Historical Events in May 1969

  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 5 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

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May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • May 7 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes German DR
  • May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Apollo 10 transmit 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • May 11 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

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May 11 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • May 12 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court

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May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 16 The Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 17 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 18 Apollo 10 (Stafford, Cernan and Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • May 18 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam
  • May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to life imprisonmnet
  • May 21 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

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May 21 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface

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May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 23 22nd Cannes Film Festival: "If..." directed by Lindsay Anderson wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 24 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)

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May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1970)

  • May 25 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth

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May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • May 27 Walt Disney World construction begins
  • May 28 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
  • May 30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao
  • May 30 Riots on the Caribbean island of CuraƧao

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May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

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May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 31 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder