May 1970 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • May 4 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • May 4 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • May 6 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • May 6 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • May 8 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • May 9 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
  • May 10 Brave's Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • May 12 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • May 12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • May 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 14 Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
  • May 14 Harry A Blackmun appointed to US Supreme Court
  • May 14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • May 14 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • May 14 The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • May 15 Elizabeth Hoisington & Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • May 15 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • May 20 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam
  • May 20 2 die and 70 injured when 2 NYC subway trains crash in Queens
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 22 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • May 22 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 22 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • May 23 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 23 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately ¬£1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 24 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • May 26 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • May 27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • May 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • May 28 Arms Trial Begins: several men are charged in a Dublin court with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • May 31 At 03:23 PM, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake (50-70,000 die)

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • May 5 Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • May 5 Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • May 17 Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • May 23 Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin
  • May 23 Blake Schwendiman, American author
  • May 25 Michael B Enyaer, writer (Pilot One)
  • May 25 Satsuki Yukino, Seiyuu
  • May 26 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
  • May 27 Tim Farron, British politician
  • May 29 Natarsha Belling, Australian news presenter
  • May 30 Ness Wadia, Indian industrialist

Weddings in History

  • May 11 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC

US Vice President Al Gore
US Vice President
Al Gore

HeartWedding of Interest

May 23 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • May 4 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • May 4 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • May 9 Walter P Reuther, US worker's union leader/president (CIO), dies
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 12 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • May 17 Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • May 19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • May 21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • May 22 Joseph W Krutch, US writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • May 27 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34