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What Happened in May 2018

Historical Events

  • May 1 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
  • May 1 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website
  • May 1 Violent May Day protests in Paris by far-left Black Blocs group result in 200 arrests
  • May 1 Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol
  • May 2 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states

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May 2 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • May 2 Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
  • May 2 Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
  • May 2 Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years
  • May 2 Date for first humans or hominins in the Philippines pushed back ten-fold after report of site on Luzon with butchered rhinoceros 709,000 years ago
  • May 2 New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
  • May 2 Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat
  • May 3 Indian government confirms around 110 people have died in dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 9 days

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May 3 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

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May 3 Bollywood actors both posthumously recognized at India's National Film Awards; Sridevi Kapoor Best Actress for "Mum" and Vinod Khanna recieves Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer
Sridevi Kapoor
  • May 3 Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas

  • May 3 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL's first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension
  • May 4 LA Angels 1st baseman Albert Pujols collects his 3,000th MLB hit in a 5-0 win v Mariners in Seattle
  • May 4 California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy
  • May 5 144th Kentucky Derby: 52 year old Mike Smith wins his second Derby aboard Justify
  • May 5 Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised; recovers

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May 5 Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
  • May 5 Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product

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May 7 Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 7 More mudslides in Rwanda kill 18 people bringing the year's death toll to 200
  • May 7 Global tourism accounts for 8% of the world's carbon emissions according to a University of Sydney study
  • May 7 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude
  • May 7 Iran-Contra figure Oliver North announced as the new President of the US National Rifle Association

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May 7 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour

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May 8 President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 8 Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
  • May 8 Paris St-Germain seals the French domestic football treble with a 2-0 win over 3rd Div Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final at the Stade de France
  • May 8 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • May 8 Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists
  • May 9 Manchester City smashes EPL records in 3-1 win over Brighton - most goals (105), most points (97) and most wins (31)

Election of InterestMalaysian 14th General Election

May 9 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by 92 year old former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition
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Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election
Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election

  • May 9 Walmart takes a majority stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart for 16 billion

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May 9 India's Supreme Court criticises the country’s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration and green slime
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The Taj Mahal in all its glory, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal
The Taj Mahal in all its glory, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal

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May 9 Iranians and their president Hassan Rouhani react angrily to President Trump pulling the US out the Iran Nuclear deal

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 9 Dam bursts after heavy rains near Solai, Kenya, killing at least 41
  • May 9 Nicaraguan anti-government protests involving tens of thousands take place in Managua and Matagalpa y Chinandega
  • May 9 Oldest viral DNA, a form of hepatitis B, reported discovered in 7,000 year old skeleton found in Germany
  • May 9 Argentina announces talks with the IMF amid a new financial crisis with interest rates at 40%

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May 10 Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's record for successive set wins on a single surface (49 on carpet) with 6-3, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open (clay)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • May 10 Israel fires missiles at 70 Iranian targets inside Syria after Iran fires missiles into the Golan Heights, with claims Israel struck first in attack on Baath

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May 10 New record auction price for a Latin American artwork of $9.76 million for Diego Rivera's "The Rivals"

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

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May 10 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • May 10 China announces plans for the world's largest weather-control mechanism, rain-inducing machines for the Tibetan Plateau (area the size of Alaska)

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May 10 Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • May 11 Mass murder-suicide in Margaret River, Australia, grandfather shoots six members of his family and himself
  • May 11 Most popular names in the US for 2017 revealed as Emma for girls, Liam for boys
  • May 12 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal
  • May 12 Insurgent group attacks the town of Muse, Myanmar, killing at least 19 people, Ta’ang National Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • May 13 Family of six carry out 3 church bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, killing at least 13. Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • May 13 China's first domestically built aircraft carrier begins sea trials in Dalian, China
  • May 13 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Webb Simpson wins by 4 strokes from Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel and Jimmy Walker
  • May 13 Arsène Wenger guides Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in his final game as Gunners manager after 22 years in charge
  • May 13 Manchester City ends the EPL season with a 1-0 win at Southampton having smashed 11 Premier League records including biggest title winning margin (19 points) and most points (100)
  • May 13 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah scores in a 4-0 win against Brighton to set the EPL goal scoring record (32) for a 38-game season
  • May 14 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"

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May 14 Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, is treated in hospital for a benign kidney condition

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • May 14 Indian politician Shashi Tharoor is charged by police with driving his wife to commit suicide
  • May 14 Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest
  • May 14 Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons
  • May 14 US Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
  • May 14 Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points; fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997
  • May 15 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
  • May 15 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel
  • May 15 Controversial Kerch bridge linking Russia and annexed Crimea opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 19km the longest bridge in Europe.
  • May 15 Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
  • May 15 Flyover collapses in Varanasi, India, killing at least 18
  • May 15 North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
  • May 15 "Laurel vs Yanny" disagreement over what word heard in an audio file begins across social media

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May 16 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American atist

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • May 17 Gina Haspel confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate
  • May 17 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo spreads to the city of Mbandaka
  • May 17 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting; 17 year-old shooter kills 10 and injures 10 in Santa Fe, Texas
  • May 18 Mexican Damojh airlines flight crashes near Havana airport, Cuba, killing 110 with just 3 survivors

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May 18 All of Chile's 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal

  • May 18 K-pop boy band BTS release their album "Love Yourself: Tear", sells 135,000 first week

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May 19 American actress Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry at a ceremony in Windsor Castle, making her a member of the British royal family

Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

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May 19 Queen Elizabeth II grants the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle upon their marriage

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry
  • May 19 71st Cannes Film Festival: Japanese film "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 19 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1-0; Belgian international Eden Hazard scores 22' penalty
  • May 19 142nd Preakness Stakes: Mike Smith wins aboard Justify in fog for second-leg of the Triple Crown
  • May 20 Two cyclists attacked by a cougar, 1 dies, in North Bend, Washington State

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May 20 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and acussations of vote rigging

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • May 20 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards
  • May 20 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G &CC: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 3 from American trio Joe Durant, Steve Stricker & Gene Sauers
  • May 21 Mushrooms have poisoned more than 800 in western Iran, killing 11
  • May 21 US Justice Department says it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump's 2016 campaign
  • May 21 Teenager who started California's 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay $36.6 million to cover damages by district judge

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May 21 Former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama sign deal with Netflix to produce films and series

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • May 21 Truckers begin a 10 strike in Brazil, blocking roads in protest at the price of diesel leading to country-wide shortages
  • May 22 Stacey Abrams is the first black woman to be nominated as US state governor - for Georgia

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May 22 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is questioned by members of the European parliament in Brussels in wake of its security scandal

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 22 Outbreak of Nipah virus confirmed to have killed 10 including a nurse in Kozhikode, India
  • May 22 Australian court finds Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson guilty of covering up sexual abuse in 1970s, most senior Catholic priest to be convicted
  • May 22 New York Stock Exchange announces Stacey Cunningham will be its first woman head in its 226-year history

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May 19 American actress Meghan Markle (36) marries Prince Harry (33) at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, England

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
Prince of Wales Prince Harry
Prince of Wales
Prince Harry

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Javier Aller, Spanish actor (The Biggest Robbery Never Told), dies at 46 of complications from diabetes
  • May 1 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • May 1 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • May 1 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • May 1 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • May 1 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • May 1 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • May 1 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • May 1 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • May 1 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • May 1 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • May 1 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • May 1 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • May 1 Sun Yueh, Chinese-born Taiwanese actor (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), dies of sepsis at 87
  • May 1 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • May 1 Andrés Reyes [Universo 2000], Mexican pro wrestler (3 x CMLL World Heavyweight Championship), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • May 1 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • May 1 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89
  • May 2 Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • May 2 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), dies at 80
  • May 2 Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • May 2 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • May 2 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, dies at 94
  • May 2 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • May 2 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • May 2 Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • May 2 James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • May 2 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • May 2 Wolfgang Völz, German actor, dies at 87
  • May 2 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • May 2 Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress, dies at 93
  • May 2 Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), dies of cancer at 78
  • May 2 Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90
  • May 3 Jim Argue, American politician (Arkansas Senate, 1996–2008), dies of kidney cancer at 66
  • May 3 Monica Barnes, Irish politician (Teachta Dála, 1982–1992, 1997–2002; Senator, 1982), dies at 82
  • May 3 H. Basil S. Cooke, South African-Canadian geologist and paleontologist, dies at 102
  • May 3 Doina Cornea, Romanian human rights activist and professor, dies at 88
  • May 3 Alfonso Dhlakama, Mozambican politician and opposition leader (RENAMO), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • May 3 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • May 3 David Pines, American physicist, dies at 93
  • May 3 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93
  • May 3 Junior Rodriguez, American politician, dies at 82
  • May 3 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • May 3 Paolo Signorelli, Italian footballer, dies at 79
  • May 3 Demetrio Túpac Yupanqui, Peruvian academic and Quechua translator, dies at 94
  • May 4 Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer's disease
  • May 4 Edwin G. Burrows, American historian and professor, dies at 74
  • May 4 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 4 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • May 4 Barnet Fain, American businessman and artist, dies at 86
  • May 4 Cathy Godbold, Australian actress (The Saddle Club, Home and Away), dies of brain cancer at 43
  • May 4 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • May 4 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • May 4 BN Vijaya Kumar, Indian politician, dies at 59 of a heart attack
  • May 4 Lionel Lamy, French footballer, dies at 74
  • May 4 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21
  • May 5 Aaron D. Panken, American rabbi, dies in a plane crash at 53
  • May 5 Rosemarie Schruder, German writer, dies at 89
  • May 5 Stanley Falkow, American microbiologist (molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases), dies at 84
  • May 5 Ludwig Harig, German writer, dies at 90
  • May 5 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), dies at 86
  • May 6 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • May 6 Herbert E. Brekle, German typographer and linguist, dies at 82
  • May 6 Brad Steiger, American author and paranormal researcher, dies at 82
  • May 6 Khaled Mohieddin, Egyptian military officer (member of the Revolutionary Command Council), dies at 95
  • May 6 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • May 6 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • May 7 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Miki Muster, Slovenian artist, dies at 92
  • May 7 Isyaku Rabiu, Nigerian businessman and Islamic scholar, dies at 92
  • May 7 Jeremy D. Safran, Canadian-born American clinical psychologist, is killed during a burglary
  • May 7 Tore Torell, Norwegian magician, dies of cancer at 76
  • May 8 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), dies at 89
  • May 8 Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, dies at 81
  • May 8 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • May 8 Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, dies at 82 or 83
  • May 8 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92
  • May 9 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • May 9 Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35
  • May 9 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat & heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • May 9 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian & former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • May 9 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34
  • May 10 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
  • May 11 Josh Greenfeld, American author & screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), dies at 90
  • May 11 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), found dead after a suffering from mental illness at 36
  • May 12 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • May 13 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), dies at 69
  • May 14 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • May 14 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), dies at 88
  • May 16 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • May 16 Joseph Campanella, American character actor (Guiding Light, Mannix), dies at 93
  • May 18 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (November 1992), kills herself and her child at 47
  • May 20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77
  • May 20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80
  • May 22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97
  • May 23 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86
  • May 23 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, dies of a stroke at 75
  • May 24 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Mayor McCheese), dies at 98
  • May 24 Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88
  • May 25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90