Historical Events in May 1975

  • May 2 Apple records closes down
  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • May 4 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 4 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara (Killer Angels)
  • May 5 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington (played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding He stole 30 bases, & scored 33 runs)
  • May 6 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • May 6 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • May 6 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska

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May 7 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • May 7 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • May 10 Brian Oldfield of US put shot 75', an unofficial record
  • May 11 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 11 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
  • May 12 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville Tenn
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • May 14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • May 14 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 15 11th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
  • May 16 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • May 16 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest

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May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 17 10CC releases "I'm Not in Love"

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May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 17 NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

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May 19 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 19 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India
  • May 21 Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
  • May 21 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Cleve's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shuting out the A's 6-0
  • May 25 Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes

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May 27 Paul McCartney releases "Venus & Mars"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 27 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; bus full of elderly women plunges Dibble's Bridge Yorkshire, killing 38
  • May 28 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 18 launches
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris
  • May 30 European Space Agency (ESA) forms
  • May 30 Wings release "Venus & Mars" album
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day exhibition