May 1994 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • May 2 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 32 killed
  • May 2 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • May 2 Michael Bolton found plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
  • May 3 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • May 5 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • May 5 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • May 6 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • May 6 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan
  • May 13 Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field
  • May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando FL on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • May 19 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated
  • May 27 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • May 27 Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
  • May 27 Larry King ended his radio show
  • May 28 Twin's Dave Winfield passes Rod Carew into 15th hit list (3,054)
  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco

Weddings in History

  • May 7 Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)

HeartWedding of Interest

May 14 Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • May 21 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)
  • May 27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh weds wife #3, Marta Fitzgerald

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • May 2 Wilson Charles Geoffery Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • May 3 Gustaaf AWC baron van Hemert Dingshof, mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • May 3 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 63
  • May 3 Richard Scarry, author/illustrator of children's books, dies at 74
  • May 4 Karl Francis Hettinger, onion Field survivor, dies at 59
  • May 5 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • May 5 Joe Layton, director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • May 6 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • May 6 Moses Rosen, Romania's chief rabbi, dies at 81
  • May 7 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • May 7 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • May 8 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • May 9 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)

BattleExecution

May 10 John Wayne Gacy, mass murderer, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • May 10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • May 10 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • May 11 Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
  • May 11 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • May 12 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur, dies at 91
  • May 12 David Brooks, psychologist, dies at 91
  • May 12 John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
  • May 12 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • May 13 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist, dies at 77
  • May 15 [Henry] John Baker, resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
  • May 16 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • May 17 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82
  • May 19 Henry Morgan, TV panalist (To Tell the Truth), dies of cancer at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 19 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

  • May 19 Jacques Cesar Ellul, writer, dies at 82
  • May 20 Dallas Pratt, American collector (The American Museum in Britain), dies at 79
  • May 20 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, dies at 79
  • May 21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • May 21 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • May 21 Giovanni Goria, PM of Italy (1987-88), dies
  • May 21 John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • May 22 Frederick Hemming McClintock, criminologist, dies at 68
  • May 22 Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • May 23 Carl Althoff, German circus director, dies at 82
  • May 24 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • May 24 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • May 24 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
  • May 26 George Wildman Ball, under minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • May 27 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • May 27 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • May 28 Rita Gillespie, tV Director, dies at 65
  • May 29 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • May 29 Harry Levin, literary Scholar, dies at 81
  • May 29 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jean Gattegno, translator/scholar, dies at 58
  • May 30 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan writer (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • May 30 Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79