On This Day

May 1975 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Apple records closes down
  • May 4 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Shaara for historical novel "Killer Angels"
  • May 5 A's release pinch runner Herb Washington, who played 104 games without batting, pitching, or fielding. He did steal 30 bases and score 33 runs.
  • May 6 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • May 6 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • May 6 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • May 7 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • May 10 Brian Oldfield of US put shot 75', an unofficial record
  • May 11 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
  • May 12 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • May 13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee
  • May 14 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • May 14 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • May 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 India annexes Principality of Sikkim
  • May 16 Junko Tabei from Japan becomes 1st woman to reach summit of Mt Everest
  • May 17 10CC releases "I'm Not in Love"
  • May 19 Farm truck packed with wedding party struck by a train, killing 66 in truck, 40 miles south of Poona, India
  • May 21 Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of US Equal Opportunity Commission
  • May 21 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
  • May 24 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • May 27 Worst motor vehicle disaster in UK; brakes fail on a bus full of elderly women and it plunges 17 feet off the road at Dibble's Bridge, Yorkshire, killing 33; a similar accident occurred there killing 11 in 1925
  • May 28 Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 18 launches
  • May 28 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is established by the Treaty of Lagos
  • May 30 European Space Agency (ESA) forms
  • May 31 Fred Newman makes 12,874 baskets in a one-day exhibition

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Laci Peterson, American murder victim, born in Modesto, California (d. 2002)
  • May 12 Jared Polis, American businessman and politician, Governor of Colorado (2018-), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • May 14 Nicki Sørensen, Danish road cyclist
  • May 17 Cheick Kongo, French martial artist
  • May 17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • May 30 Marissa Mayer, American technology executive (CEO of Yahoo, designed Google home page), born in Wausau, Wisconsin

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78
  • May 6 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • May 14 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), dies at 97
  • May 16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • May 20 Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, dies in fire at 72
  • May 23 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
  • May 28 Eric Emerson, entertainer, dies
  • May 30 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, dies at 66