On This Day

Historical Events in May 1987

Beatification

May 1 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun

  • May 2 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 3 Miami Herald reports a woman spent Friday & Saturday with Gary Hart
  • May 5 Congress begins Iran-Contra hearings
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East
  • May 5 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 6 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice

Sports History

May 6 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

  • May 6 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes

Historic Event

May 6 American televangelist Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God after revelations of an alleged rape of a church secretary

  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • May 7 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on TV comedy "Cheers"
  • May 8 Gary Hart quits US democratic presidential race due to affair with Donna Rice
  • May 8 The Loughgall ambush: The SAS kill 8 IRA members and 1 civilian, in Loughgall, Northern Ireland
  • May 9 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw

Baseball Record

May 9 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 11 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • May 13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • May 13 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 14 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • May 14 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 1st Energiya Launch (USSR)
  • May 15 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set

Film & TV History

May 15 Last episode of "The Late Show with Joan Rivers" after the host is fired by the Fox network

  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances
  • May 16 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8

Music History

May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

  • May 16 "Bobro 400", a barge carrying 3,200 tons of garbage sets sail from NYC, beginning an unsuccessful 8 week search for a dumping site
  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • May 17 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
  • May 19 40th Cannes Film Festival: "Sous le soleil de Satan" directed by Maurice Pialat wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 21 Military coup in Fiji under Lt. Col Sitivani Rabuka
  • May 21 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • May 22 30 killed in a Texas tornado

LPGA Championship

May 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: American Jane Geddes wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up American Betsy King

  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: 47 year-old, now part-time driver Al Unser Sr. wins his record-tying 4th Indy title in a huge upset
  • May 24 Golden Gate Bridge 50th anniversary: Over 800K people show up, 300K walk on bridge at same time, span temporarily flattens from weight (San Francisco, California)
  • May 26 Cecilia Bolocco, 22, of Chile, crowned 36th Miss Universe
  • May 26 Great offensive against Tamil-rebellion in Jaffra Sri Lanka
  • May 26 US Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail
  • May 26 William H. Webster replaces Robert M. Gates as 14th director of CIA
  • May 27 Christian evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker appear on "Nightline" after PTL scandal

Sports History

May 27 New York Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start, joining Cy Young and Don Sutton

  • May 27 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • May 28 60th US National Spelling Bee: Stephanie Petit wins spelling staphylococci
  • May 28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • May 28 Monitor, Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot
  • May 28 Paul Pearman jumps 21 barrels on a skateboard in Augusta
  • May 28 Southern League no-hit record-Bob Milacki pitches 11 1/3 no-hit inn
  • May 28 Stacking of Discovery's SRBs completed
  • May 29 "Twilight Zone: The Movie" director John Landis found innocent of involuntary manslaughter in death of actor Vic Morrow and 2 child actors during filming

Music History

May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

  • May 29 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games

Boxing Title Fight

May 30 Mike Tyson beats Pinklon Thomas by TKO in round 6 in Las Vegas to retain WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • May 30 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • May 30 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 31 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • May 31 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 to win title 4 games to 3: Oilers' 3rd SC