What Happened in May 1995

Historical Events

  • May 1 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • May 1 Steve Waugh scores 200 for Australia v WI at Sabina Park
  • May 1 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • May 2 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • May 2 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
  • May 2 Serbian missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
  • May 3 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 3 Australia beat West Indies to regain the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • May 3 David Bell debuts for the Indians (3rd generation player, Gus & Buddy)
  • May 5 Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
  • May 6 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • May 6 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
  • May 6 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • May 7 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • May 7 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election
  • May 7 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 7 Twins beat Indians 10-9 in 17 innings, 6 hours & 36 minutes
  • May 9 Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0
  • May 9 Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
  • May 10 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win
  • May 10 Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein
  • May 10 In South Africa, 104 miners killed in an elevator accident
  • May 10 Real Zaragoza of Spain win 35th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 2-1 in Paris
  • May 11 In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • May 12 Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59)
  • May 12 Jose Mesa gets 1st of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves

Sports record brokenNHL Record

May 12 Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • May 13 6.5 earthquake hits Greece
  • May 13 Team New Zealand beats Team Dennis Conner 5-0 to win the America's Cup for the first time
  • May 13 Chelsi Smith, 21, of USA, crowned 44th Miss Universe Shanna Lynn Moakler, (19-NY), replaces Chelsi Smith as Miss USA
  • May 13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • May 14 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

May 14 41st McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Kelly Robbins

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 14 Eddie Murray of Indians hits his 463rd career home run (ties for 18th)

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet's 2nd most senior spiritual leader

11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
11th Panchen Lama
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • May 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 16 Japanese police arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara & charged him with Nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Postma

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 18 "Braveheart" directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996)

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • May 19 Emmy 22nd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 15th time
  • May 19 World's youngest doctor, Balamurali Ambati, 17, graduates Mount Sinai
  • May 20 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4
  • May 20 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
  • May 20 Twins Marty Cordova ties rookie record of HRs in 5 consecutive games
  • May 21 Christa Johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 22 Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunion special, televised
  • May 23 47th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)
  • May 24 3rd UEFA Champions League Final: Ajax beats Milan 1-0 at Vienna
  • May 25 The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia

  • May 28 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 454 performances
  • May 28 Alison Nichols wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 28 Dottie Mochrie wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • May 28 Earthquake hits Russian town of Khabarovsk, killing 2,000 people
  • May 28 Southwestern Florida outside of Tampa begins using new area code 941
  • May 28 White Sox (5) & Tigers (7) combine for record 12 HRs at Tiger Stadium
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Jacques Villeneuve wins in 3:15:17.561 (247.221 km/h)
  • May 28 48th Cannes Film Festival: "Underground" directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d'Or

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Kelsey Lewis, American actress
  • May 12 Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten, American actors (Everyone loves Raymond), born in Brownwood, Texas
  • May 12 Luke Benward, American actor
  • May 15 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer
  • May 24 Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 Eldest son of Shirley Jones and screenplay writer Shaun Cassidy (36) weds actress Susan Diol (30) in Westwood, California
  • May 20 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 20 "Broadcast News" actress Holly Hunter (37) weds cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (35)

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter

HeartWedding of Interest

May 24 Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (22) weds pediatrician Anand Mehta

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar

HeartWedding of Interest

May 26 US Secretary of State John Kerry (51) weds philanthropist Teresa Heinz (56) in Nantucket, Massachusetts

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • May 27 "Friends" actress Lisa Kudrow (31) weds French advertising executive Michel Stern (37) in Malibu

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Michael Hordern, English actor (b. 1911)
  • May 3 Michael Horden, actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83
  • May 4 Lewis T Preston, banker, dies at 68
  • May 4 Louis Krasner, violinist, dies at 91
  • May 5 Anthony Wagner, genealogist, dies at 86
  • May 5 Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
  • May 5 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist, dies at 86
  • May 5 James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
  • May 5 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer, dies at 75
  • May 5 Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champ, dies
  • May 5 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • May 6 Dona Maria Pia de Braganca, pretender to Port throne, dies at 88
  • May 6 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • May 6 Nicholas Palmer, TV writer/producer, dies at 57
  • May 6 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 6 Hilda Toledano (b. 1907)
  • May 7 Ernest H Martin, impressario, dies at 75
  • May 7 Lawrence Josset, engraver, dies at 84
  • May 7 Maria Luisa Bemberg, fil maker, dies at 73
  • May 7 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • May 8 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • May 8 Jerry Zipkin, socialite, dies at 80
  • May 8 Prem Bhatia, journalist, dies at 83
  • May 8 Teresa Teng, singer, dies at 41
  • May 9 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • May 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher, dies at 74
  • May 9 Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
  • May 9 Percy Mansell, cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 10 Harold Berens, comedian, dies at 92
  • May 10 Hilde Jarecki, educationist, dies at 83
  • May 10 Jimmy Raney, jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • May 11 Arthur Lubin, director (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), dies at 96
  • May 11 David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
  • May 11 William John Phillips, actor (Nothing but a Man), dies at 80
  • May 11 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • May 12 Arthur Lubin, film director, dies at 95
  • May 12 Giorgio Belladonna, bridge champion, dies at 71
  • May 12 Reza Abdoh, theatre Director, dies at 32
  • May 13 Cecil Marley, cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies
  • May 14 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher (Zen Buddhism), dies at 64
  • May 14 Christian B. Anfinsen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 15 Edouard Dermit, actor (Testament of Orpheus), dies at 69
  • May 15 Eric Richard Porter, actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67
  • May 15 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist, dies at 68
  • May 15 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • May 16 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • May 16 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, historian, dies at 82
  • May 17 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72
  • May 18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • May 18 Elisha Cook Jr, actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane), dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 18 Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

  • May 18 Gordon Reynolds, musician, dies at 74
  • May 18 Robert Harris, actor (Werewolf of London), dies at 95
  • May 19 Robert S. Dietz, American Geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • May 21 Kieron Walsh, academic, dies at 46
  • May 21 Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56
  • May 21 Patrick Bowles, writer/translator, dies at 68
  • May 22 Robert Flemyng, actor (Kafka, Rebecca, Funny Face), dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 24 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • May 24 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • May 25 Dany Robin, actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Julietta), dies at 68
  • May 25 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • May 25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • May 26 Isadore "Friz" Freling, cartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88
  • May 26 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • May 26 Severn Darden, comedian (Second City), dies at 65
  • May 27 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • May 27 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer, dies at 78
  • May 28 Daniela Rocca, actress (Battle of Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • May 28 Henning Kronstam, dancer, dies at 60
  • May 28 Jean Muir, British fashion designer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Margaret Chase Smith, 1st woman Rep & Sen (R-Me), dies at 97
  • May 30 Bobby Stokes, soccer star, dies at 44
  • May 30 Philip Owen A Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator, dies at 72
  • May 30 Ted Drake, soccer star, dies at 82
  • May 30 Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson, British national park warden, dies at 87
  • May 30 Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (b.1911)
  • May 31 Tim Mara, owner (NY Giants), dies at 59
  • May 31 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87