May 1990 calendar

May 1990

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 1990.
The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 1990: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1990?


  • 01 May 1990 Prelude to a Kiss opens at Helen Hayes Theater, New York City
  • 02 May 1990 Some Americans Abroad opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
  • 04 May 1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger
  • 05 May 1990 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Chris Warren.
  • 06 May 1990 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC
  • 08 May 1990 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway.
  • 09 May 1990 New York Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • 10 May 1990 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella
  • 11 May 1990 New York Yankees trade Dave Winfield to California Angels for Mike Witt.
  • 12 May 1990 3rd time Saturday Night Live uses time delay
  • 13 May 1990 Change in the Heir closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 14 May 1990 Dow Jones Average hits a record 2,821.53
  • 15 May 1990 Cemetery Club opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 16 May 1990 Juventus wins 19th UEFA Cup in Avellino.
  • 17 May 1990 Dow Jones Average hits a record 2,831.71
  • 18 May 1990 Judy Carne arrested at JFK airport on an 11 year old drug warrant
  • 19 May 1990 General Elvis, TV Drama last airs on ABC
  • 20 May 1990 Truly Blessed closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 21 May 1990 Dow Jones Average hits a record 2,844.68
  • 22 May 1990 Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times
  • 23 May 1990 Dow Jones Average hits a record 2,856.26
  • 24 May 1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game
  • 27 May 1990 74th Indianapolis 500 runs; Arie Luyendyk wins with an average speed of 185.981 mph.
  • 28 May 1990 Dave Thomas Comedy Show, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 29 May 1990 An earthquake hit Peru, killing 56
  • 30 May 1990 135 die in a (6.4) earthquake in Peru
  • 31 May 1990 Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles
  • 01 May 1990 Angolan Civil War: The MPLA and UNITA agree to the Bicesse Accords, which are formally signed on May 31 in Lisbon.[14]
vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1990?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Nothing Compares 2 Uyoutube
  2. - Vogueyoutube
  3. - I Wanna Be Rich
  4. - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
  5. - How Can We Be Lovers

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Killer
  2. - World In Motion
  3. - Better The Devil You Know
  4. - Vogueyoutube
  5. - Sacrifice / Healing Hands


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1990?

The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris

The Broken Cord


This controversial bestseller, which received unprecedented media attention, raised national interest in the situation of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children and touched a nerve within all of us.

The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille

The Gold Coast


The Gold Coast is a stretch of Long Island's North Shore that once housed the most wealth and power.

Men At Work by George F. Will

Men At Work


In his classic tribute to America's pastime--now with a new introduction--political commentator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and lifelong sports enthusiast George F.

Family Pictures by Sue Miller

Family Pictures


This is a masterful, engaging novel about the life of a large family that is deeply bound by the stranger in their midstst -- an autistic child

Flashbacks by Morley Safer