May 2009 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 The French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce that French gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in the first quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in the final quarter of 2008; the French economy had avoided narrowly a recession in 2008
  • May 15 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009
  • 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 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 27 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years

Weddings in History

  • May 15 Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft (32) weds Chicago's public relations executive Joe Waterman (35) at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Clive Granger
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)