On This Day

May 2005 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

May 5 Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term in UK general election

  • May 8 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day

Historic Event

May 9 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Historic Event

May 10 A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, it malfunctions and does not detonate

  • May 13 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan

Beatification

May 14 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood

  • May 14 Former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the US Navy, deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. Largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • May 16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote
  • May 29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution
  • May 31 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article

Weddings in History

  • May 7 Lawyer Bobby Shriver (51) weds artist Malissa Feruzzi (41) in Los Angeles, California
  • May 27 "Amazing Race 6" winner Kendra Bentley (25) weds Freddy Holliday (34) in Bal Harbour, Florida

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto) and first black president of the American Psychological Association, dies at 90
  • May 2 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • May 4 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)
  • May 7 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), dies at 95
  • May 12 Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • May 13 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • May 13 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • May 15 Alan B. Gold, Quebec Chief Justice (b. 1917)
  • May 16 Andrew J. Goodpaster, American general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe), dies at 90
  • May 20 Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • May 20 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • May 22 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • May 22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • May 23 Roderick Wright, Scottish Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1990-96), dies at 64
  • May 24 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • May 24 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)
  • May 25 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • May 25 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 40
  • May 29 María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, Spanish marine biologist and oceanographer, dies at 88
  • May 30 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)