On This Day

Events in History in May 2011

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May 1 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

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May 2 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 2 The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
  • May 6 The US Department of Labor states that 244,000 jobs were created in April, with 235,000 added in February and 221,000 in March, but unemployment continues to grow, reaching 9%
  • May 13 Portugal slips into double-dip recession after the economy contracts by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2011, with a 0.6% contraction in the last quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • May 13 Romania officially leaves the recession after 2 years following economic growth of an annualised 1.6% in the first quarter
  • May 16 Space shuttle Endeavour launches on its final commission in space

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May 19 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, project to search for dark matter, led by Samuel C. C. Ting, installed on the International Space Station

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel C. C. Ting
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Samuel C. C. Ting
  • May 22 An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950

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May 25 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey

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May 29 Hong Kong student activist group Scholarism started by Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam

Activist Joshua Wong
Activist
Joshua Wong