May 1976 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

Event of Interest

May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)

  • May 5 Train collision at Schiedam, Netherlands, kills 24
  • May 6 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causes 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
  • May 8 The rollercoaster Revolution (roller coaster), the first steel coaster with a vertical flip, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • May 15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • May 17 Earthquake in Uzbekistan: thousands killed
  • May 19 Gold ownership legalized in Australia
  • May 19 Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • May 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • May 22 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • May 24 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)
  • May 24 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 Rob Malda, American internet writer and editor who co-founded Slashdot, born in Holland, Michigan
  • May 24 Bob Maesen, Belgian flatwater canoer, born in Neerpelt, Pelt, Belgium
  • May 27 RJD2, American hip-hop producer

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • May 4 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), dies at 87
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies of cancer at 47
  • May 6 Karel Cruysberghs, Flemish religious writer (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, German journalist who lead Germany Red Army Faction ("Baader-Meinhof gang"), dies in uncertain circumstances in prison at 41
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, dies at 78
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 24 Henk [Hendrik Johannes] Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle Oldeboerrigter, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"

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May 26 German philosopher (Being & Time), dies at 86

  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter, mostly of local landscapes, dies at 53
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist (1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis), dies at 66
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], American wife of US Attorney General John Mitchell (who was kidnapped so she wouldn't talk), dies of multiple myeloma at 57