Historical Events in May 2005

  • 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