May 2013 in History

Events in History

  • 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 1 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • May 2 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
  • May 2 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
  • 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 39 people are killed at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria
  • 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 Interest

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

  • 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 Brazilian neobank Nubank founded in Brazil by David Vélez, Cristina Junqueira and Edward Wible
  • May 6 The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
  • May 6 Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
  • May 7 20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
  • May 7 4 people are killed after the Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines
  • May 7 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
  • May 7 8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India
  • May 7 Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 7 Jolly Nero, an Italian cargo ship, crashes into the port of Genoa, killing seven people
  • May 7 The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs
  • May 8 33 people are killed after an overloaded bus falls into a river in Himachal Pradesh, India

Event of Interest

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 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • May 12 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title


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

Event of Interest

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

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

Historic 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 Interest

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

  • May 16 Human stem cells are successfully cloned
  • May 16 Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation
  • 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 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 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
  • May 31 First tornado chaser to be killed by a tornado; Tim Samara and two others killed by El Reno tornado in Oklahoma, the widest ever recorded at 2.6 miles (4.2 km)

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 (Nobel 1974), dies from euthanasia at 95
  • May 4 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • May 4 Otis Bowen, American politician, US Sec of Health & Human Services (1985-89), dies at 95
  • May 5 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, dies at 78
  • May 6 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • May 8 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), dies at 88
  • May 13 Dr. Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, dies from respiratory failure at 85
  • May 16 Bernard Waber, American children's book author, dies from kidney failure at 88
  • May 16 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), dies at 79

Jorge Rafael Videla (1925-2013)

May 17 Argentine military officer and dictator (1976-81), dies from complications from a fall at 87

  • May 22 Fusilier Lee Rigby, British Army soldier, murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
  • May 24 Michel Crozier, French sociologist, dies at 90
  • May 26 Jack Vance, American sci-fi author, dies at 96
  • May 29 Henekh "Henry" Morgentaler, Polish-Canadian gynecologist, abortion rights advocate, and Holocaust survivor, dies at 90
  • May 31 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55