May 1978 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  • May 17 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoul√© Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
  • May 6 Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • May 6 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • May 7 Brian Clevinger, American author
  • May 17 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • May 24 Brian Ching, American footballer
  • May 30 Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71


May 9 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • May 17 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 21 Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77