What Happened in May 1986

Historical Events

  • May 1 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
  • May 1 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • May 1 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • May 2 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • May 3 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
  • May 3 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • May 3 Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th & 301st HR
  • May 3 NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
  • May 3 NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
  • May 3 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
  • May 4 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • May 5 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • May 6 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • May 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • May 7 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • May 7 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • May 11 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

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May 12 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California

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May 14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank

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May 14 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • May 14 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • May 15 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years

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May 16 "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • May 16 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election
  • May 16 South African President PW Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
  • May 16 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • May 17 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart
  • May 17 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
  • May 18 "Singin' in the Rain" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 367 performances
  • May 18 Becky Pearson wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 18 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 19 Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • May 19 39th Cannes Film Festival: "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • May 20 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • May 21 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 22 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • May 23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

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May 24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • May 25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • May 25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY

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May 25 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 25 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 25 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • May 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • May 27 President Reagan orderes 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
  • May 28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados
  • May 28 White Sox Joe Cowley sets record striking out 1st 7 Rangers he faces
  • May 29 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia
  • May 30 Ariane-2 (ESA) launched
  • May 30 Bobby Rahal is 1st to average over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test

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May 30 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 1 Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • May 2 James Kirk, Canadian actor
  • May 3 Poppy Delevingne, British model and actress (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), born in London, England
  • May 6 Cindy Daniel, Quebec singer
  • May 6 Tyler Hynes, Canadian actor
  • May 7 Mark Furze, Australian actor
  • May 7 Matt Helders, English musician, drummer for Arctic Monkeys
  • May 8 Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • May 11 Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • May 11 Ronny, Brazilian footballer
  • May 11 Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer
  • May 12 Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
  • May 13 Giuliana Marino, Playboy Playmate of the Year, Germany 2005

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May 13 Robert Pattinson, English actor (Cedric Diggory-Harry Potter, Edward Cullen-Twilight), born in London, England

  • May 13 Scott Sutter, Swiss footballer
  • May 14 Camila Sodi, Mexican actress
  • May 15 Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • May 15 Adam Moffat, Scottish football player
  • May 15 Kyle Loza, Freestyle Motocross Rider, born in Orange County, California

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May 16 Megan Fox, American actress (Transformers) and model, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Actress Megan Fox
Actress
Megan Fox
  • May 16 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • May 17 Tahj Mowry, American actor
  • May 18 Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
  • May 19 Eric Lloyd, American actor
  • May 19 Mario Chalmers, NCAA basketball player
  • May 20 Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
  • May 20 LaLa Brown, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 21 Myra, Mexican-American singer
  • May 23 Ruben Zadkovich, Australian soccer player
  • May 24 Mark Ballas, professional dancer
  • May 24 Jordan Metcalfe, English actor
  • May 25 Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • May 25 Juri Ueno, Japanese actress
  • May 28 Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
  • May 28 Berrick Barnes, Australian Rugby player
  • May 28 Joseph Cross, American actor
  • May 28 Michael Oher, American football player at Ole Miss
  • May 29 Dylan Postl, American professional wrestler
  • May 29 Jaslene Gonzalez, Puerto Rican/American fashion model
  • May 29 Valy Hedjasi, Afghan singer
  • May 30 Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney
  • May 31 Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
  • May 31 Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
  • May 31 Melissa McIntyre, Canadian actress

Famous Weddings

  • May 3 Actress-singer Annette Funicello (43) weds harness racing horse breeder and trainer Glen Holt
  • May 10 Tommy Lee drummer of Motley Crue marries Heather Locklear

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Country singer Garth Brooks marries songwriter Sandy Mahl

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • May 1 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • May 2 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • May 3 Robert Alda, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain), dies at 72
  • May 5 Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 7 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 7 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (b. 1949
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60
  • May 9 Herschel Bernardi, actor (Lt Jacoby-Peter Gunn, Arnie), dies at 62

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May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 11 Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 12 Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 15 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • May 22 Martin Gabel, actor (Thief, Marnie), dies at 63
  • May 23 Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
  • May 24 Gunnar Bjornstrand, actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 24 Yakima Canutt, actor/director (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 91
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 28 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), dies at 79
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)