May 1970 calendar

May 1970

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1970.
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 1970: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1970?


  • 01 May 1970 Protests erupt in Seattle, Washington, following the announcement by U.S. President Richard Nixon that U.S. Forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
  • 02 May 1970 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby
  • 03 May 1970 24th NBA Championship: New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3.
  • 04 May 1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • 05 May 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada test Site.
  • 06 May 1970 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mount Everest.
  • 08 May 1970 Beatles release Let it Be album
  • 09 May 1970 100,000s in the USA demonstrate against Vietnam War.
  • 10 May 1970 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 11 May 1970 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise.
  • 12 May 1970 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC / ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 13 May 1970 Beatles movie Let it Be premieres
  • 14 May 1970 New York City local newspaper Our Town begins publishing
  • 15 May 1970 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • 16 May 1970 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70
  • 17 May 1970 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament.
  • 20 May 1970 100,000 march in New York supporting US policies in Vietnam.
  • 21 May 1970 US National Guard mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
  • 22 May 1970 Arab terrorists kill nine children and three adults on a school bus.
  • 24 May 1970 Peter Queen quits rock music group Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult.
  • 26 May 1970 The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 27 May 1970 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I.
  • 28 May 1970 The formerly united Free University of Brussels officially splits into two separate entities, the French-speaking Universite Libre de Bruxelles and the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
  • 30 May 1970 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans.
  • 31 May 1970 At 03:23pm, Yungay Peru levelled by 7.75 earthquake
  • 01 May 1970 Vietnam War: Protests erupt following the announcement by Richard Nixon that the U.S. and South Vietnamese forces would attack Vietnamese communists in a Cambodian Campaign.
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1970?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - ABC
  2. - American Woman
  3. - Everything Is Beautiful
  4. - Let It Be
  5. - Vehicle

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  2. - Back Home
  3. - All Kinds Of Everything
  4. - Spirit In The Sky
  5. - Can't Help Falling In Love


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1970?

Points Of Rebellion by William O. Douglas

Points Of Rebellion


Points of rebellion

Mr. Sammlers Planet by Saul Bellow

Mr. Sammlers Planet


"An enduring testament, prophecy." -Chicago Sun-Times Artur Sammler is an Holocaust survivor, intellectual and occasional lecturer at Columbia University, 1960s New York City. He is a "registrarof madness," a fine example of a "registrar" who has a sophisticated understanding of …

Hard Times by Studs Terkel

Hard Times


Studs Terkel recreates the Great Depression of 1930s America in this extraordinary recreation.

Calico Palace by Gwen Bristow

Calico Palace


The thrilling story of California's gold rush does not revolve around the prospectors (40-niners) who rushed to San Francisco in 1849. It is about the men, and the women.

The House On The Strand by Daphne du Maurier

The House On The Strand


This haunting tale by Daphne du Maurier reveals a new approach to time travel. Once you have ingested the secret concoction, you can return to the 14th century.