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  • Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    Lionel Messi

    Team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

    Madrid, Spain
    Saturday May 2, 2009

    During the Clásico on 2 May 2009, however, he played for the first time as a false nine, positioned as a center-forward but dropping deep into midfield to link up with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. He assisted his side's first goal and scored twice to end the match in an emphatic 6–2 victory, the team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.




  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 6, 2009

    Marco van Basten

    Resigning from Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 6, 2009

    Van Basten became manager of Ajax after Euro 2008 but resigned on 6 May 2009 after his team failed to qualify for the Champions League.




  • China
    Tuesday May 12, 2009

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    First anniversary

    China
    Tuesday May 12, 2009

    On May 12, 2009, China marked the first anniversary of the quake with a moment of silence as people across the nation remembered the dead. The government also opened access to the sealed ruins of the Beichuan county seat for three days, after which it will be frozen in time as a state earthquake relic museum, to remind people of the terrible disaster. There were also several concerts across the country to raise money for the survivors of the quake.




  • U.S.
    Friday May 15, 2009

    Eminem

    Relapse

    U.S.
    Friday May 15, 2009

    Eminem appeared on his Shade 45 Sirius channel in September 2008, saying: "Right now I'm kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff. You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get 'cause I just start knowing stuff." Interscope confirmed that a new album would be released in spring 2009. In December 2008, Eminem provided more details about the album, entitled Relapse: "Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on 'Relapse'. We are up to our old mischievous ways ... let's just leave it at that."




  • U.S.
    Sunday May 17, 2009

    Statue of Liberty

    Barrack Obama

    U.S.
    Sunday May 17, 2009

    On May 17, 2009, President Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced that as a "special gift" to America, the statue would be reopened to the public as of July 4, but that only a limited number of people would be permitted to ascend to the crown each day.




  • Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Monday May 18, 2009

    Vodafone

    JSE Limited

    Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Monday May 18, 2009

    On 18 May 2009, Vodacom entered the JSE Limited, the largest stock exchange in South Africa, after Vodafone increased its stake by 15% to 65% to take a majority holding, despite disputes by local trade unions.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday May 20, 2009

    Financial crisis of 2007–2008

    Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009

    U.S.
    Wednesday May 20, 2009

    May 20, 2009, President Obama signed Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009.


  • U.S.
    Thursday May 21, 2009

    Xerox

    Burns became the first African American woman to head a company the size of Xerox

    U.S.
    Thursday May 21, 2009

    On May 21, 2009, it was announced that Ursula Burns would succeed Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. On July 1, 2009, Burns became the first African American woman to head a company the size of Xerox.


  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Wednesday May 27, 2009

    Lionel Messi

    2009 UEFA Champions League

    Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Wednesday May 27, 2009

    The 2009 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 27 May 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.


  • France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    Rafael Nadal

    First loss in France Open

    France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of French Open, Nadal set a record of 31 consecutive wins at the French Open, beating the previous record of 28 by Björn Borg. This run came to an end on 31 May 2009, when Nadal lost to eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th round. This was Nadal's first and, until 2015, only loss at the French Open.


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