What Happened in May 2015

Historical Events

  • May 1 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)
  • May 2 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • May 2 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham
  • May 2 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership

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May 2 Fight of the Century: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao in 12 for the welterweight boxing title

  • May 3 Chelsea wins the 2014–15 English football Premier League
  • May 3 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus

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May 4 Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry is named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • May 4 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • May 5 Scientists announce the discovery of the oldest & most distant galaxy known to man, EGS-zs8-1
  • May 5 Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest known prehistoric bird, is discovered
  • May 7 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister

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May 7 Archaeologists partially discover a silver ingot of Captain William Kidd's treasure

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • May 9 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis
  • May 10 61st British Academy Television Awards: "The Graham Norton Show" Best Comedy, "Happy Valley" Best Drama

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May 11 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • May 11 India's poulation officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
  • May 16 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • May 17 A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people
  • May 17 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco Texas leave 9 death and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime

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May 17 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • May 17 Canada defeats Russia to win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship
  • May 17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League

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May 19 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • May 19 UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960

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May 20 David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • May 20 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest man-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, the 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus.
  • May 20 5 major world banks (JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS and UBS) fined US$5.7bn for manipulating currency markets - some of the largest ever fines
  • May 20 2016 NASCAR HOF: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, and Jerry Cook
  • May 22 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
  • May 22 Pakistan begin the first test-playing nation cricket tour of Zimbabwe since 2009
  • May 23 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 3:05:56.5286 (259.653 km/h)
  • May 24 Mumbai Indians defeat Chennai Super Kings to win the 2015 20/20 cricket Indian Premier League
  • May 24 68th Cannes Film Festival: "Dheepan" directed by Jacques Audiard wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference
  • May 27 Golden State Warriors win the NBA Western Conference
  • May 29 Heat wave in India centered in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh states is reported to have killed 1800 people in a week
  • May 29 "Jurassic World", directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard premieres in Paris

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May 29 Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the President of Nigeria

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • May 29 Sepp Blatter is elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA
  • May 29 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • May 30 FA Cup Final: Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0
  • May 30 Namibia defeat Mozambique 2-0 to win the 2015 COSAFA Cup
  • May 30 FC Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey final
  • May 30 Alistair Cook becomes the leading run scorer of all time in test cricket for England
  • May 30 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 3
  • May 31 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)
  • May 31 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William, born in London

Famous Weddings

  • May 2 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California
  • May 15 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England
  • May 16 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California
  • May 24 Actress and model Michelle Keegan (28) weds TV presenter Mark Wright (28) at Hengrave Hall estate in Suffolk
  • May 30 Actor Eric Balfour (38) weds fashion designer Erin Chiamulon (31) in Pacific Palisades, California

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American actress (Yeoman Rand in Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Tony Award 1972), dies at 94

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May 14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American Comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place), dies at 85

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May 23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slams) dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47