May 1971 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • May 3 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations

Event of Interest

May 3 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader

  • May 3 National Public Radio begins programming
  • May 3 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
  • May 5 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • May 9 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • May 9 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Baltimore Oriole history
  • May 10 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • May 13 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • May 15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • May 15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • May 16 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • May 16 US 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • May 17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • May 18 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

Event of Interest

May 18 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

  • May 18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 19 USSR launches Mars 2, becomes the 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • May 20 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee

White Night Riots

May 21 White Night riots occur in San Francisco after Dan White is given a lenient sentence for assassinating Mayor George Moscone and the openly gay elected official Harvey Milk

  • May 22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • May 24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • May 25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • May 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 28 USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
  • May 30 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • May 30 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Damon Dash, American entrepreneur and label executive (Roc-A-Fella Records), born in NYC, New York
  • May 7 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • May 9 Nicolas Ghesquière, French fashion designer (Louis Vuitton), born in Comines, France
  • May 14 Sofia Coppola, American director (Lost in Translation), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Gina Raimondo, American politician, 1st woman Governor of Rhode Island (2015-), born in Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • May 17 Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, Queen of the Netherlands (2013-present), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 25 Marco Cappato, Italian politician (Member of the European Parliament), born in Milan, Italy
  • May 27 Glenn Ross, Northern Irish strongman
  • May 27 Kaur Kender, Estonian author
  • May 27 Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
  • May 28 Marco Rubio, American politician (Senate-R-Florida, 2011-), born in Miami, Florida

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian-French sculptor (Cubism), dies at 83
  • May 5 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), dies at 71
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist and sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 11 Alan Mara Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), dies at 82
  • May 15 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), dies at 78

Ogden NashOgden Nash (1902-1971)

May 19 American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), dies at 68 [1]

  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 25 Charles P. Cabell, American military and intelligence officer (US Air Force general; Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency , 1953–1962), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew, Mississippi
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter and illustrator, dies at 75