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May 2007 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 1 Christopher Hitchens publishes his bestseller "God is not Great" making a case against organized religion

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens
  • May 3 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal
  • May 4 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado
  • May 4 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever
  • May 5 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • May 7 Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness

BeatificationCanonization

May 11 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 12 Riots in Karachi, Pakistan are started by the arrival at Karachi's airport of independently minded Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and go on to kill 48 people
  • May 13 Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins.
  • May 13 5th Republic protest in support of state secularism held in İzmir, Turkey
  • May 16 Alex Salmond is elected First Minister of Scotland. He is first Scottish National Party leader to be elected First Minister after winning a historic victory at the Scottish general election on the 3rd May.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Nicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • May 17 Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized Zone since 1953.
  • May 17 Demolition work begins at Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium to be replaced by the new Aviva Stadium, opened in 2010
  • May 21 Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.

RussiaOstankino Tower

May 25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time

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Ostankino Tower, Moscow
Ostankino Tower, Moscow
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Deaths in History

  • May 3 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • May 3 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • May 5 Theodore Harold Maiman, American Inventor and engineer (created 1st working laser), dies at 79
  • May 6 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • May 7 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran, dies at 106
  • May 10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • May 10 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84
  • May 11 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa, dies at 94
  • May 11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • May 12 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • May 14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • May 14 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Jerry Falwell, American TV evangelist, founder of Liberty University, dies at 73
  • May 17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • May 19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • May 27 Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and known as "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon.", dies at 87
  • May 28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • May 29 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • May 29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)