Events in History in May 1976

  • May 1 Jos Hermens, runs Dutch record for 20K (57:24.2)
  • May 1 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
  • May 3 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)

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

Novelist Saul Bellow
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  • 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 11 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • May 14 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • May 14 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 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 15 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill 3 Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers in County Fermanagh and 1 in County Down
  • 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.
  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds)