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What Happened in May 2019 (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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
  • May 21 Omani author Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" with her translator Marilyn Booth
  • May 21 Protests across American cities defending abortion rights after several US states pass new abortion laws
  • May 21 Oldest and most distant gravitational waves detected from collision of two black holes with first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered, 7 billion light years away

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 22 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • May 22 UN General Assembly votes for a motion condemning UK occupation of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and for them to reunite with nearby Mauritius
  • May 22 Washington State becomes the 1st US state to legalize composting human bodies

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins re-election in a landslide over the opposition Congress Party, world's largest-ever democratic election with over 600 million voters

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • May 23 More than 170 tornadoes reported in a week in US states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, killing seven and causing widespread damage
  • May 23 Fifty children rescued from an international paedophile ring on the dark web in Thailand, Australia and the US by Interpol under Operation Blackwrist, main organizer sentenced to 146 years
  • May 23 Six migrant children have now died in US custody in eight months prompting calls for an investigation
  • May 23 Brazilian cosmetics group Natura buys UK's Avon for $2 billion, creating the world's fourth-largest cosmetics company
  • May 23 The last slave ship to smuggle slaves to America from Africa, the Clotilda (sunk 1860), is found in Mobile river, Alabama
  • May 23 Prototype of new high-speed train that will float above the track, capable of travelling 600km an hour (370 mph), unveiled by Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation in Qingdao
  • May 24 Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia and transphobia crimes
  • May 25 Tornado tears through El Reno, Oklahoma. killing two and injuring dozens

  • May 25 72nd Cannes Film Festival: Bong Joon-ho's South Korean film "Parasite" wins the Palme d'Or, Mati Diop, first black woman in competition wins Grand Prix award for "Atlantics"
  • May 25 Boat capsizes on Lake Mai-Ndombe, western Democratic Republic of Congo, drowning at least 45 with 200 missing
  • May 25 First ever albino panda footage in the wild released (taken in April) from China's Wolong National Nature Reserve
  • May 26 Nine climbers die in a week on Mt Everest after overcrowding leads to a huge queue to reach the summit
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: 2016 IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud of France finishes just two-tenths of a second ahead of Alexander Rossi
  • May 26 Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Aboriginal minister in government as the minister for indigenous Australians
  • May 26 Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill CC: American Ken Tanigawa wins his first career major title by 1 stroke ahead of Scott McCarron
  • May 27 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz removed from office after a no-confidence vote in parliament, Vice Chancellor Hartwig Löger appointed interim chancellor
  • May 27 European Parliament elections result in centralist parties losing their majority with liberals, the Greens and nationalists picking up more votes
  • May 27 World's rivers widely contaminated with antibiotics according to new global study of 711 sites
  • May 28 Johnson & Johnson go on trial in Oklahoma accused of deceptively marketing painkillers and downplaying risks of addiction helping create "opioid epidemic", first of 2,000 cases against US pharmaceutical firms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 US Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Donald Trump with a crime never an option as no legal means to charge a sitting president; and that his report does not exonerate the president

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 29 16 people charged for setting fire to and murdering a teenager who reported sexual harassment at an Islamic school in Feni, Bangladesh
  • May 29 World's smallest surviving baby, a girl, discharged from Sharp March Birch Hospital in San Diego after being born at 23 weeks weighing 8.6 ounces (245 grams)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 British politician Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over claims he lied to the public during Britain's Brexit campaign

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 29 Israel's Knesset calls a snap election after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • May 29 Transgender no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization
  • May 29 Tourist boat sinks after colliding with another boat on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, killing 28 people
  • May 30 Austria appoints its first female chancellor Brigitte Bierle to head caretaker government after fall of the coalition government
  • May 30 Narendra Modi sworn in for a second term as Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi with 8,000 guests at largest-ever gathering at the Presidential Palace

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • May 30 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signs new anti-abortion, making it the fifth southern US state to ban abortion when fetal heartbeat detected
  • May 30 Two new studies find eating processed foods leads to an early death and ill health published in "British Medical Journal"
  • May 31 Disgruntled employee shoots and kills 12 people at a US municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • May 31 US President Donald Trump threatens to impose extra 5% tax on Mexican goods if country does not increase its efforts to curb immigration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Former "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is announced as the new Batman


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