May 1989 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
  • May 4 NASA launches Magellan probe to Venus from Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • May 4 NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis (STS-30) from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • May 7 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

Event of Interest

May 7 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

  • May 8 US space shuttle STS-30 lands
  • May 9 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • May 9 VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • May 10 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
  • May 11 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • May 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • May 11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

Operation Nimrod Dancer

May 11 US President George H. W. Bush orders 1,900 additional troops to Panama

  • May 12 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • May 12 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • May 13 Approx 2,000 students begin hunger strike in Tiananmen Square, China
  • May 14 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square

Summit of Interest

May 15 Soviet President Gorbachev visits Beijing for the 1st Sino-Soviet summit in 30 years

  • May 16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift
  • May 17 Longest Cab Ride Ever: 14,000 miles costs $16,000!

Event of Interest

May 17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

  • May 19 Dow Jones Avg passes 2,500 mark for 1st time, closes at 2,501.1
  • May 20 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • May 20 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top
  • May 23 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • May 23 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • May 24 French Nazi war criminal Paul Touvier arrested at the Society of Saint Pius X monastery in Nice
  • May 24 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages after winning a libel action against satirical magazine Private Eye (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal).
  • May 25 Eastern Airlines graduates it 1st class of non-union pilots
  • May 25 Mariners trade Mark Langston to Montreal for Randy Johnson
  • May 25 Mikhail Gorbachev elected Executive President in the Soviet Union
  • May 26 American radio broadcasters go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42 am to honor the radio industry
  • May 26 Danish parliament allows same-sex marriage
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Goddess of Democracy

May 29 Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of Democracy

  • May 31 "Rambling with Gambling" 20,000th radio program on WOR-AM (NYC)
  • May 31 1st International Rock Awards in the US
  • May 31 Speaker of US House of Representatives Jim Wright resigns

Weddings in History

  • May 28 Delta Burke (Designing Women) weds Gerald McRaney (Major Dad)

Deaths in History

  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (Vogue magazine) and manager (Lord & Taylor), dies at 76
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 4 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson; Sirhan Sirhan), dies at 70
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, American creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 17 Dan Alderson, American scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and sci-fi fandom figure, dies of diabetes at 47
  • May 19 Abel Herzberg, Russian-Dutch Jewish lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • May 20 Erzsébet Galgoczi, Hungarian writer, dies at 58
  • May 20 John R. Hicks, English economist (Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences 1972), dies at 85
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist and poet, dies at 72
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 30 Claude Pepper, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1963-89), dies at 88
  • May 31 C. L. R. James [Cyril Lionel Robert James], Trinidadian historian (The Black Jacobins), journalist, intellectual and socialist, dies at 88 [1]
  • May 31 Charles A. Hufnagel, American surgeon (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72