Historical Events in May 1980

  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • May 1 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
  • May 1 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
  • May 2 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
  • May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
  • May 2 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
  • May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • May 3 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
  • May 4 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • May 4 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • May 4 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • May 5 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as British SAS and police storm the building
  • May 5 Constantine Karamanlis is elected for the first time President of Greece.
  • May 7 Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried
  • May 7 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • May 8 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • May 8 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated
  • May 9 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • May 9 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 11 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 11 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 12 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  • May 12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.
  • May 13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 14 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • May 14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 15 1st trans-US balloon crossing
  • May 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • May 15 Shawn Weatherly, (SC (will win Miss Universe), crowned 29th Miss USA
  • May 16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 16 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
  • May 17 105th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
  • May 17 Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
  • May 17 Major race riot in Miami Florida - 16 killed, 300 injured
  • May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"
  • May 18 Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
  • May 18 China PR launch 1st intercontinental rocket
  • May 18 Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 18 Fernando Belaunde Terry elected president of Peru
  • May 18 Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
  • May 18 Gwangju Massacre: Students in Gwangju, South Korea begin demonstrations, calling for democratic reforms.
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances

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May 19 Ringo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach
  • May 20 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
  • May 20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • May 20 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism

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May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 21 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from US service academy
  • May 23 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton

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May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 24 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 25 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • May 26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • May 26 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • May 26 Soyuz 36 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Hungarian) to Salyut 6
  • May 27 South Korean police ends people's uprising; 2,000 killed
  • May 27 The Gwangju Massacre: Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more.
  • May 28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • May 28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"
  • May 28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 29 53rd National Spelling Bee: Jacques Bailly wins spelling elucubrate
  • May 29 Attempted assassination on Vernon Jordan Jr National Urban League pres
  • May 29 JMW Turner's "Juliet & Her Nurse" sold for $6,400,000 in NYC

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May 29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • May 30 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • May 30 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • May 30 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • May 30 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J Geils Band peaks at #38
  • May 31 Police & youthful rebels battle in Zurich