What Happened in May 1990

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • May 2 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

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May 4 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 4 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • May 4 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • May 4 Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • May 5 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • May 5 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 6 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 6 Former president PW Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party

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May 6 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • May 8 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • May 8 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • May 9 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • May 9 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • May 10 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph

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May 10 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 11 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
  • May 12 3rd time "Saturday Night Live" uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)
  • May 12 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million

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May 12 Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • May 12 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 13 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • May 14 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)
  • May 14 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances

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May 15 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million

  • May 15 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • May 15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • May 15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • May 16 Dominican Republic President JoaquĆ­n Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • May 17 Cheers' star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
  • May 17 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
  • May 17 European court rules on pension rights for men & women
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
  • May 17 World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses
  • May 18 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty
  • May 18 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak
  • May 18 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • May 18 TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs

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May 18 Jari Kurri sets a record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game, registering three goals and two assists vs the Boston Bruins

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • May 19 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6
  • May 19 General Elvis, TV Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • May 20 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Golf International
  • May 20 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
  • May 21 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • May 21 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV
  • May 21 43rd Cannes Film Festival: "Wild at Heart" directed by David Lynch wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • May 22 Final episode of "Newhart" airs
  • May 22 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • May 22 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

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May 22 Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • May 23 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
  • May 23 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26
  • May 23 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • May 23 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • May 24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
  • May 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

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May 26 Philadelphia Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • May 27 74th Indianapolis 500 runs
  • May 27 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • May 27 Jan Stephenson wins J C Penney LPGA Golf Skins Game
  • May 27 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • May 28 Cesar Gaviria Trujillo installed as president of Colombia
  • May 28 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • May 28 Eugenia Charles' Dominican Freedom Party wins election in Dominica
  • May 28 Longest wheelie (David Robilliard with 5h12m33s (Channel Islands)
  • May 29 An earthquake hit Peru, killing 56

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 29 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • May 29 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • May 29 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 29 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • May 30 135 die in a (6.4) earthquake in Peru
  • May 30 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • May 30 Earthquake hit Peru, killing 135
  • May 31 63rd National Spelling Bee: Amy Marie Dimak wins spelling fibranne
  • May 31 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dana Miller-Mackie
  • May 31 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 3rd victim, Joseph Ponce

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

May 31 Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Kay Panabaker, American actor
  • May 5 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer
  • May 15 Joe Mattock, English football player
  • May 17 Leven Rambin, American actress
  • May 24 Joey Logano, American racecar driver
  • May 26 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
  • May 27 Ekaterina Zaikina, Russian figure skater
  • May 29 Dave Morton, American guitarist
  • May 30 Dean Collins, American actor
  • May 31 Liberty Irene Kasem, daughter of Casey & Jean Kasam

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Sunset Carson, cowboy actor (El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 62
  • May 2 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • May 2 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • May 3 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • May 4 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 6 Charles Farrell, actor (Vern-My Little Margie), dies at 89
  • May 7 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • May 9 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 9 Pauline Frederick, pioneering American journalist and author, dies at 84
  • May 10 Susan Oliver, actress (Disorderly Orderly), dies of cancer at 61
  • May 10 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 12 Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)
  • May 13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • May 16 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Jim Henson, puppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), dies at 53

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • May 16 Sammy Davis Jr, singer/actor (Golden Boy), dies at 64
  • May 18 Jill Ireland, actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • May 21 Franklyn Seales, actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • May 21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • May 22 Max Wall, actor (Jabberwocky), dies
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • May 25 Vic Tayback, actor (Mel-Alice), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • May 27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (b. 1908)
  • May 28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies
  • May 28 Joseph Hardy, actor/director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71