What Happened in May 2005

Historical Events

  • May 5 The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.
  • May 7 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • May 8 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

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May 9 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington

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May 10 A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 13 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.

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May 14 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 14 The former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.

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May 15 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • May 17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win
  • May 21 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • May 21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev
  • May 22 58th Cannes Film Festival: "The Child" directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 25 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • May 29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)
  • May 31 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article

Famous Weddings

  • May 7 "Growing Pains" actress Alan Thicke (58) weds model Tanya Callau at The One and Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • May 7 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 7 Lawyer Bobby Shriver (51) weds artist Malissa Feruzzi (41) in Los Angeles
  • May 9 Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

HeartWedding of Interest

May 10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • May 12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • May 14 The Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Jason Priestley (35) weds British makeup artist Naomi Lowde at the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • May 18 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California
  • May 21 "Second Time Around" actor Boris Kodjoe (32) weds "Soul Food" actress Nicole Ari Parker (34) in Gundelfingen, Germany
  • May 22 "Alias" actor Kevin Weisman (34) weds Jodi Tanowitz at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California
  • May 27 "Amazing Race 6" winner Kendra Bentley (25) weds Freddy Holliday (34) in Bal Harbour, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 Politician Justin Trudeau (33) weds tv host Sophie Grégoire (30) in a Catholic ceremony at Montreal's Sainte-Madeleine d'Outremont Church

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Kenneth B. Clark, American psychologist (b. 1914)
  • May 2 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • May 4 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)
  • May 7 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
  • May 7 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • May 8 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • May 9 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • May 10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • May 11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917)
  • May 12 Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • May 12 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • May 13 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • May 13 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • May 13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Alan B. Gold, Quebec Chief Justice (b. 1917)
  • May 17 Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
  • May 19 Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • May 20 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • May 21 Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)
  • May 22 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • May 22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • May 24 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • May 24 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)
  • May 25 Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician (b. 1929)
  • May 25 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • May 25 Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • May 25 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • May 25 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (b. 1965)

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May 26 Eddie Albert, American actor (Roman Holiday), dies of pneumonia at 99

  • May 26 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 29 George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918)
  • May 30 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)