May 1984 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • May 2 Indians' Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 inn)
  • May 2 Mattingly's single breaks up Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 6 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • May 7 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
  • May 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 8 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed
  • May 9 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
  • May 10 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • May 11 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • May 11 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • May 12 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • May 12 France performs nuclear test
  • May 12 Joe Lucius scores his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

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May 12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 12 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • May 16 Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution
  • May 16 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince (Billboard Song of the Year 1984)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • May 19 STS 41-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • May 26 Floods kill 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 27 Beth Henley's "Miss Firecracker contest" premieres in NYC
  • May 30 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • May 31 57th National Spelling Bee: Daniel Greenblatt wins spelling luge
  • May 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • May 14 Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 17 Christine Robinson, Canadian water polo player
  • May 21 Brandon Fields, National Football League punter
  • May 22 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • May 27 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player
  • May 30 Matt Maguire, Australian rules footballer

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77