May 2011 in History

Events in History


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May 1 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

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May 2 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 2 The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
  • May 6 The US Department of Labor states that 244,000 jobs were created in April, with 235,000 added in February and 221,000 in March, but unemployment continues to grow, reaching 9%
  • May 13 Portugal slips into double-dip recession after the economy contracts by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2011, with a 0.6% contraction in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • May 13 Romania officially leaves the recession after 2 years following economic growth of an annualised 1.6% in the first quarter
  • May 16 Space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final commission in space
  • May 22 An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

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May 25 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey

Weddings in History

  • May 7 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (b. 1920)

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May 2 Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda and 'the most wanted man in the world' (b. 1957)

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 5 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • May 16 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • May 16 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • May 19 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • May 26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • May 26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • May 29 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • May 29 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • May 29 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)