On This Day

What Happened in May 2013

Historical Events

  • May 1 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • May 1 15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq
  • May 1 16 people are killed in a flash flood in Saudi Arabia
  • May 1 A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes
  • May 2 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
  • May 2 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • May 2 60 miners are killed after a gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan
  • May 2 Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 3 Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys' rapper Adam Yauch

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • May 3 60th National Film Awards (India): "Paan Singh Tomar" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 5 US soldiers are killed by a bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • May 4 77 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Baniyas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • May 4 39 people are killed at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title


  • May 4 Juventus F.C. win their 29th Serie A football title
  • May 4 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89
  • May 5 10 people are killed in a church attack in Njilan, Nigeria
  • May 5 5 people are killed after a limousine catches fire in Hayward, California
  • May 6 10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
  • May 6 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
  • May 6 15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan
  • May 6 Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
  • May 6 The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
  • May 7 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
  • May 7 The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs
  • May 7 4 people are killed after the Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines
  • May 7 20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
  • May 7 8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India
  • May 7 Jolly Nero, an Italian cargo ship, crashes into the port of Genoa, killing seven people
  • May 7 Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 8 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India
  • May 8 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud
  • May 8 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • May 9 Everton Manager David Moyes is announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasts 10 months)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Joe Sakic is hired by his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 10 Agnetha Faltskog releases a new album called "A"

  • May 11 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
  • May 11 Bayern Munich set a new  Bundesliga points record of 91
  • May 11 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • May 11 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (86,254): Wigan Athletic upsets Manchester City, 1-0; Ben Watson scores 90+1' winner

BeatificationCanonization

May 12 Pope Francis canonizes the 813 martyrs of Otranto as Saints

  • May 12 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title
  • May 12 59th British Academy Television Awards: "The Revolution Will Be Televised" Best Comedy, "Last Tango in Halifax" Best Drama

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

May 12 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins his second PC, 2 strokes ahead of David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • May 14 Brazil becomes the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Dan Brown's fourth novel starring Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), titled "Inferno", is released and instantly becomes a bestseller

Author Dan Brown
Author
Dan Brown

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel "Americanah" is published

  • May 15 The Eurozone records a recession for the sixth straight quarter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Bill Gates regains his position as the world's richest man with $72.7 billion after losing the position in 2008

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • May 16 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation
  • May 16 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
  • May 17 90 people are killed and 200 are injured after a series of bombings across Iraq
  • May 18 RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final
  • May 18 138th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow wins in 1:57.54
  • May 18 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo
  • May 19 Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 19 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • May 20 133 people are killed and 283 are injured in a continued wave of insurgency in Iraq
  • May 20 2 people are killed and 20 are injured after a hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • May 20 The Church of Scotland votes to allow openly gay men and women to be ministers
  • May 20 Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion
  • May 21 Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One
  • May 22 British Army Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 23 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • May 24 Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador
  • May 25 17 children are killed by a gas cylinder explosion on a school bus in Gujrat, Pakistan
  • May 25  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80
  • May 25 UEFA Champions League Final, London: Arjen Robben scores twice as Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 in first all-German final
  • May 26 The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181 (301.644 km/h)
  • May 26 66th Cannes Film Festival: "Blue Is the Warmest Colour" directed by Abdellatif Kechiche wins the Palme d'Or. The two main actresses in the film, Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux also awarded
  • May 26 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)
  • May 26 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bellerive CC: Kōki Idoki of Japan wins his lone PGA event by 2 strokes from Jay Haas and Kenny Perry
  • May 27 75 people are killed and 200 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • May 27 The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

May 4 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

  • May 10 "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress Shenae Grimes (23) weds model and musician Josh Beech at the Boys Hall in Ashford, Kent
  • May 19 Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

May 26 "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul (33) weds Lauren Parsekian at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

Actor Aaron Paul
Actor
Aaron Paul
  • May 26 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 28 Actress Courteney Cox and actor David Arquette divorce after 13 years of marriage

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • May 4 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist (Nobel 1974), dies from euthanasia at 95
  • May 4 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • May 5 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, dies at 78
  • May 6 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • May 7 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69
  • May 7 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), dies at 92
  • May 8 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • May 8 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), dies at 84
  • May 8 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • May 9 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
  • May 9 Alfredo Landa, Spanish actor (The Crach, Sinatra), dies at 80
  • May 11 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • May 11 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician & bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), dies of cancer at 86
  • May 13 Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • May 13 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 13 Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoer, dies at 56
  • May 16 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79
  • May 16 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • May 16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • May 16 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, dies at 72
  • May 17 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82
  • May 17 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • May 17 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • May 17 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), dies at 93
  • May 18 Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT), dies at 87
  • May 20 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), dies of cancer at 74
  • May 20 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), dies at 88
  • May 20 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, dies at 86
  • May 21 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), dies from cancer at 62
  • May 21 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), dies at 90
  • May 22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), dies at 97
  • May 22 Fusilier Lee Rigby, British Army soldier, murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
  • May 24 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), dies at 70
  • May 24 Antonio Puchades, Spanish footballer (23 caps), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • May 25 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • May 26 Jack Vance, American sci-fi author, dies at 96
  • May 27 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), dies at 86
  • May 29 Françoise Blanchard, French actress, dies at 58
  • May 31 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55
  • May 31 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family), dies at 90
  • May 31 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), dies at 85