May 1969 calendar

May 1969

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1969.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1969: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1969?


  • 01 May 1969 43 Unification church couples wed in New York City
  • 02 May 1969 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
  • 03 May 1969 Trumpets of the Lord closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
  • 04 May 1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational.
  • 05 May 1969 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer
  • 07 May 1969 Lieutenant General Robert E Cushman, Jr, US Marine Corp, becomes deputy director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 08 May 1969 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation
  • 09 May 1969 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament is won by Billy Hardwick.
  • 10 May 1969 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • 11 May 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 12 May 1969 Kenneth H Wallis achieves record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH.
  • 13 May 1969 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 14 May 1969 Last Chevrolet Corvair car built.
  • 15 May 1969 Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigns from US Supreme Court.
  • 16 May 1969 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
  • 17 May 1969 My Wife, My Dog, My Cat, by Maskman and The Agents hits #92
  • 18 May 1969 Apollo 10 (Stafford / Cernan / Young) launched toward lunar orbit
  • 19 May 1969 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz saxophonist (Born 1901)
  • 20 May 1969 US troops capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam.
  • 21 May 1969 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over the New York Mets.
  • 22 May 1969 Stafford and Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 miles (15km) above lunar surface.
  • 23 May 1969 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes.
  • 25 May 1969 Midnight Cowboy released with an X rating
  • 26 May 1969 Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth.
  • 27 May 1969 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 28 May 1969 AC Milan wins 14th Europe Cup 1 in Madrid, Spain.
  • 30 May 1969 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 31 May 1969 Dear World closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • 13 May 1969 May 13 Incident involving sectarian violence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1969?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
  2. - Get Back
  3. - It's Your Thing
  4. - Hair
  5. - Love (Can Make You Happy)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - The Israelites
  2. - Get Back
  3. - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  4. - My Sentimental Friend
  5. - Goodbye


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1969?

The Vines Of Yarrabee by Dorothy Eden

The Vines Of Yarrabee


For four consecutive months, Dorothy Eden's romantic story about Australia colonization has been a New York Times bestseller. It tells the amazing story of a man and woman who carve.

A Small Town in Germany by John le Carre

A Small Town in Germany


The New York Times bestseller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, comes Tom Hiddleston. John le Carre's latest novel, A Legacy of Spies is now available.

The Joys Of Yiddish by Leo Rosten

The Joys Of Yiddish


Are you able to tell when to cry Mazel Tov and when to avoid it like a plague? Oy! Oy! is not a word. It's a vocabulary.

The Arms Of Krupp by William Manchester

The Arms Of Krupp


From the middle of World War II to the end, the Krupp family was the most prominent German arms manufacturer. They produced artillery pieces as well as submarines that set the benchmark for effectiveness.

Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton

Grant Takes Command


This classic work of military history follows the adventures of the mysterious commander-in-chief of the Union forces during the Civil War's last year and a quarter.