May 1986 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
  • May 2 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • May 3 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
  • May 3 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit
  • May 4 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • May 6 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • May 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 7 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • May 12 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California

Appointment of Interest

May 12 President Reagan appoints Dr James C. Fletcher NASA Administrator

Historic Publication

May 14 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

  • May 14 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.

Event of Interest

May 15 Former President of Argentina Leopoldo Galtieri is sentenced to 12 years in prison for mishandling the Falkland Islands War [1]

  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguers PRSC wins Dominican Rep parliamentary election

Event of Interest

May 16 South African President P. W. Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela

  • May 16 The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain.
  • May 18 Chung Kwung Ying does 2,750 "atomic" hand-stand push-ups
  • May 18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • May 19 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • May 21 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

Event of Interest

May 24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

  • May 24 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • May 25 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida
  • May 25 Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
  • May 25 Hands Across America - 6.5 million people hold hands from California to NY
  • May 25 Virgilio Barco elected president of Colombia
  • May 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 27 Norway Showcase groundbreaking
  • May 27 President Reagan orders 2 Poseidon-class submarines be dismantled
  • May 28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados
  • May 29 59th National Spelling Bee: Jon Pennington wins spelling odontalgia
  • May 30 Ariane-2 (ESA) launched
  • May 30 France performs nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • May 30 Ashley Slaney, daughter of Olympians Mary Decker & Richard Slaney
  • May 31 Robert Gesink, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Varsseveld, Netherlands

Deaths in History

  • May 7 Gaston Defferre, French Socialist politician, dies at 75
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, Dutch campaigner & Limbourg activist, dies at 60

Tenzing NorgayTenzing Norgay (1914-1986)

May 9 Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist, dies at 76
  • May 15 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize1962), dies at 71
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), dies at 68
  • May 31 Jane Frank, American artist, dies at 67