What Happened in May 1996

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 1 Gerald Williams is 1st NY Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
  • May 3 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
  • May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
  • May 4 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
  • May 4 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
  • May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • May 5 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Sprint Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
  • May 6 Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • May 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM
  • May 6 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

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May 7 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence
  • May 8 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • May 8 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • May 8 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels

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May 9 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of theĀ Order of Canada

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-Songwriter
Geddy Lee

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May 10 "Twister" written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
Novelist Michael Crichton
Novelist
Michael Crichton
  • May 10 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  • May 10 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI).
  • May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colo Rockies, 11-0
  • May 11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

May 12 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8

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May 13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • May 13 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • May 14 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 17 Alicia Machado, 18, of Venezuela crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • May 17 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • May 18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2
  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
  • May 18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • May 19 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • May 20 UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • May 20 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY
  • May 21 Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

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May 21 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 21 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
  • May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • May 22 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
  • May 22 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 23 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • May 24 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
  • May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
  • May 26 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game
  • May 26 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)

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May 28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 28 Pavlo Lazarenko becomes Prime Minister of Ukraine

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • May 29 Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands
  • May 29 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 30 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
  • May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • May 30 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension
  • May 31 Mark Van Thillo & Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
  • May 9 Mary Matilyn Mouser, American child actress
  • May 24 Matthew Eappen, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 26 Austin Michael Luciano, actor (Dante Carlino-Another World)

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas

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May 4 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May 4 "CSI Miami" actor David Caruso (40) weds flight attendant Margaret Buckley (33)
  • May 11 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

May 14 Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London

  • May 15 Auto racing champ-turned-TV commentator Danny Sullivan (46) weds former Manhattan financial planner Brenda Bosveld (33) in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • May 18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo
  • May 18 "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan

HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • May 25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 26 "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California
  • May 27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 107

  • May 1 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 1 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, film scholar/exhibitor, dies at 74
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • May 2 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • May 2 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • May 2 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • May 3 Jack Weston, American actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • May 3 Timothy Gullikson, tennis player/coach, dies at 45
  • May 4 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
  • May 4 Stanley William Reed, cineaste, dies at 85
  • May 5 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 6 Frank Hercules, writer, dies at 85
  • May 6 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist, dies at 78
  • May 6 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • May 6 Joseph Stone, lawyer, dies at 79
  • May 6 Leon Joseph Suenens, cardinal, dies at 91
  • May 6 Michael Gerzon, mathematician, dies at 50
  • May 7 Albert Meltzer, anarchist, dies at 76
  • May 7 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • May 7 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head of MI5, dies at 76
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • May 8 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • May 8 Serge Chermayeff, architect/designer, dies at 95
  • May 8 Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Joan Thirkettle, journalist, dies at 48
  • May 11 Malcolm MacEwen, writer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, #Musician, dies at 46
  • May 11 Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
  • May 12 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84
  • May 12 Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman, dies at 35
  • May 13 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • May 14 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), dies at 82
  • May 14 Qazaleh Alizadeh, writer, dies at 48
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 14 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, dies at 98
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • May 15 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, dies at 71
  • May 16 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • May 16 Mike Jeremy Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) commits suicide at 57
  • May 16 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
  • May 17 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 17 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • May 18 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor, dies at 76
  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • May 19 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • May 20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • May 20 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist, dies at 96
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 20 Janaki Ramachandran, PM of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies
  • May 20 John Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Dr Who), dies at 76
  • May 20 Julius Marmur, biochemist/geneticist, dies at 70
  • May 20 Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer, dies at 101
  • May 21 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78
  • May 21 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67
  • May 21 Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83
  • May 21 Laurence Dowdall, lawyer, dies at 91
  • May 21 Mary Perot Nichols, journalist, dies at 79
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • May 22 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, academic, dies at 66
  • May 22 Rex Collings, writer/publisher, dies at 70
  • May 23 Dorothy Hyson, actress (Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • May 23 Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61
  • May 23 Patrick Cargill, actor (Up Pompeii, Magic Christian), dies at 77
  • May 23 Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber (b. 1941)
  • May 23 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber (b. 1955)
  • May 24 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • May 24 Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 John Abbott, British actor (Lady Jane, Quest), dies at 90
  • May 24 Joseph Mitchell, writer, dies at 87
  • May 25 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83
  • May 25 Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • May 25 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • May 25 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist, dies at 86
  • May 25 John Morrison, politician/landowner, dies at 89
  • May 25 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 25 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, concert Promotoer, dies at 82
  • May 27 Jack Massey, groundsman, dies at 85
  • May 28 John "Jack" Layden, local politician, dies at 70
  • May 28 Sidney Greenbaum, grammarian, dies at 66
  • May 29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • May 29 Jeremy Sinden, actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Cameron, Scottish judge, dies at 96
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47