On This Day

What Happened in May 1973

Historical Events

  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK

Sports History

May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)

Sports History

May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

Historic Event

May 8 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

Baseball Record

May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2

Film & TV History

May 10 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed

Film Release

May 11 Ground-breaking Indian crime film "Zanjeer" directed by Prakash Mehra and starring "The Angry Young Man" Amitabh Bachchan released

  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • May 14 French film "Day for Night" written and directed by François Truffaut, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud premieres at Cannes (Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film)

Sports History

May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

  • May 16 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Dave Soutar
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

#1 in the Charts

May 17 Stevie Wonder releases the music single "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", goes to #1 and wins him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone

Historic Event

May 18 Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits West Germany

  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 19 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater, NYC: runs for 17 performances
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 - fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Emmy Awards

May 20 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 George [Earl] Jellicoe resigns as British Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina

Music Single

May 25 George Harrison releases single "Give Me Love" in UK

  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 25 26th Cannes Film Festival: "The Hireling" directed by Alan Bridges and "Scarecrow" directed by Jerry Schatzberg jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album (the blue one) goes #1
  • May 26 "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 "Super Fly Meets Shaft" by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 British composer Michael Tippett's 3rd Piano Sonata premieres
  • May 27 American athlete Rick Wohlhuter runs world record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins first of his two Indy triumphs after rain halts the race at lap 133
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st African American mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 30 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 98, 2001, 04; First-team All-Pro 2001, 04; NE Patriots, NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 1 Oliver Neuville, German soccer striker (69 caps; Servette, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia M'gladbach), born in Locarno, Switzerland
  • May 2 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German film director and screenwriter (The Lives of Others), born in Cologne, Germany
  • May 3 Dominique Monami, Belgian tennis star, born in Verviers, Liège, Belgium
  • May 4 Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 4 Matthew Barnaby, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 4 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine football forward, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • May 4 Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Lithuanian composer (In Search Of Lost Beauty...), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • May 5 Johan Hedberg, Swedish ice hockey coach and goalie (Team Sweden, Olympics 1998), born in Nacka, Sweden
  • May 5 Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 5 Muhsin Muhammad, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • May 5 Tina Yothers, American actress (Jennifer-Family Ties), born in Whittier, California
  • May 6 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 6 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • May 6 Wendy Ward, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000-01 3rd), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 7 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist, born in Clusone, Italy
  • May 8 Wolf Wigo, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Abington Pennsylvania
  • May 8 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese manga artist (Fullmetal Alchemist), born in Makubetsu, Japan
  • May 9 Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress
  • May 10 Jerome Williams, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Washington D.C.
  • May 10 Joshua Eagle, Australian tennis player
  • May 10 Rüştü Reçber, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (120 caps, record appearance holder, FIFA World Cup All Star Team: 2002; Fenerbahçe, Barcelona, Beşiktaş), born in Korkuteli, Turkey
  • May 11 Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 11 Patrick Sapp, American NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 11 James Haven, American actor
  • May 12 MacKenzie Astin, American actor (Facts of Life, Garbage Pail Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress (Wicked), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • May 12 Travis Lutter, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter (The Ultimate Fighter 4), born in Chamberlain, Dakota
  • May 14 Shanice [Wilson], American R&B and soul vocalist ("I Love Your Smile"; "Saving Forever For You"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Voshon Lenard, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • May 14 Natalie Appleton, Canadian pop singer (All Saints -"Never Ever"), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • May 14 Anais Granofsky, Canadian actress and director
  • May 14 Julian White, English rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • May 16 Jason Acuña "Wee-Man", American television personality
  • May 16 Tori Spelling, American actress and reality TV star (90210), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 17 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 17 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • May 17 Matthew McGrory, American actor (d. 2005)
  • May 17 Sasha Alexander, American television actress
  • May 17 Steve Barakatt, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • May 17 Jenny Scheinman, American jazz and session violinist (Bill Frisell; Allison Miller), and singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • May 18 Darren Van Impe, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon
  • May 18 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward and coach (Golden State Warriors), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • May 18 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in new Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 18 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver and commentator, born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • May 19 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • May 20 Elsa [Lunghini], French singer ("T'en va pas" - "Don't Go Away") and actress, born in Paris, France
  • May 21 Noel Fielding, British comedian (The Mighty Boosh, The Great British Baking Show), born in London, England
  • May 22 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • May 22 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • May 22 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • May 22 Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • May 23 Verna Vasquez, Miss Universe-best swimsuit (Curacao, 1997)
  • May 23 (Gerald) Maxwell [Rivera], American Grammy Award-winning neo-soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer ("Fortunate"; "Pretty Wings"), born in Brooklyn New York City
  • May 24 Ville Peltonen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • May 24 Karim Alami, Moroccan tennis star, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • May 24 Ruslana [Lyzhychko], Ukrainian pop singer and songwriter, born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)
  • May 24 Dermot O'Leary, British-Irish television presenter (The X Factor), born in Colchester, Essex, England
  • May 24 Dannes Coronel, Ecuadorian soccer defender (27 caps; El Nacional), born in Naranjal, Ecuador (d. 2020)
  • May 25 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics gold 2006), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • May 25 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 25 Jeff Smith, American football cornerback (Scotland Claymores, KC Chiefs), born in Decatur, Tennessee
  • May 25 Josée Corbeil, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  • May 25 María José Gaidano, Argentine tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 25 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • May 25 Demetri Martin, American comedian (We Bare Bears), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Molly Sims, American model and actress, born in Murray, Kentucky
  • May 25 Daz Dillinger [Delmar Drew Arnaud], American hip-hop performer, born in Long Beach, California
  • May 27 Jack McBrayer, American comedian and actor (Conan O'Brien; 30 Rock - "Kenneth"), born in Macon, Georgia
  • May 28 Pat Peake, NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 28 Todd Sweeris, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • May 29 Malcolm Allen, Australian swimmer (1995 World C'ships gold 4x200m freestyle relay), born in Wauchope, NSW
  • May 29 Alpay Özalan, Turkish soccer centre back, manager, politician (Turkey 90 caps), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • May 29 Mark Lee, American contemporary Christian guitarist (Third Day - "Nothing At All"; "Soul On Fire"), born in Powder Springs, Georgia
  • May 29 Massimo Tagliata, Italian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Syracuse, Sicily
  • May 30 Je'Rod Cherry, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 30 Steve Charbonneau, CFL defensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 30 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • May 31 Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
  • May 31 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 31 Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Famous Weddings

Brian Mulroney

May 26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • May 2 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers, 1944-50; Afterglow), dies at 52
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Grigory Kozintsev, Russian director, dies at 68
  • May 11 Lex Barker, American actor, dies at 53
  • May 12 Frances Marion, American screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • May 15 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

Jeannette Rankin

May 18 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • May 21 Carlo E. Gadda, Italian engineer and writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, American singer and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 21 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • May 23 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies of cancer at 57
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, American actor (Dial M for Murder,) dies at 76
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • May 29 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), dies at 69
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89