May 1969 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
  • May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC

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May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

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Norman Mailer
  • May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes German DR
  • May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Apollo 10 transmit 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • May 12 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 16 Who's Pete Townsend & Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 Apollo 10 (Stafford, Cernan and Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam
  • May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to life imprisonmnet
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
  • May 27 Walt Disney World construction begins
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao
  • May 30 Riots on the Caribbean island of CuraƧao
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • May 3 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer/editor
  • May 4 Ryan Shamrock, American wrestling valet
  • May 7 Rick Porras, American co-producer
  • May 10 John Scalzi, American writer
  • May 16 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
  • May 20 Suzanne Lawrence, Humble Texas, Miss Texas-America (1991) (4th)
  • May 25 Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • May 26 John Baird, Canadian politician

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • May 3 Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • May 4 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • May 8 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • May 16 Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 23 Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 26 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)