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 11 Richard Spencer, American white supremacist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • May 24 Brian Ching, American footballer
  • May 30 Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Weddings in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 29 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (24) weds school teacher Anna Friedmann

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke

Deaths in History

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

MurderAssassination

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