What Happened in May 1992

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • May 1 NY Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs NJ Devils)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 1 Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • May 2 "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 performances
  • 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
  • May 3 Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Centel Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • May 3 Ohio Glory wins 1st WLAF game (after 6 loses), beat Frankfurt 20-17
  • May 3 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge
  • May 4 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)

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May 5 Country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 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
  • May 7 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 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
  • 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 10 Jennifer Wyatt wins LPGA Crestar-Fresh Farm Golf Classic
  • 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 Gateway (Jacobs Field) is poured
  • May 13 Final episode of "Night Court" airs on NBC-TV
  • 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

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May 16 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

May 17 38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 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
  • 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 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

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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

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 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
  • May 22 Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of 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

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • May 23 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0

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May 24 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • May 24 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

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May 24 Pat Bradley wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • May 24 Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
  • May 25 Jay Leno becomes permanent host of "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

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

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 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 46th Tony Awards: Dancing at Lughnasa & Crazy For You win
  • May 31 5th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,060,000
  • May 31 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Courtney Jines, American actress
  • May 7 Gavin Hetherington, British actor
  • May 12 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
  • May 18 Josh Phelps, Soccer Player
  • May 18 Spencer Breslin, American actor
  • May 19 Sam Smith, English singer-songwriter (Stay with Me), born in London
  • May 20 Jack Gleeson, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Cork
  • May 21 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress
  • May 24 Travis T. Flory, American actor

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26)

  • May 30 Paul Simon weds Edie Brickell

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • May 2 Joey Cuevas, 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, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • May 3 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

Person of interestGeorge Murphy

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

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy
  • 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, dies at 78
  • May 5 Dick Yarmy, 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, restauranteur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

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

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • May 6 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • May 8 Addeke H Boerma, dir-gen (FAO), dies at 80
  • May 8 Brian Moore, writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • May 8 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies
  • May 8 Margaretha D Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Fear on Java), dies at 71
  • May 8 Richard Derr, actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
  • May 9 Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident
  • May 10 Joan Merrill, 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, sculptor, dies
  • May 10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz singer (Hello Dolly, Flower Drum Song), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • May 11 Carlos Herrera, drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • May 11 Elizabeth McDonald, inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • May 12 Joe Burke, president (KC Royals), dies at 68, dies
  • May 12 Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59
  • May 12 Lenny Montana, American actor (b. 1926)
  • May 13 Floyd Arceneaux, trumpeter, dies at 58
  • May 13 Gisela Elsner, German writer, commits suicide at 55
  • May 13 F. E. McWilliam, Northern Irish sculptor (b. 1909)
  • May 14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (Raiders), 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 (b. 1965)
  • May 16 Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • May 16 Chalino Sanchez, Mexican musician (b, 1960)
  • May 17 George Hurrell, Hollywood photographer, dies of cancer at 87
  • May 17 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • May 17 Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • May 17 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • May 18 Marshall Thompson, 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 Nulholland, Daily Mail reporter, dies at 59
  • May 21 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer, dies
  • 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, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • May 25 Marshall Thompson, US actor (To Hell & Back), dies at 66
  • May 25 Philip C Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East/Asia), dies at 72
  • May 25 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • May 27 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • May 27 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • May 27 John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
  • May 27 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies 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 Karl Carstens, president of RFA (1979-84), dies
  • May 29 Peter John "Ollie" Halsall, guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • May 29 Pippa Steele, actress (Vampire Lovers), dies of cancer at 44
  • May 30 Daniel Addes, actor (Victor-Sunst Grill), dies at 59
  • May 30 Karl Carstens, president German FR (1979-84), dies at 77
  • May 30 Leen 't Hart, organist/composer, dies at 72
  • May 31 Lutz Stavenhagen, top aid to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, dies at 52