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 student anti-war protesters at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • May 4 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)

Event of Interest

May 4 Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin confirms the existence of Russian military advisors in Egypt

  • May 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site

Event of Interest

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 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 University shootings in Ohio
  • May 11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • May 12 Harry 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

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

Event of Interest

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 Mississippi Highway Patrol kill 2 students during racial disturbance at Jackson State University in Mississippi
  • 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 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 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • 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 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 31 7.75 Ancash earthquake off coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off world's deadliest avalanche

Cathedral of Brasília

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

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 Blake Schwendiman, American author
  • May 23 Yigal Amir, Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin
  • 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

Al Gore

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

John Kerry

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

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Yi Un, last Crown Prince of Korea, dies at 72
  • May 4 Allison Beth Krause, American student, killed by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University while protesting against US military at 19
  • May 4 Jeffrey Miller, American student, killed by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University while protesting against US military, at 20
  • May 4 Sandra Scheuer, American student, killed by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University while protesting against US military, at 20
  • May 4 William Schroeder, American student, killed by soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard at Kent State University while protesting against US military at 20
  • May 6 Wharton Esherick, American artist and sculptor who worked primarily in wood, dies at 82
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86
  • May 9 Walter P. Reuther, American worker's union leader & president of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs (1891-1970)

May 12 German-Swedish poet and playwright (O the Chimneys - Nobel Prize for Literature 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish army general (WWI and WWII), and politician (Parliament-in exile), 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, Dutch writer and literary critic, dies at 78
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumor aged 34
  • May 29 John Gunther, American author and host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68