May 2012 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal

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May 2 'The Scream', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (a pastel version) sells at auction for $119,922,500

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • May 4 14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
  • May 5 Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970
  • May 5 17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 François Hollande elected the 24th President of France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • May 6 Greek parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures
  • May 7 NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province

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May 7 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 7 Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth

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May 8 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

Russian politician Dmitry Medvedev
Russian politician
Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 9 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • May 9 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

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May 9 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 10 The Red Cross suspends all humanitarian work in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped and killed
  • May 10 Two bombings in Damascus, Syria, kill 55 people and injure 370
  • May 11 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • May 12 The discovery of a missing Mayan calender piece disproves 2012 Armageddon
  • May 13 49 dismembered bodies are found on a Mexican highway as part of the Mexican drug war
  • May 13 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
  • May 14 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons agree to end mass hunger strike
  • May 14 Stanford University scientists develop prototype bionic eye
  • May 15 Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession
  • May 15 Greece's fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails and new June elections are scheduled
  • May 20 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • May 20 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia
  • May 21 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana'a, Yemen
  • May 21 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania
  • May 22 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • May 25 Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province
  • May 25 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station
  • May 26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7

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May 26 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • May 29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear
  • May 29 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches
  • May 29 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 24 people near Bologna, northern Italy
  • May 29 Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million
  • May 30 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
  • May 30 Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship
  • May 31 Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28) weds his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in Palo Alto, California

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author/illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

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May 9 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot, dies at 102
  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author, dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, soldier (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), dies at 91
  • May 23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • May 25 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94