What Happened in May 1990

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • May 2 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

Music History

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

  • May 4 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • May 4 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • May 4 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • May 5 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 5 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren

Historic Event

May 6 Former president P. W. Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party

Film & TV History

May 6 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in South Carolina

  • May 8 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • May 8 Reindependence Day of Estonia
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • May 9 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • May 9 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • May 10 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph

Film & TV History

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

Sports History

May 11 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt

  • May 12 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
  • May 12 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2

Music History

May 12 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances

Sports History

May 14 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)

  • May 14 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 56 performances

Historic Event

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

  • May 15 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,822.45
  • May 15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • May 15 Mona Grudt, 19, of Norway, crowned 39th Miss Universe
  • May 16 Dominican Republic President Joaquín Ricardo Balaguer re-elected

Film & TV History

May 17 "Cheers" star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI

  • May 17 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,831.71
  • May 17 European court rules on pension rights for men & women

Historic Event

May 17 The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong designed by I. M. Pei opens as the first supertall skyscraper outside the US

  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Patty Ann
  • May 17 World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses

Sports History

May 18 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

  • May 18 East and West Germany sign a monetary union treaty

Sports History

May 18 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

  • May 18 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • May 18 TV movie "Return To Green Acres" airs

Television Finale

May 19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Sports History

May 19 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6

  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • May 20 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

Cannes Film Festival

May 21 43rd Cannes Film Festival: "Wild at Heart" directed by David Lynch starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 21 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
  • May 21 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV, with a special twist of an ending

Baseball Record

May 22 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

Sports History

May 22 Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

  • May 22 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • May 22 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • May 22 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
  • May 23 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • May 23 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
  • May 23 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,856.26
  • May 23 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • May 24 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both
  • May 24 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers' 5th Cup win in 7 years
  • May 26 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Sports History

May 26 Philadelphia Phillies retire future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

  • May 27 Caesar Gaviria Trujillo chosen President of Colombia
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk takes lead with 32 laps to go to earn first-ever victory in championship-level competition; average speed 185.981 mph is a record that stands until 2013
  • May 27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • May 28 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 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 hits Peru, killing over 200

Election of Interest

May 29 Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic

  • May 29 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
  • May 29 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Baseball Record

May 29 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

  • May 30 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Francesco Friedrich, German bobsledder (4 x Olympic gold 2018, 22; 13 x World C'ship gold 2011-21), born in Pirna, Germany
  • May 2 Kay Panabaker, American actress (Moondance Alexander), born in Orange, Texas
  • May 3 Brooks Koepka, American golfer (US Open 2017-18, PGA C'ship 2018-19), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 5 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, American daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York

José Altuve

May 6 José Altuve, Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman (Houston Astros), born in Maracay, Venezuela

  • May 8 Kemba Walker, American NBA player (New York Knicks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 14 Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer
  • May 15 Joe Mattock, English football player
  • May 15 Stella Maxwell, Irish-New Zealand model, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • May 16 Thomas Sangster, British actor (Love Actually - "Sam"; Nanny McPhee; The Queen's Gambit), born in Southwark, London, England
  • May 17 Leven Rambin, American actress
  • May 20 Josh O'Connor, English actor (The Crown), born in Southampton, England
  • May 24 Joey Logano, American racecar driver, born in Middletown, Connecticut
  • May 26 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
  • May 27 Ekaterina Zaikina, Russian figure skater
  • May 30 Dean Collins, American actor
  • May 31 Erik Karlsson, Swedish ice hockey player (NHL - San Jose Sharks)), born in Landsbro, Sweden
  • May 31 Liberty Irene Kasem, daughter of Casey & Jean Kasem
  • May 31 Philippa So, American stage actress (Hamilton), born in Libertyville, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 "Crocodile Dundee" actors Paul Hogan (50) weds Linda Kozlowski (32) at their newly built $3 million mansion at Faraway Possum Creek in New South Wales, Australia

Patti Page

May 12 American singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto


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Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 69
  • May 2 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • May 2 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist dies at 90
  • 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 6 Charles Farrell, American actor (7th Heaven, My Little Margie), dies at 89
  • May 7 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, dies at 82
  • May 7 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • May 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 9 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), dies at 74
  • May 9 Pauline Frederick, American journalist & author, dies at 84
  • May 10 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), dies of cancer at 61
  • May 10 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 12 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian member of Central Committee of Communist Party, dies at 83
  • May 13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies at 51
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), dies at 78
  • May 14 Franklyn Seales, West Indian-American stage and screen actor (The Onion Field; Silver Spoons - "Dexter"), dies of AIDS at 37
  • May 15 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), dies at 81
  • May 16 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by her brother Christian

Jim Henson

May 16 Jim Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, and creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street; The Muppet Show), dies of toxic shock syndrome caused by pneumonia at 53

Sammy Davis Jr.

May 16 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

  • May 17 Frank Wright, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 54
  • May 18 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce (née Petre), British speedboat pilot, race car driver, and aviator who flew around Empire State building in 1930, dies at 94
  • May 21 Max Wall [Lorimer], British music hall, screen, and stage comic and actor (Professor Wallofski), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • May 21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • May 22 Max Wall, actor (Jabberwocky), dies
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • May 25 Victor "Vic" Tayback, American actor (Mel Sharples-"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore "), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • May 27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • May 28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies
  • May 28 Joseph Hardy, actor and director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71
  • May 28 Julius Eastman, American pianist, vocalist, and minimalist composer (The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc; Gay Guerrilla), dies of cardiac arrest at 49