Historical Events in May 1996

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

  • 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 OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ 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

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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