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What Happened in May 2019

Historical Events

  • May 1 UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over leaking information about Huawei deal from a UK National Security Council meeting by Theresa May
  • May 1 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries for the fourth time to Suthida Tidjai, deputy head of his bodyguard, days before his coronation

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May 1 Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated due to ill health

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito

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May 1 Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in London

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • May 1 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary
  • May 1 Two-time South African Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya loses appeal against proposed rules to limit her testosterone levels; medically reducing levels the only way to continue competition
  • May 1 Evidence revealed that early humans from ancient Denisovan species lived at high altitudes in Tibet 160,000 years ago
  • May 1 US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee defending his handling of the Mueller Report

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May 1 Argentine forward Lionel Messi scores twice for his 600th goal for FC Barcelona in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool in a Champions League semi final

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • May 2 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time

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May 2 The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" are the first TV actors to be immortalized in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese theater in Los Angeles

Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki

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May 2 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

Religious Leader Louis Farrakhan
Religious Leader
Louis Farrakhan

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May 2 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller Report

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

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May 2 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • May 2 A clean-up on Mt Everest has removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks
  • May 2 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA

  • May 3 Cyclone Fani strikes Odisha State, India and Bangladesh, killing 33 people after one of the biggest human evacuations ever - 1.2 million in India in 24 hours

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May 4 Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez unifies a trio of middleweight world titles in a close, unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV

  • May 4 145th Kentucky Derby: stewards disqualify first-across-the-line Maximum Security for interference; longshot Country House declared winner; first DQ in race history for race infraction
  • May 5 Violent clashes between Israel and Gaza militants over three days have left 4 Israelis and 23 Palestinians dead
  • May 5 King Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, first monarch to be crowned in nearly seven decades during a three-day celebration in Bangkok
  • May 5 At least 41 people die when a Russian Aeroflot plane catches fire after an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
  • May 5 Oil tanker explosion kills 55 in Niamey, Niger
  • May 6 Pablo Sandoval becomes second MLB player since 1900 to throw a scoreless outing, hit a home run and steal a base in the same game in SF Giants' 12-4 loss in Cincinnati; joins Christy Mathewson 1905
  • May 6 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei announces a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex and adultery after worldwide condemnation over new Sharia laws
  • May 6 French telecom company Orange and its former CEO with other executives go on trial in France for psychological harassment of their staff that unions claim resultedin 19 suicides and 12 other attempts
  • May 6 One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction according to a major new UN report
  • May 7 Denver is the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin "magic mushrooms"
  • May 7 Turkish electoral body decides to re-run the Istanbul mayoral election, won by the opposition, amid worldwide criticism
  • May 7 Venezuela's Congress strips opposition lawmakers of immunity and accuses them of treason
  • May 7 Hackers seize control of the computer system of the US city of Baltimore, demanding a ransom in Bitcoins to unlock them
  • May 8 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay
  • May 8 Thailand's general elections official results show opposition Pheu Thai Party won most seats but still unable to form governmen, due to rules favoring the military
  • May 8 UK goes a week without using a coal-fired power station for first time in 137 years due to use of more renewables
  • May 8 Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • May 8 Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp signs new abortion law, the so-called "heart-beat bill" (comes into effect Jan 2020)

  • May 8 Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
  • May 8 Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent eight years in prison on death row for blasphemy arrives in Canada
  • May 9 English clubs create football history by taking all 4 final spots in Europe's 2 major competitions; Chelsea & Arsenal qualify in Europa Cup after 'miracle' Champions League wins for Liverpool & Spurs

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May 9 Pope Francis introduces new rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, criticized for not going far enough

  • May 9 New Australian $50 bank note misspelling of responsibility as "responsibilty" discovered on 46 million notes
  • May 9 French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin (72) successfully crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel arriving in Martinique
  • May 9 At least 65 migrants drown off the coast of Tunisia when their boat capsizes after leaving Libya according to the UN
  • May 9 Archaeologists hail Anglo-Saxon tomb found 2003 in Prittlewell, England, as Britain’s equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb as full report of its contents published
  • May 10 YouTube dispute between beauty vloggers James Charles and Tati Westbrook viewed more than 40 million times

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May 10 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • May 10 Taxi service Uber becomes a public company opening on the New York Stock Exchange
  • May 10 US begins raising tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to 25% after trade talks fail
  • May 11 South African parliamentary elections return ruling Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC party to power with reduced majority (58%)
  • May 11 Militants attack Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan killing five, Balochistan Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • May 11 Carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per million, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii

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May 11 American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law

Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano
Actress and Activist
Alyssa Milano
  • May 12 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run; Jasprit Bumrah 2/14 (4); Indians' 4th title
  • May 12 Manchester City beats Brighton, 4-1 to claim back-to-back English Premier League titles with 98 points, 1 ahead of runners-up, Liverpool
  • May 12 British TV Awards (Baftas): "Killing Eve" Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch win
  • May 12 Gunman kill five people and a priest in a Catholic church in Dablo, Burkina Faso, before setting fire to and looting nearby buildings
  • May 12 Cuba announced more rationing of products such as rice and beans due to US trade embargo and hoarding
  • May 13 Sri Lanka imposes a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am to curb violence against Muslims after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks
  • May 13 New study on the moon shows it is still shrinking with recent moonquakes as it cools, published in journal "Nature Geoscience"

SudanAnti Omar al-Bashir Protest

May 13 Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is charged in connection with the deaths of protesters the previous month
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Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
  • May 13 Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty for her part in the US college admissions scandal
  • May 13 China retatiates against the US as their trade war escalates, raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods affecting over 4,000 items
  • May 13 Diary of Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt's last days rediscovered and displayed for the 400th anniversary of his execution
  • May 13 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G &CC: Steve Stricker wins his first career major title by 6 strokes ahead of Billy Andrade, Paul Goydos & David Toms
  • May 14 Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site
  • May 14 San Francisco is the first city to vote to ban use of facial recognition
  • May 14 Steve Bullock, US Governor of Montana announces his run for Presidential office
  • May 14 Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl
  • May 15 Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest

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May 15 Five of world's biggest tech companies pledge to tackle extremist material at "The Christchurch Call" initiative in Paris hosted by Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • May 15 Mexico City declares an environmental emergency after air pollution reaches dangerous levels
  • May 15 Jeff Koons "Rabbit" sculpture sells for 91.1 million, setting a new record for a work by a living artist at auction
  • May 15 US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
  • May 15 Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"
  • May 16 UK talk show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" axed by ITV after a guest dies
  • May 16 Brooks Koepka fires tournament record equalling, and course record 63 (-7) to lead the PGA Championship by 1 stroke after the 1st round at Bethpage Black, NY
  • May 16 British people get drunk more than any other nation, 51 times year according to the Global Drug survey, with English-speaking countries drinking the most

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May 16 Last episode of TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco after 12 seasons

Actor Johnny Galecki
Actor
Johnny Galecki
Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco
Actor and Producer Jim Parsons
Actor and Producer
Jim Parsons
  • May 16 South African Saray Khumalo is the first black African woman to climb Mt Evervest
  • May 16 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces he is running for president, the 24th Democrat to run
  • May 16 New DNA research showing bedbugs are older than humans - 115 million years old and outlived dinosaurs, published in "Current Biology"

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May 16 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over IT threats, banning US companies from using foreign technology without a license

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • May 17 Brooks Koepka fires a 65 (-5) to set new record for lowest 36-hole score in a golf major at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park; 7 stroke lead is a 36-hole tournament record
  • May 17 Taiwan's parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, the first Asian country
  • May 17 Tyler, the Creator releases his fifth studio album "Igor" which becomes his first number-one album in the United States
  • May 18 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (85,854): Gabriel Jesus & Raheem Sterling each score twice as Manchester City thrash Watford, 6-0, completing an unprecedented domestic treble
  • May 18 144th Preakness: War of Will with Tyler Gaffalione aboard wins for trainer Mark E. Casse by a nose from Everfast
  • May 18 Australian federal elections won by Scott Morrison's coalition government In a in a surprise result
  • May 19 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Defending champion Brooks Koepka leads wire-to-wire; wins despite 5 bogeys on last 8 holes by 2 strokes from world #1 Dustin Johnson
  • May 19 Sprinter Dutee Chand comes out as India's first openly gay professional athlete
  • May 19 US billioniare Robert F. Smith announces he will pay off college loans of nearly 400 students of the graduating class of Morehouse College, Atlanta
  • May 19 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands
  • May 20 Google stops support for Huawei's Android system in an escalation of the tech war between US and China
  • May 20 Bangladesh imposes a 65-day ban on coastal fishing to conserve fish stocks
  • May 21 More than 600 people, 75% children, identified as HIV in a month in Sindh province, Pakistan, thought to be due to use of infected needles

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 21 Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed as winning re-election, defeating Prabowo Subianto with 55.5% of the vote

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • May 21 Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita sets a new record for the number of climbs of Mt Everest - 24
  • May 21 Washington is the first US state to legalize human composting
  • May 21 Austria's far-right Freedom Party resigns from the ruling coalition after two of their ministers are sacked for offering government contracts for political influence in a video

Famous Birthdays

  • May 6 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, British son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • May 1 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

Famous Deaths

  • May 2 Red Kelly, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach; politician (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 91
  • May 6 Seymour Nurse, Barbadian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 258 v NZ 1969), dies at 85
  • May 7 Georg Katzer, German composer (electroacoustic music), dies at 84
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79
  • May 13 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Person of interestDoris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 14 Grumpy Cat [Tardar Sauce], American cat internet celebrity, dies following complications from urinary tract infection at 7

Person of interestBob Hawke

May 16 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke

Person of interestI. M. Pei

May 16 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • May 17 Herman Wouk, American novelist (The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War), dies at 103
  • May 20 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70
  • May 22 Judith Kerr, British children's writer and illustrator (The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog books), dies at 95
  • May 22 Sultan Ahmad Shah, 7th King of Malaysia (1979-84), dies at 88
  • May 25 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), dies at 89
  • May 26 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85
  • May 27 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), dies of dementia at 69
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • May 30 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), dies at 81
  • May 31 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), dies at 71
  • May 31 Niara Sudarkasa [Gloria Albertha Marshall], American educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), dies at 80