May 1991 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Angolan civil war ends
  • May 1 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC

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May 2 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 3 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
  • May 4 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • May 4 Morris K Udall, (Rep-D-Ariz), resigns due to Parkinson disease

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May 4 US President George H. W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • May 5 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after a Salvadoran man is shot by police.
  • May 6 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • May 7 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 8 CIA director William H Webster resigns
  • May 9 Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
  • May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving Madonna's apt
  • May 12 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest
  • May 13 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • May 13 Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco
  • May 14 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • May 14 Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA
  • May 14 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs
  • May 14 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal

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May 15 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • May 15 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
  • May 15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Balt Oriole game
  • May 16 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (Superman character) (fiction!)

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May 16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • May 18 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • May 18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • May 20 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • May 20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • May 21 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
  • May 22 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • May 23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • May 23 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
  • May 25 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • May 27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • May 28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • May 30 64th National Spelling Bee: Joanne Lagatta wins spelling antipyretic
  • May 30 Arturo Barrios runs world record one-hour distance (21,096 km)
  • May 30 Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable
  • May 31 Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war

Birthdays in History

  • May 10 Emily McEnroe, daughter of Tatum O'Neal & John McEnroe

Weddings in History

  • May 3 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass
  • May 31 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (b. 1909)
  • May 3 Gerrit Mik, child psychiatrist and Dutch MP (D66), dies
  • May 3 Jersy Kosinski, Polish-American author (Being There), dies at 57
  • May 4 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • May 5 William De Acutis, dies at 33
  • May 6 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • May 6 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • May 8 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • May 9 James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
  • May 10 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • May 11 Filip J Field, dies at 67
  • May 11 Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
  • May 14 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • May 14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

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May 14 Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, commits suicide

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • May 14 John Edward Craven, dies
  • May 14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • May 15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (b. 1956)
  • May 19 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • May 21 Bobby Dale, dies at 92
  • May 21 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • May 21 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46
  • May 23 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • May 23 Peter T Thwaites, British brig-gen/playwright (Love or money), dies
  • May 25 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • May 26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • May 27 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • May 28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • May 28 Ethel Lois Payne, American journalist (Chic Defender), dies at 79
  • May 31 Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • May 31 H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke