May 1978 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola

Event of Interest

May 9 American publishing heiress Patty Hearst returns to jail, after legal appeals to her bank robbery conviction fail

Event of Interest

May 9 Corpse of kidnapped Italian ex-premier Aldo Moro found

  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term "glass ceiling" to describe invisible career barriers for women
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent SangoulĂ© Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist (creator of Narbonic)
  • May 6 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • May 7 Brian Clevinger, American author (Atomic Robo)
  • May 11 Richard Spencer, American white supremacist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 24 Brian Ching, American footballer (U.S. National Team), born in Hale'iwa, Hawaii
  • May 30 Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Weddings in History

Lee Hsien Loong

May 20 Soldier and later politician Lee Hsien Loong marries first wife doctor Wong Ming Yang

Ben Bernanke

May 29 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (24) weds school teacher Anna Friedmann


Deaths in History

  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), dies at 71

Aldo MoroAldo Moro (1916-1978)

May 9 Italian Prime Minister (1963-68 and 1974-76), assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

  • May 11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist & poet, dies at 93
  • May 14 Bill Lear, American engineer, manufacturer and CEO (Lear Jet Corp), dies at 75

Robert MenziesRobert Menzies (1894-1978)

May 15 12th Prime Minister of Australia (United Australia Party: 1939-41, Liberal: 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • May 17 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician (Foreign Secretary, 1955-60; Exchequers, 1960-62; Leader of the House of Commons, 1963–64; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1971-76), dies of a brain tumor at 73
  • May 21 Jo Spier [Joseph Spier], Dutch cartoonist and water color painter, dies at 77