On This Day

What Happened in May 1994

Historical Events

  • May 1 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 1 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances
  • May 1 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • May 1 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)
  • May 2 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • May 2 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • May 2 Michael Bolton found to have plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 3 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • May 3 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • May 4 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 5 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • May 5 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • May 6 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • May 6 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show

  • May 6 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 6 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 7 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • May 7 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)

Person of InterestThe Scream

May 7 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen
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"The Scream", pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
  • May 8 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • May 8 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • May 10 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font NYC for 16 per

Music concertMusic Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 11 Musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
Actor Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • May 13 Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field

  • May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
  • May 14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 16 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • May 18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • May 19 Final Episode of TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • May 19 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • May 21 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • May 21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
  • May 21 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 22 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • May 23 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • May 23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • May 27 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • May 27 Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
  • May 27 Flintstones live action movie opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Larry King ends his radio show

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 28 Twin's Dave Winfield passes Rod Carew into 15th hit list (3,054)
  • May 29 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances
  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election
  • May 31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates

Famous Birthdays

  • May 4 Alexander Gould, American actor (Weeds), born in Los Angeles
  • May 4 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco
  • May 21 Tom Daley, English diver
  • May 25 Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman, American gymnast (two-time Olympic medalist, Fierce Five, Final Five), born in Needham, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)
  • May 7 Matlock actor Daniel Roebuck (30) weds Kelly Durst (24)
  • May 14 Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

May 14 Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • May 21 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)
  • May 21 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 21 ABC Sports President Roone Arledge (62) weds third wife Gigi Shaw

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge

LoveWedding of Interest

May 26 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • May 27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh weds wife #3, Marta Fitzgerald

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 10 Drew Barrymore (19) files for divorce from Jeremy Thomas (31)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestAyrton Senna

May 1 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (3-time world F1 champion), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • May 2 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • May 2 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • May 3 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • May 3 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), dies at 63
  • May 3 Milford Dolliole, pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 4 Karl Francis Hettinger, onion Field survivor, dies at 59
  • May 5 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • May 5 Joe Layton, American director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • May 6 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • May 6 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 6 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • May 6 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster, dies at 72
  • May 6 Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Romania (1948-94), dies at 81
  • May 7 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • May 7 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • May 8 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • May 8 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • May 8 Rupert Haselden, journalist and screenwriter, dies at 36
  • May 8 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • May 9 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69

BattleJohn Wayne Gacy

May 10 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • May 10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • May 10 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • May 11 Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
  • May 11 Danny Overbea, American singer and guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), dies at 68
  • May 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), dies at 63
  • May 11 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • May 11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), dies of stroke at 65
  • May 12 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur, dies at 91
  • May 12 David Brooks, psychologist, dies at 91
  • May 12 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • May 12 John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
  • May 12 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • May 12 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • May 13 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist, dies at 77
  • May 13 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, dies at 74
  • May 13 Ruth Gillette, actress (Wild Gold), dies of cancer at 88
  • May 14 Leonard Teale, Australian actor/reciter (Homicide), dies
  • May 14 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • May 15 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • May 15 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • May 15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • May 15 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • May 15 [Henry] John Baker, resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
  • May 16 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), dies at 85
  • May 16 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • May 16 Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • May 16 Vasek Simek, Czech/American actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • May 17 Andrew Brown, film Producer, dies at 55
  • May 17 Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • May 17 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82
  • May 19 Henry Morgan, American comedian and TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), dies of cancer at 74

Person of interestJacqueline Kennedy Onassis

May 19 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

  • May 19 Jacques Ellul, French writer and philosopher , dies at 82
  • May 19 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • May 20 Dallas Pratt, American collector (The American Museum in Britain), dies at 79
  • May 20 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, dies at 69
  • May 20 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, dies at 79
  • May 21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • May 21 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • May 21 Giovanni Goria, Prime Minister of Italy (1987-88), dies
  • May 21 John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • May 22 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, dies at 68
  • May 22 Mitacq, [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • May 22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50K walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 62
  • May 23 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • May 23 Carl Althoff, German circus director, dies at 82
  • May 23 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 42
  • May 24 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • May 24 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • May 24 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • May 24 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • May 26 George Ball, American politician and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN, Under Secretary of State), dies at 84
  • May 26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz Guitarist, dies at 53
  • May 27 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • May 27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • May 27 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • May 28 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • May 28 Rita Gillespie, tV Director, dies at 65
  • May 28 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, dies at 83
  • May 28 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • May 29 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, dies at 81
  • May 29 Jose Bohr, actor (El Traidor, Sueno de Amor), dies at 92
  • May 29 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • May 29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • May 30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jean Gattegno, French translator and scholar, dies at 58
  • May 30 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • May 30 Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79
  • May 30 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • May 31 Doug Freeman, cricketer (2 Tests of leg-spin for NZ 1933), dies
  • May 31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • May 31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • May 31 Sidney Gilliat, English screenwriter (Night Train to Munich) and director, dies at 86