On This Day

May 1988 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more

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May 2 David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" premieres in NYC

Playwright David Mamet
David Mamet

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May 2 Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000

  • May 3 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
  • May 3 Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
  • May 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 4 PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada explodes killing 2 and injuring 372 causing damage within 10-mile (16 km) radius
  • May 5 Eugene A Marino installed as 1st African American archbishop
  • May 6 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
  • May 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 8 Francois Mitterrand elected President of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

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May 9 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • May 9 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms

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May 10 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000

Impressionist Painter Edgar Degas
Impressionist Painter
Edgar Degas
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test
  • May 14 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
  • May 15 USSR begins withdrawing its 115,000 troops from Afghanistan
  • May 16 US Surgeon General C Everett Koop reports nicotine as addictive as heroin
  • May 16 US Supreme Court rules trash may be searched without a warrant
  • May 19 Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
  • May 20 Howard Stern fans disrupt WMMR's & John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade
  • May 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 22 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • May 23 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • May 24 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • May 24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • May 27 Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles
  • May 29 Pakistan President Zia ul-Haq dismisses government and disbands parliament

Birthdays in History

  • May 5 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (attempting to become the youngest person to fly a light utility aircraft across the United States), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts (d. 1996)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

May 28 Journalist Harry Reasoner (65) weds Lois Harriett Weber

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner

LoveWedding of Interest

May 28 Senator Bernie Sanders (46) weds social worker Jane O'Meara

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 3 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, dies at 79
  • May 3 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (Killer angels), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

Person of interestKim Philby

May 11 Kim Philby, British spy & Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • May 12 Paul Osborn, American playwright (Mornings at 7), dies at 86
  • May 14 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman of the Labour Party (PvdA) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, dies at 101
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italian fascist (member of parliament (1948-87)), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)