Historical Events in May 1997

  • May 1 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • May 1 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality

Election of Interest

May 1 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Film Release

May 2 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released

  • May 2 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber

Film & TV History

May 2 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Eddie Murphy

  • May 2 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Sports History

May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue

  • May 5 "Married With Children" final episode on Fox TV
  • May 5 Iridium-1 Delta 2 Launch, Successful

Hall of Fame

May 6 12th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Jackson Five; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; The (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; and Syd Nathan

  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 6 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history
  • May 6 US Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence in military prison for 18 counts of rape, and other offenses (part of the Aberdeen Scandal)
  • May 7 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • May 7 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)

Film Release

May 7 Science fiction film "The Fifth Element" written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich is released. Then the most expensive European film ever made.

  • May 9 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC after 61 performances
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Music Single

May 12 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

  • May 12 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
  • May 12 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • May 12 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict
  • May 12 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami

Sports History

May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

Sports History

May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his suing other team owners

  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 15 ABC News & Starwave Corp launch ABCNEWS.com
  • May 15 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), launches, 6th Shuttle-Mir Mission
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 Brandi Sherwood (Miss Idaho) replaces Brook Lee as Miss USA when Brook is crowned Miss Universe
  • May 16 Brook Mehealani Lee, 26, of USA crowned 46th Miss Universe
  • May 16 Final agreement creating Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) signed by project participants, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • May 16 MLB Montreal Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 16 MLB St Louis Cardinal Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54
  • May 17 Troops loyal to Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
  • May 17 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Sandra Jo Shiery-Odom
  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 18 50th Cannes Film Festival: "Taste of Cherry" directed by Abbas Kiarostami and "Unagi" directed by Shohei Imamura jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

LPGA Championship

May 18 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

Film Premiere

May 19 "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US

  • May 20 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • May 20 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

Historic Event

May 20 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

  • May 20 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

Sports History

May 21 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win

Daytime Emmy Awards

May 21 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time

  • May 22 "Closer" play by Patrick Marber starring Clive Owen, opens at the Royal National Theatre in London
  • May 22 Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

Film & TV History

May 24 Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Michigan

  • May 24 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • May 24 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • May 25 A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah

Sports History

May 25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games in Major League Baseball
  • May 26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2

Baseball Record

May 26 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

  • May 27 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk wins from pole position for his second Indy victory; Treadway Racing finishes 1-2 with Luyendyk's teammate Scott Goodyear runner-up
  • May 27 Judge finds Pamela Lee not guilty of breaking a contract
  • May 27 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault

Treaty of Interest

May 27 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

  • May 28 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich

Music History

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis (fungal lung infection)

  • May 28 Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart attempted around-the-world flight
  • May 28 Tornado in Jarrell, Texas kills at least 28
  • May 28 Wallace Berg, 42, is 4th American to scale Mt Everest for 3rd time
  • May 29 70th National Spelling Bee: Rebecca Sealfon wins spelling euonym
  • May 29 Jesse Timmedequas found guilty of rape and murder of Megan Kanka, 7
  • May 29 Span scientists announce new human species in 780,000 year old fossil

Historic Event

May 30 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Sports History

May 30 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

  • May 31 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners
  • May 31 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick