May 1 - Norwich City wins the English League Cup, beating Rochdale in the final.
- Dayton Hudson Corporation opens the first of its Target discount stores in Roseville, Minnesota.
May 2 - An OAS bomb explodes in Algeria - this and other attacks kill 110 and injure 147.
May 3 - 160 die in a triple-train disaster near Tokyo.
May 5 - Twelve East Germans escape via a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
May 6 - Antonio Segni is elected President of the Italian Republic.
May 14 - Juan Carlos of Spain marries the Greek Princess Sophia in Athens.
- Milovan Djilas, former vice-president of Yugoslavia, is given further sentence for publishing Conversations with Stalin.
May 22 - Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes near Unionville, Missouri after the in-flight detonation of a bomb
near the rear lavatory. All 45 passengers and crew aboard are killed.
May 23 - Drilling for the new Montreal subway commences.
- Raoul Salan, founder of the French terrorist Organisation armée secrète, is sentenced to life imprisonment
May 24 - Project Mercury: Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth 3 times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
May 25 - The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated.
May 26 - Acker Bilk's Stranger On The Shore becomes the first British recording to reach number one in the US
Billboard Hot 100.
May 27 - The Centralia mine fire is ignited.
May 29 - Negotiations between the OAS and the FLA lead to a real armistice in Algeria.
May 30 - The 1962 FIFA World Cup begins in Chile.
May 31 - Nazi Adolf Eichmann is hung at a prison in Ramla, Israel. His body is cremated and his ashes are spread in
the Mediterranean. (source: Wikipedia)