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May 1994 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • May 2 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • May 2 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • May 2 Michael Bolton found to have plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
  • May 3 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • May 5 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • May 5 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen

Latest Wonder of the WorldLatest Wonder of the World

May 6 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens

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Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
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  • May 6 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

Person of InterestThe Scream

May 7 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan
  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando, Florida on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 Joaquín Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on The Tonight Show
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returns to Russia after 20 years in exile

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election

Birthdays in History

  • May 4 Pauline Ducruet, daughter of HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monaco

Weddings in History

  • May 7 Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 14 Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • May 21 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 21 ABC Sports President Roone Arledge (62) weds third wife Gigi Shaw

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer
Roone Arledge

LoveWedding of Interest

May 27 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh (43) weds wife No. 3, aerobic instructor Marta Fitzgerald (35), at the home of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; divorced 2004

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • May 2 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • May 3 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • May 3 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), dies at 63
  • May 4 Karl Francis Hettinger, American police officer (Onion Field survivor), dies at 59
  • May 5 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • May 5 Joe Layton, American director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • May 6 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • May 6 Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Romania (1948-94), dies at 81
  • May 7 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • May 7 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • May 8 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • May 9 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter & anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69

BattleJohn Wayne Gacy

May 10 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • May 10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • May 10 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • May 11 Alfred James Broomhall, British Protestant Christian medical missionary to China, dies at 82
  • May 11 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • May 12 Alfred Lane Beit, British politician and art philanthropist, dies at 91
  • May 12 John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
  • May 12 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • May 13 Arthur Basil Cotle, medievalist, dies at 77
  • May 15 [Henry] John Baker, resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
  • May 16 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • May 17 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82

Person of interestJacqueline Kennedy Onassis

May 19 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American 1st lady (1961-63), dies of cancer at 64

  • May 19 Jacques Ellul, French writer and philosopher, dies at 82
  • May 20 Dallas Pratt, American collector (The American Museum in Britain), dies at 79
  • May 20 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, dies at 79
  • May 21 Forsyth Hardy, documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • May 21 Giovanni Goria, Prime Minister of Italy (1987-88), dies
  • May 21 John Henry Weidner, Dutch/US resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • May 22 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, dies at 68
  • May 22 Mitacq [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • May 23 Carl Althoff, German circus director, dies at 82
  • May 24 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • May 24 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • May 24 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
  • May 26 George Ball, American politician and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN, Under Secretary of State), dies at 84
  • May 27 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • May 27 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • May 28 Rita Gillespie, British pioneering TV Director, dies at 65
  • May 28 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, dies at 83
  • May 28 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • May 29 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, dies at 81
  • May 29 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jean Gattegno, French translator and scholar, dies at 58
  • May 30 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • May 30 Marcel Bich, Italian/French baron/pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79