Historical Events in 2016

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  • Jan 1 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • Jan 1 Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.
  • Jan 2 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
  • Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors
  • Jan 3 Scotsman Gary Anderson retains his PDC World Darts Championship beating Adrian Lewis of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • Jan 4 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • Jan 5 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Music History

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5M taken by "Avatar"

Historic Event

Jan 6 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles

  • Jan 6 North Korea states that they have successfully conducted their fourth nuclear test, saying it was a hydrogen bomb in a claim disputed by most international experts

Album Release

Jan 8 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

El Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jan 8 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

  • Jan 9 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead and the home nation's second title

Golden Globes

Jan 10 73rd Golden Globes: "The Revenant", "The Martian", Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

  • Jan 11 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40

Ballon d'Or

Jan 11 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

  • Jan 13 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • Jan 14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • Jan 15 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56
  • Jan 16 First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

Historic Event

Jan 17 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

  • Jan 18 World's 62 richest people are now as wealthy as half the world's population according to a report published by Oxfam
  • Jan 19 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015

Historic Event

Jan 19 Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump's presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa

  • Jan 22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours in Somerset and Bedford counties, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Historic Event

Jan 23 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue

  • Jan 23 Category 5 blizzard delivers record 3ft of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, killing 55 and incurring estimated $500m - $3bn economic losses
  • Jan 23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years
  • Jan 24 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • Jan 24 NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals, 49-15
  • Jan 24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Jan 25 British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • Jan 26 Cold snap across East Asia leads to more than 50 deaths and 60,000 travellers stranded in South Korea
  • Jan 26 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • Jan 27 On This Day receives its second substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
  • Jan 28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber of Germany wins her first major title; beats Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

  • Jan 30 Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136
  • Jan 31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • Jan 31 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković retains Championship for his record-equaling 6th Australian title; beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Irvin beats Team Rice, 49-27; MVPs: Russell Wilson, Seattle, QB; Michael Bennett, Seattle, DE

  • Feb 1 Alphabet, Google's parent company surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results
  • Feb 1 Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw
  • Feb 1 Poor weather conditions strand 100,000 Chinese New Year travelers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China
  • Feb 1 WHO declares a global public health emergency over the rapid spread of zika-linked conditions
  • Feb 2 First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas
  • Feb 3 Lord Lucan's death certificate is granted, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett

Election of Interest

Feb 3 Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race

Historic Event

Feb 3 US President Barack Obama visits his first US mosque - the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Maryland

  • Feb 4 Fifth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on MSNBC, held in Durham, New Hampshire
  • Feb 4 Morocco's Mohammed VI switches on world's largest solar plant near Ouarzazate. Planned to power 1 million homes when fully completed 2018
  • Feb 4 Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace
  • Feb 5 Computer hackers try to steal 1 billion from Federal Reserve Bank of New York using Bangladesh banking codes, steal 81 million before a typo alerts authorities
  • Feb 6 Eighth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire
  • Feb 7 Super Bowl L, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers, 24–10; MVP: Von Miller, Denver, LB

Television Debut

Feb 8 Late-night talk show "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" debuts on TBS in the US

  • Feb 9 Two German passenger trains collide near Bad Aibling, Bavaria, killing 10 and seriously injuring 18
  • Feb 9 US primary elections: New Hampshire Primary, In Republican race Donald Trump wins (35%), John Kasich 2nd (16%), and Bernie Sanders (60%) defeats Hillary Clinton (38%) in Democratic race
  • Feb 10 Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspend their campaigns
  • Feb 10 Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño
  • Feb 11 Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • Feb 11 Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrenders to authorities after 41 days
  • Feb 11 Riot between rival drug cartels at a prison in Monterrey, Mexico, leaves 52 dead
  • Feb 11 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 12 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • Feb 12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)

Papal Visit

Feb 12 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City

  • Feb 12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

Historic Event

Feb 12 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • Feb 13 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Feb 14 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "The Revenant" Best Film, and Best Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Feb 14 NBA All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON: West beats East, 196-173; MVP: Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder, G

Grammy Awards

Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran; Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

  • Feb 16 China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world's largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life
  • Feb 16 Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy is placed under investigation for campaign funds
  • Feb 17 Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey, by Kurdish militant eaves 28 dead
  • Feb 17 Channing Dungey announced new President of ABC Entertainment Group, first African-American to lead a major US broadcast network

Historic Event

Feb 17 Chief executive Tim Cook confirms Apple will contest an FBI order to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook

Sports History

Feb 17 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."

  • Feb 17 Oldest known case of human-Neanderthal sex (100,000 yrs ago) revealed by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), 50,000 yr old Neanderthal woman's remains from Altai mountains show traces of Homo Sapiens DNA
  • Feb 18 Pope Francis questions US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a wall on the Mexican border

Music History

Feb 20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

  • Feb 20 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6

Historic Event

Feb 20 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

  • Feb 20 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)
  • Feb 20 US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%
  • Feb 20 US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 32.5%
  • Feb 21 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history - by just 0.01s from Martin Truex Jr
  • Feb 21 66th Berlin International Film Festival: Italian documentary "Fire at Sea" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Bombings in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus kill 140 people, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Feb 22 10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal
  • Feb 23 US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 45.9.5%
  • Feb 24 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a burial site in Nimes, France

Film & TV History

Feb 25 Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller are honoured by unite4:humanity for their work promoting awareness of and fundraising for Alzheimer's research

  • Feb 25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 26 Iranian elections: reformers and moderates win control of parliament
  • Feb 28 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress

Academy Awards

Feb 28 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture - "Spotlight", Best Director - Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("The Revenant"), Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant"), Best Actress - Brie Larson ("Room")

  • Feb 28 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Historic Event

Mar 1 Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world's billionaires shrinks to 1,810

  • Mar 1 Gene for grey hair (IRF4) discovery announced by Scientists from University College London in "Nature Communications"
  • Mar 1 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence; issues a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman
  • Mar 1 South Korean opposition MPs set a world record for longest filibuster - 9 days (192 hours) trying to block anti-terror bill
  • Mar 1 Two Guatemalan military officers are convicted of sexual slavery during country's civil war - first ever prosecution of sexual slavery during an armed conflict
  • Mar 1 US primary elections: Super Tuesday - both Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton win seven state races each
  • Mar 2 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • Mar 2 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

Historic Event

Mar 2 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

  • Mar 3 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 5 US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 5 US primary elections: Super Saturday - Republican Donald Trump and Ted Cruz win 2 states, Democratics Bernie Sanders wins 2, Hillary Clinton one
  • Mar 6 Seventh Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN and held in Flint, Michigan

Sports History

Mar 7 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

Sports History

Mar 7 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test for meldonium at Australian Open in January, subsequently suspended for 15 months

Film & TV History

Mar 8 Turner Classic Movies show several of Claire Trevor’s films to honor the 106th anniversary of her birth

  • Mar 9 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • Mar 10 Twelfth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Mar 13 Suicide Bombing in Ankara, Turkey kills 37 people
  • Mar 14 Marco Rubio announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • Mar 14 NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average

Historic Event

Mar 14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria

  • Mar 15 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1
  • Mar 16 US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea

Historic Event

Mar 16 US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

  • Mar 17 Archaeologists announce the discovery of an 2,500 year old iron age warrior king burial ground, with 75 graves in Pocklington, Northern England

Historic Event

Mar 17 Brazilian federal judge blocks swearing-in of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as Chief of Staff to President Dilma Rousseff, as part of "Car Wash" controversy

Film & TV History

Mar 19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

Sports History

Mar 19 England beats France 31-21 at Stade de France, Paris to claim Six Nations Rugby Championship; secure their first Grand Slam since 2003; Owen Farrell with 7 goals, England's 2nd-highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson

Obama Family Visit Cuba

Mar 20 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3 day tour

  • Mar 22 Suicide bombings at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claim responsibility

Historic Event

Mar 23 GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen

Historic Event

Mar 24 Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadžić is found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment

  • Mar 24 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl
  • Mar 25 Suicide attack during a football match in Iskandariya, Iraq kills at least 32 people, ISIS claim responsibility

Album Release

Mar 25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

  • Mar 26 US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska
  • Mar 27 Suicide bomb kills more than 70 people at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban connected Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claim responsibility
  • Apr 1 The Golden State Warriors NBA record winning home run ends at 54 games with a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics; the loss at Oracle Arena was the Warriors’ first since January 2015

Golf Major

Apr 3 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 1 from Charley Hull & Chun In-gee for her second major title

  • Apr 3 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Hayley Matthews with 66 from 45 balls leads West Indies to 149/2; beat Australia 148/5 by 4 wickets with 2 balls to spare
  • Apr 3 Panama Papers published - 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca expose widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world's elite in the world's largest ever data leak

WrestleMania

Apr 3 WrestleMania XXXII, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX (101,763): Roman Reigns defeats Triple H; The Undertaker beats Shane McMahon in "Hell in a Cell"

  • Apr 4 78th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats North Carolina, 77-74; Wildcats guard Phil Booth, 20 points

Music Single

Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

Sports History

Apr 5 35th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut defeats Syracuse, 82–51; Huskies' power forward Breanna Stewart, 24 points

  • Apr 5 Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigns after the Panama Papers leak show a conflict of interest
  • Apr 5 PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation
  • Apr 5 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
  • Apr 6 First baby born with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer in Mexico
  • Apr 6 France passes legislation making it illegal to pay for sex

Historic Event

Apr 6 Protests in Lima, Peru by 30,000 against presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori on 24th anniversary of her father Alberto Fujimori's coup

  • Apr 6 US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz
  • Apr 7 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • Apr 8 31st Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A
  • Apr 9 169th Grand National: David Mullins victorious aboard 33/1 Rule The World; wins by 6 lengths from race favourite The Last Samuri

US Masters Golf

Apr 10 80th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: England's Danny Willett wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Lee Westwood and defending champion Jordan Spieth

  • Apr 10 Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400

Historic Event

Apr 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy political party Demosistō established by Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow

  • Apr 11 UN-backed ceasefire comes into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces
  • Apr 11 Updated "Tree of Life" published in "Nature Microbiology" by scientists from Berkeley University in California

Historic Event

Apr 12 Breakthrough Starshot: Scientists and internet entrepreneurs, including Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Mark Zuckerberg, announce interstellar project to send robot spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

  • Apr 18 120th Boston Marathon: Ethiopian double; Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins men's section in 2:12:45; Atsede Baysa takes women's event in 2:29:19
  • Apr 18 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Sernea Williams; Team: New Zealand Men's National Rugby Union team
  • Apr 21 US President Barack Obama begins a 4 day visit to the UK with Michelle Obama
  • Apr 22 Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C

Album Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 26 CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, announces that he will be giving his employees 10% of the shares in Chobani
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: Cal quarterback Jared Goff first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year, 2016)
  • Apr 29 Canadian musician Drake releases "Views", his 4th studio album
  • Apr 29 Iranian run-off elections give moderates and reforms a majority in parliament
  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 2 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Mark Selby of England beats China's Ding Junhui, 18-14 for his second world crown
  • May 3 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 4 Ohio Governor John Kasich bows out of the race for US Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 5 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • May 7 142nd Kentucky Derby: 3-1 chance Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in front of second largest attendance of 167,227
  • May 8 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city

Historic Event

May 9 Boris Johnson resigns as Mayor of London, succeeded by Sadiq Khan

Election of Interest

May 9 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals

  • May 10 Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy
  • May 11 Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for budgetary violations
  • May 12 Michel Temer, former vice-president, becomes Brazilian interim President after a vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff

Album Release

May 13 Chance the Rapper releases his third mixtape "Coloring Book" on Apple Music - first album to chart on Billboard Top 100 based only on streams (Grammy for Best Rap Album)

  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"

Sports History

May 14 Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition

  • May 15 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: World #1 and reigning PGA Champion Jason Day of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win by 4 strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell
  • May 19 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo

Sports History

May 21 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds

  • May 21 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Manchester United beats Crystal Palace, 2-1 (a.e.t.); Jesse Lingard scores 110' winner
  • May 21 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • May 21 On same card, American boxer Jermell Charlo KOs John Jackson in 8th to claim vacant WBC super welterweight title, and Jermall Charlo beats Austin Trout on points to retain IBF version; first twins to hold world championships in same weight division
  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections