What Happened in May 2010

Historical Events

  • May 1 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • May 1 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Super Saver wins in 2:04.45

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May 1 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

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May 4 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • May 6 The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
  • May 8 The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process.
  • May 8 Barrow AFC won the English FA Trophy at Wembley, this makes them the only team in the world to win it at both the Old & New Wembley stadiums.
  • May 9 Oakland A's Dallas Braden becomes 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game (4-0 vs Tampa Bay)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 11 Imelda Marcos wins election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Ilocos Norte province

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • May 12 An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board.
  • May 15 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • May 15 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47
  • May 18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable

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May 22 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • May 22 18th UEFA Champions League Final: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich 2-0 at Madrid
  • May 23 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0
  • May 23 63rd Cannes Film Festival: "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 1
  • May 29 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • May 29 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 3:05:37.0131 (260.107 km/h)
  • May 31 Shayetet 13 soldiers tried to stop the flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the boarding on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent confrontation had started. It caused the death of 9 activists who were on board, and several more injured activists. Moreover, several israeli soldiers were injured.

Famous Birthdays

  • May 20 Lady Cosima Windsor, daughter of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
  • May 28 Prince Louis of Bourbon, elder son of Prince Louis, Duke of Anjou

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Actor-producer Seth Green (36) weds actress Clare Grant (30) at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch in Nacasio, California

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

HeartWedding of Interest

May 15 Actress and model Danneel Harris (33) weds actor Jensen Ackles (34) at the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas, Texas

  • May 16 British comedian David Walliams (38) weds supermodel Lara Stone (26) at Claridge's Hotel in London

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 "Numb3rs" star David Krumholtz (32) weds actress Vanessa Britting (29) at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

  • May 28 "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (46) weds Erin Kristine Ludwig at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California
  • May 29 "Survivor: Fiji" winner Earl Cole (39) weds pharmacist Shelley Lee at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 29 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Lynn Redgrave, British actress (b. 1943)
  • May 4 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • May 4 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • May 6 Robin Roberts, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • May 9 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist (b. 1928)
  • May 14 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • May 15 Loris Kessel, Swiss racing driver (b. 1950)
  • May 15 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (b. 1942)
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist (b. 1918)
  • May 17 Walasse Ting, Chinese/American painter (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • May 23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • May 23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)
  • May 24 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • May 24 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • May 24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • May 25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • May 25 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • May 25 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • May 25 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)
  • May 26 Jean Constantin, Romanian actor (b. 1928)
  • May 26 Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)
  • May 26 Christopher Moran, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1956)
  • May 26 Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
  • May 26 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • May 27 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • May 28 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 42
  • May 29 Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (b. 1936)
  • May 30 Duff Roblin, Canadian politician (b. 1917).
  • May 31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter (b. 1911)
  • May 31 Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933)
  • May 31 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • May 31 Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist (b. 1947)
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)
  • May 31 Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (b. 1942)

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May 31 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", dies at 59

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney