On This Day

What Happened in May 2006

Historical Events

  • 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 6 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • May 7 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama
  • May 9 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • May 9 George Preca is canonized as the first Maltese saint in history
  • May 10 Giogio Napolitano is elected President of Italy, first former communist to become President
  • 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 13 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,140): Liverpool beats West Ham United, 3-1 on penalties after 3–3 (a.e.t.); Reds 7th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 René Préval sworn in as President of Haiti for the second time

President of Haiti René Préval
President of Haiti
René Préval
  • 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 17 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • May 18 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country

  • May 20 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • May 20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens
  • 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 21 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Laureus World Sports Awards, Parque del Fórum, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Janica Kostelić; Team: Renault F1 team

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • 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
  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 "Pan's Labyrinth" fantasy film on the Spanish Civil War written and directed by Guillermo del Toro debuts at Cannes
  • May 27 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders retain title with a 19-12 win over the Wellington Hurricanes; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a conversion for the winners
  • May 27 WLAF World Bowl 14, LTU arena, Düsseldorf: Frankfurt Galaxy beats Amsterdam Admirals, 22-7
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 28 Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 28 59th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Oak Tree GC: Jay Haas wins his first of 3 Champions Tour major titles with a birdie on the third playoff hole against Brad Bryant

Famous Weddings

  • May 6 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota
  • May 6 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • May 6 Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Laura Parker-Bowles (28) weds former Calvin Klein model Harry Lopes (28) at Church of Saint Cyriac in Lacock, Wiltshire
  • May 6 "Coronation Street" actress Julia Haworth (26) weds Jon Wormald at St. Stephen's CE Church in Burnley, Lancashire
  • May 6 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France
  • May 7 Actress Tori Spelling (32) weds actor Dean McDermott (39) at Wakaya Club in Wakaya Island, Fiji
  • May 13 Actress Sara Bakker weds Sloan Alexander at the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut
  • May 13 British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • May 16 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • May 19 "Liverpool" goalkeeper Pepe Reina (23) weds Yolanda Ruiz in Cordoba, Spain
  • May 20 "Dog the Bounty Hunter" TV personality Duane Dog Chapman (53) weds Beth Smith at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii
  • May 20 Comedian-actress Mo'Nique (38) weds actor Sidney Hicks in an idyllic island ceremony
  • May 20 Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland
  • May 26 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne
  • May 27 "The Lineup" anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle (37) weds "Idesign" host Eric Villency at the 5-star Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados
  • May 28 "Average Joe" actor Adam Mesh (30) weds Jessica Malca in Miami, Florida
  • May 29 "America's Next Top Model" first winner Adrianne Curry (23) weds "The Brady Bunch" actor Christopher Knight (48) in Joliet, Illinois
  • May 29 Award-winning English actress Tamzin Outhwaite (35) weds former "EastEnders" actor Tom Ellis (26) at All Saints Church in Lullington, Somerset

Famous Divorces

  • May 6 "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (56) divorces plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (63) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 21 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 1 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • May 1 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • May 2 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • May 3 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), dies at 85
  • May 3 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • May 3 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • May 5 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), dies at 81
  • 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 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 8 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

May 11 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 71

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 11 Frankie Thomas, American actor & author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli pop and cabaret singer, and actor dies of cancer at 74
  • May 12 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi 1967-97), dies at 85
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 14 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • May 14 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), dies at 67
  • 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 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • May 21 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), dies at 74
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, dies of stroke at 61
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 22 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American clinical psychologist and pedophile activist, dies at 85
  • May 23 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • May 24 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • May 25 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • May 26 Édouard Michelin, CEO of tire manufacturer Michelin (b. 1963)
  • May 26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • May 26 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 27 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • May 27 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • May 27 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 27 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • May 27 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • May 28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • May 29 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, dies at 75
  • May 30 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • May 30 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), dies at 88
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • 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)
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)