What Happened in May 2007

Historical Events

  • May 1 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • May 3 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
  • May 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
  • May 4 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • May 5 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17

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May 6 "Shrek the Third" directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.

  • May 7 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
  • May 8 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

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May 11 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
  • May 12 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • May 13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey

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May 15 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win

  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

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May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • May 17 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • May 19 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46

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May 19 "Sicko" a documentary on the US health care system, directed by Michael Moore has its premiere at the Cannes Film festival.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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May 19 "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", directed by Gore Verbinksi, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom premieres in Anaheim - most expensive film ($300 million) made at the time

  • May 19 Coen brothers film "No Country for Old Men", based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Best Picture 2008)
  • May 19 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • May 20 53rd British Academy Television Awards: "That Mitchell and Webb Look" Best Comedy, "The Street" Best Drama
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 22 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 23 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.5608 (244.257 km/h)
  • May 27 60th Cannes Film Festival: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" directed by Cristian Mungiu wins the Palme d'Or

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 Actress and singer Brittany Murphy (29) weds writer and director Simon Monjack (37) at their home in Los Angeles City

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5 "Scream" actress Neve Campbell (33) weds actor John Light (32) in Malibu

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Neve Campbell
  • May 6 Evanescence singer Amy Lee (25) weds Josh Hartzler (29) in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • May 6 "The Fast and the Furious" actress Jordana Brewster (27) weds movie producer Andrew Form (38) in Bahamas

HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Grammy award-winning singer Amy Winehouse (23) weds former video production assistant Blake Fielder-Civil (25) in Miami, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • May 3 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • May 3 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • May 3 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • May 5 Theodore Harold Maiman, Inventor (b. 1927)
  • May 6 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • May 6 Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • May 7 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • May 7 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 9 Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room refused to treat (b. 1964)
  • May 10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • May 11 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)
  • May 11 Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American author (b. 1918)
  • May 12 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • May 12 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (b. 1936)
  • May 14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • May 14 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Jerry Falwell, American evangelist (b. 1933)
  • May 15 Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
  • May 17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
  • May 18 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer and movie actor (b. 1932)
  • May 19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • May 20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • May 25 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor and host (b. 1931)
  • May 26 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • May 27 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • May 27 Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • May 27 Gretchen Wyler, American actress (b. 1932)
  • May 28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • May 28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • May 29 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • May 29 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • May 29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Jean-Claude Brialy, French actor and author (b. 1933)