On This Day

What Happened in May 1968

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony premiers in New York City with William Steinberg conducting the New York Philharmonic
  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 2 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • May 2 Israeli television begins transmitting
  • May 3 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 4 Dancer Image disqualified due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • May 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • May 6 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • May 6 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • May 8 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • May 8 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • May 10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam

Music Single

May 11 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK

  • May 11 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Defenceman J. C. Tremblay fires home the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 3-2 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • May 11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • May 11 Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, Etobicoke in the west
  • May 12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reaches Washington, D.C.
  • May 12 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp

Historic Event

May 14 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček

Historic Event

May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

Film Premiere

May 15 "Wonderwall" with music by George Harrison, premieres at Cannes Film Festival

  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • May 15 Tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36

TV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

  • May 16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • May 16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland Parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • May 17 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
  • May 17 Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8
  • May 18 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • May 19 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win
  • May 19 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
  • May 19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard

Historic Event

May 20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group

  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 21 Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 21 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores

Baseball Record

May 22 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball HOF outfielder Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double and a single in a 13-6 rout of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • May 24 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days

Music History

May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession in England

Historic Event

May 24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

  • May 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)
  • May 25 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • May 25 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 25 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release song "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
  • May 27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.

Sports History

May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

  • May 28 MLB: AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions
  • May 28 MLB: NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise

Historic Event

May 28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic presidential primary in Oregon

Album Release

May 28 Fantasy Records releases the self-titled debut album "Creedence Clearwater Revival", on leader John Fogerty's 23rd birthday; it feature's their cover of Dale Hawkin's "Susie Q"

  • May 29 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • May 29 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • May 29 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • May 30 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • May 30 University church in Leipzig, German DR, blown up
  • May 30 West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser driving a piston-powered Offenhauser beats Dan Gurney to win his first of 3 Indy 500 triumphs

Film & TV History

May 31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service


Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Mark Scott, American rock drummer (Trixter - Give It To Me Good), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • May 1 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • May 1 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps; Ascoli, Udinese, AC Milan), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • May 1 Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • May 1 D'arcy Wretzky, American rock bassist (The Smashing Pumpkins), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • May 2 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor, born in Otawara, Tochigi, Japan
  • May 2 Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • May 2 Eric Holcomb, American politician, Governor of Indiana (2017-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 3 Debora Caprioglio, Italian actress (Big Game Hunter), born in Mestre, Italy
  • May 3 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • May 3 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • May 4 Eddie Pérez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • May 4 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • May 5 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 5 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • May 6 Andy Kelly, American football quarterback (Nashville Kats, Rhein Fire), born in Dayton, Tennessee
  • May 6 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab), born in Vincennes, France
  • May 7 Joe King, American NFL safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 7 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish pop rock singer-songwriter ("Save Tonight"), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Omar Camporese

May 8 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis player (2 x WTA singles, 5 x doubles titles; world #18 1992), born in Bologna, Italy

  • May 8 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician (leader of Liberals Party)
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 9 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • May 9 Marie-José Pérec, French athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m 1996), born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • May 9 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • May 9 Scott Pruitt, American politician (EPA head 2017-18), born in Danville, Kentucky
  • May 10 Julie Smith, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Glendora, California
  • May 10 Erik Palladino, American actor
  • May 10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • May 11 Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
  • May 11 Sławomir Dobrzański, Polish concert pianist and music professor, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • May 12 Mark Clark, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Bath, Illinois

Tony Hawk

May 12 Tony Hawk, American skateboarder, born in Carlsbad, California

  • May 12 Scott Schwartz, American actor, born in Sacramento, California
  • May 12 Catherine Tate, English actress and comedian (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who), born in London, England
  • May 13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • May 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)
  • May 13 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • May 14 Greg Davis, Welsh-born, British stand-up comedian, actor, and former secondary school teacher (We Are Klang, The Inbetweeners, Cuckoo, Taskmaster), born in St Asaph, Denbighshire
  • May 15 James "Jim" Neil, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 15 Leroy Hoard, American NFL running back, 1990-99 (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and 2 other teams), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 15 Todd Porter, American actor (Whiz Kids - "Hamilton"), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • May 15 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • May 15 Seth Putnam, American hard-core punk vocalist and songwriter, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • May 16 Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 16 Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress (Naked Killer), born in Hong Kong
  • May 16 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1993)
  • May 16 Andrew Nethsingha, British organist, choral conductor, and music director (St John's College, Cambridge, 2007-), born in Exeter, England
  • May 17 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • May 17 Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer (Pearl Jam), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 19 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • May 19 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • May 19 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 20 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer, born in Suva, Fiji
  • May 20 Timothy Olyphant, American stage and screen actor (Deadwood; Justified; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • May 21 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • May 22 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • May 22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • May 22 Randy Brown, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 22 Kevin Carolan, American actor and comedian
  • May 23 Guinevere Turner, American actress
  • May 24 Jerry Dipoto, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • May 25 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 25 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 25 Shawn Bouwens, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 26 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • May 26 Pat Kenney [Simon Diamond], American professional wrestler, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • May 26 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • May 26 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • May 27 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 27 Frank Thomas, American Baseball HOF 1st baseman/DH (5 × MLB All-Star; AL MVP 1993, 94; AL batting champion 1997, Chicago White Sox), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • May 27 Jeff Bagwell, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (MLB All-Star 1994, 96, 97, 99; NL MVP 1994; Gold Glove Award 1994; Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 27 Rebekah Brooks, English journalist (implicated in News International phone hacking scandal), born in Warrington, England

Kylie Minogue

May 28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop singer-songwriter ("Can't Get You Out of My Head"), and actress, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • May 28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics, 1992, 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympics 8th 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 30 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • May 30 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans - "Only One I Know"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • May 30 Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks
  • May 30 Kelley Armstrong, Canadian novelist (Women of the Otherworld), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Famous Weddings

Pete Townshend

May 20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behaviour), dies at 71
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73
  • May 2 Donald L Hall, American airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 3 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • May 5 Albert Van Dekker, American character actor (Dr. Cyclops; Beau Geste; The Wild Bunch), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7 Lurleen Wallace, American politician (46th Governor of Alabama, 1967-68), dies at 41

Craig Wood

May 7 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • May 9 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Avengers), dies at 90
  • May 9 Harold Gray, American comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9 Marion Lorne, American actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9 Phil Arnold, American actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • May 9 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite, dies at 75
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, British actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient), dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), dies from either an overdose, or as a result from a beating at 38
  • May 14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 20 Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 21 Doris Lloyd, English American actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23 James Burke, American actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, American composer (The Warrior; Three Japanese Dances; To The Fallen), and pedagogue (Eastman School, 1929-67),, dies at 75
  • May 25 Georg von Küchler, German field marshal and WWII war criminal, dies at 86
  • May 25 Charles K. Feldman, American producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 26 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), dies in prison while serving a sentence for manslaughter at 30
  • May 28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)
  • May 28 Corbett Davis, American NFL football fullback, 1938-42 (Cleveland Rams), dies of a ruptured spleen in a boating accident at 53