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 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
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
  • May 11 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
  • 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 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/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
  • May 23 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • 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

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May 25 "Midnight Cowboy" released with an X rating directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman (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
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
Stevie Wonder