May 1977 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • May 9 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • May 9 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • May 9 Patty Hearst let out of jail
  • May 12 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 14 English football international Bobby Moore retires
  • May 14 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • May 16 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 17 Menachem Begin's Likoed party wins election in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • May 18 Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel
  • May 18 US, USSR and other nations sign the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • May 19 "Smokey & the Bandit," premieres
  • May 21 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • May 21 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • May 22 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (after 94 years)
  • May 23 Benin adopts its constitution
  • May 23 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell
  • May 23 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • May 24 USSR President Podgorny resigns
  • May 25 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 George Willig climbs NYC World Trade Center
  • May 27 2 Boeing 747s by Pan Am & KLM collide in Canary Islands, killing 582
  • May 27 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed
  • May 28 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky kills 168
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 31 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes heir apparent to throne of Qatar
  • May 31 Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician
  • May 3 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail
  • May 3 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2017)
  • May 12 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • May 22 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • May 25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • May 26 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • May 28 Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
  • May 31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 9 James Jones, American writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86