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Historical Events in 1989 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 888

  • Mar 3 Machinists strike Eastern Airlines; pilots honor picket lines
  • Mar 3 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for Iran-Contra
  • Mar 4 Eastern Airlines machinists strike
  • Mar 4 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)

FranceLouvre Pyramid

Mar 4 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand
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I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
  • Mar 5 19th Easter Seal Telethon raises $37,002,000
  • Mar 5 Elly Verhulst runs world record 3000 m indoor (8:33.82)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)
  • Mar 7 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • Mar 7 Partial eclipse of the Sun (Hawaii, NW North America, Greenland)

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Mar 7 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Mar 8 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • Mar 8 Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • Mar 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy
  • Mar 9 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)

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Mar 9 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

  • Mar 9 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • Mar 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 12 15th People's Choice Awards: Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Bill Cosby & Phylicia Rashad win (TV)

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep
  • Mar 12 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found (Philadelphia)
  • Mar 12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election
  • Mar 12 36th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74
  • Mar 12 30th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Florida, 72-60
  • Mar 12 10th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 88-79

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Mar 12 Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submits his first proposal for an "information management system" to his boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who finds it “vague, but exciting”

Computer Scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • Mar 13 27th shuttle, Discovery 8, launched, 1st woman to do the countdown
  • Mar 13 FDA orders recall of all Chilean fruit in US
  • Mar 13 US space shuttle STS-29 launched
  • Mar 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • Mar 15 US Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • Mar 15 NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • Mar 17 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances
  • Mar 17 Dorothy Cudahy is 1st female grand marshal of St. Patrick Day Parade
  • Mar 18 27th space shuttle mission, STS-29 (Discovery 8), returns to Earth
  • Mar 18 California Quake amusement ride opens at Universal Studios
  • Mar 18 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game

  • Mar 18 In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found in the Pyramid of Cheops
  • Mar 19 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • Mar 19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by E Gordeeva & S Grinkov (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • Mar 19 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)
  • Mar 19 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck
  • Mar 19 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship

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Mar 20 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Mar 20 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 21 1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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Mar 22 Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Mar 22 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • Mar 22 Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • Mar 23 2 Utah scientists claim they have produced fusion at room temperature
  • Mar 23 Joel Steinberg sentenced to 25 yrs for killing his adopted daughter

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Mar 24 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 24 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska
  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 26 1st free elections in USSR; 190 million votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Mar 27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Mar 27 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • Mar 29 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • Mar 29 1st US private commercial rocket makes suborbital test flight (NM)
  • Mar 29 61st Academy Awards: "Rainman", Dustin Hoffman & Jodie Foster win
  • Mar 29 9th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Cocktail" wins

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Mar 29 I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • Mar 29 Michael Milken, junk bond king, indicted in NY for racketeering

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Mar 31 Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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Apr 1 A. Bartlett Giamatti replaces Peter Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of Major League Baseball; dies suddenly of a heart attack 5 months later

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Apr 2 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster leads wire-to-wire to win her second DS event, 5 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner and Tammie Green
  • Apr 2 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn, 76-60; Lady Vols forward Bridgette Gordon MOP

Sport defeatWrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Apr 2 Calgary Flames right wing Joe Mullen sets new NHL record for most points in a season by a American-born player, with a goal and 2 assists in a 4-2 win over Edmonton Oilers gives him 110 points
  • Apr 3 "Sunrise" a Gannett newspaper begins publishing for Bronx
  • Apr 3 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan beats Seton Hall, 80-79 (OT); Wolverines first title; small forward Glen Rice named tournament MOP
  • Apr 3 Mets win 11th consecutive home opener 8-4 over St Louis at Shea Stad

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Apr 4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • Apr 4 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

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Apr 5 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman

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Apr 5 Orel Hershiser consecutive scoreless streak of 59 innings ends

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • Apr 5 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • Apr 7 Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths
  • Apr 7 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • Apr 8 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • Apr 8 143rd Grand National: Irish 12-year-old Little Polveir, ridden by jockey Jimmy Frost wins by 7 lengths from West Tip

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 53rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the first of his 3 Masters titles after a final round 65 (−7) and a birdie on the 2nd hole of a sudden-death playoff with Scott Hoch

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

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Apr 9 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 9 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Apr 9 Washington, D.C. march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove

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Apr 11 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • Apr 11 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5

  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 12 Peter Ueberroth deal to purchase Eastern Airlines falls through
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 14 1,100,000,000th Chinese born
  • Apr 14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • Apr 15 Students in Beijing pro-democracy protests
  • Apr 15 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • Apr 15 Then largest lottery in North America ($69M) drawn in Illinois

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Apr 16 1st The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Don Bies wins his lone career Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 16 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • Apr 16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 16 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • Apr 17 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title in 2:24:33
  • Apr 17 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
  • Apr 17 Polish labor union granted legal status
  • Apr 17 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros
  • Apr 19 Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors
  • Apr 19 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Apr 19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • Apr 19 Central Park Five: Violent rape of jogger Trisha Meili in NYC's Central Park became one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s. 5 men wrongfully convicted spend between 6-13 years in prison

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Apr 21 George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become joint CEOs of the Texas Rangers

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Apr 21 Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering students demanding greater political freedom
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

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Apr 23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 23 Students in Beijing China announce class boycotts
  • Apr 23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children

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Apr 23 Wine merchant William Sokolin breaks a bottle of 1787 Château Margaux, possibly belonging to Thomas Jefferson, worth $500,000 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 24 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • Apr 24 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • Apr 25 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • Apr 26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • Apr 26 AT&T announces NJ's 201 area code will split into 908 & 201
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • Apr 27 Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
  • Apr 27 Hurricane in Bangladesh kills 500
  • Apr 27 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
  • Apr 28 Argentina, hit by rocketing inflation, runs out of money
  • Apr 28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • Apr 29 2nd government of Lubbers falls in the Netherlands
  • Apr 30 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show

BeatificationBeatification

Apr 30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 30 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
  • May 1 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • May 1 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • May 1 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • May 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)
  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 4 US space shuttle STS-30 launched
  • May 5 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • May 6 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

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May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega

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May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • May 9 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • May 9 VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 FC Barcelona of Spain win 29th European Cup Winner's Cup against Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in Bern
  • May 10 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
  • May 11 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance
  • May 12 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • May 12 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China

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May 13 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • May 14 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
  • May 14 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances
  • May 15 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • May 15 Soviet President Gorbachev in Beijing for 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 yrs
  • May 15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • May 17 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000!

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May 17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • May 19 Sue Ellen's (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV soap "Dallas"

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
  • May 20 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
  • May 20 China declares martial law in Beijing

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May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 21 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 3 strokes from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
  • May 23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • May 23 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • May 24 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice

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May 24 NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito