May 1990 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

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May 4 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 4 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • May 4 Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • May 5 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren
  • May 6 Former president PW Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party
  • May 8 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • May 8 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • May 9 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • May 10 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph

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May 10 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 12 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
  • May 14 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53

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May 15 "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" by Vincent van Gogh sold for $82.5 million

  • May 15 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • May 16 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected
  • May 17 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
  • May 17 European court rules on pension rights for men & women
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
  • May 17 World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses
  • May 18 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty
  • May 18 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • May 20 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
  • May 21 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • May 22 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • May 22 Final episode of "Newhart" airs
  • May 22 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • May 22 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
  • May 23 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
  • May 23 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26
  • May 24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
  • May 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 27 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • May 27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • May 28 Cesar Gaviria Trujillo installed as president of Colombia
  • May 28 Eugenia Charles' Dominican Freedom Party wins election in Dominica
  • May 28 Longest wheelie (David Robilliard with 5h12m33s (Channel Islands)
  • May 29 An earthquake hit Peru, killing 56

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 29 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • May 29 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • May 30 135 die in a (6.4) earthquake in Peru
  • May 30 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • May 30 Earthquake hit Peru, killing 135
  • May 31 63rd National Spelling Bee: Amy Marie Dimak wins spelling fibranne
  • May 31 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dana Miller-Mackie
  • May 31 NYC's Zodiac killer shoots 3rd victim, Joseph Ponce

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, American daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York
  • May 26 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
  • May 31 Liberty Irene Kasem, daughter of Casey & Jean Kasam

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • May 3 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • May 4 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • May 9 Pauline Frederick, pioneering American journalist and author, dies at 84
  • May 10 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 12 Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)
  • May 13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • May 16 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • May 21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • May 27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (b. 1908)
  • May 28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies