May 2006 in History

Events in History

  • 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 9 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • May 9 George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
  • May 12 A major rebellion occurs in São Paulo as members of criminal organization Primeiro Comando da Capital attack police officers and stations, eventually escalating to several prisons in Brazil leaving around 130 dead
  • 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 18 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • 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 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 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

Weddings in History

  • May 13 British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • May 19 "Liverpool" goalkeeper Pepe Reina (23) weds Yolanda Ruiz in Cordoba, Spain
  • May 27 "The Lineup" anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle (37) weds "Idesign" host Eric Villency at the 5-star Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • May 2 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • May 3 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • May 3 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • May 6 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • May 6 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • May 7 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • May 7 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American newspaper editor (b. 1922)
  • May 12 Gillespie V. Montgomery, former U.S. representative from Mississippi (b. 1920)
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • May 17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy" (b. 1972)
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization (b. 1945)
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman (b. 1949)
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American activist (b. 1920)
  • May 24 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 26 Édouard Michelin, CEO of Michelin (b. 1963)
  • May 27 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 27 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • May 29 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Quebec advertising executive (b. 1930)
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 31 Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)
  • May 31 Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933)
  • May 31 Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)