On This Day

May 1970 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
  • 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 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Taoiseach Jack Lynch
Taoiseach
Jack Lynch
  • May 8 Construction workers break up an anti-war rally in NYC's Wall Street
  • May 8 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • May 12 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • May 12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • May 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 14 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Red Army Faction Leader Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction Leader
Andreas Baader
  • May 15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kill 2 students during racial disturbance at Jackson State University in Mississippi
  • May 15 Elizabeth Hoisington and Anna Mae Mays named 1st female US generals
  • May 15 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 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 23 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • 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 24 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union
  • 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 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 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 29 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • May 31 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world's deadliest avalanche

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Naomi Klein, Canadian author (This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate) and activist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 5 Soheil Ayari, French-Iranian racer, born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France
  • May 7 Jenny Saville, English painter (Propped), born in Cambridge, England
  • May 23 Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin
  • May 23 Blake Schwendiman, American author
  • May 26 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese manga artist (Rurouni Kenshin), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 27 Tim Farron, British politician
  • May 29 Natarsha Belling, Australian news presenter, born in Mudgee, Australia
  • May 30 Ness Wadia, Indian industrialist

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

May 19 US Vice President Al Gore weds (22) weds author Tipper Aitcheson (21) at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

45th Vice President of the United States Al Gore
45th Vice President of the United States
Al Gore

LoveWedding of Interest

May 23 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Yi Un, last Crown Prince of Korea, dies at 72
  • May 4 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • May 4 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • May 9 Walter P. Reuther, American worker's union leader & president of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86

Person of interestNelly Sachs

May 12 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German Swedish poet and playwright (Nobel prize for Literature 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • May 13 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • May 17 Nigel Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • May 19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • May 21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • May 22 Joseph W Krutch, American writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • May 27 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gunther, American author and host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34