On This Day

Historical Events in May 2008

  • May 1 The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
  • May 2 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless

Film Release

May 2 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

  • May 3 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins by nearly 5 lengths; runner-up Eight Belles euthanised after fracturing both front ankles; first fatality in Derby history

Agreement of Interest

May 4 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

Album Release

May 5 American/Columbia Records releases "Home Before Dark", the twenty-seventh studio album by Neil Diamond; tops charts in US, UK and NZ

  • May 6 Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.

Historic Event

May 7 Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation

Music Concert

May 8 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Chris Botti, Feist, Roberto Alagna, and Natalie Clein

Historic Event

May 10 Philippine court acquits Imelda Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts

TV Show Appearance

May 11 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

  • May 11 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sergio García of Spain claims the biggest win of his career to date in a sudden-death playoff over American Paul Goydos
  • May 12 Wenchuan earthquake, measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 87,000, injuring 374,643 and leaving homeless between 4.8 million and 11 million people
  • May 15 California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.
  • May 17 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • May 17 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (82,752): Portsmouth beats Cardiff City, 1-0; Nwankwo Kanu scores 37' winner
  • May 18 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1

Music Awards

May 18 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 21 UEFA Champions League Final, Moscow: Manchester United beats Chelsea, 6-5 on penalties after scores tied at 1-1 after extra time; first all-English final in the competition's history
  • May 23 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.
  • May 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon of New Zealand wins ahead of Vítor Meira and Marco Andretti; 19th winner from pole and first victor from NZ
  • May 25 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 25 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jay Haas wins his second title in the event by 1 stroke from Germany’s Bernhard Langer

  • May 28 The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.

World Record

May 31 Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds

  • May 31 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders claim their 7th title with a 20-12 win over NSW Waratahs; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a dropped goal for the home team