What Happened in May 1998

Historical Events

  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 4 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 7 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • May 9 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • May 11 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
  • May 13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesian of Chinese descendants are looted and women raped.
  • May 13 India carries out two nuclear tests at Pokhran, in addition to the three conducted on May 11. The United States and Japan impose economic sanctions on India.
  • May 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm

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May 14 Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardGolf Major

May 17 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • May 17 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • May 18 United States v. Microsoft: The United States Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states file an antitrust case against Microsoft.
  • May 18 44th British Academy Television Awards: "I'm Alan Partridge" Best Comedy, "Jonathan Creek" Best Drama
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 21 In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia

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May 22 Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 23 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • May 24 51st Cannes Film Festival: "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera" by Theo Angelopoulos wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Clinton
  • May 26 The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • May 27 Oklahoma City bombing: Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.
  • May 28 Nuclear testing: Pakistan responds to a series of Indian nuclear tests with five of its own, prompting the United States, Japan, and other nations to impose economic sanctions.
  • May 30 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 16 Ariel Waller, Canadian child actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 "Reality Bites" actor Ethan Hawke (27) weds "Pulp Fiction" actress Uma Thurman (28)

Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • May 2 Actor-comedian Jim Belushi (43) weds Jennifer Sloan (30) at their home garden in Brentwood, Los Angeles
  • May 3 "Jekyll & Hyde" lead singer Linda Eder (37) weds composer Frank Wildhorn (38) at their new 8-acre estate in North Salem, New York
  • May 21 Supermodel Cindy Crawford (32) weds restaurateur Rande Gerber (36) on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 "Xena: The Warrior Princess" Lucy Lawless (30) weds executive producer Rob Tapert (43) at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • May 30 Nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds to commoner Marilene van den Broek (28) in Apeldoorn

HeartWedding of Interest

May 31 Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch (33) weds daughter of prominent Tibetan activists Dechen Wangdu in New York

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75

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May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73

MurderMurder of Interest

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)