What Happened in May 1988

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 1 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
  • May 1 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 2 Balt Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Balt & get a new park
  • May 2 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

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May 2 Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000

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May 2 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 3 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • May 3 Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
  • May 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 5 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop
  • May 6 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
  • May 6 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • May 7 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • May 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • May 8 "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 46 performances

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 8 Francois Mitterrand elected president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • May 8 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic

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May 8 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • May 8 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

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May 9 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • May 9 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • May 10 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test
  • May 11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg

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May 11 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 11 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 12 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 14 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • May 14 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
  • May 14 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 15 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

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May 15 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 15 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 16 US Surgeon Gen C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • May 16 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant
  • May 18 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16
  • May 19 Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1
  • May 19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • May 20 Howard Stern fans disrupt WMMR's & John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade

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May 20 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • May 21 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

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May 21 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 21 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport awardGolf Major

May 22 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • May 22 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • May 23 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • May 23 41st Cannes Film Festival: "Pelle erobreren" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • May 24 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
  • May 24 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
  • May 24 Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004.
  • May 25 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • May 26 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • May 27 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
  • May 29 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season
  • May 29 Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament
  • May 29 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Graeme Owens, English footballer
  • May 2 Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
  • May 5 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Brooke Hogan, American singer
  • May 5 Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter

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May 5 Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], English singer (Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You), born in Tottenham, London,

Singer-songwriter Adele
  • May 7 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious
  • May 9 Skye Regan, Canadian Actress and Writer
  • May 9 John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver
  • May 12 Marcelo, Brazilian footballer
  • May 17 Nikki Reed, American actress
  • May 18 Ryan Cooley, Canadian television actor
  • May 19 Lily Cole, English model/actress
  • May 20 Carla Humphries, Filipina actress
  • May 21 Jonathan Howson, English footballer
  • May 23 Morgan Pressel, American golfer
  • May 24 Billy Gilman, American singer
  • May 26 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
  • May 28 David Perron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 31 Hope Partlow, American Singer

Famous Weddings

  • May 21 Actress Jane Powell weds actor actor Dickie Moore
  • May 28 Actress Genie Francis (General Hospital) weds actor Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek TNG)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Journalist Harry Reasoner (65) weds Lois Harriett Weber

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Senator Bernie Sanders (46) weds social worker Jane O'Meara

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 1 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • May 3 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • May 7 Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

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May 11 Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole, dies at 76

  • May 13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • May 14 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (1948-58), dies at 101
  • May 15 Andrew Duggan, actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 15 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73
  • May 23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • May 27 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • May 27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • May 27 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • May 30 Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66