Historical Events in May 1991

  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances

Baseball Record

May 1 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland

  • May 1 Angolan civil war ends
  • May 1 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • May 1 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC

Baseball Record

May 1 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter

  • May 1 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s

Catholic Encyclical

May 2 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus

Television Finale

May 3 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")

Sports History

May 3 Future Hockey HOF right wing Cam Neely injures knee on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson in Wales Conference Finals; injury limits him to only 162 games for remainder of NHL career; retires at 31

  • May 3 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
  • May 4 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • May 4 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • May 4 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • May 4 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 4 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease

Historic Event

May 4 US President George H. W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat

  • May 5 A riot breaks out in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington, D.C. after Salvadoran man is shot by police
  • May 6 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • May 6 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • May 6 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • May 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • May 9 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)
  • May 9 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest

Music History

May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

  • May 13 Apple releases Macintosh System 7.0
  • May 13 Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco
  • May 14 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • May 14 Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA

Historic Event

May 14 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal

  • May 14 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs

Historic Event

May 15 Defense releases docs claiming Noriega is "CIA's man in Panama"

  • May 15 Edith Cresson becomes France's 1st female premier
  • May 15 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 Nepal premier Bhattarai resigns
  • May 15 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • May 15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game
  • May 16 Daily Planet fires cub reporter Jimmy Olson (fictional Superman character)

Historic Event

May 16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

  • May 17 Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe
  • May 18 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • May 18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 18 Republic of Somaliland declares independence from Somalia
  • May 18 USSR launches 2 cosmonauts to MIR space station
  • May 19 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert, NYC, after 225 performances
  • May 19 Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make Indianapolis 500 starting grid
  • May 20 44th Cannes Film Festival: "Barton Fink" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen wins the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 20 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

  • May 20 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • May 20 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • May 21 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
  • May 22 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • May 22 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • May 23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • May 23 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0
  • May 23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • May 23 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 25 Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • May 25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins from pole, becoming the third 4-time winner (joins A. J. Foyt and Al Unser); record 6th career pole position for Mears
  • May 27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • May 28 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1992)
  • May 28 Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa
  • May 29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • May 29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 30 64th National Spelling Bee: Joanne Lagatta wins spelling antipyretic
  • May 30 Arturo Barrios runs world record one-hour distance (21,096 km)
  • May 30 Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable
  • May 31 Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war