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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2005.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2005: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2005?


Events

  • 01 May 2005 Lenovo Group, the largest Chinese computer company acquires the personal computer business of IBM for US$ 1.25 billion in cash, and Lenovo assumes $500 million of IBM's debt. (Reuters)
  • 02 May 2005 The Pontiac Grand Am car ceases production at the 100 year-old Lansing Car Assembly plant.
  • 03 May 2005 Two United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet jets collide over Iraq while flying a mission in Iraq. The body of one of the pilots is later recovered and an ejected seat was found, but the second one is still missing. (BBC) (Washington Post)
  • 04 May 2005 Israel freezes the handover of West Bank Palestinian towns to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims they will resume the handover process when militant groups are disarmed. The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, had agreed to hand over five West Bank towns to Palestinian control, but thus far has only handed over Tulkarm and Jericho. (BBC)
  • 05 May 2005 Labour government of Tony Blair in the United Kingdom wins a third successive general election.
  • 06 May 2005 The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rules that the FCC overstepped its authority in attempting to impose the "broadcast flag" on hardware manufacturers. (News.com) (EFF)
  • 07 May 2005 Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble, the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped reach the Good Friday Agreement, resigns from the leadership post he has held for ten years, after losing his seat in the British general election the previous day. (BBC)
  • 08 May 2005 Point guard Steve Nash of the NBA's Phoenix Suns makes history by becoming the first Canadian to win the NBA's MVP award. Nash edges out Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat by seven votes to win the award. (CBC)
  • 09 May 2005 Iran admits to having converted thirty-seven tons of raw uranium into a gas, a key step in uranium enrichment. (The Guardian)
  • 10 May 2005 Leaders in Indonesia visit Suharto, the nation's former president, who is hospitalized with what has been diagnosed as intestinal bleeding. (Yahoo)
  • 11 May 2005 Serial killer Michael Ross becomes the first person executed in New England in 45 years.
  • 12 May 2005 Malcolm Glazer wins control of UK football team Manchester United F.C. after securing a 70% share. (BBC) (ABC News) (NY Times)
  • 13 May 2005 The United States Department of Defense issues a list of bases to be closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC 2005).
  • 14 May 2005 The former USS America, a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • 15 May 2005 Israeli-Palestinian conflict:: Shin Bet head Avi Dichter finishes his 5-year term and Yuval Diskin is appointed as his replacement. (Ynet)Israeli right wing students begin a hunger strike in protest of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan of 2004. (Haaretz) (Ynet)
  • 16 May 2005 George Galloway appears before a U.S. Senate committee, to answer allegations of making money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
  • 17 May 2005 Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote.
  • 18 May 2005 According to a spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, a hand grenade found among spectators during a speech by U.S. President George W. Bush last week in Tbilisi failed to function, although it was live and could have exploded. It was originally thought to have been a dummy grenade. (CNN)
  • 19 May 2005 Scientists discover that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the longest ever recorded — lasting nearly ten minutes when most powerful earthquakes last no more than a few seconds — and shook the entire planet. (CNN)
  • 20 May 2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith reaches a record high at the box offices on opening day with $50 million on 9,400 screens at 3,661 theaters worldwide, edging out Spider-Man 2's top opening day record of $40.4 million and Shrek 2's top single day record of $44.8 million. (marketwatch) (AP via Yahoo! News) (Link dead as of 02:43, 15 January 2007 (UTC)), (boxofficemojo.com)
  • 21 May 2005 Kingda Ka the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 22 May 2005 In Shenzhen, China, what is believed to be the largest urban demolition blast in China uses 1,500 lb (680 kg) of explosives to simultaneously topple 16 tower blocks. Because of misplaced charges, one tower does not topple, but is reduced from 14 stories to 12, and will have to be demolished manually. (Xinhua (Pictures)) (The Star (Malaysia)) (Boston Globe).
  • 23 May 2005 Channel 10, an Israeli television station, broadcasts footage of what it claims is Israeli Defence Forces using a Palestinian youth as a human shield against rock-throwers in the West Bank. The IDF denies the allegation. (Haaretz)
  • 24 May 2005 Conflict in Iraq: At least five Iraqis and seven US Soldiers have been killed following a spate of bombings in Iraq. (BBC)
  • 25 May 2005 At Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Liverpool F.C. scores three goals in six minutes to tie the game and after extra-time goes on to defeat AC Milan 3-2 in a penalty shootout to win its first UEFA Champions League title since 1984. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladmir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelled he game in the second half.Liverpool eventually winning 3-2 on penalties In one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history
  • 26 May 2005 Elections in Suriname: Preliminary results show Suriname's ruling coalition survived an election challenge from former dictator Dési Bouterse in this former Dutch colony. (Guardian Unlimited)
  • 27 May 2005 Australian Schapelle Corby is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kerobokan Prison for drug smuggling by a court in Indonesia.
  • 28 May 2005 The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London, commonly known as Big Ben, renowned for its accuracy and chimes, stopped ticking for 90 minutes, an engineer said Saturday. (BBC)
  • 29 May 2005 A London newspaper reports that Merrill Lynch, New York, is trying to persuade at least seventeen members of the corporate derivatives team of rival investment bank JP Morgan to defect. An anonymous source/headhunter quoted in the newspaper predicted that the seventeen will be working at Merrill Lynch by the end of the summer. (Reuters)
  • 30 May 2005 In Prague, Prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani of Qatar has been found guilty of sexually abusing girls younger than 15 from 2001 and 2004 and sentenced to 30 months in prison. (BBC)
  • 31 May 2005 Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.

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Movies

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Country: United States of America

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Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Country: United States of America

Match Point

Match Point

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode

Country: United States of America

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Country: United States of America

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in May 2005?
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Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saturday

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In his triumphant new novel, Ian McEwan, the bestselling author of Atonement, follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish.

Under And Alone by William Queen

Under And Alone

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In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork.

The Broker by John Grisham

The Broker

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison.

You: The Owner's Manual by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

You: The Owner's Manual

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The #1 bestseller that gives YOU complete control over your body and your health.With new health studies and advice bombarding us every day, few people know much about what chugs, churns, and thumps throughout the miraculous system that is the …

One Soldier'S Story by Bob Dole

One Soldier'S Story

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Before he became one of America's most respected statesmen, Bob Dole was an average citizen serving heroically for his country. The bravery he showed after suffering near-fatal injuries in the final