On This Day

May 2015 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)
  • May 2 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
  • May 5 Scientists announce the discovery of the oldest & most distant galaxy known to man, EGS-zs8-1
  • May 5 Archaeornithura meemannae, the oldest known prehistoric bird, is discovered

Election of Interest

May 7 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister

Historic Event

May 7 Underwater explorers discover a silver ingot of Captain William Kidd's treasure near Madagascar

  • May 9 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis

Historic Event

May 11 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Historic Event

May 15 Carl Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service

  • May 17 A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people
  • May 17 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.
  • May 17 Canada defeats Russia to win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship
  • May 17 Melbourne Victory FC defeats Sydney FC to win the Australian A-League

Historic Event

May 19 Historic first handshake between Prince Charles and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the National University of Ireland in Galway

  • May 19 UK inflation is recorded as a negative for the first time since 1960
  • May 20 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest human-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus
  • May 20 5 major world banks (JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS and UBS) fined US$5.7bn for manipulating currency markets - some of the largest ever fines
  • May 22 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote
  • May 29 Heat wave in India centered in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states is reported to have killed 1800 people in a week

Historic Event

May 29 Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the President of Nigeria

  • May 29 Sepp Blatter is elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA
  • May 30 Namibia defeat Mozambique 2-0 to win the 2015 COSAFA Cup
  • May 30 FC Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey final

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William, born in London

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 7 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier & politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 12 Ruth Mompati, South African politician and Secretary of Nelson Mandela, dies at 89
  • May 20 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, dies at 87
  • May 22 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • May 30 L. Tom Perry, American religious leader (LDS apostle), dies at 92