What Happened in May 1993

Historical Events

  • May 1 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4
  • May 1 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • May 2 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
  • May 2 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 2 "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • May 2 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 2 Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic
  • May 2 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • May 3 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances
  • May 4 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
  • May 6 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • May 7 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • May 8 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 8 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • May 8 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train & 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • May 9 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • May 9 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • May 9 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • May 9 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 9 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • May 10 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • May 10 Last TV appearance of Mies Bouwman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Paul Cézanne still life painting sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • May 10 Premier Lubbers opens Terminal West on Schiphol

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 10 Bill Walton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 11 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Mary Chapin Carpenter win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • May 11 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • May 12 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • May 12 Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS
  • May 12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London
  • May 13 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street
  • May 13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands
  • May 13 CBS' Knots Landing ends 14 year run with 334th show in Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 13 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • May 15 118th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6
  • May 15 Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
  • May 15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • May 15 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet
  • May 16 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • May 16 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 30 performances
  • May 16 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
  • May 16 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • May 16 Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • May 16 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey
  • May 17 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
  • May 18 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • May 18 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • May 19 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • May 19 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • May 20 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
  • May 20 274th & final "Cheers" on NBC
  • May 21 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
  • May 21 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
  • May 21 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
  • May 21 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 22 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 23 Val Skinner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • May 24 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
  • May 24 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
  • May 24 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 24 Star Trek episode "Second Chances" airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • May 24 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1
  • May 24 46th Cannes Film Festival: "Ba wang bie ji" directed by Chen Kaige and "The Piano" directed by Jane Campion jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
  • May 26 Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run
  • May 26 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • May 27 Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
  • May 27 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • May 28 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • May 28 Polish government of Suchocka falls
  • May 29 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • May 29 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • May 29 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Betsy King wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • May 30 Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Emerson Fittipaldi wins in 3:10:49.860 (253.000 km/h)
  • May 31 President Dobrica Ćosić of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia flees

Famous Birthdays

  • May 10 Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer
  • May 10 Mirai Shida, Japanese actress
  • May 13 Debby Ryan, American actress
  • May 14 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer
  • May 20 Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
  • May 25 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets

Famous Weddings

  • May 15 Actress Jane Seymour weds actor James Kesch

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • May 1 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • May 2 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • May 2 WLPM, the Short, Dutch MP (KVP, 1945-73), dies at 83
  • May 2 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • May 5 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • May 5 Irving Howe, US writer/critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • May 5 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • May 6 Ann Todd, actress (Things to Come, Danny Boy), dies of stroke at 84
  • May 6 Minnie Gentry, actress (Def by Temptation), dies in NY at 77
  • May 7 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • May 8 Kees Deenik, singer/conductor
  • May 8 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • May 9 Freya Stark, English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61
  • May 9 Mary Duncan Sanford, dies at 98
  • May 9 Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author
  • May 13 Joaquin Garcia [Vargas] "Borolas", Mexican comedian and actor (Santa Sangre), dies at 71
  • May 13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic-gold-1964), dies at 47
  • May 14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • May 14 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • May 16 Marv Johnson, US soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • May 18 Heinrich Albertz, theologist/mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • May 18 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/writer, dies at 67
  • May 19 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • May 19 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • May 19 S W Sohoni, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • May 20 Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77
  • May 21 John Frost, English lt-kol (operation Market Garden 1944), dies at 80
  • May 21 John Holland, actor (They Saved Hitler's Brain), dies at 65
  • May 22 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100
  • May 23 James Millhollin, actor (Anston Foster-Grindl), dies at 77
  • May 24 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • May 24 Milton O Thompson, astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), dies at 66
  • May 25 Dan Seymour, actor (Bombs over Burma, Intrigue, Watusi), dies at 78
  • May 25 Louise Tazewell, entertainer, dies at 93
  • May 26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • May 26 Cor de Great, pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • May 26 Marvin Young, producer/child actor (Player), dies at 90
  • May 27 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
  • May 27 Willem P G Assmann, Dutch MP, dies at 85
  • May 28 Charles Barnett, cricketer (20 Tests for England), dies
  • May 29 Billy Conn, boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • May 29 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • May 30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount,], US jazz pianist (Solar Arkestra), dies at 79
  • May 31 John Granger, actor (Advise & Consent), dies at 69
  • May 31 Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog