May 2004 in history

May 2004 events chronologically

May 1 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
May 2 Yelwa massacre ended. It began on 4 February 2004 when armed Muslims attacked the Christians of Yelwa killing more than 78 Christians including at least 48 who were worshipping inside a church compound. More than 630 nomad Muslims were killed by Christians in Nigeria
May 6 The series finale of the television sitcom Friends is aired on NBC. The finale attracts 52.46 million viewers, making it the fourth most watched television series finale in U.S. history
May 7 American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet
May 14 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun
May 17 The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts
May 22 The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado (part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence) which kills one resident, and becomes the widest tornado on record at 2.5 miles (4.0 km) wide; a record that wouldn't be broken until a the El Reno tornado on May 31, 2013

Born in May 2004

May 3 Mel Maia a Brazilian child actress. She rose to fame in 2012, when she played young Rita in the telenovela Avenida Brasil. For that role she received multiple awards

Top 7 most famous people died in May 2004

May 4 Torsten Hägerstrand a Swedish geographer. He is known for his work on migration, cultural diffusion and time geography
May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second Chechen War he switched sides, offering his service to the Russian government, and later became the President of the Chechen Republic from 5 October 2003, acting as head of administration since July 2000
May 9 Alan King (comedian) an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He was also a serious actor who appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes
May 17 Tony Randall an American actor, producer, and director, best known for his role as Felix Unger in the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play, The Odd Couple.
May 18 Arnold Orville Beckman an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, a device for measuring acidity, later considered to have "revolutionized the study of chemistry and biology". He also developed the DU spectrophotometer, "probably the most important instrument ever developed towards the advancement of bioscience". Beckman funded the first transistor company, thus giving rise to Silicon Valley. After retirement, he and his wife Mabel were numbered among the top philanthropists in the United States
May 18 Elvin Jones a jazz drummer of the post-bop era. He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan
May 26 Nikolai Chernykh a Soviet and Russian astronomer.