Historical Events in May 2016

  • May 2 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • May 2 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • May 3 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 4 John Kasich bows out of the race for US Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 5 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian state of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • May 7 142nd Kentucky Derby: Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in 2:01.31
  • May 8 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city
  • May 9 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals

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

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

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

  • May 19 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
  • May 21 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportably killed by a US drone in Pakistan
  • May 21 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds
  • May 22 69th Cannes Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or

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May 22 US President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a 3 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 22 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections

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May 22 TV series "Preacher", developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • May 23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • May 24 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops

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May 24 Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • May 27 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people
  • May 28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging a 3 year old boy who had slipped into it's enclosure
  • May 30 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge