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May 2017 in History

Events in History


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May 5 Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue, is made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour
  • May 6 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • May 6 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 7 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 9 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
  • May 9 Fossil of Chinese feathered baby dinosaur formally identified as Beibeilong sinensis (baby dragon in Chinese)
  • May 9 Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok jailed for 2 years for blasphemy

USABoulder Glacier Melting

May 10 USGS releases a report saying that some glaciers in Montana have receded by 85% in the last 50 years

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Boulder Glacier in Montana as it appeared in 1932 (left) and 2005 (right)
Boulder Glacier in Montana as it appeared in 1932 (left) and 2005 (right)
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  • May 10 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office
  • May 10 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion
  • May 12 Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease
  • May 13 Bus plunges off cliff near Marmaris, Turkey, killing at least 23, injuring 11
  • May 13 22 year old UK blogger halts spread of global ransomware cyber-attack by accidentally identifying "kill switch"
  • May 15 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • May 15 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson

  • May 15 State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
  • May 16 10-year-old girl granted special 20 week abortion request in Rohtak, India in land-mark case
  • May 20 US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Barnum & Bailey Circus performs for the last time at the Nassau Coliseum in NYC after 146 years

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman James Anthony Bailey
Circus Showman and Businessman
James Anthony Bailey
  • May 22 Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station
  • May 22 South Africa's Western Cape province declares a drought disaster - worst for 113 years
  • May 23 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

May 23 US President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Pope Francis
Pope
Pope Francis
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 25 Pitched battles between Islamic State-linked militants and Philippine government troops in and around Marawi, leave 43 dead, with thousands fleeing

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May 25 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 26 Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best killed, Micah David-Cole Fletcher injured defending Muslim teenager in Portland, Oregon
  • May 27 In Bangalore, India, white puffy toxic foam begins spilling out of Varthur Lake onto city streets
  • May 28 Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka kill at least 151
  • May 28 Tom Dumoulin wins the 100th Giro d’Italia in Milan, 1st Dutchman to win
  • May 29 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead
  • May 30 Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • May 30 Bomb outside government pension office in Baghdad kills 14, injures 34, Islamic State claim respnsibility
  • May 30 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system
  • May 30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400
  • May 31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombassa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Weddings in History

  • May 20 Pippa Middleton (33), sister of the Duchess of Cambridge marries James Matthews (41) in Englefield, Berkshire

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97), dies at 78
  • May 1 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • May 2 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • May 4 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • May 9 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat & vice premier, dies at 89
  • May 11 Jur Mellema, Dutch politician (CHU), dies at 93
  • May 12 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), dies at 93
  • May 14 Elske ter Veld, Dutch politician (State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment), dies at 72
  • May 15 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), dies in prison at 79
  • May 18 Roger Ailes, American TV executive & CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • May 18 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer & founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101
  • May 23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • May 25 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91
  • May 26 Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American national security advisor to President Carter (1977-1981), dies at 89

Person of interestManuel Noriega

May 29 Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 29 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98