Historical Events in May 1973

  • May 1 SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 6 Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)

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May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • May 8 Indians holding SD hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 9th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 8-4
  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2

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May 10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances

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May 13 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • May 13 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military

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May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • May 16 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

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May 17 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 18 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 19 "Daisy" A Day by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 20 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 20 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina

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May 25 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 25 26th Cannes Film Festival: "The Hireling" directed by Alan Bridges and "Scarecrow" directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • May 26 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • May 27 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins in 2:05:25.320 (255.944 km/h)
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st black mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season