Historical Events in May 2009

  • 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