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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank

Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar
Businesswoman and CEO of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar
  • May 2 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66
  • May 9 Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa
  • 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
  • May 21 Prince Hubertus Michael von Sachsen-Coburg (33) weds investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on a civil ceremony in Coburg, Germany

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
Economist
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)