Historical Events in May 1984

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • May 1 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 1 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • May 2 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • May 2 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • May 2 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg

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May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
  • May 7 Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

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May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 8 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
  • May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scored his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

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May 12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • May 16 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, (NM), crowned 33rd Miss USA

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May 17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

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May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 19 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 4 games to 1

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May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • May 20 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic

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May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game

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May 23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 26 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die

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May 26 US President President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • May 27 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 27 Manuela Manleeva wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

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May 29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record