On This Day

Events in History in May 1988

  • 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
Playwright
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

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