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Events in History in 2019 (Part 2)

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  • Mar 14 Tropical Cyclone Idai comes ashore in Mozambique, killing at least 417 people, and Malawi killing at least 56, after causing widespread flooding,
  • Mar 15 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Mar 15 Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • Mar 15 The Vessel, a honeycomb viewing structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick opens at Hudson Yards development, New York City
  • Mar 16 Beached dead whale found to have 88 pounds of plastic inside it, including 40 pounds of plastic bags, in Mabini , Philippines
  • Mar 17 Zimbabwe declares a state of emergency after Cyclone Idai tears through eastern Zimbabwe killing at least 259
  • Mar 17 Flash flooding and a landslides kills at least 73 and injures about 60 in Sentani and Jayapura, Papua, eastern Indonesia
  • Mar 17 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces her presidential bid

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Mar 17 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in the US for face-to-face meetings with Donald Trump

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 18 Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi makes national radio address to the nation after Cyclone Idai, saying more than 1,000 people feared dead with 100,000 at risk
  • Mar 18 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service

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Mar 18 UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Mar 18 Suspected terrorist attack by shooter aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands kills 3 and injures 5
  • Mar 18 Italian charity ship Mare Jonio rescues 50 migrants off the coast of Libya
  • Mar 18 Champion racing pigeon Armando "the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons" sells for a record $1.42 million in Belgium
  • Mar 19 Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announces his resignation after nearly 30 years in office, the last soviet-era head of state

  • Mar 19 American Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win mathematics Abel Prize
  • Mar 19 Image of Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris attacked by internet trolls and controversially removed before being reinstated
  • Mar 19 "Superbloom" of poppies in Walker Canyon, southern California visible from space, after high rainfall
  • Mar 20 Finland is the world's happiest country, South Sudan is world's least happy, according to annual World Happiness Report
  • Mar 20 A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England
  • Mar 20 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history"

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Mar 21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern

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Mar 21 US President Donald Trump says US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Twitter

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Mar 21 Overloaded boat sinks in the Tigris river near Mosul, Iraq, drowning nearly 100

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Mar 21 Levi Strauss & Company is traded publicly for the second time in its history on the New York stock exchange

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • Mar 21 Governor of Missouri Mike Parson declares a state of emergency as flooding from Nebraska and Iowa flows downstream into the state
  • Mar 21 Former Brazilian President Michel Temer is arrested in São Paulo as part of a large corruption investigation
  • Mar 21 A huge blast from a chemical factory in Chenjiagang Chemical Industry Park in eastern China is so big it registers as an earthquake, kills 78 people and injuries 617
  • Mar 21 Bangladeshi woman with two uteruses safely gives birth to twins 26 days after giving birth to another child
  • Mar 22 "Mind-blowing" discovery announced of 518 million year old fossil site in near Danshui river, Hubei province, China, with thousands of unknown fossils well preserved
  • Mar 23 More than 1 million march to demand a new EU referendum in London, England
  • Mar 23 More than 130 Fulani people killed in Ogossagou, Mali, in attack by Dogon hunters, prompting government ban on the hunters

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Mar 23 Italy signs up to China's Belt and Road Initiative with deals signed in Rome between Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Mar 23 Syrian Democratic Forces announce that the last Islamic State territory has been retaken raising flags in Baghuz, Syria and ending the five-year Islamic State "caliphate"
  • Mar 24 Investigation headed by Special Council Robert S. Mueller finds no evidence President Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 election

  • Mar 25 First rocket fired from Gaza since 2014 toward Tel Aviv prompts Israeli return air strikes on Gaza
  • Mar 25 Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service Apple News+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event featuring Oprah
  • Mar 25 Teacher of the Year awarded to rural Kenyan math and physics teacher and Franciscan brother Peter Tabichi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mar 25 Further power blackouts in Caracas, Venezuela, prompt government to tell workers and students to stay at home
  • Mar 25 NASA cancels a planned historic all-female spacewalk because it doesn't have enough spacesuits to fit women
  • Mar 25 British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh, Scotland instead of Düsseldorf, Germany when wrong flight plan submitted
  • Mar 25 First organ transplant between a live HIV donor and an HIV recipient with a kidney transplant in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 26 European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements

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Mar 26 Stolen Pablo Picasso painting "Buste de Femme" (Dora Maar) (1938) recovered after 20 years by Dutch art detective

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Mar 26 Charges of staging fake racist and homophobic attack dropped against Justin Smollet by Chicago prosecutors
  • Mar 26 Maker of Oxyconti, Purdue Pharma agrees to pay Oklahoma $270 million settlement ahead of trial accusing the company of fueling the opioid epidemic
  • Mar 26 State of emergency declared in Rockland |County, New York, due to measles epidemic with unvaccinated children banned from public spaces for 30 days after 153 cases

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Mar 26 Michelle Obama's biography "Becoming" sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama

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Mar 27 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces the country is now a "space power" after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to stand down if parliament accepts her Brexit plan
  • Mar 27 Former president of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh stole almost 1 billion from his country before his exile in 2017 according to a corruption report
  • Mar 27 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack
  • Mar 28 European parliament bans single-use plastics, including cutlery and straws by 2021
  • Mar 28 Study of a 71 year-old British woman who has never felt pain, for the first time understood as due to a gene mutation, published in British Journal of Anaesthesia

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Mar 29 Joe Biden accused of an inappropriate kiss by fellow Democrat Lucy Flores

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Mar 30 Zuzana Caputova elected President of Slovakia, the country's first female head of state

BeatificationPapal Visit

Mar 30 Pope Francis arrives in Rabat, Morocco, on his first-ever visit to the Magreb region of Northern Africa

  • Apr 1 China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May
  • Apr 1 Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year

JapanReiwa Era

Apr 1 Japanese government announces the name of a new era 'Reiwa' for the next Emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito
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Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era
Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga announcing the new imperial era "Reiwa" to reporters
  • Apr 1 Major archaeological site announced discovered on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in Andes, dated 8th and 10th centuries AD from Tiwanaku state
  • Apr 1 Methane, a gas usually made by living things, detected on Mars in 2013 by European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported in "Nature Geoscience"
  • Apr 1 US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores
  • Apr 2 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) resigns after 20 years in office after widespread protests over running for another term
  • Apr 2 Canada is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world, according to a federal report, increasing 2.3% in northern Canada
  • Apr 2 70 villages evacuated in Khuzesta province, Iran, after at least 45 killed in flooding after unprecedented rainfall
  • Apr 2 Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago
  • Apr 2 NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024
  • Apr 3 Brunei brings into force new Sharia laws punishing gay sex and adultery with death by stoning, prompting widespread condemnation

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Apr 3 Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak goes on trial for the 1MDB corruption scandal in Kuala Lumpur, pleads not guilty

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Apr 4 Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologises for the kidnapping of thousands of mixed-race children during colonial period in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda
  • Apr 4 US Mormon church pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents
  • Apr 6 First ever "Marsquake" seismic event on planet Mars detected by NASA's InSight lander
  • Apr 7 Rwanda marks 25 years and the beginning of 100 days of mourning since the genocide that killed 800,000 people
  • Apr 7 Rebel force the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar begins advancing on Tripoli with 21 killed and 27 injured over next few days as they try to take the capital
  • Apr 7 US President Donald Trump announces Kisrtjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security is leaving her position
  • Apr 8 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University
  • Apr 8 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Apr 8 14 tons of black market Pangolin scales from 36,000 animals discovered in Singapore, one of largest ever found worldwide
  • Apr 8 Record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve

SudanAnti Omar al-Bashir Protest

Apr 8 Protests in Sudan against the government of Omar al-Bashir continue with seven killed and 2,500 arrested in Khartoum
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Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
  • Apr 9 Wolves have returned to the Netherlands after 140 years claim ecologists
  • Apr 9 Nine prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters found guilty on public nuisance charges for their part in 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
  • Apr 10 China announces move to cull more than 1 million pigs in effort to eliminate African swine fever

Famous Photo1st Photo of a Black Hole

Apr 10 First-ever photo of a black hole announced, taken by The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in 2017 in galaxy M87, 6.5 billion times the mass of earth, 55 million light-years away
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The first ever picture of black hole
The first ever picture of black hole
  • Apr 10 New species of human announced named Homo luzonensis, 3ft tall, remains dated 50-60,000 years old found in cave on island of Luzon, Philippines
  • Apr 10 Four tiny sweat bees removed alive from a woman's eye in world's first operation of its kind at Fooyin University Hospital, Taiwan
  • Apr 10 First home delivery service by drone begins in Canberra, Australia by Wing, part of Google's Alphabet company
  • Apr 10 New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn with 285 cases
  • Apr 11 First day of voting in Indian general elections, the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters in the world's largest-ever election (till 23rd May)

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Apr 11 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police and arrested on failure to appear in court on US extradition charges

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • Apr 11 Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashes on the moon

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Apr 11 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir overthrown and arrested by the army in Khartoum after 29 years in power

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir
  • Apr 11 EU leaders agree to a six-month extension to Brexit after UK parliament fails to reach any consensus

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Apr 11 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 13 Body of 38-year-old Filipino woman discovered in abandoned mine starts the hunt for Cyprus's first serial killer, at least 5 other bodies later discovered
  • Apr 13 Australian super-horse Winx ends extraordinary career with a 3rd Queen Elizabeth Stakes win in Sydney; 33 consecutive race wins, a world record 25 Group One victories and $26.4 million prize money
  • Apr 13 World's largest plane by wingspan at 117m (385 ft), the Stratolaunch, built as a flying launch pad for satellites, takes its first flight from Mojave, California
  • Apr 14 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg officially announces his presidential campaign in Indiana, first openly gay candidate to run for US president
  • Apr 14 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at center of controversy over comments about 9/11 at speech to Council on American-Islamic Relations after tweet by Donald Trump, defended by Nancy Pelosi
  • Apr 14 Seychelles President Danny Faure makes first-ever live speech from a submersible pleading for better marine protection
  • Apr 14 11 tornadoes hit US southern states killing eight in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana
  • Apr 15 Measles cases jump 300% in first three months of 2019, according to World Health Organization, largest rise in Africa (700%) with 800 deaths in Madagascar

FranceNotre Dame on Fire

Apr 15 Paris cathedral Notre Dame catches fire, toppling its spire and destroying its roof
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Thirty minutes from collapse, the Notre Dame' towers and belfries were saved
Thirty minutes from collapse, the Notre Dame' towers and belfries were saved
  • Apr 17 Research showing pigs brains partially brought back to life at Yale University, published in "Nature"
  • Apr 17 Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
  • Apr 17 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
  • Apr 18 Irish Journalist Lyra McKee shot to death covering riots in Derry, Northern Ireland with dissident republican group the New IRA claiming responsibility
  • Apr 21 Terror attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in three Sri Lankan cities, Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa kill at least 253 and injure hundreds
  • Apr 21 Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at a Extinction Rebellion protest in London amid city-wide climate protests where Waterloo Bridge was occupied over four days
  • Apr 23 At least 54 jade miners buried by a mudslide in Kachin state, Myanmar
  • Apr 23 Second of two major earthquakes strikes island of Samar, Philippines, magnitude 6.3, a day after magnitude 6.1 hits Luzon Island killing at least 16 people
  • Apr 23 World's first malaria vaccine, giving partial protection to children, begins in Malawi by the WHO
  • Apr 25 Former US Vice President Joe Biden announces his campaign for president via video
  • Apr 25 Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon
  • Apr 25 Thousands march in Khartoum, Sudan calling for civilian rule
  • Apr 25 Cyclone Kenneth strikes Mozambique with winds of 220km/h (140mph) killing at least38 people and damaging nearly 35,000 homes
  • Apr 25 More than 1,600 civilians were killed in US-led coalition air and land strikes on Raqqa in 2017, according to Amnesty International and monitoring group Airwars
  • Apr 26 Six suspected militants connected to Sri Lankan terror attacks killed along with ten others in a shootout with police in Sainthamaruthu
  • Apr 26 "No religion" tops survey of American religious identity for the first time at 23.1% edging out Catholics 23.0% and evangelicals 22.5%, in long-running General Social Survey

  • Apr 27 Pope Francis donates $500,000 for migrants stranded in Mexico trying to reach the US
  • Apr 27 Shooter opens fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one and injuring three
  • Apr 28 Largest demonstrations since 2014 in Hong Kong over plans to change law to send suspects to mainland China for trial
  • Apr 28 Spanish general election: no party wins a majority, Socialists under Pedro Sanchez win most with 29%
  • Apr 29 Indonesia is planning to relocate its capital from Jakarta due to its sinking according to a government minister
  • Apr 29 Over 300 people declared to have died through overwork in Indonesia's one-day election on April 17th, with over 2,000 fallen sick
  • Apr 29 Over 700 people infected with measles in the US, highest number for 25 years
  • Apr 29 Islamic State releases video showing leader Bakr al-Baghdadi for first time in five years

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Apr 30 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
  • Apr 30 New type of dementia identified and named limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (Late) after misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease
  • May 1 UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over leaking information about Huawei deal from a UK National Security Council meeting by Theresa May
  • May 1 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries for the fourth time to Suthida Tidjai, deputy head of his bodyguard, days before his coronation

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May 1 Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated due to ill health

Emperor of Japan Naruhito
Emperor of Japan
Naruhito
Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
Akihito
  • May 1 Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in London
  • May 1 Evidence revealed that early humans from ancient Denisovan species lived at high altitudes in Tibet 160,000 years ago
  • May 1 US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee defending his handling of the Mueller Report
  • May 2 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time

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May 2 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech

Religious Leader Louis Farrakhan
Religious Leader
Louis Farrakhan

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May 2 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller Report

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

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May 2 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • May 2 A clean-up on Mt Everest has removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks
  • May 3 Cyclone Fani strikes Odisha State, India and Bangladesh, killing 33 people after one of the biggest human evacuations ever - 1.2 million in India in 24 hours
  • May 5 Violent clashes between Israel and Gaza militants over three days have left 4 Israelis and 23 Palestinians dead
  • May 5 King Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, first monarch to be crowned in nearly seven decades during a three-day celebration in Bangkok
  • May 5 At least 41 people die when a Russian Aeroflot plane catches fire after an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
  • May 5 Oil tanker explosion kills 55 in Niamey, Niger
  • May 6 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei announces a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex and adultery after worldwide condemnation over new Sharia laws
  • May 6 French telecom company Orange and its former CEO with other executives go on trial in France for psychological harassment of their staff that unions claim resulted in 19 suicides and 12 other attempts
  • May 6 One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction according to a major new UN report
  • May 7 Denver is the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin "magic mushrooms"

  • May 7 Turkish electoral body decides to re-run the Istanbul mayoral election, won by the opposition, amid worldwide criticism
  • May 7 Venezuela's Congress strips opposition lawmakers of immunity and accuses them of treason
  • May 7 Hackers seize control of the computer system of the US city of Baltimore, demanding a ransom in Bitcoins to unlock them
  • May 8 Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes argues that Facebook should be split up and regulated in "New York Times" Op-Ed essay
  • May 8 Thailand's general elections official results show opposition Pheu Thai Party won most seats but still unable to form governmen, due to rules favoring the military
  • May 8 UK goes a week without using a coal-fired power station for first time in 137 years due to use of more renewable energy
  • May 8 Iran announces it will stop complying with parts of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal
  • May 8 Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp signs new abortion law, the so-called "heart-beat bill" (comes into effect Jan 2020)
  • May 8 Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
  • May 8 Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who spent eight years in prison on death row for blasphemy arrives in Canada
  • May 9 Pope Francis introduces new rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, criticized for not going far enough
  • May 9 New Australian $50 bank note misspells responsibility as "responsibilty" on 46 million notes
  • May 9 French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin (72) successfully crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel arriving in Martinique
  • May 9 At least 65 migrants drown off the coast of Tunisia when their boat capsizes after leaving Libya according to the UN
  • May 9 Archaeologists hail Anglo-Saxon tomb found 2003 in Prittlewell, England, as Britain’s equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb as full report of its contents published
  • May 10 Taxi service Uber becomes a public company opening on the New York Stock Exchange
  • May 10 US begins raising tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to 25% after trade talks fail
  • May 11 South African parliamentary elections return ruling Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC party to power with reduced majority (58%)
  • May 11 Militants attack Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan killing five, Balochistan Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • May 11 Carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per million, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
  • May 12 Gunman kill five people and a priest in a Catholic church in Dablo, Burkina Faso, before setting fire to and looting nearby buildings
  • May 12 Cuba announced more rationing of products such as rice and beans due to US trade embargo and hoarding
  • May 13 Sri Lanka imposes a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am to curb violence against Muslims after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks
  • May 13 New study on the moon shows it is still shrinking with recent moonquakes as it cools, published in journal "Nature Geoscience"
  • May 13 Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is charged in connection with the deaths of protesters the previous month
  • May 13 China retaliates against the US as their trade war escalates, raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of goods affecting over 4,000 items
  • May 13 Diary of Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt's last days rediscovered and displayed for the 400th anniversary of his execution
  • May 14 Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site
  • May 14 San Francisco is the first city to vote to ban use of facial recognition
  • May 14 Steve Bullock, US Governor of Montana announces his run for Presidential office

  • May 14 Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl
  • May 15 Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest
  • May 15 Five of world's biggest tech companies pledge to tackle extremist material at "The Christchurch Call" initiative in Paris hosted by Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron
  • May 15 Mexico City declares an environmental emergency after air pollution reaches dangerous levels
  • May 15 Jeff Koons "Rabbit" sculpture sells for 91.1 million, setting a new record for a work by a living artist at auction
  • May 15 US birthrate in 2018 the lowest for 32 years (total fertility rate 1,728 births per 1,000 women), with record lows for teen births
  • May 15 Findings from China's Chang'e-4 rover to the Moon suggests huge asteroid created the giant crater on Moon's far side with impact so great it cracked its crust and reached the mantle below published in "Nature"
  • May 16 British people get drunk more than any other nation, 51 times year according to the Global Drug survey, with English-speaking countries drinking the most
  • May 16 South African Saray Khumalo is the first black African woman to climb Mt Evervest
  • May 16 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces he is running for president, the 24th Democrat to run
  • May 16 New DNA research showing bedbugs are older than humans - 115 million years old and outlived dinosaurs, published in "Current Biology"
  • May 16 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency over IT threats, banning US companies from using foreign technology without a license
  • May 17 Taiwan's parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, the first Asian country
  • May 17 Tyler, the Creator releases his fifth studio album "Igor" which becomes his first number-one album in the United States
  • May 18 Australian federal elections won by Scott Morrison's coalition government In a in a surprise result
  • May 19 US billionaire Robert F. Smith announces he will pay off college loans of nearly 400 students of the graduating class of Morehouse College, Atlanta
  • May 20 Google stops support for Huawei's Android system in an escalation of the tech war between US and China
  • May 20 Bangladesh imposes a 65-day ban on coastal fishing to conserve fish stocks
  • May 21 More than 600 people, 75% children, identified as HIV in a month in Sindh province, Pakistan, thought to be due to use of infected needles