Bush Declares Victory in Iraq

May 1st finds President Bush in a flight suit aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln announcing the United States is victorious in the war in Iraq. Additionally, the U.S. announces that combat operations are over in Afghanistan. The transition from a military phase of operations to a reconstruction phase is offered as an invitation for international groups to join the United States-led effort.

May 7th is the official release of "The Matrix Reloaded," which is the second in the popular series directed by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ane Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith and Gloria Foster.

Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 11th, and it's a great day to celebrate with mom. Most moms enjoy receiving cards, flowers and gifts, but, even if none of these are within your means, most moms really enjoy hearing just how much you love them straight from the horse's mouth.

Memorial Day falls on May 23rd, and it's viewed by many as the beginning of summer, but the season doesn't officially arrive until June 20th. However, millions of Americans will be enjoying outdoor celebrations with friends, family and plenty of barbecue sauce on the long holiday weekend.

May 23rd marks the release of "Bruce Almighty," which stars Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall, Steve Carell, Catherine Bell and Tony Bennett.

May 29th marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful mountain climbing expedition to the top of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to climb to the top of Mount Everest and live to tell about it. Everest was first identified as the world's highest mountain in 1852 when the Great Trigonometric Survey of India revealed the truth about the mountain's altitude. Expeditions to the top of Everest began in 1921 when the kingdom of Tibet opened its borders. The famous "because it's there" quote was coined by George Mallory in 1924 when reporters asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. Mallory and his partner, Andrew Irvine, made three attempts to scale the peak, but the third mission took their lives. Mallory's body wasn't found until 1999, and no evidence, photographs, journals, etc., was found on the body to document if he'd made it to the top before succumbing to the elements. Hillary and Norgay did enjoy an advantage Mallory and Irvine did not: Hillary's party climbed the mountain from its Nepalese side, which had recently opened restrictions on foreigners, while Tibet's borders had recently closed after being invaded by China in 1950.

On May 27th, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concedes for the fist time that Saddam Hussein might have ordered all biological and chemical weapons destroyed before the U.S.-led invasion began.

May 30th marks the release of "Finding Nemo." The animated comedy features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. The Pixar release tells the story of a youthful fish, Nemo, who is stolen from his home--leaving his shy father to set out in search of his son.

MTV Movie Awards are held on May 31st. Best movie is taken by "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," while best male performance is given to Eminem in "8 Mile." Kirsten Dunst wins best female performance for her role in Spider-Man, and Mike Myers wins best comedic performance for his part in "Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Helpful links for May:

  • JohnAmatt.com - Everest expedition leader, speaker and professional keynote speaker.  Find photo gallery, biography and press coverage. 
  • 1-800-FLOWERS.com Order flowers for Mother's Day. 
  • History Channel: Memorial Day Cable television network offers information about the holiday.  Includes battle maps, forums, movie clips and more.
  •  Barbecue Store Order from a wide selection of barbecue supplies, including charcoal briquettes, propane tanks, grill covers, aprons and much more.