On This Day

Historical Events in May 1984

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music History

May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

  • May 1 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots

Historic Publication

May 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

Music Premiere

May 2 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances, wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama

  • May 2 MLB Cleveland Indians' infielder Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 innings)

Baseball Record

May 2 New York Yankee Don Mattingly's single breaks up Chicago White Sox pitcher Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid, at Comiskey Park

  • May 2 US performs underground nuclear test "Orkney" at Nevada Test Site, with an estimated 250 ton yield
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg

Sports History

May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Sports History

May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 8 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

Historic Event

May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scores his 13th hole-in-one on same hole
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances

Sports History

May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match

  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel

Sports History

May 16 MLB Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer off Fernando Valenzuela, in 7-2 win against Dodgers, in Los Angeles

  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

Music Single

May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince Rogers Nelson (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 17 Mai Shanley, 21, of New Mexico crowned 33rd Miss USA

Historic Event

May 17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

  • May 17 Marvin Creamer becomes 1st known person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, arriving back in Cape May, New Jersey, after 513 days

Sports History

May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad

Sports History

May 19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title

Sports History

May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances

Sports History

May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game

Film Release

May 23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

  • May 23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

May 23 Crime epic film "Once Upon a Time in America" directed by Sergio Leone starring Robert De Niro and James Woods premieres at Cannes

  • May 24 Revival of musical "The Wiz" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Detroit Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Historic Event

May 26 US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war

  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC

Sports History

May 27 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day; Italian Open 1984, beats Virginie Ruzici, Carling Basset and Chris Evert in the final 6-3 6-3; only 7th player to beat Evert on clay

Sports History

May 27 Indianapolis 500: 1979 champion Rick Mears wins second Indy 500 two laps ahead of the field after contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti drop out in second half of the race

Historic Event

May 28 George Soros founds the Soros Foundation Budapest to help countries free themselves from communism

  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record