May 2014 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 10 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • 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 17 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • May 17 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal
  • May 17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
  • May 18 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage
  • 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

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 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 25 Petro Poroshenk is elected President of the Ukraine
  • May 25 Dalia Grybauskaitė is re-elected President of Lithuania

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

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 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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44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 30 Former military chief al-Sisi wins 93 percent of the vote in Egypt's presidential election

Weddings in History

  • May 25 Actress Lisa Edelstein (48) weds artist Robert Russell in Los Angeles

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician, dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress, dies at 89