May 2001 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
  • May 4 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.

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May 6 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 10 In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
  • May 13 Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing "House of Freedoms" coalition wins the Italian general election.

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May 17 US President George W. Bush calls for reduced regulations to encourage more oil, gas, and nuclear production

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 18 Saudi Arabia selects the eight foreign companies to take part in its "Gas Initiative," three core venture gas projects that have an anticipated worth of $25 billion
  • May 21 French Taubira law officially recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
  • May 21 The Enron Corporation's power generating venture in India, the Dabhol Power Company, serves formal notice that it will terminate its power supply contract and pull out
  • May 24 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • May 24 The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
  • May 24 The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
  • May 25 32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • May 29 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
  • May 29 Natural gas futures plunge 6% to a 10-month low on speculation that growing US inventories will help power plants meet summer demand for air-conditioning

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher

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May 11 Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)

  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)

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May 13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (b. 1906)

Novelist R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan
  • May 13 Jason Miller, American playwright (b. 1939)
  • May 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician (b. 1927)