Historical Events in May 2006

  • May 1 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • May 3 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
  • May 3 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • May 5 The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army
  • May 6 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • May 7 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama
  • May 9 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • May 9 George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
  • May 13 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • May 16 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
  • May 17 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
  • May 17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • May 18 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • May 20 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • May 20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens
  • May 21 The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
  • May 21 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • May 22 Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
  • May 23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win
  • May 26 The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • May 27 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h)

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May 28 Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list

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  • May 28 59th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or