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Ultimate review of 2011: May

By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith


Death of Osama Bin Laden 

May 2 saw American President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, founder of the militant group Al-Quaeda.

Bin Laden during an operation ordered by President Barack Obama. He was shot and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs and CIA operatives and was buried at sea. On May 7, 2011 Al Qaeda confirmed bin Laden’s death and threatened revenge.

Due to similarity between the names “Osama” and “Obama,” many confused the two and even professional reporters mistakingly pronounced “Obama” bin Laden dead, including Fox News.

Osama Bin Laden’s assignation was met with joy by the western world in general; however the excessive celebrations at his death, such as that seen in America show a very ugly side of human nature.

PoliticsOn May 5 the AV referendum was defeated by approximately two to one votes against the proposed reform.Many feel that AV was a poor choice of voting system to be offered. Whilst those who oppose electoral reform will argue that this takes the issue of the table, others will say it was poor choice and doesn’t mean the end of the issue of electoral reform in the UK.
  EconomyGreece began selling assets amid further fears of bankruptcy with it’s 10 year borrowing cost hitting a staggering 16.7%.UK unemployment fell as the unemployment rate continued to fluctuate.



May saw the second wave of American singer/songwriter Bruno Mars with the arrival of ‘The Lazy Song’ at the top of the charts (15 May). Although Adele still reigned on the top of the album chart.

Notable releases included Hugh Laurie’s Let Them Talk. The well known actor proved he was also an accomplished musician, with the critically acclaimed blues album which peaked at number two in the album chart.



May saw the conclusion of another football season in England and across Europe. The city of Manchester had a lot to celebrate as Manchester United won the English premier league for the 19th time and in the process became the most successful team in English football history, beating Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles. While over in London the blue side of Manchester also achieved silverware as Manchester City beat Stoke City 1-0 to the win the FA Cup and claim their first trophy for 35 years. Their 3rd place finish in the premier league also meant they qualified for the Champions League for the first time while Stokes cup heroics ensured they would compete in the Europa League for the first time in their history.

Manchester United’s season was not complete though as they had the small matter of taking on Spanish champions Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley. Barcelona prevailed 3-1 with goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa to win the trophy for a fourth time, their second in three years.

Across Europe Barcelona won the double as they defended their La Liga crown, AC Milan came out on top in Serie A and Borrussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga in Germany while Rangers won a third successive SPL title in Scotland.

Aside from all the football it was time for the second grand slam of the tennis season with the French Open. Two of the heavyweights of men’s tennis met in the final as Rafael Nadal beat Rodger Federer to win the tournament for a sixth time. In the process of making the final, Rodger Federer’s semi-final win over Novak Djokovic ended his 41 match unbeaten run, just two shy of John McEnroe’s record. In the women’s Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy).

The rugby union domestic season also came to an end as Saracens won the Aviva Premiership for the first time after beating Leicester 22-18 while Leinster beat Northampton 33-22 to win the Heineken cup.


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