On This Day

Historical Events in May 2000

Historic Event

May 1 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion

Film Premiere

May 1 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)

Baseball Record

May 1 Barry Bonds is first MLB player to hit a homer into San Francisco Bay as Giants beat Mets, 10-3; hits 35 there during his SF career

  • May 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.

Historic Event

May 2 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military

  • May 3 The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
  • May 4 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London
  • May 5 Conjunction of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon
  • May 6 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • May 10 India's population reaches 1 billion, baby girl Aastha born at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital chosen as symbolic billionth
  • May 11 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • May 12 Tate Modern art gallery opens in the re-designed Bankside Power station by Herzog & de Meuron in London, England
  • May 13 In Enschede, the Netherlands, a fireworks factory explodes, killing 22 people, wounding 950, and resulting in approximately €450 million in damage
  • May 13 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm
  • May 14 46th British Academy Television Awards: "The League of Gentlemen" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
  • May 14 "Yi Yi" Taiwanese film by Edward Yang debuts at Cannes
  • May 17 In the Philippines an explosion rocks Glorietta 2 injuring 13 persons, mostly teenagers. According to local authorities, the homemade bomb was placed in front of a toilet beside a video arcade.
  • May 20 125th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00
  • May 20 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (78,217): Chelsea beats Aston Villa, 1-0; Roberto Di Matteo scores 73' winner

Album Release

May 23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album, 2001)

  • May 24 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • May 24 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at Saint-Denis
  • May 25 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

Cannes Film Festival

May 25 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

Laureus Awards

May 25 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Tiger Woods; Sportswoman: Marion Jones (rescinded); Team: Manchester United FC

  • May 26 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3

Knighthood

May 26 Arthur C. Clarke is knighted "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • May 27 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • May 27 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: Crusaders claim their 3rd consecutive title with a 20-19 win over the ACT Brumbies; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 5 penalties for the winners
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: reigning CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya leads for 167 laps to cruise to victory; first rookie winner since Graham Hill 1966