May 1989 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
  • 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 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)
  • 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
  • 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
  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • 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 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 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 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
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • May 15 Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs

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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 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top
  • 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 24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
  • 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 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 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 29 Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty
  • May 31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • May 31 Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns

Birthdays in History

  • May 29 Danielle Riley Keough, grand daughter of Elvis Presley

Weddings in History

  • May 28 Delta Burke (Designing Women) weds Gerald McRaney (Major Dad)

Divorces in History

  • May 18 Lisa Strawberry files for divorce from Darryl

Deaths in History

  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20 John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72