What Happened in May 1993

Historical Events

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

10th 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

13th KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

24th 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
  • 24th NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1
  • 24th 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
  • 26th Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time
  • 26th Long fly ball by Indians' Carlos Martinez bounces off Jose Canseco's head & goes over fence for a home run
  • 26th 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • 27th Dale Murphy ends carreer at 398 HRs
  • 27th Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • 28th 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • 28th Polish government of Suchocka falls
  • 29th Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • 29th 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
  • 29th NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • 15th Actress Jane Seymour weds actor James Kesch

Famous Deaths

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