On This Day

Events in History in May 1969

  • May 1 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
  • May 1 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 1 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • May 2 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • May 4 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Armies of the Night)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • May 7 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 8 Cambodia recognizes the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 8 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • May 9 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • May 9 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • May 10 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • May 10 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • May 10 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • May 12 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH

  • May 13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • May 14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • May 14 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • May 15 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from Supreme Court
  • May 16 Students occupies Magden House Amsterdam
  • May 16 US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off San Francisco
  • May 16 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 16 Venera 5 lands on Venus, returns data on atmosphere
  • May 17 Russian probe Venera 6 landed on Venus
  • May 18 Apollo 10 launches from Kennedy Space Center and later transmits the 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • May 20 US troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam

MurderMurder of Interest

May 21 Robert F. Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • May 21 Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, aka Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • May 22 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
  • May 23 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • May 25 Sudanese government is overthrown in a military coup
  • May 26 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth
  • May 29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice
  • May 29 General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest
  • May 30 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • May 30 People revolt in Willemstad, Curacao
  • May 30 Riots on the Caribbean island of Curaçao