On This Day

What Happened in May 1975

Historical Events

  • May 2 Apple records closes down
  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • May 4 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 4 Italian film "Seven Beauties" directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, and Shirley Stoler released - first film directed by a women to be nominated for an Academy Award
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara for historical novel "Killer Angels"
  • May 5 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington, who played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding. He did steal 30 bases and score 33 runs.
  • May 6 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • May 6 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • May 6 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska

Historic Event

May 7 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"

  • May 7 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m ('unofficial' world record, due to his professional status) in El Paso, Texas
  • May 10 Brian Oldfield of US put shot 75', an unofficial record
  • May 11 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market

Album Release

May 11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

  • May 12 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • May 14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • May 14 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 14 Cult feminist film "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" written and directed by Chantal Ackerman and starring Delphine Seyrig premieres at Cannes
  • May 16 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • May 16 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest

Boxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 17 10CC releases "I'm Not in Love"

Music History

May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

  • May 17 NBC pays $5M for rights to show "Gone With The Wind" one time

Emmy Awards

May 19 27th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 19 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India
  • May 21 Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
  • May 21 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shutting out the A's 6-0
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins rain-shortened race ahead of defending champion Johnny Rutherford and pole-sitter A. J. Foyt for his second Indy title
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes

Music Single

May 26 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Album Release

May 27 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Venus andMars" album

  • May 27 Stanley Cup Final, The Aud, Buffalo, NY: Philadelphia Flyers win back-to-back titles; shutting out Buffalo Sabres, 2-0 for a 4-2 series win; goaltender Bernie Parent wins 2nd consecutive Conn Smyth trophy as playoff MVP
  • May 27 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; brakes fail on a bus full of elderly women and it plunges 17 feet off the road at Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire, killing 33; a similar accident occurred there killing 11 in 1925
  • May 28 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 18 launches
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris
  • May 28 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is established by the Treaty of Lagos
  • May 30 European Space Agency (ESA) forms
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day exhibition
  • May 31 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Austin Croshere, American basketball forward (Indiana Pacers) and broadcaster (Fox Sports Indiana Pacers analyst), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), born in Yaounde, Cameroon (d. 2003)
  • May 1 Alexei Smertin, Russian soccer midfielder/executive (55 caps; Zarya Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Bordeaux), born in Barnaul, Russia
  • May 2 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 2 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand

David Beckham

May 2 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (115 caps [58 as captain]; Man Utd, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris SG, LA Galaxy) and owner (Inter Miami CF, Salford City), born in London, England

  • May 2 Kate Baldwin, American stage actress and singer (Hello, Dolly!), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • May 3 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • May 3 Eva Santolaria, Spanish actress (7 Vidas), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • May 3 Dulé Hill, American actor (The West Wing), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • May 3 Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • May 4 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 4 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • May 7 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario

Jodhi May

May 8 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart; Sister My Sister; The Other Boleyn Girl), born in Camden Town, London, England

Enrique Iglesias

May 8 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ("Bailamos"; "Hero"), born in Madrid, Spain

  • May 8 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • May 8 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • May 9 Brian Deegan, American freestyle motocross cyclist, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • May 9 Chris Diamantopoulos, Canadian actor (The Three Stooges; Silicon Valley), and cartoon Voice (Mickey Mouse, 2013-present), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 9 Tamia [Washington], Canadian R&B, hiphop, and pop singer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • May 10 Adam Deadmarsh, Canadian-American NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Olympics 1998), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • May 10 Hélio Castroneves, Brazilian race car driver
  • May 12 Lawrence Phillips, running back (St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

Jonah Lomu

May 12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2015)

  • May 12 Jared Polis, American businessman and politician, Governor of Colorado (2018-), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • May 14 Carmen Klomp, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • May 14 Nicki Sørensen, Danish road cyclist
  • May 14 Salim Iles, Algerian swimmer

Ray Lewis

May 15 Ray Lewis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (13 × Pro Bowl; Super Bowl MVP 2000; Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

  • May 16 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • May 16 Tonéx, American singer
  • May 17 Cheick Kongo, French martial artist
  • May 17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • May 17 Kostas Sommer, Greek actor
  • May 17 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • May 17 Alex Wright, German professional wrestler
  • May 18 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • May 18 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams, "Upside Down"), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • May 18 Peter Iwers, Swedish heavy metal bass player (In Flames, 1999-2018)
  • May 18 Jem [Jemma Griffiths], Welsh pop-rock and "folktronica" singer-songwriter, and keyboard player, born in Penarth, Wales
  • May 18 Zach Gill, American singer-songwriter, pianist, accordion player and banjo picker (Animal Liberation Orchestra; Jack Johnson), born in Santa Clara County, California
  • May 19 London Fletcher, American football player
  • May 19 Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
  • May 19 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • May 20 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)
  • May 20 Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
  • May 21 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • May 21 Abbas [Mirza Abbas Ali], Indian Tamil film actor and model (Kadhal Desam), born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • May 22 Jaane Niinimaa, Finnish NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Flyers), born in Raahe, Finland
  • May 22 Tracy Brookshaw, American professional wrestler and valet
  • May 22 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • May 23 Vincent Goossens, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • May 23 Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
  • May 24 Katie King-Crowley, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Salem, New Hampshire
  • May 24 Yannis Goumas, Greek footballer (Greece national team), born in Ampelonas, Greece
  • May 24 Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater (Olympic gold 1998, 2002), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
  • May 24 Maria Lawson, British soul and R&B singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London
  • May 25 Adam Saathoff, American running target (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 26 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • May 26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California

Lauryn Hill

May 26 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

  • May 27 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa
  • May 27 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper (Outkast), and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 27 Michael Hussey, Australian cricketer
  • May 27 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York
  • May 27 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality, born in Claverling, England
  • May 28 Mike Fisher, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Naperville, Illinois
  • May 29 Alexander Zhurik, Belarusian hockey defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • May 29 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey player (Olympic-96)

Melanie Brown

May 29 Mel B {Melanie Brown], English pop singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), and television personality (America's Got Talent; X-FActor), born in Leeds, England

  • May 29 Shoshanna Lonstein, American fashion designer and ex-girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer
  • May 30 Marissa Mayer, American technology executive (CEO of Yahoo, designed Google home page), born in Wausau, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings

Sean Connery

May 6 Actor Sean Connery (44) weds Micheline Roquebrune in Casablanca

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78

Moe Howard

May 4 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), dies at 77

  • May 6 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • May 8 Avery Brundage, American businessman (5th President International Olympic Committee 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 9 Philip Dorn, Dutch actor (Enemy Agent; I Remember Mama), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • May 11 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 74
  • May 12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • May 13 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the 'King of Western Swing' ("Steel Guitar Rag"), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • May 13 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), takes his own life at 53
  • May 14 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), dies at 97
  • May 16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • May 17 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), dies at 64
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • May 20 Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, dies in fire at 72
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, Belgian pianist and composer (Symphonie de poche), dies at 62
  • May 22 Robert "Lefty" Grove, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1931; Triple Crown 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's, Boston Red Sox), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • May 22 Torben Myer, Danish actor (Girl Who Came Back, Judgment at Nuremberg, Sullivan's Travels), dies at 90
  • May 23 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
  • May 28 Eric Emerson, entertainer, dies
  • May 28 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • May 30 Michel Simon, Swiss actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • May 30 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, dies at 66