May 2008 calendar

May 2008

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2008.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2008: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2008?


  • 01 May 2008 A US navy ship is off Somalia's coast and launches a missile attack against Aden Hashi Ayro's home in Dusamareb. It kills him along with at least ten others. Ayro was the military leader of al-Shabab and held most of Somalia under his control.
  • 02 May 2008 Marvel Entertainment has released Iron Man in theaters across the USA. The film was produced by Marvel at a cost approximately US$150m plus US$75m in marketing.
  • 03 May 2008 The 134th Kentucky Derby takes place at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. Big Brown, the favorite of the race, wins by almost five lengths. Eight Belles, second place finisher, broke both of her front ankles and was immediately put down. The race attendance was 157.770, which is the second largest in the history of the race.
  • 04 May 2008 Cyclone Nargis - Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council declared five states of the Irrawaddy river delta a disaster area after the cyclone that claimed at least 351 lives.
  • 05 May 2008 The record-breaking US$120.36 barrel was the price of crude oil for June delivery.
  • 06 May 2008 William Earl Lynd, 53, is executed in Jackson, Georgia USA by lethal injection. Lynd was convicted in December 1988 of the murder of Ginger Moore.
  • 07 May 2008 Dmitry Medvedev is elected Russia's president.
  • 08 May 2008 H.R. H.R. 5512 The Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008." is passed by the House of Representatives. The bill proposes to change the 1-cent and 5-cent coins into a core made of steel.
  • 09 May 2008 Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's main coalition leader, and Nawaz Sharif, meet in London for talks about the removal of judges from Musharraf
  • 10 May 2008 A tornado EF4 strikes the Oklahoma-Kansas border, killing 21 and injuring more than 100.
  • 11 May 2008 Tornadoes and strong thunderstorms in central America kill 22 people and cause severe damage to the towns of Picher (Oklahoma) and Seneca (Missouri).
  • 12 May 2008 A magnitude of 8.0 earthquake causes over 69,000 deaths in Sichuan, China.
  • 13 May 2008 Many people are killed in the Jaipur bombings, Rajasthan, India.
  • 14 May 2008 Because of the global warming effects, the U.S. government has listed polar bears in its Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.
  • 15 May 2008 After the state's Supreme Court declared a ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, California became the second U.S. State to legalize it in 2004, after Massachusetts.
  • 16 May 2008 Ten people were killed and one critically injured at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation branch in Cabuyao (Laguna, Philippines) during what may have been the most bloody bank robberies in Philippine history. USA 9 people were killed in a bank robbery in the Philippines
  • 17 May 2008 The 133rd Preakness Stakes takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Kent Desormeaux rode the 3-year-old Big Brown, who won by 5 1/4 lengths.
  • 18 May 2008 The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada. Entertainer of The Year: Kenny Chesney
  • 19 May 2008 11 people were killed when Sunni insurgents attacked a minibus transporting police recruits close to the border of Syria and Iraq.
  • 20 May 2008 The US Presidential Democratic Race: Caucus voting results from Kentucky and Oregon give Senator Barak Obama in Illinois a majority pledged delegates.
  • 21 May 2008 The U.S. crude oil prices have risen $5 to US$130/barrel, surpassing the previous day's record of US$134.
  • 22 May 2008 Between 22 May 2008 and 31 May 2008, 235 tornadoes were unleashed by the tornado outbreak sequence. The tornadoes ravaged 19 states and one Canadian province.
  • 23 May 2008 The International Court of Justice (ICJ), awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia, and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh), to Singapore. This ends a 29-year-old territorial dispute between the countries.
  • 24 May 2008 Three people were killed and three others injured in a helicopter accident on Santa Catalina Island near Two Harbors, California.
  • 25 May 2008 NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander touches down in Mars' far north, sending back pictures from a region that was never before seen.
  • 26 May 2008 International Atomic Energy Agency released a report accusing Iran, accusing it of concealing information about alleged nuclear warhead production studies and refusing to stop its uranium enrichment.
  • 27 May 2008 The prices of single-family homes fell by 14.4% in March according to a composite index from Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller of 20 US metropolitan areas. This is a record, compared to a year ago. According to the US Commerce Department, April's sales of new homes were 42 percent lower than a year earlier. This is the largest annual drop in almost 27 years.
  • 28 May 2008 The Constituent Assembly of Nepal officially declares Nepal a republic at its first meeting. This ends the 240-year rule of the Shah dynasty.
  • 29 May 2008 Bear Stearns shareholders voted 84 percent to sell the 85-year old investment banking company to JPMorgan Chase & Company at US$9.32 per share. This would amount to US$1.5 billion. In January 2007, shares of the company reached a record high trading at US$173.
  • 30 May 2008 In the United States, Sameer Mishra wins the 81st Scripps National Spelling Bee, the winning word was ampquotguerdonampquot, a noun meaning a reward. ''(USA Today)''
  • 31 May 2008 NASA's Discovery spacecraft launches from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on a 14-day mission towards the International Space Station. It carries a cylinder for Japan’s Kibo science laboratory and a pump to fix the station's toilet.
  • 02 May 2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Lollipop
  2. - Bleeding Loveyoutube
  3. - Take A Bow
  4. - No Air
  5. - Love In This Club

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - American Boy
  2. - Low
  3. - Mercy
  4. - Black And Gold
  5. - 4 Minutes


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Audition by Barbara Walters



#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER Barbara Walters is the #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER. After fifty years of interviewing world leaders, celebrities, criminals and murderers, as well as movie stars, heads of state, politicians, and inspirational figures, Barbara Walters turned her gift of examination …

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host


The #1 bestseller is now a major motion movie: "Starting and addictive." . . . A story about love, loyalty, and family. -USA TodayMelanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos

Belong To Me


"Marisa De los Santos's belonged to me is my favorite discovery over the years. It's a fantastic page-turner that's also poignant and funny, surprising, and deeply felt Harlan

Bonk by Mary Roach



"Rich in dexterous and hilarious innuendo, laughter-out-loud humor, and illuminating facts. It's addictively readable." --Los Angeles Times Book Review.?Bonk is the best-selling author Stiff. She shares her wild curiosity and insight with readers.

Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett

Swine Not?


Jimmy Buffett, best-selling author, weaves a compelling new story filled with colorful characters and wry humor. He also pursues a very smart pig.