What Happened in May 2000

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines Joseph Estrada
President of the Philippines
Joseph Estrada

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 1 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

  • May 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 3 The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
  • May 4 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
  • May 5 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon
  • May 6 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • May 13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage.
  • May 13 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • May 14 46th British Academy Television Awards: "The League of Gentlemen" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
  • May 17 In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.
  • May 20 125th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)

Rapper Eminem
  • May 24 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • May 24 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at Saint-Denis
  • May 25 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
  • May 25 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 2:58:59.431 (269.737 km/h)

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 30 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Angel Sy, Filipina child actor
  • May 10 Shyann McClure, American actress and model

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie (24) weds actor Billy Bob Thornton (44) at The Little Church of The West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

May 6 Actor Noah Wyle (28) weds makeup artist Tracy Warbin

Actor Noah Wyle
Noah Wyle
  • May 9 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

May 10 World champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao (21) weds Jinkee Pacquiao

  • May 20 "Benny and Joon" actress Mary Stuart Masterson (33) weds film director Damon Santostefano
  • May 20 "Stone Temple Pilots" front man Scott Weiland (32) weds model Mary Forsberg (25)

Famous Divorces

  • May 25 Television producer and director Mark Tinker (49) divorces actress and painter Kristin Harmon (54) after 12 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Steve Reeves, American actor (b. 1926)
  • May 3 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • May 5 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • May 6 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • May 7 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (b. 1909)
  • May 8 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • May 8 Henry Nicols, AIDS activist (b. 1973)
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 10 Jules Deschênes, Quebec superior court judge (b. 1923)
  • May 11 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
  • May 12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • May 13 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)
  • May 14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • May 16 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • May 17 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1909)
  • May 18 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • May 18 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar
  • May 19 Yevgeny Khrunov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • May 20 Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)
  • May 21 Barbara Cartland, English author (b. 1901)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur), dies at 96

  • May 21 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • May 24 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • May 25 Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • May 27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Maurice Richard, Canadian hockey player (b. 1921)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • May 27 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)