May 1984 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • 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 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

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

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 26 Tulsa Oklahoma gets 13" of rain, 14 die
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • May 14 Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer

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May 14 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 17 Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
  • May 21 Brandon Fields, National Football League punter
  • May 22 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • May 27 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player
  • May 30 Matt Maguire, Australian rules footballer

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Jack Barry, game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77