Historical Events in May 2017

  • May 1 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

AgreementAgreement of Interest

May 1 Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

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May 5 Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue, is made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour
  • May 6 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • May 6 143rd Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming ridden by John Velasquez wins
  • May 6 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria
  • May 6 France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory

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May 7 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen

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May 7 MTV becomes 1st major awards show to adopt gender-neutral categories - Emma Watson best film actor, Millie Bobby Brown best TV actor

Actress Emma Watson
Actress
Emma Watson
  • May 7 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box-office film ever earning $120 million

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May 9 US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 9 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
  • May 9 Fossil of Chinese feathered baby dinosaur formally identified as Beibeilong sinensis (baby dragon in Chinese)
  • May 9 Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok jailed for 2 years for blasphemy

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May 10 USGS releases a report saying that some glaciers in Montana have receded by 85% in the last 50 years
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  • May 10 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office

  • May 10 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion
  • May 12 Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 12 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles
  • May 13 62nd Eurovision Song Contest: Portugal's Salvador Sobral wins singing "Amar Pelos Dois"
  • May 13 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11
  • May 13 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • May 15 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • May 15 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson
  • May 15 State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
  • May 16 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case
  • May 20 142nd Preakness Stakes: Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins in 1 minute 55.98 seconds
  • May 20 US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • May 21 BTS wins the Top Social Artist at the Billboard Awards, becoming the first Kpop group to win any Billboard Award
  • May 22 Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station
  • May 22 South Africa's Western Cape province declares a drought disaster - worst for 113 years

Music concertMusic Concert

May 22 Suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, England, after Ariana Grande concert kills 22 and injures 59

  • May 23 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing
  • May 23 US President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • May 24 UEFA Europa League won by Manchester United 2-0 against Ajax in Stockholm
  • May 25 Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing

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May 25 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 25 "Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine premieres in Los Angeles - 1st superhero film directed by a woman
  • May 26 Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best killed, Micah David-Cole Fletcher injured defending Muslim teenager in Portland, Oregon
  • May 27 FA Cup Final: Aaron Ramsey scores 79' winner as Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1; Arsène Wenger becomes most successful manager in FA Cup history, winning his 7th title
  • May 27 In Bangalore, India, white puffy toxic foam begins spilling out of Varthur Lake onto city streets
  • May 28 Swedish film "The Square" directed by Ruben Ostlund wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 28 Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka kill at least 151
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Takuma Sato wins in 3:13:03.3584
  • May 28 Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan, 1st Dutchman to win

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May 29 Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • May 29 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead
  • May 30 Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • May 30 Bomb outside government pension office in Baghdad kills 14, injures 34, Islamic State claim respnsibility

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May 30 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • May 30 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system
  • May 30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400
  • May 31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombassa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • May 31 Comedienne Kathy Griffin fired from CNN after photo of her holding bloody head resembling Donald Trump by Tyler Shields posted