On This Day

Events in History in May 1971

  • May 1 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
  • May 3 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
  • May 3 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader
  • May 3 National Public Radio begins programming
  • May 3 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
  • May 5 Race riot in Brownsville section of Brooklyn (NYC)
  • May 9 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • May 9 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Baltimore Oriole history
  • May 10 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • May 13 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane seriously injured in a car accident
  • May 15 Radio Nordsee International's ship bombed
  • May 15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • May 16 US 1st class postage now costs 8 cents (was 6 cents)
  • May 16 Bulgaria adopts its constitution
  • May 17 Washington State bans sex discrimination
  • May 18 Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

Historic Event

May 18 US President Richard Nixon rejects 60 demands of Congressional Black Caucus

  • May 18 Vampire rapist Wayne Boden's last victim found in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 19 USSR launches Mars 2, 1st spacecraft to crash land on Mars
  • May 20 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  • May 21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee

White Night Riots

May 21 White Night riots occur in San Francisco after Dan White is given a lenient sentence for assassinating Mayor George Moscone and the openly gay elected official Harvey Milk

  • May 22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • May 24 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • May 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • May 28 USSR Mars 3 launched, 1st spacecraft to soft land on Mars
  • May 30 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • May 30 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched