May 1973 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • 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)

Wounded Knee Occupation Ends

May 8 Wounded Knee Occupation ends after 10 weeks as 200 Oglala Lakota of the American Indian Movement surrender the South Dakota hamlet

  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the "Pentagon Papers" to The New York Times dismissed
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • 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 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 US Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings into the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.

Brezhnev Visits West Germany

May 18 Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev visits West Germany

  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 20 2 motorcycle racers killed and a dozen injured in a crash during the 1973 Nations Grand Prix in Monza,Italy
  • 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
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st African American mayor of Los Angeles, California

Birthdays in History

  • May 8 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese manga artist (Fullmetal Alchemist), born in Makubetsu, Japan
  • May 25 Daz Dillinger [Delmar Drew Arnaud], American hip-hop performer, born in Long Beach, California

Weddings in History

Brian Mulroney

May 26 Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney (34) weds Mila Pivnicki (19)

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 11 Grigory Kozintsev, Russian director, dies at 68
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • May 15 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

May 18 American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

  • May 21 Carlo Emilio Gadda, Italian engineer and writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 21 Ivan Konev, Russian general (Marshal of the Soviet Union - led Red Army on WWII Eastern Front, commanded Warsaw Pact forces), dies at 75
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89