On This Day

May 1993 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
  • May 6 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • May 7 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • May 8 16 year old Keron Thomas disguises himself as a motorman & takes NYC subway train and 2,000 passengers on a 3 hour ride
  • May 9 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • May 9 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • May 9 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • May 10 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • May 10 Last TV appearance of Mies Bouwman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Paul Cézanne still life painting sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • May 10 Premier Lubbers opens Terminal West on Schiphol
  • May 11 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • May 13 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street
  • May 13 Arsenio Hall's 1,000th show retrospective seen in Netherlands
  • May 13 Methane gas explosion in Secunda coal mine South-Africa, kills 50
  • May 15 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens

  • May 15 Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub
  • May 16 Farmer Sugeng finds 1.2 million year old Pithecanthropus IX skull
  • May 16 Judd Nelson pleads no contest to kicking Kim Evans in the head
  • May 16 Suleyman Demirel elected President of Turkey

InventionHistoric Invention

May 17 Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • May 18 Danish people vote in favor of ratifying the Maastricht Treaty
  • May 18 Italian police arrest Mafia boss Benedetto "Nitto" Santapaola
  • May 19 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • May 19 Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)
  • May 20 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
  • May 21 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
  • May 21 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss v Australia
  • May 21 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
  • May 24 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
  • May 24 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
  • May 24 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 5 citizens in Turkey
  • May 27 Mafia bombs Uffizi Museum in Florence, killing 6
  • May 28 200,000 demonstrate against mafia terror
  • May 28 Polish government of Suchocka falls
  • May 29 Neo-Nazis kill 5 Turkish women in Solingen, Germany
  • May 31 President Dobrica Ćosić of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia flees

Birthdays in History

  • May 25 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets (United States' first set of surviving sextuplets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • May 1 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
  • May 2 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • May 2 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • May 5 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • May 5 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • May 5 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • May 5 Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, dies at 88
  • May 8 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), dies at 70
  • May 9 Freya Stark, English author, dies at 61
  • May 9 Penelope Gilliatt, British author, dies at 61
  • May 14 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • May 14 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • May 16 Madan Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese politician (Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)), dies at 41
  • May 18 Heinrich Albertz, German theologist & mayor of Berlin (1966-67), dies at 78
  • May 18 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect & writer, dies at 67
  • May 19 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • May 19 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • May 20 Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77
  • May 21 John Frost, English soldier who led the defence of Arnhem Bridge during Operation Market Garden, dies at 80
  • May 24 Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Mexican cardinal/archbishop, shot dead at 66
  • May 26 Carleton Morse, radio dramatist (One Man's Family), dies at 91
  • May 29 Tiny Hofman, Amsterdam activist (Nieuwmarkt), dies at 68
  • May 31 Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog