On This Day

Events in History in May 1973

  • May 3 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
  • May 4 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • May 4 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • May 4 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • May 6 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)

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May 8 Indians holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • May 10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • May 11 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • May 11 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed
  • May 14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • May 14 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • May 14 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • May 17 US performs 3 nuclear tests at Rifle Colorado
  • May 17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • May 18 Soviet party leader Brezhnev visits West Germany
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 22 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • May 24 George [Earl] Jellicoe resigns as British Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords
  • May 25 Peronist Hector Campora installed as President of Argentina
  • May 25 US launches 1st Skylab crew Kerwin, Conrad, Weitz
  • May 26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • May 27 Rick Wohlhuter runs record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 29 Thomas Bradley elected 1st African American mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • May 29 Columbia Records fires president Clive Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in funds, Davis will start Arista records