May 2005

May 2005

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May 2005 was the fifth month of that common year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an Current events Portal from May 2005.
  • Lenovo Group, the largest Chinese computer company acquires the personal computer business of IBM for US$ 1.25 billion in cash, and Lenovo assumes $500 million of IBM's debt. (Reuters)
  • More than thirty Iraqis are killed and more than fifty are wounded as a bomb goes off at a funeral. (CBC)
  • The United States informs Japan that North Korea may have launched another test missile towards the Sea of Japan. The report is now said to be confirmed. (ABC News) (Forbes)
  • Astronomers have directly confirmed the existence of an extrasolar planet orbiting the brown dwarf numbered 2M1207a. The team says that this is the first-ever infrared view of an exoplanet. (Seattle Times) (ESO) (CP)
  • Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian requests that the Chinese government meet directly with his government after China meets with Taiwan's opposition leader, Lien Chan. Taiwan and China are in conflict over Taiwan's increased calls for independence from the mainland. (CBC) (ABC)
  • Iraqi and American militaries hold several suspects for questioning in the Margaret Hassan kidnapping case. Hassan, director of CARE's Iraq division, was kidnapped by insurgents in late October 2004 and subsequently believed to be killed. (CBC) (Reuters)
  • In Nepal, 10,000 protesters march in Kathmandu against the policies of king Gyanendra and demand return of democracy. (Reuters AlertNet) (ABC)
  • Italy intends to publish its own view of the killing of Nicola Calipari. Italian media has released classified details about a report the United States made. (BBC) (Reuters AlertNet) (ABC)
  • Honduran president Ricardo Maduro, and his daughter survive with minor injuries when their plane crashes into the sea near Tela. (CNN) (Guardian Unlimited) (BBC)

(Deccan Herald) (Reuters) (BBC)

  • A suicide bomber in a car blows himself up near a vegetable market in a southern Iraqi town, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45. (Reuters)
  • A 20-year-old IDF soldier is arrested in Israel after telling military police that he considers himself a "Nazi", and hates Jews, blacks and the State of Israel. (Israel National News) (Reuters), (Courier-Mail) (Houston Chronicle)
  • Reports emerge that the United States may be sending detainees to Uzbekistan, a regime notorious for torture. (Seattle Times) (ISN)
  • Audioslave become the first US Rock band to play in Cuba
  • Third Watch airs its final episode in the US after 6 years on NBC
  • Mike Williams is diagnosed with head/neck cancer.
  • Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble, the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped reach the Good Friday Agreement, resigns from the leadership post he has held for ten years, after losing his seat in the British general election the previous day. (BBC)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, making his term the shortest of any previous director. (LA Times)
  • 15 people die in a plane crash near the Lockhart River in the Australian state of Queensland, the worst civilian air disaster in Australia in 36 years. (ABC Online)
  • The Amal Dorai with help from current and former residents of the MIT living group Pi Tau Zeta. The convention was held at 22:45 EDT at the East Campus Courtyard and in Walker Memorial at MIT. That location is 42.360007 degrees north latitude, 71.087870 degrees west longitude. The spacetime coordinates continue to be publicized prominently and indefinitely, so that future time travelers will be aware and have the opportunity to have attended.[1]
  • Heavy exchanges of fire in the Israeli-Lebanese border. Hezbollah fired at least 9 mortar shells or Katyusha rockets on outposts in the disputed Shebaa Farms. The IDF retaliated by artillery fire and IAF aircraft bombed 3 Hezbollah positions. Israel maintains that Lebanon bears full responsibility for the border attacks, committed by Hezbollah and local Palestinian groups, while Hezbollah maintain that they are acting in retaliation for Israeli attacks on Lebanese territory including a hit on civilian houses in the village of Kfar Shouba. (Haaretz), (BBC)
  • Guantánamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations: United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promises "prompt action" if investigations prove that the Quran was desecrated by U.S. soldiers in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The Saudi Arabian government voices its "deep indignation" and has demanded a quick investigation and punishment for the perpetrators if found to be true. Seven people have died in Afghanistan following Anti-American protests in the wake of the allegations. There have also been protests in Pakistan and Indonesia. (BBC) (BBC) (The Jakarta Post)
  • Star Trek Enterprise airs its last episode, These are the Voyages..., after a run of 98 episodes. Enterprise was canceled by UPN on February 8th due to lack of ratings, marking the first Star Trek series to be canceled since the original series in 1969
  • The Vatican announced that the late Pope, John Paul II, is to be beatified. This is the first step to becoming a saint. (BBC)
  • Unrest In Uzbekistan:
    • Thousands of Uzbeks take over a high security jail in Andijan, freeing thousands of prisoners in protest against the jail sentence of 23 businessmen who were accused of being Islamic extremists. (CBC)
    • Violence breaks out in Andijan and in the capital Tashkent. There are reports of firefights in the streets and snipers firing into the crowd. A political rally in Andijan demands the resignation of the government, which claims that the situation is under control. (BBC) (Interfax) (CNN)
    • At least twenty protesters – some reports say as many as 500 – are shot dead in Uzbekistan. Thirty soldiers have been taken hostage as a result. (Yahoo!) (BBC) (The Guardian)
    • A man is fatally shot outside Israel's embassy in Tashkent. The man, who has a history of mental illness, was carrying wooden objects, and guards suspected him of being a suicide bomber. He walked through to the building, despite warning shots in the air and a bullet to the leg, and was eventually shot dead. The American embassy reported he was a suicide bomber and one Uzbek police officer said the man was carrying only a harmless package. However, it was later reported that the man was carrying a mock explosive belt. (Haaretz), (Ynet)
  • Michael Ross becomes the first person executed in the U.S. state of Connecticut since 1960. He was convicted in 1987 of the murder of four girls and young women. He confessed to having committed four more killings. (CNN)
  • Anime Central 8 kicks off today with over 10000 attendees.
  • According to a spokesman for the Tbilisi failed to function, although it was live and could have exploded. It was originally thought to have been a dummy grenade. (CNN)
  • Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski set the date for parliamentary elections for September 25, 2005 and a presidential election for October 9, 2005. (Bloomberg)
  • Unrest in Uzbekistan: 36 foreign diplomats visit Andijan in a government-sponsored trip and under heavy guard. The Uzbek government continues to deny that civilians were killed. The official death toll has risen to 169 but some human rights groups state that it can be as high as 750. A group of Islamic rebels led by a man called Baxtiyor Rahimov claim that they now control the border town of Qorasuv. (Mosnews) (BBC) (IHT) (Forbes)
  • The ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 11 cases so far. (WHO press release) (News24) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • In Angola, the Marburg virus has claimed 311 lives. (ReliefWeb) (News24) (Reuters AlertNet)
  • Russia demands return of the energy minister Yevgeny Adamov, who is in a Swiss prison on a U.S. warrant waiting extradition. (RIA Novosti) (Swissinfo) (LA Times).Band named Green Day had their live album Bullet in a Bible Live at the National Bowl (Milton Keyes National Bowl) on this date.

In Russia, a 10.00 AM explosion in a power substation causes a power outage that cuts electricity from Moscow and four surrounding regions. Government blames RAO UES and the Prosecutor General's Office opens an investigation for "criminal negligence". UES CEO Anatoly Chubais accepts responsibility. Energy minister Viktor Khristenko states that the power cuts have nothing to do with terrorism. (Moscow Times) (RIA Novosti) (IHT)

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Deaths in May

2: Bob Hunter
3: Jagjit Singh Aurora
3: Don Canham
4: David H. Hackworth
6: Narayan Pokharel
7: Peter Wallace Rodino
12: Monica Zetterlund
George Dantzig
13: Michael Ross
15: Les Bartley
16: Albert "Smiler" Marshall
17: Frank Gorshin
17: Piero Dorazio
19: Henry Corden
19: Richard Lewine
20: Paul Ricoeur
21: Howard Morris
21: Subodh Mukherjee
21: Stephen Elliott
22: Thurl Ravenscroft
25: Ismail Merchant
25: Sunil Dutt
25: Graham Kennedy
26: Eddie Albert
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