What Happened in May 2009

Historical Events

  • May 1 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • May 1 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate
  • May 2 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66
  • May 11 An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.
  • May 15 French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce French narrowly avoided recession in 2008, gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in 1st quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in final quarter of 2008
  • May 15 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
  • May 16 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • May 16 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow
  • May 18 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • May 19 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • May 20 Mexico is the first Latin American country to officially enter recession
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:19:34.6427 (241.913 km/h)
  • May 24 62nd Cannes Film Festival: "The White Ribbon" directed by Michael Haneke wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 25 North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests bulding tensions in the international community.
  • May 25 Thailand’s economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of 2009, contracting the most in a decade and plunging the nation into recession
  • May 26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0
  • May 27 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 17th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Manchester United 2-0 at Rome

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia

HeartWedding of Interest

May 2 Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (32) weds film and stage actor Peter Sarsgaard (38) in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy

  • May 4 Two-time Tony winner singer-actress Bebe Neuwirth (50) weds Napa Valley's Destino vineyard founder Chris Calkins at the Players Club in New York
  • May 8 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados
  • May 9 "The O.C." actress Autumn Reeser (28) weds writer-director Jesse Warren (31) under a 200-year old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California
  • May 15 Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft (32) weds Chicago's public relations executive Joe Waterman (35) at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 16 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 4 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (b. 1926)
  • May 15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Clive Granger
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)