On This Day

What Happened in May 1996

Historical Events

  • May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 1 Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round
  • May 3 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
  • May 4 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Grindstone, his second Derby victory (1993 Sea Hero)
  • May 4 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
  • May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances
  • May 5 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
  • May 6 Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • May 6 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford, Connecticut on WCCC 106.9 FM
  • May 6 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

Film & TV History

May 7 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Sports History

May 8 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3

  • May 8 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution
  • May 8 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels

Music History

May 9 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of theĀ Order of Canada

Film & TV History

May 10 "Twister" disaster film written by Michael Crichton starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton premieres

  • May 10 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  • May 10 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI)
  • May 11 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
  • May 11 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

LPGA Championship

May 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: England's Laura Davies wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Julie Piers

  • May 12 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8

TV Show Appearance

May 13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

  • May 13 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
  • May 14 New York Yankees' controversial pitcher Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners, 2-0 at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Record

May 16 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

  • May 17 Venezuelan Alicia Machado, aged 18, crowned 45th Miss Universe
  • May 17 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs

Sports History

May 18 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

  • May 18 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Lisa Wagner
  • May 18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • May 19 STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit
  • May 20 UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • May 20 49th Cannes Film Festival: "Secrets & Lies" directed by Mike Leigh wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 21 Blackout in many areas of Queens, NY

Baseball Record

May 21 Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

  • May 21 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.
  • May 21 "You're Makin' Me High" single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 1997)
  • May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 22 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time

  • May 22 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 23 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • May 24 "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
  • May 25 Jennifer Maria Holsten, 18, crowned Miss Filipino-American
  • May 25 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team
  • May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: first Indy 500 contested by Indy Racing League; many top CART teams boycott; Buddy Lazier wins marking Firestone's first Indy victory since 1971

Historic Event

May 28 U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

Election of Interest

May 28 Pavlo Lazarenko becomes Prime Minister of Ukraine

Historic Event

May 29 Space Shuttle STS 77 Endeavour 11), lands

  • May 29 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 30 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
  • May 30 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • May 30 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension
  • May 31 Mark Van Thillo and Abigail Alling, former biospherian win $100,000 lawsuit against Biospheric Development for Space Biospheres Ventures

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 6ix9ine [Daniel Hernandez], American rapper and songwriter ("Trollz"), born in Brooklyn, New York (born May 8, 1996)
  • May 9 Mary Matilyn Mouser, American child actress
  • May 14 Martin Garrix, Dutch DJ, born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • May 24 Matthew Eappen, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 26 Austin Michael Luciano, American actor (Dante Carlino-Another World) (d. 2019)
  • May 27 Minjee Lee, Australian golfer (Evian C'ship 2021; 5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, West Australia
  • May 31 Normani [Hamilton], American singer (with Sam Smith - "Dancing With A Stranger"; solo -"Motivation"), and dancer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa (26) weds film actor Mark Consuelos (25) in Las Vegas

Forest Whitaker

May 4 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May 4 "CSI Miami" actor David Caruso (40) weds flight attendant Margaret Buckley (33)
  • May 11 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York

Antonio Banderas

May 14 Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London

  • May 15 Auto racing champ-turned-TV commentator Danny Sullivan (46) weds former Manhattan financial planner Brenda Bosveld (33) in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • May 18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo
  • May 18 "As the World Turns" actor Shawn Christian (30) weds personal trainer Deborah Quinn in Gun Lake, Michigan

Tommy Morrison

May 18 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

  • May 25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 26 "Seinfield" actor-comedian Wayne Knight (41) weds makeup artist Paula Sutor (44) in Pacific Palisades, California
  • May 27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 1 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • May 2 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • May 2 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • May 2 Peter Swales, British soccer executive (Chairman Manchester City FC 1973-93; vice-president English FA), dies at 63
  • May 3 Jack Weston [Weinstein], American actor (Dirty Dancing, The Four Seasons, Rad), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • May 3 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), dies of cancer at 45
  • May 3 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler ("I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), dies at 81
  • May 4 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
  • May 4 Stanley William Reed, cineaste, dies at 85
  • May 5 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 6 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, dies at 85
  • May 6 Geoffrey Dawes, British physiologist, dies at 78
  • May 6 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • May 6 Joseph Stone, American lawyer, Nuremburg Trial prosecutor, and labor arbitrator, dies at 79
  • May 6 Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer (Ambisonics), dies at 50
  • May 6 Leo Joseph Suenens, Belgian Roman Catholic cardinal (Second Vatican Council), dies at 91
  • May 7 Albert Meltzer, British anarchist (Anarchist Black Flag), dies at 76
  • May 7 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • May 7 Howard Smith, British diplomat and Director General of MI5, dies at 76
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, British cello teacher (International Cello Centre), dies at 80
  • May 8 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • May 8 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, dies at 95
  • May 8 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), dies at 84
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer & teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Joan Thirkettle, British journalist, dies at 48
  • May 11 Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish conservationist & communist activist, dies at 84
  • May 11 Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies at 91
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, American singer-songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies in a plane crash in the Florida Everglades at 46
  • May 11 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), dies at 73
  • May 12 Hubert William Dean, British air armaments specialist, dies at 84
  • May 12 Rob Hall, New Zealand mountaineer, dies on Mt Everest at 35
  • May 13 John "Jack" Baines, British mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • May 14 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), dies at 82
  • May 14 Qazaleh Alizadeh, writer, dies at 48
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 14 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, dies at 98
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter snd vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • May 15 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, dies at 71
  • May 16 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • May 16 Jeremy Boorda, U.S. Navy admiral (25th Chief of Naval Operations), commits suicide at 56
  • May 16 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies at 71
  • May 17 Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), dies in a practice accident at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 17 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • May 18 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (Toy Matinee; Tuesday Night Music Club), dies of accidental asphyxiation at 29
  • May 19 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • May 19 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • May 20 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • May 20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • May 20 George Malcolm Thomson, British journalist, dies at 96
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 20 Janaki Ramachandran, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies at 72
  • May 20 Julius Marmur, American biochemist and geneticist (DNA research), dies at 70
  • May 20 Lewis B Combs, American civil engineer and US Navy officer (1917-45), founding member and commander of the "Seabees", dies at 101
  • May 21 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67
  • May 21 Laurence Dowdall, Scottish lawyer, dies at 91
  • May 21 Mary Perot Nichols, American journalist, dies at 79
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral and choral conductor, music educator and author (Roll Over Rock), dies at 60
  • May 21 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), dies of emphysema at 78
  • May 22 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, academic, dies at 66
  • May 22 Rex Collings, writer/publisher, dies at 70
  • May 23 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • May 23 Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61
  • May 23 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • May 23 Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 35
  • May 23 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 40
  • May 24 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • May 24 Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), dies at 67
  • May 24 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), dies from cancer at 90
  • May 24 Joseph Mitchell, American writer (Joe Gould's Secret), dies at 87
  • May 25 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of British Independent Television Authority, dies at 83
  • May 25 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • May 25 John Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale, British politician and landowner, last non-royal to be raised to the peerage in UK and landowner, dies at 89
  • May 25 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 25 Renzo de Felice, Italian historian of Fascism, dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 25 Barney Wilen, French tenor, composer and saxophonist, dies of cancer at 59
  • May 26 Halka Grossman, Israeli resistance fighter and politician, dies at 76
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairen rock guitarist (Zaika Langa-Langa), dies at 45
  • May 26 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, British classical music concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • May 27 Jack Massey, groundsman, dies at 85
  • May 28 Buck Bundy, TV dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • May 28 John "Jack" Layden, local politician, dies at 70
  • May 28 Sidney Greenbaum, grammarian, dies at 66
  • May 28 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77
  • May 29 Jeremy Sinden, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, Georgian-American prima ballerina, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Cameron, Scottish judge, dies at 96