Historical Events in May 1976

  • May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
  • May 1 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 2 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

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May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
  • May 4 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam Neth, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • May 8 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament
  • May 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • May 15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • May 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
  • May 16 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

  • May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
  • May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • May 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • May 23 Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Wash DC)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
  • May 27 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances

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May 28 29th Cannes Film Festival: "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d'Or

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

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May 29 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 22nd LPGA Championship won by Betty Burfeindt
  • May 30 Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 1:42:52.466 (239.350 km/h)
  • May 31 Loudest PA (76 KW) for Who's Quadrophenia in London