May 2007 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
  • May 3 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
  • May 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
  • May 4 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • May 7 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
  • May 8 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

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May 11 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city.
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • May 13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is the first Scottish National Party leader to be elected as First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

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May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • May 17 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.
  • May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time.

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • May 3 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • May 5 Theodore Harold Maiman, Inventor (b. 1927)
  • May 6 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • May 7 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 9 Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room refused to treat (b. 1964)
  • May 10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • May 11 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)
  • May 11 Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American author (b. 1918)
  • May 12 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • May 14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • May 14 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Jerry Falwell, American evangelist (b. 1933)
  • May 17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist (b. 1932)
  • May 19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • May 27 Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • May 28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • May 29 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • May 29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)