On This Day

What Happened in May 1992

Historical Events

  • May 1 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior

Rodney King Riots

May 1 Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating

Baseball Record

May 1 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in A's 7-6 win at Detroit

Historic Publication

May 1 Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published

  • May 2 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances

Sports History

May 2 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03

  • May 2 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
  • May 3 Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves

Baseball Record

May 3 NY Met Eddie Murray is 24th to hit 400 HRs

  • May 3 Ohio Glory wins 1st WLAF game (after 6 loses), beat Frankfurt 20-17
  • May 4 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year, 1992)

Historic Event

May 4 US Army and Marine Corps forces arrive in Los Angeles to end rioting following the acquittal of four police officers over the beating of Rodney King

Music History

May 5 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

  • May 6 NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
  • May 6 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon
  • May 7 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • May 7 Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes

Sports History

May 7 Champion Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. retires after winning 7,057 thoroughbred horse races

  • May 7 US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • May 9 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • May 9 Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
  • May 9 Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe
  • May 9 Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War

Salem Witch Trials

May 9 Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 year anniversary of trials

  • May 9 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • May 10 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 10 Bible Lands Museum opens in Jerusalem Israel
  • May 12 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
  • May 13 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time
  • May 13 Concrete foundation for ballpark at Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) is poured, In downtown Cleveland, Ohio

Film & TV History

May 13 Frank Stallone beats Geraldo Rivera in boxing on Howard Stern Show

  • May 13 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
  • May 14 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
  • May 15 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
  • May 15 NY department store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores
  • May 15 Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue
  • May 16 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6
  • May 16 Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock
  • May 16 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • May 16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego

LPGA Championship

May 17 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner, Liselotte Neumann and Karen Noble

  • May 17 Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk)
  • May 18 US Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs
  • May 18 45th Cannes Film Festival: "Den goda viljan" directed by Bille August wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary
  • May 19 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face in an altercation over an affair with her husband, in Massapequa, New York
  • May 19 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
  • May 19 US VP Dan Quayle attacks Murphy Brown for being a single mother and as a poor example of family values

Album Release

May 19 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

  • May 20 India launches its 1st satellite independently
  • May 20 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

Historic Event

May 20 At height of "Black May' political crisis in Thailand TV interview broadcast of King Bhumibol Adulyadej demanding Generals Suchinda and Chamlong work together

  • May 20 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • May 21 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 21 NJ senate overrides Governor Florio's veto & lowers sales tax to 6%
  • May 22 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in New Jersey
  • May 22 India launches its Agni rocket

TV Show Appearance

May 22 Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of "The Tonight Show"

  • May 22 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 0
  • May 23 NY Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game

Historic Event

May 23 US President George H. W. Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees

  • May 23 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0

Sports History

May 24 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr. holds off Scott Goodyear to win by 0.043 seconds; closest finish in Indy history; first second-generation driver to win the race

  • May 24 Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game

Film & TV History

May 25 Jay Leno becomes permanent host of US talk show "The Tonight Show"

  • May 25 NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7
  • May 25 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected President of Italy
  • May 28 65th National Spelling Bee: Amanda Goad wins spelling lyceum
  • May 29 NY Mets score in 9th to end home shut-out streak at 3 games

Sports History

May 29 White Sox Tim Raines swipes his 700th career base

  • May 30 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven is 2nd to win as teenager & 40 year old
  • May 30 NY Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48)
  • May 30 NY Yankee Scott Sanderson becomes 9th to beat all 26 teams
  • May 30 UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting
  • May 31 "The 1992 Boat Show" - the 193rd and final episode of US comedy series "Night Court" - airs on NBC-TV, completing a 9 season run
  • May 31 46th Tony Awards: "Dancing at Lughnasa", "Crazy For You" win
  • May 31 5th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,060,000

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Matĕj Vydra, Czech Republic soccer striker (26 caps; Watford, Derby County, Burnley), born in Chotĕboř, Czech Republic
  • May 4 Courtney Jines, American actress (Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • May 7 Gavin Hetherington, British actor
  • May 8 Olivia Culpo, American beauty queen (Miss Universe 2012) and social media influencer, born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • May 11 Bryan Rust, American NHL ice hockey right winger (Pittsburgh Penguins, since 2014), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • May 12 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California
  • May 13 Tommy Dorfman, American actress (13 Reasons Why), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 13 Tyrann Mathieu, American NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 18 Josh Phelps, Australian soccer player, born in Tamworth, Australia
  • May 18 Spencer Breslin, American actor, born in New York City
  • May 19 Sam Smith, British singer-songwriter ("Stay With Me"), born in London, England
  • May 20 Jack Gleeson, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Cork
  • May 21 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress (Love Actually - "Joanna"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 24 Travis T. Flory, American actor (Everybody Hates Chris), born in Fontana, California
  • May 25 Kendall Coyne Schofield, American ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2018; World C'ship gold 2011, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19), born in Palos Heights, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Gabrielle Carteris

May 3 Beverly Hills 90210 actress Gabrielle Carteris marries Charles Isaacs

  • May 23 "Once and Again" actress Sela Ward (35) weds actor Howard Sherman (42)

Anjelica Huston

May 23 Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

Robert Downey Jr

May 29 American "Chaplin" and "Iron Man" actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds American actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26); divorce in 2004

  • May 30 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (50) weds American rock singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (26)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • May 2 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • May 2 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • May 2 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • May 2 Philip Dunne, screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84
  • May 2 Wilbur Mills, American congressmen (Democrat-AZ: 1939-77), famous for his involvement in a sex scandal with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • May 3 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

George Murphy

May 3 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), dies of leukemia at 89

  • May 3 Peter Bruni, dies of heart failure at 60
  • May 4 Henri Guillemin, French historian, dies at 89
  • May 4 Ismael Galeano, "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra), dies
  • May 4 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • May 4 Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  • May 5 Ben Frommer, Polish actor (Scarface, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 78
  • May 5 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • May 5 Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
  • May 5 Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
  • May 6 Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75

Marlene Dietrich

May 6 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

  • May 6 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 71
  • May 8 Addeke H. Boerma, Dutch economist and general manager (FAO), dies at 80
  • May 8 Brian Moore, Northern Irish-Canadian writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • May 8 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies at 70
  • May 8 Margaretha D. Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Fear on Java), dies at 71
  • May 8 Richard Derr, American actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
  • May 8 Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, dies at 90
  • May 9 Mike Tyrell, British air acrobat, dies in an accident at 45
  • May 10 Joan Merrill, American pop vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • May 10 John Lund, American actor (High Society, Wackiest Ship in the Army), dies at 81
  • May 10 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor, dies at 76
  • May 10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • May 11 Carlos Herrera, American drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • May 11 Elizabeth McDonald, American inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • May 12 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), dies from lymphatic cancer at 68
  • May 12 Robert Reed, American actor (The Brady Bunch - "Mike"; Nurse), dies of AIDs at 59
  • May 12 Lenny Montana [Leonardo Passafaro], American professional wrestler (NWA Georgia), and actor (The Godfather), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 13 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • May 13 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • May 14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), dies of cancer at 43
  • May 15 Bruce Hopkins, performer/director, dies at 44
  • May 15 Robert Morris Page, US physicist (radar), dies at 88
  • May 15 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver, killed during a practice run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 27
  • May 15 Barbara Lee, American pop singer (Chiffons - He's So Fine; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?), dies at 44
  • May 16 Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • May 16 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • May 17 George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87
  • May 17 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • May 17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], American operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • May 17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • May 18 Marshall Thompson, American actor (Bog), dies of congestive heart failure at 65
  • May 18 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), dies of heart attack at 52
  • May 19 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • May 20 Roger Keith Coleman, American murder who protested his innocence, is executed at 33
  • May 21 Brendan Mulholland, British reporter jailed for refusing to name his sources (Daily Mail), dies at 59
  • May 21 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer (English Bread and Yeast Cookery), dies after a series of strokes at 72
  • May 21 Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24
  • May 22 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, dies at 82
  • May 23 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • May 23 Giovanni Falcone, anti-mafia judge (Palermo), murdered
  • May 24 Joan Sanderson, English actress (Young Wives' Tale, Fawlty Towers), dies at 79
  • May 25 Danny Biasone, American founder of the Syracuse Nationals (persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock), dies at 83
  • May 25 Marshall Thompson, American actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66
  • May 25 Philip C. Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East, Asia), dies at 72
  • May 25 Viktor Grishin, Soviet communist hardliner, dies at 78
  • May 27 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • May 27 John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
  • May 27 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, American mobster (St Valentine's Day) and boss of the Chicago Outfit, dies of respiratory and heart conditions at 86
  • May 27 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • May 29 Bill Beyers, actor (Wally-Capitol), dies of AIDS at 37
  • May 29 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • May 29 Pippa Steele, actress (Vampire Lovers), dies of cancer at 44
  • May 29 Ruby Middleton Forsythe, African-American teacher (50 years in 1 room school in SC), dies at 86
  • May 29 Rudolf Alberth, German conductor, and composer, dies at 74
  • May 30 Daniel Addes, actor (Victor-Sunst Grill), dies at 59
  • May 30 Karl Carstens, German politician (President of the Federal Republic of Germany 1979-84), dies at 77
  • May 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • May 31 Lutz Stavenhagen, top aid to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, dies at 52