Historical Events in May 1989

  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
  • May 1 Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • May 1 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 4 US space shuttle STS-30 launched

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May 5 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany NY

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • May 6 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne
  • May 7 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

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May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega

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May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • May 9 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • May 9 VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 FC Barcelona of Spain win 29th European Cup Winner's Cup against Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in Bern
  • May 10 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

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May 11 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance
  • May 12 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • May 12 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

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May 13 Minn Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • May 14 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
  • May 14 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)
  • May 14 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • May 15 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • May 15 Soviet Pres Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs
  • May 15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

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May 16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • May 17 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!

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May 17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • May 19 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV soap "Dallas"
  • May 20 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
  • May 20 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"
  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top

Sport awardGolf Major

May 21 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
  • May 23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • May 23 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

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May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice

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May 24 NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito

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May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 24 NY Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
  • May 24 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages after winning a libel action against satyrical magazine Private Eye (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) .
  • May 24 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • May 25 Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
  • May 25 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
  • May 25 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • May 25 Weird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
  • May 26 American radio broadcasters go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42 am to honor the radio industry
  • May 26 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 28 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Emerson Fittipaldi wins

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May 29 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt, 39, retires

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • May 29 Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty

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May 30 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • May 31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • May 31 1st International Rock Awards
  • May 31 1st presentation of rock 'n' roll Elvis awards
  • May 31 Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns