On This Day

Historical Events in May 1994

  • May 1 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 1 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs for 9 performances
  • May 1 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • May 1 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

Sports History

May 1 Three-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil is killed in a 309 kmh crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in Italy

  • May 2 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • May 2 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • May 2 Michael Bolton found to have plagiarized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"

Music Awards

May 3 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

  • May 3 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • May 4 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen

Music History

May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 5 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • May 5 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • May 6 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on The Tonight Show
  • May 6 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Boxing Title Fight

May 6 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Election of Interest

May 6 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

  • May 7 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • May 7 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)

The Scream

May 7 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen

  • May 8 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC after 9 performances
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • May 8 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Historic Event

May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • May 10 Musical sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Music Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 10 DGC Records releases "Weezer" (known as 'The Blue Album", the debut album of rock band Weezer
  • May 11 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater, NYC; runs for 1,503 performances
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan

Film Premiere

May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or 1994)

  • May 13 MLB Cleveland Indians begin a 18 home game win streak at newly opened Jacobs Field

Sports History

May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617

  • May 14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London

LPGA Championship

May 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 16 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • May 19 Final episode of American TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • May 19 Egyptian actor Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 American tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on The Tonight Show
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00

Sports History

May 21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

  • May 21 MLB Cincinnati Reds bat out of order against Los Angeles Dodgers in 2nd inning
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 22 Musical sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Goes Public" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances
  • May 22 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • May 23 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • May 23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated

Sports History

May 25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

Historic Event

May 27 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile

Television Finale

May 27 Final broadcast of TV talk show "The Arsenio Hall Show"

Radio History

May 27 Larry King ends his radio show

Film Release

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie, starring John Goodman (as Fred) and Rick Moranis (as Barney), opens

  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV

Musical Finale

May 29 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's musical "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 223 performances

  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Sports History

May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins from pole position for his second Indy 500 victory for Marlboro Team Penske

  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election
  • May 31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates