Historical Events in May 2014

  • May 1 Hundreds march through Nigerian capital calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, Boko Haram, who oppose Western education
  • May 2 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • May 3 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66
  • May 3 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 Juan Carlos Varela is elected President of Panama
  • May 5 China announces it will upgrade Ethiopia's infrastructure in an effort to improve a China-Africa strategic partnership
  • May 6 Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria
  • May 7 Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine
  • May 8 2014 NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney from University of South Carolina first pick by Houston Texans
  • May 10 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • May 10 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing "Rise Like a Phoenix" in Copenhagen
  • May 11 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China
  • May 12 Voters in Ukraine reject rule from Kiev

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May 13 Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa María, is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti

  • May 13 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey
  • May 16 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • May 17 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • May 17 Arsenal defeats Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final
  • May 17 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal
  • May 17 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84
  • May 17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India

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May 18 Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world

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  • May 18 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage
  • May 18 60th British Academy Television Awards: "A League of Their Own" Best Comedy, "Broadchurch" Best Drama
  • May 21 José Mário Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau

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May 21 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure

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  • May 21 Thai army declared martial law and closes down several news stations
  • May 22 The military stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom's constitution and taking control of the government (Thailand's army has staged eleven coups since 1932)
  • May 23 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria
  • May 24 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by army after a military coup
  • May 24 22nd UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Atletico Madrid 4-1 at Lisbon
  • May 25 Petro Poroshenk is elected President of the Ukraine
  • May 25 Dalia Grybauskaitė is re-elected President of Lithuania
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in 2:40:48.2305 (300.244 km/h)
  • May 25 67th Cannes Film Festival: "Winter Sleep" directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d'Or

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May 26 Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

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  • May 26 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • May 26 Protests across Thailand in response to military coup; General Prayuth warns of a crackdown in demonstrations continue
  • May 27 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector
  • May 28 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is elected President of Egypt

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May 29 President Obama approves US military training of 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups

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  • May 29 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

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May 30 Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is released to theatres, MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen

  • May 30 Former military chief al-Sisi wins 93 percent of the vote in Egypt's presidential election
  • May 31 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube