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Events in History in May 1992

  • May 1 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior

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May 1 Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • May 2 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
  • May 3 Balt's Gregg Olson, 25, is youngest to record 100 saves

USARodney King Riots

May 4 US Army and Marine Corps forces arrive in Los Angeles to end rioting following the acquittal of four police officers over the beating of Rodney King
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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
  • May 7 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • May 7 Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes
  • May 7 US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • May 9 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • May 9 Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War

USASalem Witch Trials

May 9 Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 year anniversary of trials
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Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892
Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892
  • May 10 Bible Lands Museum opens in Jerusalem Israel
  • May 12 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
  • May 13 3 astronauts simultaneous walked in space for the 1st time
  • May 13 Concrete foundation for ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) is poured
  • May 13 Li Hongzhi gave the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.

  • May 14 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
  • May 15 Colombo '92 opens in Genoa Italy
  • May 15 NY department store chain Alexanders announces closing of all 11 stores
  • May 15 Part of Cruger Avenue in Bronx renamed Regis Philbin Avenue
  • May 16 Polls show Perot, Bush & Clinton could be in a deadlock
  • May 16 US space shuttle STS-49 lands (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • May 17 Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk)
  • May 18 US Supreme Court rules states could not force mentally unstable criminal defendants to take anti-psychotic drugs
  • May 19 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary
  • May 19 Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face in an altercation over an affair with her husband, in Massapequa, New York
  • May 19 Englishman Dave Gauder, 224 lbs, pulls 196 ton jumbo jet, 3 inches
  • May 20 India launches its 1st satellite independently

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May 20 At height of "Black May' political crisis in Thailand TV interview broadcast of King Bhumibol Adulyadej demanding Generals Suchinda and Chamlong work together

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • May 21 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 21 NJ senate overrides Governor Florio's veto & lowers sales tax to 6%
  • May 22 India launches its Agni rocket

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May 23 US President George H. W. Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • May 25 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro elected President of Italy
  • May 28 65th National Spelling Bee: Amanda Goad wins spelling lyceum
  • May 30 NY Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48)
  • May 30 UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting
  • May 31 46th Tony Awards: "Dancing at Lughnasa", "Crazy For You" win
  • May 31 5th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,060,000