Historical Events for May 2006
Events 1 - 15 of 15
1st - The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
3rd - Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
3rd - Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
5th - The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).
9th - Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
9th - George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
13th - 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
16th - A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
17th - The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
18th - The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
21st - The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
21st - The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
22nd - Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
26th - The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
27th - The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.