May 2013 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • May 1 15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq
  • May 1 16 people are killed in a flash flood in Saudi Arabia
  • May 1 A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes
  • May 2 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
  • May 2 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • May 2 60 miners are killed after a gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan
  • May 2 Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 3 Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in China
  • May 4 5 US soldiers are killed by a bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • May 4 77 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Baniyas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • May 4 39 people are killed at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria
  • May 4 Juventus F.C. win their 29th Serie A football title
  • May 5 10 people are killed in a church attack in Njilan, Nigeria
  • May 5 5 people are killed after a limousine catches fire in Hayward, California
  • May 6 10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
  • May 6 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
  • May 6 15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan
  • May 6 Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
  • May 6 The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
  • May 7 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
  • May 7 The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs
  • May 7 4 people are killed after the Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines
  • May 7 20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
  • May 7 8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India
  • May 7 Jolly Nero, an Italian cargo ship, crashes into the port of Genoa, killing seven people
  • May 7 Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 8 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India
  • May 8 Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud
  • May 11 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
  • May 11 Bayern Munich set a new  Bundesliga points record of 91
  • May 11 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years

BeatificationCanonization

May 12 Pope Francis canonizes the 813 martyrs of Otranto as Saints

Pope Francis
Pope
Francis
  • May 12 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield departs the International Space Station to return to Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • May 14 Brazil becomes the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 14 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel "Americanah" is published

  • May 15 The Eurozone records a recession for the sixth straight quarter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Bill Gates regains his position as the world's richest man with $72.7 billion after losing the position in 2008

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • May 16 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation
  • May 16 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
  • May 17 90 people are killed and 200 are injured after a series of bombings across Iraq
  • May 20 133 people are killed and 283 are injured in a continued wave of insurgency in Iraq
  • May 20 2 people are killed and 20 are injured after a hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • May 20 The Church of Scotland votes to allow openly gay men and women to be ministers
  • May 20 Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion
  • May 21 Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One
  • May 22 British Army Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
  • May 24 Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador
  • May 25 17 children are killed by a gas cylinder explosion on a school bus in Gujrat, Pakistan
  • May 25  Yuichiro Miura of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Everest at 80
  • May 26 The Mumbai Indians defeat the Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian 20/20 Premier League
  • May 27 75 people are killed and 200 are injured in a wave of bombings across Iraq
  • May 27 The largest flag ever made at 5 tons with 44 miles of thread is unveiled in Romania

Weddings in History

  • May 19 Former Armor for Sleep frontman Ben Jorgensen (29) weds actress Katrina Bowden (24) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, New York

Deaths in History

  • May 4 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist, dies from euthanasia at 95
  • May 4 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • May 6 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • May 7 Ray Harryhausen, American visual effects creator, dies at 92
  • May 8 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • May 13 Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • May 16 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 79
  • May 16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • May 17 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinean dictator, dies from complications from a fall at 87
  • May 26 Jack Vance, American sci-fi author, dies at 96
  • May 31 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55