Historical Events for May 2004
Events 1 - 17 of 17
1st - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2nd - Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
6th - The season finale of the sitcom Friends airs
9th - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
14th - The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
16th - The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
17th - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
21st - Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
21st - Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.
22nd - The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.
23rd - Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
24th - Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
26th - The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
26th - The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
28th - The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become prime minister of Iraq's interim government.
29th - The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
29th - The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.