What Happened in May 2016

Historical Events

  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 2 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • May 3 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 4 John Kasich bows out of the race for Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 5 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian state of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • May 8 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city
  • May 9 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals
  • May 10 Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy
  • May 11 Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for budgetary violations
  • May 12 Michel Temer, former vice-president, becomes Brazilian interim President after a vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff
  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"
  • May 21 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportably killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • May 21 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 US President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a 3 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 22 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections
  • May 23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • May 24 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops
  • May 24 Bill Crosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown
  • May 27 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people
  • May 28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure
  • May 30 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (39) weds "Homeland" star Rupert Friend (34) in a magical hobbit-y compost shed
  • May 2 Actor Adam Rodriguez (41) weds longtime love Grace Gail in a romantic ceremony in Tuscany, Italy
  • May 4 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee
  • May 6 Actress Kaitlin Doubleday (31) weds DJ Devin Lucien in an outdoor ceremony in Big Sur, California
  • May 7 Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Morgan Stewart (27) weds cast-mate and real estate agent Brendan Fitzpatrick at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Actress Eva Longoria (41) weds Televisa media executive Jose Antonio Baston in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • May 28 The daughter of the duke of Wellington Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley weds financier Alejandro Santo Domingo (39) in Íllora, Spain
  • May 29 Actor Topher Grace (37) weds actress and model Ashley Hinshaw in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • May 6 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 23 Actress Amber Heard (30) files for divorce from fellow actor Johnny Depp (52)


Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • May 3 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • May 3 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • May 4 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • May 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • May 7 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • May 8 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours), dies at 92
  • May 8 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • May 8 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • May 9 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • May 12 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • May 12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89 ), dies at 96
  • May 16 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90
  • May 17 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74
  • May 19 Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84
  • May 19 Alan Young, British actor (Wilbur Post - Mr Ed), dies at 96
  • May 21 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • May 21 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74
  • May 24 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), dies at 85
  • May 25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104