May 1979 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • May 1 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
  • May 2 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • May 3 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • May 5 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • May 6 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • May 10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]
  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • May 13 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • May 17 -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • May 21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • May 22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)
  • May 23 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • May 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • May 25 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • May 25 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • May 30 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • May 30 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • May 30 Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality
  • May 12 Erdinç Saçan, Turkish-Dutch politician
  • May 13 Prince Carl Philip of Sweden
  • May 21 James Clancy Phelan, Australian novelist
  • May 21 Jamie Hepburn, Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • May 21 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter
  • May 25 Carlos Bocanegra, American footballer
  • May 29 Casey Sheehan, American soldier; son of Cindy Sheehan (d. 2004)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 US Senator Edward W Brooke (59) weds second wife Anne Lee Fleming

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 8 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 9 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • May 10 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • May 10 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, dies at 55
  • May 14 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • May 16 Asa Philip Randolph, American labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 23 Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79
  • May 25 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • May 29 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)