On This Day

May 1974 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

May 2 Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred

  • May 2 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
  • May 6 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • May 6 Smallest attendance at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (4,149)

Historic Event

May 6 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume's ties with the Stasi (East German secret service)

  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
  • May 8 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

Historic Event

May 8 Canadian government of Pierre Trudeau falls

  • May 9 US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • May 14 Underground America Day is 1st observed to honor the 6,000 Americans that make their homes in the Earth [1]
  • May 15 Walter Scheel succeeds Gustav Heinemann as West German President
  • May 15 Ma'alot massacre: Palestinian terrorist take school hostage, 25 mostly children killed and 68 injured
  • May 15 Beginning of the Ulster Workers' Council strike called by Ulster loyalists and unionists who were against the Sunningdale Agreement, which proposed the sharing of political power with Irish nationalists
  • May 16 Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 17 Symbionese Liberation Army shoot-out with Los Angeles police kills six SLA members in the gunfire and resulting fire. One of the largest police shootouts in US history, with more than 9,000 rounds fired.
  • May 17 Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explode four bombs in Republic of Ireland, killing 33 civilians, wounding 300 (highest number of casualties in a single incident during "The Troubles")
  • May 18 India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • May 18 Nigeria announces 55 percent government participation in all oil concessions
  • May 19 Valeri Giscard d'Estaing wins French presidential election
  • May 20 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
  • May 22 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly and dies 14 months later
  • May 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed
  • May 28 Italian fascists bomb demonstrators in Brescia, 6 killed
  • May 29 Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster
  • May 31 Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights
  • May 31 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, Queen Alia, born in Amman, Jordan
  • May 8 Jon Tickle, English entertainer

Ken Jennings

May 23 Ken Jennings, American game show contestant, born in Edmonds, Washington

  • May 27 Majorie Taylor Greene, American politician and conspiracy theorist (Rep-R-Georgia 2021-), born in Milledgeville, Georgia

Deaths in History

  • May 13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72
  • May 15 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, dies at 71
  • May 17 Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and archaeologist, dies at 75
  • May 26 Kitty Gordon, English entertainer, dies at 96
  • May 31 Adelle Davis, American nutritionist and author (Let's Stay Healthy), dies of cancer at 70