May 2005 calendar

May 2005

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2005?


  • 01 May 2005 The largest Chinese computer company, Lenovo Group, acquires IBM's personal computer business for US$ 1.25 Billion in cash and assumes 500 million of IBM’s debt.
  • 02 May 2005 Pontiac Grand Am's car is no longer produced at the Lansing Car Assembly plant, which dates back to 100 years.
  • 03 May 2005 Two F/A-18 Hornet F/A-18 Marine Corps jets collided over Iraq during a mission in Iraq. One of the pilots was later found dead and an ejected chair was recovered. The second seat is still missing.
  • 04 May 2005 Israel blocks the transfer of West Bank Palestinian villages to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims that they will resume handover when militant groups are disarmed. Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, had previously agreed to transfer five West Bank cities to Palestinian control. However, he has so far only transferred Tulkarm or Jericho.
  • 05 May 2005 The third consecutive general election is won by the Labour government of Tony Blair, United Kingdom.
  • 06 May 2005 The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the FCC exceeded its authority by trying to impose the "broadcast Flag" on hardware manufacturers.
  • 07 May 2005 David Trimble, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, has resigned from his leadership position. He had lost his seat in the British general elections the day before.
  • 08 May 2005 Steve Nash, the NBA's Phoenix Suns' point guard, becomes the first Canadian to receive the NBA's MVP Award. By seven votes, Nash beat Shaquille Oleal of Miami Heat to win the award.
  • 09 May 2005 Iran has admitted to having converted 37 tons of raw uranium to a gas, which is a crucial step in uranium enrichment.
  • 10 May 2005 Indonesian leaders visit Suharto, the former president of the country, who is being treated for intestinal bleeding.
  • 11 May 2005 Michael Ross, a serial killer, is executed for the first time in New England in over 45 years.
  • 12 May 2005 Malcolm Glazer takes control of the UK football team Manchester United F.C. After securing a 70% stake.
  • 13 May 2005 The United States Department of Defense releases a list of bases that will be closed under the Base Realignment and Closure process, 2005 (BRAC 2005).
  • 14 May 2005 After four weeks of live fire exercises, the USS America, a former supercarrier decommissioned by the United States Navy is intentionally sunk in Atlantic Ocean. This is the largest ever ship to be destroyed as a target during a military exercise.
  • 15 May 2005 Conflict between Israeli and Palestinians: Shin Bet head Avi Dichter is out of office after a 5-year term. Yuval Diskin was elected his replacement. (Ynet.) Students of right-wing Israel go on hunger strike to protest the 2004 Israel unilateral disengagement plan.
  • 16 May 2005 George Galloway is appearing before a U.S. Senate Committee to answer allegations that he made money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
  • 17 May 2005 Kuwaiti women have the right to vote
  • 18 May 2005 A spokesman from the Georgian Interior Ministry said that a handgrenade discovered amongst spectators at a speech by President George W. Bush in Tbilisi last week failed to work, even though it was live and could have exploded. Initial thought was that it was a dummy bomb.
  • 19 May 2005 Scientists have discovered that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the longest recorded. It lasted almost ten minutes, whereas most powerful earthquakes only last a few seconds. This earthquake shook the entire globe.
  • 20 May 2005 Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith opens at a record box office with $50 million at 9,400 screens in 3,661 theaters around the world. This surpasses Spider-Man 2’s $40.4 million opening day record and Shrek 2’s $44.8 million single-day record. (marketwatch). (AP via Yahoo! News (Link dead at 02:43 on 15 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 21 May 2005 Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster on the planet, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 22 May 2005 China's Shenzhen has the largest urban demolition blast. It uses 1,500 lb (680kg) of explosives and topples 16 tower blocks simultaneously. One tower doesn't topple due to misplaced charges. However, it is reduced from 14 to 12 stories and will need to be demolished manually. (Xinhua (Pictures), (The Star (Malaysia),) (Boston Globe).
  • 23 May 2005 Channel 10, an Israeli television station broadcasts footage showing what it claims to be Israeli Defence Forces using a Palestinian teenager as a human shield in their battle against rock-throwers on the West Bank. The IDF refutes the claim.
  • 24 May 2005 Conflict in Iraq: A spate of bombings has left at least five Iraqis dead and seven US soldiers wounded.
  • 25 May 2005 Liverpool F.C. plays at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Liverpool F.C. scores three goals in six minutes and tie the game. After extra-time, AC Milan is defeated 3-2 by Liverpool F.C. in a penalty shootout. This marks AC Milan's first UEFA Champions League title since 1984. The second half saw goals from Steven Gerrard and Vladmir Smicer, as well as Xabi Alonso. Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties in one of the greatest sporting comebacks.
  • 26 May 2005 Elections in Suriname. Preliminary results show that Suriname's ruling alliance survived a challenge by former dictator Desi Bouterse, a former Dutch colony.
  • 27 May 2005 Australian Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 Years in Kerobokan Prison after being convicted of drug smuggling.
  • 28 May 2005 An engineer stated Saturday that the clock tower at Palace of Westminster, London, also known as Big Ben for its accuracy and chimes stopped ticking after 90 minutes.
  • 29 May 2005 According to a London newspaper, Merrill Lynch, New York is trying to convince at least seventeen employees of JP Morgan's corporate derivatives team to leave. According to a newspaper report, an anonymous headhunter predicted that all seventeen would be working for Merrill Lynch by the end the summer.
  • 30 May 2005 Prague, Prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani from Qatar was found guilty of abusing girls under 15 years old between 2001 and 2004. He was sentenced to 30 month imprisonment.
  • 31 May 2005 Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was "Deep Throat".
  • 13 May 2005 Andijan uprising, Uzbekistan; Troops open fire on crowds of protestors after a prison break; at least 187 people were killed according to official estimates.
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Which were the top hits in May 2005?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Candy Shop
  2. - Hollaback Girlyoutube
  3. - Hate It Or Love It
  4. - Oh
  5. - We Belong Togetheryoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Lonely
  2. - Feel Good Inc
  3. - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
  4. - Signs
  5. - Hate It Or Love It


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2005?

With No One As Witness by Elizabeth George

With No One As Witness


"[A] juicy serial killer whodunit."--USA Today"Delicately textured...achingly compassionate....It's one of George's best, and that's saying something."--Seattle Times The 13th novel in Elizabeth George's acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Inspector Linley crime

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven


This paperback edition, with flaps, of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Eddie is a veteran of World War II who feels trapped in his life fixing rides at a beach amusement park.

Down Came The Rain by Brooke Shields

Down Came The Rain


Brooke Shields, now in paperback, shares her personal story of postpartum depression. Brooke Shields welcomed her daughter, Brooke Shields, to the world.

Company Man by Joseph Finder

Company Man


"A high-octane thrill riding!" Paranoia - San Francisco Chronicle

The Innocent by Harlan Coben

The Innocent


He never meant to be killed .... Matt Hunter tried innocently to end a fight one night and ended up being a murderer. Nine years later, he is an ex-con and takes no prisoners.