On This Day

May 2016 in History

Events in History

  • May 3 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 4 John Kasich bows out of the race for US Republican Presidential nominee
  • May 5 Fort McMurray wildfires: Canadian province of Alberta declares a state of emergency as evacuation of 80,000 people continues
  • May 8 Sadiq Khan (L) is elected Mayor of London, - 1st Muslim mayor of a major Western city

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May 9 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte

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May 9 Boris Johnson resigns as Mayor of London, succeeded by Sadiq Khan

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • May 10 Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy

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May 11 Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for budgetary violations

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • May 12 Michel Temer, former vice-president, becomes Brazilian interim President after a vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff
  • May 19 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo
  • May 21 Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban is reportedly killed by a US drone in Pakistan

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May 22 US President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a 3 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • May 22 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections
  • May 23 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • May 24 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops
  • May 27 3 ships in 3 days sink carrying immigrants across the Mediterraneann, drowning over 700 people
  • May 28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging a 3 year old boy who had slipped into its enclosure
  • May 29 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Harbor Shores: Rocco Mediate wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Colin Montgomerie of Scotland
  • May 30 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge

Weddings in History

  • May 7 Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Morgan Stewart (27) weds cast-mate and real estate agent Brendan Fitzpatrick at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
  • May 28 The daughter of the duke of Wellington Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley weds financier Alejandro Santo Domingo (39) in Íllora, Spain

Deaths in History

  • May 2 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • May 3 Thomas W. Libous, American politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • May 3 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • May 4 Robert "Bob" Bennett, American politician (U.S. Senator from Utah), dies at 82
  • May 6 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), dies at 92
  • May 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • May 8 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • May 9 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • May 12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89), dies at 96
  • May 21 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • May 25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • May 28 Harambe, Western lowland gorilla resident at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, shot and killed at 17 by a zoo worker to protect a 3 year old boy who had climbed into its enclosure