On This Day

Historical Events in May 1973

  • 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