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Events in History in May 2017

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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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 9 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye

1st Female President of South Korea Park Geun-hye
1st Female President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • 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

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May 30 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • May 30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombassa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Prime Minister of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta
Prime Minister of Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta