On This Day

May 2012 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal

The Scream

May 2 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500

  • May 4 14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
  • May 5 Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970
  • May 5 17 people are killed and 47 missing after a flash flood in Nepal

Election of Interest

May 6 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

  • May 6 Greek parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures
  • May 7 NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province

Historic Event

May 7 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia

  • May 7 Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth

Appointment of Interest

May 8 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

  • May 9 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • May 9 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

Historic Event

May 9 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same-sex marriage

  • May 10 The Red Cross suspends all humanitarian work in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped and killed
  • May 10 Two bombings in Damascus, Syria, kill 55 people and injure 370
  • May 11 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • May 12 The discovery of a missing Mayan calendar piece disproves 2012 Armageddon
  • May 13 49 dismembered bodies are found on a Mexican highway as part of the Mexican drug war
  • May 13 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
  • May 14 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons agree to end mass hunger strike
  • May 14 Stanford University scientists develop prototype bionic eye
  • May 15 Eurozone economy narrowly avoids recession
  • May 15 Greece's fifth attempt to a form a coalition government fails and new June elections are scheduled
  • May 20 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • May 20 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia
  • May 21 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana'a, Yemen
  • May 21 13 people are killed and 22 people injured after a bus falls 80 metres off a cliff in Albania
  • May 22 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • May 25 Up to 116 people are massacred, including women and children, by the Syrian army in Houla, in the Homs province

Historic Event

May 25 A SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station

  • May 26 A gunman in the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa kills 2, wounds 7

Historic Event

May 26 Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents

  • May 27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • May 27 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, The GC at Harbor Shores: Englishman Roger Chapman wins first of 2 Champions Tour major titles of the year by 2 strokes from John Cook
  • May 29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear
  • May 29 Facebook's problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches
  • May 29 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills 24 people near Bologna, northern Italy
  • May 29 Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million
  • May 30 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
  • May 31 Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency

Weddings in History

Mark Zuckerberg

May 19 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28) weds his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan at a small ceremony in Palo Alto, California

Deaths in History

  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

Vidal Sassoon

May 9 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist & CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 15 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), dies at 92
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, dies at 91
  • May 23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • May 25 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94