May 1967 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes President of Nicaragua
  • May 1 Jelle Zijlstra becomes president of Netherlands Bank
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer)
  • May 3 African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
  • May 4 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
  • May 6 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • May 6 Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India
  • May 8 The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.
  • May 9 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship
  • May 9 Gijsbert van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam
  • May 10 Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal declares US aggression in Vietnam/Cambodia
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 11 100,000,000th US phone connected
  • May 11 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • May 12 H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student
  • May 12 Provo disbands in Neth Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • May 15 "In re Gault", US Supreme Court rules juveniles accused of crimes should be given same legal rights as adults
  • May 16 Philalphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium
  • May 17 Dylan's 1965 UK Tour is released as film "Don't Look Back"
  • May 17 The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue prohibiting the teaching of evolution, is repealed after 42 years
  • May 18 Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London
  • May 18 Tennessee Governor Ellington approves the repeal of the Butler Act or "Monkey Law", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial
  • May 19 US bombs Hanoi (Vietnam War)
  • May 19 USSR ratifies treaty with Britain & US banning nuclear weapons in space
  • May 20 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • May 22 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuts on NET (now PBS)
  • May 22 Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
  • May 22 Fire at L'Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • May 23 Government bans submarines near South Africa
  • May 25 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 27 Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Violin concert
  • May 28 Francis Chichester arrives home at Plymouth from Round-the-world trip
  • May 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 29 Australian Paul McManus water skis barefoot for 1:30:19

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May 29 Pope Paul VI names 27 new cardinals, including Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, who later became Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 30 Biafra declares independence from Nigeria
  • May 30 King Hussein of Jordan visits Cairo

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May 30 Robert "Evel" Knievel's motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel

Birthdays in History

  • May 7 Joe Rice, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • May 10 Scott Brison, Canadian politician
  • May 10 Jon Ronson, British journalist and author
  • May 19 Massimo Taccon, Italian painter and sculptor
  • May 20 Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
  • May 23 Anna Ibrisagic, Swedish politician
  • May 25 Poppy Z. Brite, American author
  • May 26 Phil Doyle, Australian writer

Deaths in History

  • May 6 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • May 7 Judith Evelyn, dies of cancer at 54
  • May 9 Elmar Berkovich, Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies
  • May 12 John Masefield, British writer and poet (Salt-Water Ballads), Poet Laureate (1930-67), dies at 88
  • May 15 Edward Hopper, US painter (House by Railroad), dies at 84
  • May 17 Nigel Martin Balchin, novelist, dies
  • May 18 Andy Clyde, Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick, dies at 75
  • May 23 Sanne Sannes, photographer, dies at 30
  • May 26 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • May 27 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)