On This Day

What Happened in May 1976

Historical Events

Sports History

May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes

  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

Historic Event

May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

Music Premiere

May 4 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger, NYC; runs for 7 performances

  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causes 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
  • May 8 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 7 performances
  • May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • May 15 "Fonz Song" by Heyettes hits #91
  • May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • May 15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • May 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down

Sports History

May 16 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Guy Lafleur and Pete Mahovlich each have a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 for a 4 games series sweep

Emmy Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & Michael Learned win

  • May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
  • May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • May 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Album Release

May 19 Columbia Records releases "Turnstiles", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's fourth studio album

  • May 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)

Boxing Title Fight

May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich

  • May 24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines
  • May 27 Musical whodunit "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater, NYC; runs for 61 performances

Cannes Film Festival

May 28 29th Cannes Film Festival: "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d'Or

Music History

May 29 Car tune "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pine Ridge GC: Betty Burfeindt wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Judy Rankin
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Polesitter Johnny Rutherford awarded race after taking the lead on lap 80, and leading when rain halted the race on lap 103; shortest Indy 500 in history
  • May 31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton, London, England

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Darius McCrary, actor (Edward Winslow-Family Matters)
  • May 3 Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player, born in Potomac, Maryland
  • May 4 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 4 Ben Grieve, American baseball player, born in Arlington, Texas
  • May 4 Jason Michaels, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 5 Sage Stallone, American actor (Rocky V) and the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 5 Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer, born in Korydallos, Greece
  • May 5 Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer (Argentine national team FIFA World Cups), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 5 Dieter Brummer, Australian TV actor (Home and Away: Underbelly), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2021)
  • May 6 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • May 7 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 8 Oleg Tverdovsky, Russian-American NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 8 Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American musician and songwriter, born in Montréal, Quebec
  • May 8 Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • May 10 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish guitaist and songwriter (Mogwai, born in South Lanarkshire, Scotland)
  • May 10 Rob Malda, American internet writer and editor who co-founded Slashdot, born in Holland, Michigan
  • May 10 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer (Isn't It Time), born in Brussels, Belgium**-
  • May 11 Lloyd Pierce, American basketball head coach (Atlanta Hawks 2019), born in San Jose, California
  • May 12 Matt Mangano, American country-rock bass player (Zac Brown Band), born in Visalia, CA
  • May 13 Mark Delaney, Welsh footballer (Aston Villa), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • May 14 Terrance Cauthen, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • May 14 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • May 14 Brian Lawrence, American baseball player
  • May 14 Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • May 15 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • May 15 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • May 17 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 17 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • May 17 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • May 17 Rochelle Aytes, American actress (Mistresses), born in Harlem, New York City
  • May 19 Kevin Garnett, American basketball forward (15-time NBA All Star), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • May 20 Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 20 Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • May 21 Deron Miller, American rock musician (CKY), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Kardinal Offishall [Jason Drew Harrow], Canadian rapper, born in Scarsborough, Ontario
  • May 22 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 23 Kelly Marie Monaco, playmate (April, 1997), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • May 24 Alessandro Cortini, Italian rock musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Bologna, Italy
  • May 24 Catherine Cox, Australian netballer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • May 24 Bob Maesen, Belgian flatwater canoer, born in Neerpelt, Pelt, Belgium
  • May 25 Tarik Glenn, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 2004-06; Super Bowl 2006; Indianapolis Colts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 25 Cillian Murphy, Irish actor (28 Days Later), born in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
  • May 25 Ethan Suplee, American actor (American History X), born in Manhattan, New York
  • May 25 Sandra Nasić, German singer (Guano Apes), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • May 26 Benji Gregory, American actor (Brian Tanner-Alf), born in Encino, California
  • May 26 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • May 26 Justin Pierre, American punk-pop singer and guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mahtomedi, Minnesota
  • May 27 Darrell Russell, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 99; First-Team All-Pro 1998; Oakland Raiders), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • May 27 Richard Park, Seoul Kor, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • May 27 RJD2, American hip-hop producer
  • May 28 Liam O'Brien, American voice actor, writer and director (Dungeons & Dragons), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • May 28 Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • May 28 Glenn Morrison, Rugby League Player
  • May 29 David Buckner, American drummer (Papa Roach, 1993-2007 - "Last Resort"), born in Vacaville, California
  • May 29 Caçapa, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 3 caps, Lyon), born in Lavras, Brazil
  • May 29 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball infielder/outfielder, broadcaster (Baltimore Orioles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 29 Yūsuke Iseya, Japanese model and actor
  • May 29 Yegor Titov, Russian soccer midfielder, coach (Russia 41 caps), born in Moscow, Russia
  • May 30 Omri Hairi Katz, actor (Marshall Teller-Eerie Indiana), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 30 Magnus Norman, Swedish tennis player

Colin Farrell

May 31 Colin Farrell, Irish actor (In Bruges, Minority Report), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • May 31 Matt Harpring, American basketball player (Utah Jazz) and analyst, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Weddings

  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • May 4 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), dies at 87
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • May 6 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 7 Alan Baxter, American actor (Big Town Girl, Rags to Riches), dies at 67
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, German journalist who lead Germany Red Army Faction ("Baader-Meinhof gang"), dies in uncertain circumstances in prison at 41
  • May 8 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, dies at 78
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • May 12 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), dies at 65
  • May 14 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), dies from throat cancer at 64
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, Finnish composer, dies at 77
  • May 21 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51
  • May 24 Henk [Hendrik Johannes] Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle Oldeboerrigter, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 26 Edgar Moon, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1930), dies at 71
  • May 27 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 30 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 86
  • May 30 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), dies of cancer at 65
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist (1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis), dies at 66
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], American wife of Attorney General John Mitchell (who was kidnapped so she wouldn't talk), dies of multiple myeloma at 57