May 1986 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bill Elliott sets stock car speed record of 212.229 mph
  • May 1 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
  • May 1 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • May 2 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • May 3 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • May 3 NASA launches Goes-G, it failed to achieve orbit
  • May 4 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • May 5 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • May 6 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • May 6 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 7 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • May 10 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, Calif

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May 14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • May 15 Argentine ex-president Galtieri sentenced to 12 years
  • May 16 Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) comes back from dead on Dallas
  • May 16 JoaquĆ­n Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election
  • May 16 South African President PW Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
  • May 16 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • May 17 "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 atomic hand-stand push-ups
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying did 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 19 Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • May 21 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

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May 24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • May 25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • May 25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
  • May 25 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • May 27 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • May 28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados
  • May 29 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia
  • May 30 Ariane-2 (ESA) launched
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • May 11 Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer
  • May 30 Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60

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May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)