On This Day

May 1969 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting

Election of Interest

May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Chichester-Clark
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
James Chichester-Clark
  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC

Historic Event

May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

Historic Event

May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Chichester-Clark
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
James Chichester-Clark
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

Historic Publication

May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • May 12 Pilot Ken Wallis achieves record speed for autogyros - 179 KPH
  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off San Francisco
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 Apollo 10 launches from Kennedy Space Center and later transmits the 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam

Murder of Interest

May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 Riots by oil workers striking against economic and racial disparities in Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles spark calls for the island's independence

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • May 3 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer and editor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 10 John Scalzi, American writer
  • May 18 Layne Flack, American poker player (6 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Rapid City, South Dakota (d. 2021)
  • May 24 Jacob Rees-Mogg, British politician, Leader of the House of Commons (2019-), born in London, England
  • May 25 Stacy London, American stylist and fashion consultant (What Not To Wear), born in NYC, New York
  • May 26 John Baird, Canadian politician, born in Nepean, Ontario

Deaths in History

Franz von Papen

May 2 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), dies at 89

Diplomat and Chancellor Franz von Papen
Diplomat and Chancellor
Franz von Papen
  • May 3 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, dies at 72
  • May 4 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (Out of the Flame), dies at 76
  • May 8 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), dies at 76
  • May 16 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 23 Peter Alma, painter and graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 26 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)