What Happened in May 1984

Historical Events

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • May 1 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 1 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • May 2 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • May 2 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • May 2 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg

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May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
  • May 7 Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

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May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 8 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
  • May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scored his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

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May 12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • May 16 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA

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May 17 Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

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May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 19 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 4 games to 1

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May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • May 20 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic

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May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game

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May 23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 26 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die

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May 26 US President President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • May 27 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 27 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

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May 29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
  • May 1 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
  • May 1 Farah Fath, American actress
  • May 2 Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer
  • May 2 Thabo Sefolosha, American basketball player
  • May 3 Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer
  • May 3 Nam Sang-mi, South Korean actress and model
  • May 4 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player (d. 2007)
  • May 4 Kevin Slowey, American baseball player
  • May 4 Montell Owens, American football player
  • May 5 Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire)
  • May 5 Eve Torres, American dancer and model
  • May 7 Alex Smith, American football player
  • May 7 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • May 7 James Loney, American baseball player
  • May 8 Nadine Chandrawinata, 2006 Miss Universe Pageant (Indonesia)
  • May 9 Prince Fielder, American baseball player
  • May 10 Edward Mujica. Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 11 Andres Iniesta, Spanish football player
  • May 13 Caitlin Murphy, Australian actress and Model
  • May 14 Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer
  • May 14 Michael Rensing, German footballer
  • May 14 Nigel Reo-Coker, English footballer

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May 14 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 15 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • May 16 Mickie Knuckles, American female professional wrestler
  • May 16 Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
  • May 17 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • May 17 Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
  • May 18 Scarlett Keegan, Playboy Playmate
  • May 18 Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist
  • May 18 Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player
  • May 19 Marcedes Lewis, American football player
  • May 20 Kenny Vasoli, American singer
  • May 21 Lorena Ayala, Spanish-Dutch model and beauty queen
  • May 21 Brandon Fields, National Football League punter
  • May 22 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • May 23 Adam Wylie, actor (Picket Fences)
  • May 24 Sarah Hagan, American actress
  • May 24 Brodney Pool, American football player
  • May 25 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, 2005 Miss World
  • May 25 Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
  • May 25 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 25 Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • May 25 Kostas Martakis, Greek singer
  • May 27 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player
  • May 27 Blake Ahearn, NBA basketball player
  • May 28 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
  • May 29 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player

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May 29 Laverne Cox, American actress and LGBT advocate, born in Mobile, Alabama

Actress Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox
  • May 30 Matt Maguire, Australian rules footballer
  • May 30 Jordan Palmer, American football player
  • May 31 Nate Robinson, American basketball player
  • May 31 Jason Smith, Australian actor

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 26 Actress Annette Bening (25) weds J. Steven White

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • May 2 Jack Barry, game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Diana Dors, actress (Berserk!), dies at 52 of cancer
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 8 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • May 10 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), dies at 56
  • May 12 Doris May, actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 14 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor (Dr Doolittle), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe, British comedian (Morecambe & Wise), dies at 58