Historical Events in May 1970

  • May 2 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • May 2 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • May 2 KOAI (now KNAZ) TV channel 2 in Flagstaff, AZ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • May 3 World premiere of The Beatles' "Let it Be" documentary film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, in New York City
  • May 4 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • May 4 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site
  • May 6 European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Feyenoord beats Celtic, 2-1; first time title won by a Dutch club

Historic Event

May 6 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation

  • May 6 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • May 8 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers 113 to 91 at Madison Square Garden, NYC; winning final series 4 games to 3
  • May 8 Beatles release 12th, and final, studio album, "Let It Be", in conjunction with the film of the same name
  • May 8 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • May 8 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • May 8 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • May 10 Atlanta Braves' Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5

Sports History

May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Bobby Orr scores famous OT winner as Boston beats St. Louis Blues, 4-3 for 4-0 series sweep; Bruins its first title since 1941

  • May 11 "The Long and Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American single release
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.

Baseball Record

May 12 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

  • May 12 Harry Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • May 12 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • May 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Presidential Convention

May 14 Harry Blackmun (61), nominated by Richard Nixon, earns seat on US Supreme Court after confirmation by US Senate, 94-0; serves until 1994

Historic Event

May 14 Militant leftist Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed from prison after serving 2 years in West Berlin

  • May 14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • May 15 Elizabeth Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • May 15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 15 International Olympic Committee votes to expel South Africa
  • May 15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kill 2 students during racial disturbance at Jackson State University in Mississippi

Music History

May 16 "Grover Henson Feels Forgotten" by Bill Cosby hits #70

Cannes Film Festival

May 16 23rd Cannes Film Festival: "M*A*S*H" film, directed by Robert Altman wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

  • May 16 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

Music History

May 17 Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institution

Baseball Record

May 17 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam
  • May 20 2 die and 70 injured when 2 NYC subway trains crash in Queens
  • May 20 The Beatles' "Let it Be" documentary film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, premieres at the Liverpool Gaumont Cinema and the London Pavilion; none of the group attend
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 22 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • May 22 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 22 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • May 23 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England
  • May 23 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • May 23 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 24 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union
  • May 25 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2
  • May 27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal, 10th highest mountain
  • May 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 Arms Trial Begins: several men are charged in a Dublin court with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 28 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • May 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 30 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans

Sports History

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Snr joins his brother Bobby as the first duo of brothers to win the race; owner Parnelli Jones second to win as both a driver and owner

Sports History

May 30 Tigers Al Kaline collides with another player & swallows his tongue

  • May 31 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world's deadliest avalanche

Historic Event

May 31 Cathedral of Brasília, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer is dedicated in the Brazilian capital Brasília

  • May 31 KDUB TV channel 40 in Dubuque, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting