On This Day

What Happened in May 1993

Historical Events

  • May 1 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
  • May 1 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • May 2 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
  • May 2 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 2 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 40 performances
  • May 2 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 3 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances
  • May 4 "Angels in America - Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
  • May 6 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • May 7 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • May 8 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Phil Ware

Boxing Title Fight

May 8 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 8 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • May 9 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • May 9 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • May 9 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • May 9 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • May 10 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • May 10 Last TV appearance of Dutch television presenter Mies Bouwman

Historic Event

May 10 Paul Cézanne's painting "Still Life With Apples" sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

  • May 10 Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers opens Terminal West at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hall of Fame

May 10 Bill Walton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Music Awards

May 11 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Mary Chapin Carpenter win

  • May 11 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • May 12 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • May 12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London
  • May 13 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street

Film & TV History

May 13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands

  • May 13 CBS' soap opera "Knots Landing" ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US

Sports History

May 13 KC Royal George Brett hits his 300th HR

  • May 13 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • May 15 118th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6
  • May 15 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens
  • May 15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st number, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • May 15 38th Eurovision Song Contest: Niamh Kavanagh for Ireland wins singing "In Your Eyes" in Millstreet
  • May 16 "3 Men on a Horse" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • May 16 "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" closes at Circle in Square, NYC after 30 performances
  • May 16 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
  • May 16 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • May 16 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey

Historic Invention

May 17 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled

  • May 17 "Chattahoochee" single released by Alan Jackson (CMA Award Single of the Year, Billboard Song of the Year 1993)
  • May 18 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • May 18 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • May 19 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • May 19 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • May 20 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
  • May 20 274th & final "Cheers" episode airs on NBC
  • May 21 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
  • May 21 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
  • May 21 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
  • May 21 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired

Boxing Title Fight

May 22 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 24 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
  • May 24 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
  • May 24 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 5 citizens in Turkey

TV Show Appearance

May 24 Star Trek episode "Second Chances" airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show

  • May 24 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1

Film & TV History

May 24 46th Cannes Film Festival: "Ba wang bie ji" directed by Chen Kaige and "The Piano" directed by Jane Campion jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Baseball Record

May 26 In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a home run

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 26 Emmy 20th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 14th time

  • May 26 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • May 27 Baseball player Dale Murphy ends his career after 398 HRs
  • May 27 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • May 28 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • May 28 Polish government of Suchocka falls
  • May 29 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • May 29 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • May 29 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi passes reigning F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell with 16 laps to go for his second race win
  • May 31 President Dobrica Ćosić of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia flees

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Naomi Scott, English actress (Aladdin, Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • May 8 Pat Cummins, Australian cricket fast bowler and captain (BB 6/23; NSW CA, Kolkata Knight Riders), born in Sydney, Australia
  • May 10 Jake Zyrus [Charice Pempengco], Filipino pop and R&B singer, born in Cabuyao, Philippines
  • May 10 Mirai Shida, Japanese actress (14-year-old Mother), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • May 13 Romelu Lukaku, Belgium footballer (Chelsea, Manchester United), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • May 13 Debby Ryan, American actress (The Suite Life on Deck), born in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • May 13 Morgan Wallen, American country music singer-songwriter (Dangerous), born in Sneedville, Tennessee
  • May 14 Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer (iCarly), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 Kristina Mladenovic, French tennis player (9 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Federation Cup 2019; Hopman Cup 2017; Tour Finals 2018, 19), born in Saint-Pol-sur-Mer, France
  • May 16 Johannes Thingnes Bø, Norwegian biathlete (5 x Olympic gold 2018, 22; 12 x World C'ship gold), born in Stryn, Norway
  • May 18 Jiří Prskavec, Czech canoeist (Olympic gold K1 slalom 2020; 4 x World C'ship gold 2015, 17, 19), born in Mělník, Czech Republic
  • May 20 Caroline Zhang, American figure skater
  • May 25 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets (United States' first set of surviving sextuplets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Famous Weddings

  • May 15 British-American actress Jane Seymour (42) weds American actor James Keach (45); divorce 2015

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • May 1 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • May 2 Julio Gallo, American wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 83
  • May 2 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • May 5 Balak Brahmachari [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • May 5 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • May 5 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • May 5 Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, dies at 88
  • May 5 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), dies at 84
  • May 6 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), dies of a stroke at 84
  • May 6 Minnie Gentry, actress (Def by Temptation), dies in NY at 77
  • May 7 Mary Philbin, American silent film actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • May 8 Kees Deenik, Dutch singer, bandleader, and broadcaster, dies at 78-ish
  • May 8 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • May 9 Freya Stark, English author, dies at 61
  • May 9 Mary Duncan Sanford, American actress, dies at 98
  • May 9 Penelope Gilliatt, British author, dies at 61
  • May 12 Zeno Colò, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 72
  • May 13 Joaquin Garcia [Vargas] "Borolas", Mexican comedian and actor (Santa Sangre), dies at 71
  • May 13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 47
  • May 14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • May 14 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • May 16 Marv Johnson, American R&B pianist, songwriter, and singer ("You Got What It Takes"; "(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains"), dies of a stroke at 54
  • May 16 Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)), dies at 41
  • May 18 Heinrich Albertz, German theologist & mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • May 18 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect & writer, dies at 67
  • May 19 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • May 19 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • May 19 S W Sohoni, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • May 19 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, top score 29 no, 2 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • May 20 Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77
  • May 21 John Frost, English soldier who led the defence of Arnhem Bridge during Operation Market Garden, dies at 80
  • May 21 John Holland, American actor (My Fair Lady, Chinatown), dies at 65
  • May 22 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100
  • May 23 James Millhollin, actor (Anston Foster-Grindl), dies at 77
  • May 24 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • May 25 Dan Seymour [Daniel Seymour Katz], American actor (To Have and Have Not, We the People, Sing It Again), dies following a stroke at 78
  • May 26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • May 26 Cor de Great, Dutch pianist, conductor, and composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • May 26 Marvin Young, producer/child actor (Player), dies at 90
  • May 27 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
  • May 27 Roger MacDougall, Scottish playwright and screenwriter (The Man in the White Suit), dies at 82
  • May 28 Charles Barnett, English cricketer (20 Tests for England), dies at 82
  • May 28 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • May 29 Billy Conn, American boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • May 29 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • May 30 Sun Ra [Herman Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), dies at 79
  • May 30 Marge [Marjorie Henderson Buell], American cartoonist (created Little Lulu), dies of lymphoma at 88
  • May 31 John Granger, actor (Advise & Consent), dies at 69
  • May 31 Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog