30 Years of Adam: 1980

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

Adam was born on May 17, 1980, but for some reason, that wasn't the lead story in the papers the next day. No, the big news on that day, in both the Washington Post and the New York Times, was about Cuban protests regarding the treatment of refugees involved in the Mariel boatlift. Sadly, my knowledge of this historical event is limited to the opening crawl from "Scarface" (thus the picture above).

In the world of sports, there was controversy regarding Codex's May 17 victory in the Preakness over Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk. ABC's cameras appeared to show Codex's jockey, Angel Cordero, whipping Genuine Risk in the face, which would be grounds for disqualification. However, the Preakness stewards said they saw no such violation.

The Mets were rained out on May 17, 1980, and stood in last place in the NL East at the end of the day.

Other May 17, 1980 births:

- singer Dallas Taylor
- actress Nicole DuPort
- hockey player Martin Cibak
- basketball player Jerome Beasley