On This Day

May 2009 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden
  • May 1 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate

Historic Event

May 1 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank

Historic Event

May 9 Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa

  • May 11 An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded
  • May 15 French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies announce French narrowly avoided recession in 2008, gross domestic product shrank 1.2% in 1st quarter of 2009 after falling by 1.5% in final quarter of 2008
  • May 15 Eurostat report that Austria, Belgium, and Romania have all entered recession in the first quarter of 2009

Election of Interest

May 16 India's General Election results announced: the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) under Manmohan Singh returned with an increased mandate

  • May 17 Video game Minecraft is first released to the public while in development
  • May 18 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • May 19 Sri Lanka announces victory in its 25-year war against the terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
  • May 20 Mexico is the first Latin American country to officially enter recession
  • May 24 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Canterbury GC: Michael Allen wins his lone major title by 2 strokes from runner-up Larry Mize
  • May 25 North Korea conducts its second nuclear test while also conducting several missile tests
  • May 25 Thailand’s economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of 2009, contracting the most in a decade and plunging the nation into recession
  • May 27 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years

Historic Publication

May 29 "1Q84" books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami is first published in Japan, sells out the first day (book 3 published 2010)


Weddings in History

  • May 15 Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft (32) weds Chicago's public relations executive Joe Waterman (35) at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 21 Prince Hubertus Michael von Sachsen-Coburg (33) weds investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on a civil ceremony in Coburg, Germany

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), dies at 79
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 6 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, dies at 85
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (co-winner Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998), and educator, dies at 92
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 21 Allen Greenwood, British aeronautical engineer and aerospace executive, dies at 91
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)

Clive Granger

May 27 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, British civil servant who was the last living survivor of the RMS Titanic and also the youngest aboard, dies of pneumonia at 97
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)