Historical Events in May 1966

  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • May 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 1 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • May 1 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • May 3 WDHO (now WNWO) TV channel 24 in Toledo, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 4 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • May 5 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • May 5 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

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May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 6 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • May 6 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • May 6 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 7 Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene
  • May 8 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • May 8 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
  • May 8 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
  • May 9 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • May 9 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 10 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • May 11 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels
  • May 12 St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
  • May 13 Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
  • May 13 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • May 14 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • May 15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • May 15 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
  • May 15 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • May 16 Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
  • May 16 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • May 16 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • May 16 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • May 17 KFDO (now KVIJ) TV channel 8 in Sayre, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 20 19th Cannes Film Festival: "A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" directed by Pietro Germi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 21 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • May 21 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • May 21 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 21 A "loyalist" group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 22 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 22 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • May 24 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • May 26 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • May 26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • May 27 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • May 27 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 29 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • May 30 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Graham Hill wins (232.2 kph)
  • May 30 US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon