Historical Events in May 1970

  • May 2 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • May 2 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • May 2 KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 3 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational
  • May 3 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • May 4 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • May 4 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • May 6 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • May 6 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • May 6 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • May 7 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • May 8 Beatles release "Let it Be" album
  • May 8 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • May 8 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • May 9 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
  • May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 10 Brave's Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5

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May 10 Bobby Orr scores one of the most famous goals in hockey history, an overtime goal that gives the Boston Bruins its first Stanley Cup since 1941

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.

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May 12 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • May 12 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • May 12 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • May 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • May 14 Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
  • May 14 Harry A Blackmun appointed to US Supreme Court
  • May 14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • May 14 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • May 14 The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • May 15 Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • May 15 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • May 15 South-Africa excluded from Olympic play
  • May 16 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

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May 16 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • May 16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "MASH" directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

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May 17 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 17 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam
  • May 20 2 die and 70 injured when 2 NYC subway trains crash in Queens
  • May 20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 22 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • May 22 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 22 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • May 23 SD Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • May 23 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 23 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately ¬£1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
  • May 24 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 24 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • May 25 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • May 27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • May 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • May 28 Arms Trial Begins: several men are charged in a Dublin court with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 30 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:12:37.057 (250.654 km/h)
  • May 31 At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)
  • May 31 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 31 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies' Golf Open