May 2009 calendar

May 2009

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2009.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2009: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2009?


  • 01 May 2009 Sweden has legalized same-sex marriage.
  • 02 May 2009 Holiday World, Indiana, USA: The Pilgrim’s Plunge water slide opens. It is the largest water ride drop in the world at 131 feet and has a 45-degree slope.
  • 03 May 2009 Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda resigns.
  • 04 May 2009 Dominick DeLuise (American comic actor, Blazing Saddles and The Cannonball Run), Smokey and the Bandit II, has died at 75 from prostate cancer.
  • 05 May 2009 Worldwide, 1,490 cases have been confirmed to be swine flu.
  • 06 May 2009 The European Parliament delayed its planned reform of the European Union’s telecommunications policy.
  • 07 May 2009 A 40-hour siege in Napier by a single gunman begins with over 100 New Zealand Police officers.
  • 08 May 2009 Fannie Mae, America's largest provider of home mortgage financing, reported a loss of US$23.2 billion for the first quarter and is seeking additional US$19 billion from the US Treasury.
  • 09 May 2009 The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants' ban list now includes nine chemical substances.
  • 10 May 2009 The H1N1 influenza virus kills a third of the US citizens and spreads to Australia, Japan and other countries.
  • 11 May 2009 Atlantis, the NASA spaceship, launches from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 12 May 2009 The Liberal Party won a majority of seats at the British Columbia general election.
  • 13 May 2009 United States President Barack Obama declares May 2009 Jewish American Heritage Month.
  • 14 May 2009 Chrysler closes 789 dealerships in the US.
  • 15 May 2009 US President Barack Obama nominated Rosa Gumataotao Rios as the next US Treasurer.
  • 16 May 2009 The 134th Preakness Stakes runs in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Calvin Borel rides Rachel Alexandra, the first win for any philly since 1924.
  • 17 May 2009 Al-Shabaab seizes Jowhar (Somalia) from the Transitional Federal Government.
  • 18 May 2009 Sri Lankan Civil War. The LTTE have been defeated by the Sri Lankan government. This brings an end to almost 26 years worth of fighting between these two sides.
  • 19 May 2009 The United States Government Accountability Office warns against the possibility of the Global Positioning System failing by 2010.
  • 20 May 2009 For misconduct, the House of Lords of the United Kingdom suspends Thomas Taylor & Peter Truscott from November to November
  • 21 May 2009 Linda Fleming (66-year-old US lady with advanced cancer) becomes the first to die under a new Washington State assisted suicide law.
  • 22 May 2009 Haitian floods have killed at least 11 people.
  • 23 May 2009 Roh Moo-hyun (ex-President of South Korea), who is being investigated for alleged bribery during the presidential term, commits suicide.
  • 24 May 2009 Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian driver, wins the 93rd Indianapolis 500 in automobile racing.
  • 25 May 2009 North Korea is said to have tested its second nuclear weapon. Pyongyang conducted missile tests after the nuclear test. This increased tensions within the international community.
  • 26 May 2009 Barack Obama, the US President, announces that Sonia Sotomayor will be appointed to the Supreme Court.
  • 27 May 2009 Heritage Numismatic Auctions holds a Central States Signature Auction from May 31 to June 1.
  • 28 May 2009 General Motors requests Germany to repay its subsidiaries Opel Motors and Vauxhall Motors.
  • 29 May 2009 Heritage Auction Galleries holds their Signature auction in Long Beach (California). The best-known 1856-O Coronet double-eagle SP-63 PCGS sells for US$1,4375,000
  • 30 May 2009 To win the 2009 Super 14 rugby union championship, the South Africa Bulls beat New Zealand Chiefs.
  • 31 May 2009 The People's Justice Party wins Penanti, Penang, Malaysia by-election.
  • 01 May 2009 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
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Music charts

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  1. - Boom Boom Powyoutube
  2. - Poker Face
  3. - Blame It
  4. - Right Roundyoutube
  5. - Day 'N' Nite


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2009?

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn


It was impossible to love the person who was killing your heart. What could you do? How could you flee, or fight when it would cause pain to your loved one? You could give your entire life if you were …

The Associate by John Grisham

The Associate


Kyle McAvoy is a brilliant lawyer. He is charming, friendly and has a bright future. However, he also harbors a dark secret which could endanger his career, and even his life.

The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Girls From Ames


This New York Times Bestseller is now available in paperback. A moving tribute to female friendships with the inspiring stories of 11 girls and the ten women who became them.

Just When I Thought I'D Dropped My Last Egg by Kathie Lee Gifford

Just When I Thought I'D Dropped My Last Egg


Kathie Lee Gifford's triumphant, laugh-out-loud celebration that even though we are old enough to understand better, Just When I Thought That I'd Lost My Last Egg is Kathie Lee Gifford’s triumphant celebration of forging ahead with gusto.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon


Twilight has captivated millions of readers and they are eager to read more. Stephenie Meyer's New Moon is another captivating combination of romance, suspense, and a supernatural twist.