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 As protesters demonstrate for their rights to immigration, the Great American Boycott is held across the United States.
  • 02 May 2006 The new cabinet of Nepal has been unveiled.
  • 03 May 2006 Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life imprisonment in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 04 May 2006 A large meteor shower crosses over El Paso, Texas, USA.
  • 05 May 2006 China's government has created artificial rain to wash Beijing with sand and dust.
  • 06 May 2006 The People's Republic of China announced that Vatican-approved Paul Pei Junmin will be ordained as Catholic bishop on Sunday. This announcement comes just days after diplomatic tensions arising from the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing.
  • 07 May 2006 Disgruntled bus driver sets out on a rampage through Dublin, Ireland. He smashes through oncoming and stopped vehicles, drives across tram lines, and takes the wrong side of a dual carriageway. One woman is killed, and 13 others are injured, including five Gardai. Three times, armed Gardai opened fire to stop the bus.
  • 08 May 2006 Jacob Zuma, former South African deputy president, is cleared of a rape accusation. The judge rules that Jacob Zuma had sex with a 31 year old HIV-positive lady consensually.
  • 09 May 2006 Estonia ratifies European Constitution
  • 10 May 2006 China has declassified its diplomatic files, including records from the Sino-Soviet split, between 1956 and 1960.
  • 11 May 2006 Residents flee Mogadishu, as Islamist militias and warlords fight for control of Somali capital. 120 people have been killed in five days of fighting. (VoA),
  • 12 May 2006 Mass unrest caused by the Primeiro Comando da Capital in Sao Paulo (Brazil) leaves at least 150 people dead.
  • 13 May 2006 2006 Sao Paulo violence: A major rebellion takes place in several Brazilian prisons.
  • 14 May 2006 Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
  • 15 May 2006 United States President George W. Bush delivers a speech proposing major reforms in immigration.
  • 16 May 2006 After a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, the United States released a list of 759 Guantanamo Bay prisoners in Cuba.
  • 17 May 2006 As an artificial reef, the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier is submerged in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 18 May 2006 Loktantra andolan's government approves a landmark bill that reduces the power of the monarchy, making Nepal a secular nation.
  • 19 May 2006 The 2006 Iranian sumptuary Law controversy
  • 20 May 2006 Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans in Louisiana, USA, is reelected
  • 21 May 2006 A referendum is held in Montenegro to decide independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. With a majority vote of 55%, the Montenegrins voted for independence.
  • 22 May 2006 A brown bear entered Bavarian territory for the first time in 175 year. A brown bear attacked several sheep, causing minor damage to property. The bear poses a threat to humans, even Germany's WWF branch. (BBC),1, (BBC),2
  • 23 May 2006 Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
  • 24 May 2006 The United Kingdom government announces plans for overhauling the pension system
  • 25 May 2006 Kenneth Lay, the CEO of Enron is indicted for ten counts related to securities fraud.
  • 26 May 2006 Over 5,700 people are killed and 200,000 are left homeless by the Java earthquake in May 2006.
  • 27 May 2006 At 5:53.58 AM local time (22.53.58 UTC May 26), the Java earthquake of May 2006 causes Bantul and Yogyakarta to be stricken, resulting in over 6,600 deaths.
  • 28 May 2006 Three months after his disappearance, the body of Lewis Brooke Miskell, a Canadian diplomat, was found in Naples, Italy.
  • 29 May 2006 Sidoarjo Mud Flow - The explosion of a natural gas well in the Subdistrict of Porong in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia created the world's largest mud volcano. More than 11,000 people were forced from their homes in eight villages, and there was also damage to the road and power infrastructures. Many (Twenty-five!) factories were also abandoned.
  • 30 May 2006 The Legislative Yuan of China defeats a motion to vote on the bill that opens the Three Links between Taiwan and mainland China. A lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party tries to block the written cloture motion. The legislature is controlled by the Pan-Blue Coalition opposition, which would have probably passed the bill.
  • 31 May 2006 Ohio Republican Thomas Noe pleads guilty for illegally directing $50,000 to President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
  • 03 May 2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea near Sochi International Airport in Sochi, Russia, killing 113 people.
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Bad Dayyoutube
  2. - SOSyoutube
  3. - Temperatureyoutube
  4. - What You Know
  5. - Ridin'

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Crazy
  2. - From Paris To Berlin
  3. - SOSyoutube
  4. - Control Myself
  5. - Dani California


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2006?

Chasing Destiny by Eric Jerome Dickey

Chasing Destiny


Billie is just as famous for her beauty than she is for her hot yellow Ducati motorcycle that she rides down L.A.’s most dangerous streets.

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick



"Vivid, remarkably fresh...Philbrick recasts the Pilgrims to the ages." The New York Times Book ReviewFinalist in the Pulitzer Prize for HistoryNew York Times Book Review Top Ten Books of the YearHow did America start? This simple question leads the author …

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead


Sookie Stackhouse, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, was very sad to lose one of her relatives. She never imagined that her cousin Hadley, a cousin of hers, would become her.

The Political Zoo by Michael Savage

The Political Zoo


Ladies and gentlemen, we are the national zoo! Aristotle stated, "Man is an animal of politics." Michael Savage, talk radio sensation and New York Times bestseller, is afraid.

Digging To America by Anne Tyler

Digging To America


Anne Tyler's most rich, deeply-searching novel. It is a story about American life and Maryam Yazdan, an Iranian-born woman who must come home after 35 years.