Historical Events in May 1977

  • May 1 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
  • May 1 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 1 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • May 2 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • May 3 1977 NFL Draft: Ricky Bell from USC first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • May 7 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • May 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 9 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • May 9 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • May 9 Patty Hearst let out of jail
  • May 11 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
  • May 12 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
  • May 12 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 14 English football international Bobby Moore retires
  • May 14 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • May 14 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • May 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • May 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 16 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 17 Menachem Begin's Likoed party wins election in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • May 18 Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel
  • May 18 Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164
  • May 18 US, USSR and other nations sign the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • May 19 "Smokey & the Bandit," premieres
  • May 21 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • May 21 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • May 21 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • May 21 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • May 21 SD Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
  • May 22 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)
  • May 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 22 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
  • May 23 Benin adopts its constitution
  • May 23 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell
  • May 23 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • May 24 USSR President Podgorny resigns
  • May 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released
  • May 25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV
  • May 25 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
  • May 25 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
  • May 26 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
  • May 27 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
  • May 27 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed
  • May 27 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 165 killed in a fire at Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky

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May 29 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

Racing Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio
  • May 29 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 29 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500
  • May 29 Sue Press is 1st woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one
  • May 30 Cleve Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0
  • May 31 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • May 31 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes heir apparent to throne of Qatar
  • May 31 Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed