May 2018 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Violent May Day protests in Paris by far-left Black Blocs group result in 200 arrests
  • May 1 Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol
  • May 2 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states
  • May 2 Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
  • May 2 Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
  • May 2 Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years
  • May 2 Date for first humans or hominins in the Philippines pushed back ten-fold after report of site on Luzon with butchered rhinoceros 709,000 years ago
  • May 2 New research show plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
  • May 2 Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat
  • May 3 Indian government confirms around 110 people have died in dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 9 days
  • May 3 Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
  • May 4 California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy
  • May 5 Electric cigarette explodes killing a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, first death from a vaping product

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May 7 Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • May 7 More mudslides in Rwanda kill 18 people bringing the year's death toll to 200
  • May 7 Global tourism accounts for 8% of the world's carbon emissions according to a University of Sydney study
  • May 7 Iran-Contra figure Oliver North announced as the new President of the US National Rifle Association

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May 8 President Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 8 Ebola outbreak declared in north-west Democratic Republic of Congo with 2 confirmed cases and 17 deaths
  • May 8 Paris St-Germain seals the French domestic football treble with a 2-0 win over 3rd Div Les Herbiers in the French Cup Final at the Stade de France
  • May 8 Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists

Election of InterestMalaysian 14th General Election

May 9 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition
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  • May 9 Walmart takes a majority stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart for 16 billion
  • May 9 India's Supreme Court criticises the country’s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration and green slime

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May 9 Iranians and their president Hassan Rouhani react angrily to President Trump pulling the US out the Iran Nuclear deal

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • May 9 Dam bursts after heavy rains near Solai, Kenya, killing at least 41
  • May 9 Nicaraguan anti-government protests involving tens of thousands take place in Managua and Matagalpa y Chinandega
  • May 9 Oldest viral DNA, a form of hepatitis B, reported discovered in 7,000 year old skeleton found in Germany
  • May 9 Argentina announces talks with the IMF amid a new financial crisis with interest rates at 40%
  • May 10 Israel fires missiles at 70 Iranian targets inside Syria after Iran fires missiles into the Golan Heights, with claims Israel struck first in attack on Baath

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May 10 New record auction price for a Latin American artwork of $9.76 million for Diego Rivera's "The Rivals"

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

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May 10 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • May 10 China announces plans for the world's largest weather-control mechanism, rain-inducing machines for the Tibetan Plateau (area the size of Alaska)

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May 10 Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • May 11 Mass murder-suicide in Margaret River, Australia, grandfather shoots six members of his family and himself
  • May 11 Most popular names in the US for 2017 revealed as Emma for girls, Liam for boys
  • May 12 Insurgent group attacks the town of Muse, Myanmar, killing at least 19 people, Ta’ang National Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • May 13 Family of six carry out 3 church bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, killing at least 13. Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • May 13 China's first domestically built aircraft carrier begins sea trials in Dalian, China
  • May 13 Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored in a 4-0 win against Brighton to set the EPL goal scoring record (32) for a 38-game season
  • May 14 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"

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May 14 Melania Trump, wife of US President Trump, is treated in hospital for a benign kidney condition

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • May 14 Indian politician Shashi Tharoor is charged by police with driving his wife to commit suicide
  • May 14 Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest
  • May 14 Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons
  • May 14 US Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
  • May 15 Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is released from prison after being pardoned by King Muhammad V
  • May 15 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and 1700 hospitalized on the Gaza border protesting opening of US embassy in Jerusalem and 70 year founding of Israel
  • May 15 Controversial Kerch bridge linking Russia and annexed Crimea opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 19km the longest bridge in Europe.
  • May 15 Taliban forces attack and claim to has seized control of the western city of Farah, Afghanistan
  • May 15 Flyover collapses in Varanasi, India, killing at least 18

  • May 15 North Korea threatens to pull out of summit with US and South Korea saying it can "not hide our feeling of repugnance" towards US security advisor John Bolton
  • May 15 "Laurel vs Yanny" disagreement over what word heard in an audio file begins across social media
  • May 17 Gina Haspel confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate
  • May 17 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo spreads to the city of Mbandaka
  • May 17 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting; 17 year-old shooter kills 10 and injures 10 in Santa Fe, Texas
  • May 18 Mexican Damojh airlines flight crashes near Havana airport, Cuba, killing 110 with just 3 survivors
  • May 18 All of Chile's 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal
  • May 18 K-pop boy band BTS release their album "Love Yourself: Tear", sells 135,000 first week
  • May 20 Two cyclists attacked by a cougar, 1 dies, in North Bend, Washington State
  • May 20 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and acussations of vote rigging
  • May 20 The Tradition, Greystone G &CC: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 3 from American trio Joe Durant, Steve Stricker & Gene Sauers
  • May 21 Mushrooms have poisoned more than 800 in western Iran, killing 11
  • May 21 US Justice Department says it is expanding its internal investigation into whether FBI infiltrated Donald Trump's 2016 campaign
  • May 21 Teenager who started California's 2017 Eagle Creek Fire ordered to pay $36.6 million to cover damages by district judge
  • May 21 Truckers begin a 10 strike in Brazil, blocking roads in protest at the price of diesel leading to country-wide shortages
  • May 22 Stacey Abrams is the first black woman to be nominated as US state governor - for Georgia

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May 22 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is questioned by members of the European parliament in Brussels in wake of its security scandal

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • May 22 Outbreak of Nipah virus confirmed to have killed 10 including a nurse in Kozhikode, India
  • May 22 Australian court finds Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson guilty of covering up sexual abuse in 1970s, most senior Catholic priest to be convicted
  • May 22 New York Stock Exchange announces Stacey Cunningham will be its first woman head in its 226-year history
  • May 23 Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads
  • May 24 Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history
  • May 24 At least 14 children reported mauled to death by wild dogs near Khairabad, India after closure of slaughterhouses
  • May 24 US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea
  • May 24 World's largest cat-proof fence (44km) completed at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, central Australia to protest endangered species
  • May 24 Bangladeshi police reported to have shot 52 suspected drug traffickers in anti-narcotics crackdown in 10 days
  • May 24 US President Trump signs into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act easing financial regulations and reducing oversight for banks
  • May 25 Barbados elects its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who leads the Barbados Labour Party to victory
  • May 26 Ireland votes to reveal their 8th amendment that will allow legalized abortion, 66.4% vote yes
  • May 27 Italian PM-designate Giuseppe Conte gives up attempt to form coalition government after President Sergio Matarella vetoes his choice of economy minister
  • May 27 Oil workers for Brazilian state oil company Petrobrás join the truckers' national strike
  • May 27 Indian Premier League Final: Australian Shane Watson smashes 117 not out off 57 balls to steer Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title with an 8-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • May 27 PGA Seniors Championship, GC at Harbor Shores: Englishman Paul Broadhurst wins by 4 strokes from American Tim Petrovic
  • May 28 Coco-Cola launches its first alcoholic drink - Lemon-Do on island of Kyushu, Japan
  • May 28 One million French smokers quit in one year after anti-smoking measures introduced according to Public Health France
  • May 29 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns over an extramarital affair and illegal use of a donor list
  • May 29 Heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 65 as temperatures soar above 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • May 29 Starbucks closes more than 8,000 US stores early for racial bias training after two black men wrongly arrested in a store in April
  • May 29 Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko fakes his own death with Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot
  • May 29 Death toll on Puerto Rico 70 times higher than official figure, likely 4,600 died from Hurricane Maria according to Harvard University study
  • May 31 Zinédine Zidane announces his resignation as Real Madrid manager after 3 successive Champions League titles
  • May 31 Danish government bans garments that cover the face, including the niqab and burqa
  • May 31 Uganda's parliament imposes tax on social media to stop gossip

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • May 1 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • May 1 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • May 1 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • May 1 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • May 1 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • May 1 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • May 1 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • May 1 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • May 1 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • May 1 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89
  • May 2 Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • May 2 Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • May 2 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • May 2 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • May 2 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • May 2 Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • May 2 James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • May 2 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • May 2 Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90
  • May 3 Jim Argue, American politician (Arkansas Senate, 1996–2008), dies of kidney cancer at 66
  • May 3 Monica Barnes, Irish politician (Teachta Dála, 1982–1992, 1997–2002; Senator, 1982), dies at 82
  • May 3 H. Basil S. Cooke, South African-Canadian geologist and paleontologist, dies at 102
  • May 3 Doina Cornea, Romanian human rights activist and professor, dies at 88
  • May 3 Alfonso Dhlakama, Mozambican politician and opposition leader (RENAMO), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • May 3 David Pines, American physicist, dies at 93
  • May 3 Junior Rodriguez, American politician, dies at 82
  • May 3 Demetrio Túpac Yupanqui, Peruvian academic and Quechua translator, dies at 94
  • May 4 Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer's disease
  • May 4 Edwin G. Burrows, American historian and professor, dies at 74
  • May 4 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • May 4 Barnet Fain, American businessman and artist, dies at 86
  • May 4 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • May 4 BN Vijaya Kumar, Indian politician, dies at 59 of a heart attack
  • May 5 Aaron D. Panken, American rabbi, dies in a plane crash at 53
  • May 5 Rosemarie Schruder, German writer, dies at 89
  • May 5 Stanley Falkow, American microbiologist (molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases), dies at 84
  • May 5 Ludwig Harig, German writer, dies at 90
  • May 6 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • May 6 Herbert E. Brekle, German typographer and linguist, dies at 82
  • May 6 Brad Steiger, American author and paranormal researcher, dies at 82
  • May 6 Khaled Mohieddin, Egyptian military officer (member of the Revolutionary Command Council), dies at 95
  • May 6 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • May 7 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Miki Muster, Slovenian artist, dies at 92
  • May 7 Isyaku Rabiu, Nigerian businessman and Islamic scholar, dies at 92
  • May 7 Jeremy D. Safran, Canadian-born American clinical psychologist, is killed during a burglary
  • May 7 Tore Torell, Norwegian magician, dies of cancer at 76
  • May 8 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), dies at 89
  • May 8 Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, dies at 81
  • May 8 Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, dies at 82 or 83
  • May 9 Poldine Carlo, American writer and Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • May 9 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat and heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • May 9 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian and former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • May 9 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34
  • May 16 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • May 23 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, dies of a stroke at 75
  • May 26 Ted [Samuel Frederick] Dabney, American electrical engineer and founder of Atari (Pong), dies at 81
  • May 27 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, dies at 81
  • May 28 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), dies at 99