What Happened in May 1987

Historical Events

  • May 1 46 HRs hit in 13 baseball games

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May 1 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 2 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 3 Cindy Hill wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • May 3 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • May 5 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
  • May 5 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 6 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice

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May 6 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 6 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • May 6 PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on "Cheers"
  • May 8 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
  • May 8 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • May 9 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 10 Jody Rosentha wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • May 13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • May 13 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 14 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • May 14 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • May 15 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances
  • May 16 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 16 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • May 17 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 17 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die

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May 19 1st American Comedy Award: Johnny Carson & Betty White

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 21 Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
  • May 21 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • May 22 30 killed in a Texas tornado

Sport awardGolf Major

May 24 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • May 26 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
  • May 26 William H Webster replaces Robert M Gates as 14th director of CIA
  • May 27 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 27 Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)
  • May 27 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • May 28 60th National Spelling Bee: Stephanie Petit wins spelling staphylococci
  • May 28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • May 28 Monitor, Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot
  • May 28 Paul Pearman jumps 21 barrels on a skateboard in Augusta
  • May 28 Southern League no-hit record-Bob Milacki pitches 11 1/3 no-hit inn
  • May 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs completed
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone" director John Landis found innocent in death of actor

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May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • May 29 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 30 Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • May 30 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 31 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 31 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • May 31 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • May 1 Matt Di Angelo, English Actor
  • May 2 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
  • May 4 Cesc Fabregas, Spanish footballer
  • May 4 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • May 4 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer
  • May 5 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer
  • May 6 Moon Geun-young, South Korean actress
  • May 7 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza
  • May 7 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Felix Jones, American football player
  • May 10 Anej Lovrečič, Slovenian football (soccer) player
  • May 11 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • May 11 Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
  • May 11 Justin King, American football player
  • May 13 Hunter Parrish, American actor
  • May 14 Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • May 14 Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer

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May 15 Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player two-time Olympic champion (2012, 2016), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • May 18 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model
  • May 19 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • May 19 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer
  • May 21 Ashlie Brillault, American actress

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May 22 Novak Đoković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • May 24 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer
  • May 24 Guillaume Latendresse, French-Canadian hockey player
  • May 25 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer
  • May 25 Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper
  • May 29 Alessandra Toreson, American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 6 Actor Yun Fat Chow (31) weds Jasmine Tan

HeartWedding of Interest

May 9 Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • May 16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA

Famous Deaths

  • May 3 Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary Campbell-Soap), dies at 56
  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 78
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System, dies at 73
  • May 19 Alice B[radley] Sheldon, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 19 James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 27 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies