On This Day

What Happened in May 1991

Historical Events

  • May 1 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

Baseball Record

May 1 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland

  • May 1 Angolan civil war ends
  • May 1 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s

Baseball Record

May 1 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter

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

Catholic Encyclical

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

Television Finale

May 3 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")

  • May 3 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists

Sports History

May 3 Future Hockey HOF right wing Cam Neely injures knee on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson in Wales Conference Finals; injury limits him to only 162 games for remainder of NHL career; retires at 31

  • May 4 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • May 4 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • May 4 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • May 4 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease
  • May 4 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Historic Event

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

  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • May 5 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after Salvadoran man is shot by police
  • May 6 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • May 6 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • May 6 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • May 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • May 9 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)
  • May 9 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest

Music History

May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • May 15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • May 15 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
  • May 15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game
  • May 15 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • May 16 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

Historic Event

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

  • May 17 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
  • May 18 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • May 18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • May 18 Republic of Somaliland declares independence from Somalia
  • May 19 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert, NYC, after 225 performances
  • May 19 Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make Indianapolis 500 starting grid

Sports History

May 20 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

  • May 20 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • May 20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • May 20 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 21 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
  • May 22 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • May 22 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • May 23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • May 23 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0
  • May 23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • May 23 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 25 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • May 25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins from pole, becoming the third 4-time winner (joins A. J. Foyt and Al Unser); record 6th career pole position for Mears
  • May 27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • May 28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • May 28 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1992)
  • May 29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Creagen Dow, American actor
  • May 1 Marcus Stroman, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2019; Gold Glove 2017; Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets), born in Medford, New York
  • May 9 Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar-Albanian judoka (Olympic gold 2016), born in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia
  • May 10 Emily McEnroe, daughter of Tatum O'Neal & John McEnroe
  • May 10 Kenny Beats [Blume], American hip-hop record producer and songwriter, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • May 19 Jordan Pruitt, American singer (The Voice), born in Loganville, Georgia
  • May 19 Moses Sumney, American singer-songwriter (Græ), born in San Bernadino, California
  • May 21 Sarah Ramos, American actress (Parenthood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 21 Kayla Itsines, Australian fitness entrepreneur (Bikini Body Guides), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • May 23 Sarah Jarosz, American singer-songwriter (World on the Ground), born in Austin, Texas
  • May 23 Aaron Donald, American NFL football defensive end, Defensive Rookie of the Year, 7x Pro Bowls, 3x Defensive Player of the Year (St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 24 Erika Umeda, Japanese singer (ZYX), born in Minami-ku, Yokohama, Japan
  • May 27 Beauden Barrett, New Zealand rugby union utility back (83 caps; World Male Rugby Player of the Year 2016, 17; Hurricanes 125 games), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • May 28 Alexandre Lacazette, French soccer player, born in Lyon, France
  • May 29 Kristen Alderson, American actress (One Life to Live), born in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania
  • May 31 Azealia Banks, American rapper (212), born in New York City

Famous Weddings

Andy Williams

May 3 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass

  • May 4 Actress Sharon Gless and producer Barney Rosenzeig marry
  • May 31 Oldest bride - Minnie Munro, 102, weds Dudley Reid, 83, in Australia

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • May 3 Gerrit Mik, Dutch psychiatrist and politician (D66), dies
  • May 3 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), dies at 57
  • May 3 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77
  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 3 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), dies at 68
  • May 4 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), dies at 96
  • May 4 Bernie Winters [Weinstein], British comedian, actor, and TV presenter (The Big Top Variety Show), dies of stomach cancer at 60
  • May 5 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), dies from a brain lymphoma at 33
  • May 6 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • May 6 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • May 6 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), dies at 87
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), dies at 84
  • May 8 Lloyd Ford, American stuntman, dies at 79
  • May 8 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse, Ritz), dies at 72
  • May 9 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive & presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, dies at 82
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American concert pianist (noted for Beethoven interpretations), and pedagogue (Curtis Institute; Marlboro School of Music), dies of cancer at 88
  • May 10 Armand HF Boni [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • May 11 Ho Dam, North Korean foreign minister (1970-83), dies at 62
  • May 14 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • May 14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

Jiang Qing

May 14 Jiang Qing [Madame Mao], Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, commits suicide at 77

  • May 14 John Edward Craven, dies
  • May 14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • May 14 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • May 15 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 15 Reno Browne, American Western actress, dies at 70
  • May 15 Ronald Lacey, actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
  • May 15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), dies at 34
  • May 16 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • May 18 Edwina Booth, American actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • May 19 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • May 19 Rini Otte, Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • May 21 Jean Van Joutte, Prime Minister of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • May 22 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 Jean Van Houtte, Belgian politician (Prime Minister of Belgium, 1952-56; Finance Minister, 1950-52 and 1958-61), dies at 84
  • May 23 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money), dies at 74
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), dies at 95
  • May 24 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • May 24 Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  • May 26 Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41
  • May 26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • May 27 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (International Bruckner Society; Mozart's Requiem), and educator (Vienna University, 1932-73), dies at 86
  • May 28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • May 28 Ethel Lois Payne, American civil rights journalist and "1st Lady of the Black Press", dies at 79
  • May 29 Coral Browne, Australian actress (Ruling Class, Time Express), dies of cancer at 77
  • May 30 Manolo Gomez Bur, Spanish comedian dies at 74
  • May 31 Angus Wilson, British writer (Wrong Set), dies at 77
  • May 31 H. N. "Swanie" Swanson, American Hollywood literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke