May 1974 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Former US Vice-President Spiro Agnew disbarred
  • May 2 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • May 6 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • May 6 Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
  • May 8 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • May 9 US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • May 10 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
  • May 14 Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
  • May 15 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • May 15 Ma'alot massacre: Palestinian terrorist take school hostage, 25 mostly children killed and 68 injured
  • May 15 Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • May 16 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 17 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet
  • May 17 Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explode four bombs in Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians, wounding 300 (highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
  • May 18 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • May 18 Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions
  • May 19 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
  • May 20 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
  • May 22 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly & dies 14 months later
  • May 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed
  • May 26 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
  • May 28 Emmy 1st Daytime Award presentation
  • May 28 Italian fascists bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed
  • May 29 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • May 30 10th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 9-4
  • May 31 Israel & Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights
  • May 31 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan
  • May 8 Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • May 21 Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Gas Food Lodging)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Ken Jennings, American game show contestant, born in Edmonds, Washington

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • May 31 Adrian Tomine, American cartoonist

Deaths in History

  • May 10 Hal Mohr, Cinematographer, Husband of Evelyn Venable (b. 1894)
  • May 13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican writer (b. 1902)
  • May 17 Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, writer, dies
  • May 26 Kitty Gordon, entertainer, dies at 96
  • May 31 Adelle Davis, US nutrionalist (Let's stay healthy), dies at 70