulgaria Universe (1997)
30th - Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

5th - "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
8th - Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah
NBA Guard Jerry WestNBA Guard Jerry West (28th) 28th - NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

Rock Star Mick JaggerRock Star Mick Jagger (1st) 1st - 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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 16 of 16

1st - Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
3rd - Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
5th - Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
6th - Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
6th - Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
Italian Prime Minister Aldo MoroItalian Prime Minister Aldo Moro (9th) 9th - Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61
11th - John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
13th - Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies
15th - Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83
17th - John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
19th - George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
21st - Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
22nd - Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
26th - Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
28th - Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
31st - József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)

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