May 2001 calendar

May 2001

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2001.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2001: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2001?


  • 01 May 2001 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo declares the existence ''a state rebellion'' hours after thousands of supporters of Joseph Estrada were arrested and stormed towards the presidential palace during the height of the EDSA III revolt.
  • 03 May 2001 The United States is losing its seat at the U.N. Human Rights Commission, for the first time since 1947 when the commission was established.
  • 04 May 2001 The Milwaukee Art Museum's addition is the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure to open in the United States.
  • 06 May 2001 Pope John Paul II enters a mosque as the first pope during a trip to Syria.
  • 09 May 2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster, which saw the deaths of 129 Ghanaian football fans, was a tragedy that became well-known in Ghana. After a controversial referee's decision, a stampede that saw teargas fired at stadium police officers caused the deaths.
  • 11 May 2001 Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, a cult science-fiction comedy, has died at the age 49.
  • 12 May 2001 Perry Como, a singer, has died at the age of just 89.
  • 15 May 2001 The first album by American female rock band The Go-Go's in 17 years after the release of 'Talk Show' (1984)
  • 19 May 2001 First Apple Store opens.
  • 21 May 2001 The 2001 Rhode Island quarter-dollar is now in circulation thanks to the US Mint.
  • 22 May 2001 Sherpa Temba, 16 years old, becomes the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest.
  • 24 May 2001 Mountain climbing: Sherpa Temba, 15, becomes the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 25 May 2001 Erik Weihenmayer (32 years old), from Boulder, Colorado becomes the first blind person on Mount Everest.
  • 27 May 2001 After a series of events that created tension between Asian and White communities, the Oldham riots occur in Oldham, UK. This lasted until May 28, 2001.
  • 29 May 2001 After posing as being over 21 at a Texas drinking establishment, Jenna and Barbara Bush were charged with under-age drinking.
  • 06 May 2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 2001?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - All For You
  2. - Lady Marmalade
  3. - Survivor
  4. - Thankyou
  5. - Hanging By A Moment

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Don't Stop Movin'
  2. - Angel
  3. - It's Raining Men
  4. - Do You Really Like It?
  5. - Out Of Reach


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2001?

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit: An American Legend


Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the …

At Any Cost by Bill Sammon

At Any Cost


Extensive, on-the scene reporting combined with exclusive interviews with key figures - including President George W. Bush (Vice President Richard B.

Warrior Class by Dale Brown

Warrior Class


There are many people who want to profit from the world's falling apart. Pavel Kazakov is one of these people. He is a Russian oilman who has close ties with organized crime.

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

The Summerhouse


Jude Deveraux's New York Times Bestseller is a heartwarming and charming exploration of the longings deep within every woman's soul. It features three friends who are given a chance to discover what might have been...

Hollywood Moms by Joyce Ostin

Hollywood Moms


They are immortalized on marquees and in magazines with their names and faces--Susan Sarandon and Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Michelle Pfeiffer --but these women are more than icons.