On This Day

Historical Events in May 2014

  • May 1 Hundreds march through Nigerian capital calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, Boko Haram, who oppose Western education
  • May 2 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • May 3 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66
  • May 3 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 4 Juan Carlos Varela is elected President of Panama
  • May 5 China announces it will upgrade Ethiopia's infrastructure in an effort to improve a China-Africa strategic partnership

Sports History

May 5 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Briton Mark Selby beats countryman Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14, the first of 3 world titles

  • May 6 Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria
  • May 7 Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine
  • May 8 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans

Historic Event

May 8 World's oldest astrolabe (mariner's navigator tool) c. 1498 from Portuguese shipwreck of explorer Vasco da Gama found near Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman

  • May 10 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • May 10 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing "Rise Like a Phoenix" in Copenhagen
  • May 10 Kara Walker's artwork "The Subtlety" opens - an installation of a sphinx made of sugar at the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, NY [1]
  • May 11 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China
  • May 11 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: German Martin Kaymer leads after each round to win by 1 stroke ahead of Jim Furyk; first 8-figure purse in golf with winner's share $1.8 million
  • May 12 Voters in Eastern Ukraine vote for self-rule in referendum
  • May 13 Unidentified shipwreck is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti by marine archaeologist Barry Clifford
  • May 13 301 miners are killed by an underground explosion and mine fire in Soma Mine, Manisa, Turkey
  • May 16 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • May 17 Atlético Madrid win the 2013–14 La Liga
  • May 17 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,345): Arsenal beats Hull City, 3–2 (a.e.t.); Aaron Ramsey scores 109' winner

Sports History

May 17 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal

  • May 17 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84
  • May 17 The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
  • May 17 St Johnstone FC win the Scottish Cup for 1st time in 130 years, defeating Dundee United 2-0
  • May 18 Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage
  • May 18 60th British Academy Television Awards: "A League of Their Own" Best Comedy, "Broadchurch" Best Drama
  • May 18 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Kenny Perry wins his third of 4 Champions Tour majors by 1 stroke from Mark Calcavecchia
  • May 19 Decorated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed as manager of Manchester United; Ryan Giggs named assistant, confirms retirement as a player at age 40 after 963 games and English record 22 major trophies
  • May 21 José Mário Vaz is elected President of Guinea-Bissau

Agreement of Interest

May 21 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure

  • May 21 Thai army declares martial law and closes down several news stations
  • May 22 Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom's constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932
  • May 23 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria

Music Premiere

May 23 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • May 24 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by the army after a military coup
  • May 24 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Real Madrid beats cross town rivals Atlético Madrid, 4-1 after extra time; scores locked at 1-1 in regulation; Los Blancos record 10th title

Election of Interest

May 25 Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine

  • May 25 Dalia Grybauskaitė is re-elected President of Lithuania
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay holds off runner-up Hélio Castroneves of Brazil by a margin of 0.0600 seconds, the second-closest finish in race history
  • May 25 67th Cannes Film Festival: "Winter Sleep" directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 25 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Shore Harbor: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 4 strokes from Tom Watson

Historic Event

May 26 Narendra Modi becomes the 15th Prime Minister of India

  • May 26 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • May 26 Protests across Thailand in response to military coup; General Prayuth warns of a crackdown in demonstrations continue

Historic Event

May 27 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector

  • May 28 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is elected President of Egypt

Historic Event

May 29 President Obama approves US military training of 'moderate' Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups

  • May 29 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

Film Release

May 30 Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is released to theatres, MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen

  • May 30 Former military chief al-Sisi wins 93 percent of the vote in Egypt's presidential election

Music History

May 31 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube