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 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden.
  • 02 May 2009 The Pilgrim's Plunge water ride opens at Holiday World in Indiana, USA, the world's largest water ride drop at 131 feet high and 45-degree slope.
  • 03 May 2009 Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda resigns. (BBC)
  • 04 May 2009 Dominick "Dom" DeLuise, American comic actor (Blazing Saddles, The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II) dies at age 75 from prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California.
  • 05 May 2009 The confirmed worldwide number of cases of swine influenza reaches 1,490. (CNN)
  • 06 May 2009 The European Parliament delays its planned reform of the European Union's telecommunications policy. (''Wall Street Journal'')
  • 07 May 2009 Over 100 New Zealand Police officers begin a 40-hour siege of a lone gunman in Napier, New Zealand.
  • 08 May 2009 Fannie Mae, the largest provider of U.S. home mortgage funding, reports a US$23.2 billion loss in the first quarter, and seeks US$19 billion in additional funding from the US Treasury.
  • 09 May 2009 Nine chemical substances are added to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants' banned list. (Reuters)
  • 10 May 2009 H1N1 influenza kills a third United States citizen and spreads to Australia and Japan. (Reuters)
  • 11 May 2009 The NASA space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 12 May 2009 The Liberal Party wins a majority of seats in British Columbia's general election. (Bloomberg)
  • 13 May 2009 United States President Barack Obama proclaims May 2009 as Jewish American Heritage Month. (White House)
  • 14 May 2009 Chrysler eliminates 789 car dealerships in the US.
  • 15 May 2009 US President Barack Obama nominates Rosa Gumataotao Rios to be next US treasurer.
  • 16 May 2009 In Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes is held. The philly Rachel Alexandra wins, ridden by Calvin Borel, the first win for a philly since 1924.
  • 17 May 2009 Al-Shabaab captures Jowhar, Somalia, from the Transitional Federal Government. (BBC)
  • 18 May 2009 Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
  • 19 May 2009 The United States Government Accountability Office warns that the Global Positioning System could fail by 2010. (''Guardian'')
  • 20 May 2009 The United Kingdom's House of Lords suspends Thomas Taylor and Peter Truscott until November for misconduct. (BBC)
  • 21 May 2009 Linda Fleming, 66-year-old US woman with advanced cancer, becomes the first person to die under a new assisted suicide law in Washington State.
  • 22 May 2009 Floods kill at least 11 people in Haiti. (Press Association via Google News)
  • 23 May 2009 Former President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun, under investigation for alleged bribery during his presidential term, commits suicide.
  • 24 May 2009 Brazilian driver Hélio Castroneves wins automobile racing's 93rd Indianapolis 500. (ESPN)
  • 25 May 2009 North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community.
  • 26 May 2009 US President Barack Obama announces the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
  • 27 May 2009 (to May 31) Heritage Numismatic Auctions conducts Central States Signature Auction.
  • 28 May 2009 General Motors asks Germany to indebt its subsidiary automakers Opel and Vauxhall Motors. (''Times Online'')
  • 29 May 2009 Heritage Auction Galleries conducts their Signature auction in Long Beach, California. A 1856-O Coronet double eagle, SP-63 PCGS, finest known sells for US$1,437,500.
  • 30 May 2009 The South Africa Bulls defeat the New Zealand Chiefs to win rugby union's 2009 Super 14. (BBC)
  • 31 May 2009 The People's Justice Party wins the by-election in Penanti, Penang, Malaysia. (''Bernama'')

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The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Michael Haneke

Starring: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

The Hangover

The Hangover

Release year: 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Country: United States of America

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One Second After by William R. Forstchen

One Second After


New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a

Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark



PI Regan Reilly moved from Los Angeles to New York City when she married Jack “no relation” Reilly, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

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

Just When I Thought I'D Dropped My Last Egg


Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg is Kathie Lee Gifford’s triumphant laugh-out-loud celebration of forging ahead with gusto, even long after we’re old enough to know better.

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe


In this stunning novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit.