May 2015 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)
  • May 2 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
  • 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

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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 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
  • 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
  • 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 22 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 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 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 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47