Historical Events in May 1979

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • May 1 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • May 1 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
  • May 2 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • May 2 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • May 3 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • May 3 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • May 4 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • May 5 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • May 6 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • May 6 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • May 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • May 7 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • May 10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros
  • May 10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • May 13 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 13 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • May 16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • May 16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • May 17 -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • May 17 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 19 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John
  • May 20 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • May 21 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • May 22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Jim Henson
  • May 23 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • May 23 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • May 23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • May 24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • May 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

  • May 25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • May 25 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • May 25 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

  • May 26 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • May 27 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • May 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • May 29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • May 29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl role", in which Anderson's title character leaves her 'Prairie' like North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents divorce
  • May 30 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • May 30 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • May 30 Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC
  • May 30 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens