May 1987 in History

Events in History


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May 1 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 3 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • May 5 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • May 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 6 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • May 6 PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • May 8 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race (Donna Rice affair)
  • May 8 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • May 9 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw
  • May 11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • May 14 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • May 14 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • May 15 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • May 16 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • May 17 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
  • May 21 Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
  • May 21 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • May 22 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • May 26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • May 26 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
  • May 26 William H. Webster replaces Robert M. Gates as 14th director of CIA
  • May 27 Jim & Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal
  • May 28 60th National Spelling Bee: Stephanie Petit wins spelling staphylococci
  • May 28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • May 28 Monitor, Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot
  • May 28 Paul Pearman jumps 21 barrels on a skateboard in Augusta
  • May 28 Southern League no-hit record-Bob Milacki pitches 11 1/3 no-hit inn
  • May 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs completed

Birthdays in History

  • May 7 Chiara Ferragni, Italian fashion blogger (The Blonde Salad), born in Cremona, Italy
  • May 7 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza
  • May 25 Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 6 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 15 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 27 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94