What Happened in May 1997

Historical Events

  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality

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May 2 Donald Trump and Marla Maples announce they are separating

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber

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May 2 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders

Film release premierFilm Release

May 2 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
  • May 3 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Jason Queen
  • May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • May 4 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • May 4 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship
  • May 5 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful
  • May 6 Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 6 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 11 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • May 11 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Music releaseMusic Single

May 12 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • May 15 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 Brandi Sherwood (Idaho) replaces Brook Lee (Miss Universe) as Miss USA
  • May 16 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of US crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • May 16 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 16 St Louis Cards Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hits
  • May 16 A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 17 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.

  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Sport awardGolf Major

May 18 43rd LPGA Championship won by Christa Johnson

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • May 18 Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic
  • May 18 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

  • May 20 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
  • May 20 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

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May 20 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
  • May 22 Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

Actor Tim Allen
Tim Allen
  • May 24 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • May 24 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • May 25 David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 25 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic
  • May 25 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games
  • May 25 A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.
  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 26 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indy 500
  • May 27 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

AgreementTreaty of Interest

May 27 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin

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May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • May 28 Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • May 28 Tornado in Jarrell, Texas kills at least 28
  • May 28 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • May 28 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich
  • May 29 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • May 29 Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape and murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • May 29 Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

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May 30 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz

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May 30 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • May 31 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Ariel Gade, American actress
  • May 18 Alana Etheridge, American actress
  • May 24 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer (Finally Happy), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Famous Weddings

  • May 3 "Port Charles" soap opera actor Jon Lindstrom (39) weds "The Young and The Restless" actress Eileen Davidson (38) in Cambria, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 3 Actor Dwayne Johnson (25) weds producer Dany Garcia (28)

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • May 6 "The X-Files" actor David Duchovny (36) weds actress Tea Leoni (31) in the garden of the Grace Church School

HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 Actor Sylvester Stallone weds actress Jennifer Flavin in London

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Film and stage actor Matthew Broderick (35) weds Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker (32) in New York

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • May 2 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 3 S├ębastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • May 4 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), dies of heart failure at 75
  • May 4 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • May 5 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • May 8 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • May 9 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
  • May 10 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • May 11 Brenda Carlin, TV producer/wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
  • May 13 Laurie Lee, English writer ('Cider with Rosie'), dies at 82
  • May 14 Harry Blackstone Jr, magician, dies of cancer at 62
  • May 14 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76
  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • May 18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • May 19 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • May 20 Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
  • May 22 Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • May 24 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • May 25 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • May 26 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • May 29 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • May 31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • May 31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)