May 2006 calendar

May 2006

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2006.
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 2006: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2006?


  • 01 May 2006 The Great American Boycott takes place across the United States as marchers protest for immigration rights.
  • 02 May 2006 Nepal's new cabinet is unveiled. (New York Times)
  • 03 May 2006 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 04 May 2006 A large meteor shower crosses over El Paso, Texas, USA.
  • 05 May 2006 The government of China has made artificial rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing. (Xinhua News)
  • 06 May 2006 The People's Republic of China announces Vatican-approved Paul Pei Junmin will be ordained as a Catholic bishop on Sunday, just days after a diplomatic clash due to the unilateral ordination of two other bishops by Beijing. (Reuters)
  • 07 May 2006 A disgruntled bus driver goes on a rampage in Dublin, Ireland, smashing through stopped and on-coming vehicles as he drives through streets, across tram lines and up the wrong side of a dual-carriageway. One woman is killed and 13 people more injured, including five Gardaí (Irish Police). Armed Gardaí open fire on three occasions to try to stop the bus. (RTÉ News)
  • 08 May 2006 Former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma is acquitted of a rape charge the judge rules that a sexual encounter with a 31-year old HIV-positive woman was consensual. (Guardian)
  • 09 May 2006 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • 10 May 2006 China declassifies its rare diplomatic files from between 1956 and 1960, including records of the Sino-Soviet split. (Xinhua)
  • 11 May 2006 Residents flee Mogadishu as warlords and Islamist militias battle for control of the Somali capital. The death toll in five days of fighting reaches 120. (VoA), (BBC)
  • 12 May 2006 Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital begins in Sao Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead.
  • 13 May 2006 2006 Sao Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • 14 May 2006 Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
  • 15 May 2006 United States President George W. Bush gives a speech proposing major immigration reform in the United States. (Washington Post)
  • 16 May 2006 The United States releases a list of 759 former and current inmates of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba after a Freedom of Information Act action was filed by the Associated Press. (Pentagon list) (The Age)
  • 17 May 2006 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
  • 18 May 2006 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • 19 May 2006 2006 Iranian sumptuary law controversy:
  • 20 May 2006 Ray Nagin is re-elected Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (BBC)
  • 21 May 2006 The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
  • 22 May 2006 For the first time in 175 years a brown bear touched German soil by entering Bavarian territory. The brown bear killed several sheep and caused minor property damage. Even Germany's WWF branch agrees that the bear should be captured or killed because it presents a threat to people. (BBC),1, (BBC),2
  • 23 May 2006 Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
  • 24 May 2006 The United Kingdom government announces plans to overhaul the pension system (BBC)
  • 25 May 2006 Kenneth Lay, CEO of Enron, is indicted on ten counts of securities fraud and related charges.
  • 26 May 2006 The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people and leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • 27 May 2006 The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.
  • 28 May 2006 The body of Canadian diplomat Lewis Brooke Miskell is found in Naples, Italy, three months after his disappearance. (Globe and Mail)
  • 29 May 2006 Sidoarjo mud flow - World's biggest mud volcano was created by the blowout of a natural gas well being drilled in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia. This has resulted in displacement of more than 11,000 persons from eight villages as well as damage to road and power infrastructures. Several (Twenty-five) factories were also abandoned.
  • 30 May 2006 A motion to vote on a bill opening the Three Links between mainland China and Taiwan is defeated for the third time in the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China when a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker tries to eat the written cloture motion. The opposition Pan-Blue Coalition controls the legislature and would have likely passed the bill. (Reuters) (ChinaPost)
  • 31 May 2006 Ohio Republican Thomas Noe pleads guilty to illegally directing $50,000 into the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush. (AP)

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Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Country: United States of America

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Clerks II

Clerks II

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Starring: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane

Red Road

Red Road

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Andrea Arnold

Starring: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press


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The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

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Everyman by Philip Roth



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Full Of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank

Full Of Grace


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Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods

Dark Harbor


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Gone by Jonathan Kellerman



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