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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2010.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2010?


Events

  • 01 May 2010 Part of New York City's Times Square is evacuated and sealed off as a car bomb is discovered and deactivated before it could be detonated. (ABC News) (BBC) (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 02 May 2010 The eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.
  • 03 May 2010 Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is found guilty of murder, conspiracy, and waging war against India. (AP) (NDTV)
  • 04 May 2010 13 inches of rain falls on Nashville, Tennessee, over two days, close to doubling the previous rainfall record. A levee protecting the southern park of the city is breached, causing parts of Nashville to be evacuated. 17 deaths are killed in Tennessee, mostly from drowning in flash floods.
  • 05 May 2010 Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.
  • 06 May 2010 The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffers its biggest ever intraday point drop: 998.5 points. During the market's fall some shares briefly fell to nearly zero. By the end of the trading day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 347.80 points, or 3.20 percent, to 10,520.32. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 3.24 percent, to 1,128.15. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.44 percent, to 2,319.64.
  • 07 May 2010 Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.ref name=quotPinkowskiquot
  • 08 May 2010 2010 Philippine general election
  • 09 May 2010 BP's containment chamber fails, prolonging the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Reuters)
  • 10 May 2010 Iraqi insurgents kill 102 and injure over 200 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, in a series of suicide bombings from Mosul to Basra in Iraq, the highest number in one day this year, and jeopardizing a planned US withdrawal. (''The Times'')
  • 11 May 2010 The son of Corazon Aquino, Benigno Aquino III, appears set to win the presidency in the Philippine elections, which have been marred by deadly violence and malfunctioning voting machines. (Chicago Tribune) (USA Today)
  • 12 May 2010 An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board.
  • 13 May 2010 2010 Thai political protests:
  • 14 May 2010 Rare Coin Wholesalers of California sells a USA 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar coin graded SP-66 PCGS to Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation of California for US$7.85 million. The price is a new world record for a single US coin.
  • 15 May 2010 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • 16 May 2010 20 people were killed and more than 60 others were wounded in shelling in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. (CNN)
  • 17 May 2010 The design for the New Bus for London is revealed. (BBC)
  • 18 May 2010 A new study has found that the gap in wealth between white and black Americans increased by more than four times between 1984 and 2007. (BBC)
  • 19 May 2010 The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
  • 20 May 2010 Floods in Poland kill 5. The downpours also cause flooding in areas of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. (cntv)
  • 21 May 2010 The death toll from Friday's suicide minibus bomb attack in Diyala province, Iraq rose to 35 killed and 69 wounded. (Xinhua)
  • 22 May 2010 Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
  • 23 May 2010 At least 19 passengers were killed and more than 70 were injured, when a landslide in rain-drenched Yujiang, East China's Jiangxi Province. (Global Times)
  • 24 May 2010 Trinidad and Tobago holds a general election, resulting in the victory of the United National Congress, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar becoming its first female Prime Minister. (CaribbeanWorldNews), (Xinhua)
  • 25 May 2010 Curfew imposed in central Nepal after clash. Central Nepal district Dolakha’s government issued curfew order on Sunday following clashes between the police and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-aligned Young Communist League (YCL) activists. (alice.boseviews)
  • 26 May 2010 NASA's Atlantis space shuttle lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after completing its 32nd and likely final mission, delivering a Russian module and spare equipment to the International Space Station.
  • 27 May 2010 The death toll in the recent violence in Jamaica jumps to 73, and 44 in west Kingston alone. (Al Jazeera) (Montreal Gazette)
  • 28 May 2010 Contributions from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland allow the World Bank to cancel $36 million in Haiti's remaining debt following January's devastating earthquake. (Al Jazeera) (The New York Times) (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 29 May 2010 BP's effort fails to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is the worst in U.S. history, and is fouling marshland and beaches, as estimates of how much oil is leaking grow more dire. (''USA Today'')
  • 30 May 2010 Flight recorders from Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, which crashed in Libya on 12 May killing 103 people, suggest there was no technical failure. (BBC) (IOL) (Reuters)
  • 31 May 2010 In the international waters, Shayetet 13 soldiers attacked with firearms to flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the armed aggression on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent attack had started. 9 activists killed by soldiers on board, and lots of activist injured.

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Music charts

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Movies

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Gladiator

Gladiator

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Country: United States of America

The Shining

The Shining

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Country: United States of America

Braveheart

Braveheart

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Country: United States of America

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Country: United States of America

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Country: United States of America

Books

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Changes by Jim Butcher

Changes

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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked and left struggling with the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

The Last Song

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Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

War by Sebastian Junger

War

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In WAR, Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat--the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose

Mom by Dave Isay

Mom

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"[Mom] bursts with stories that are unvarnished, sad, funny, wise, and most of all, very real." -Chicago Tribune (Editor's Choice) Featuring StoryCorps' most revealing stories on the subject,

The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Last Stand

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"An engrossing, thoughtfully researched, and tautly written account of a critical chapter in American history." -Los Angeles Times With a fantastic body of work that includes In the Heart