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May 2012

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2012.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2012: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2012?


  • 01 May 2012 Syrian uprising: The United Nations says both government and opposition forces have violated the ceasefire. (Al Jazeera)
  • 02 May 2012 A pastel version of ''The Scream'', by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for US$120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for an auctioned work of art.
  • 03 May 2012 Thirty-four people are killed in raids by gunmen opposed to the burning of a colleague at a cattle market in northern Nigeria. (AP via Google News)
  • 04 May 2012 At least one person is killed and at least 373 others are wounded when armed forces fire water cannon, tear gas and rocks on demonstrators near Egypt's defence ministry in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 May 2012 A U.S. drone attack kills at least nine insurgents in Pakistan's North Waziristan. (AP via The Guardian) (NineMSN)
  • 06 May 2012 Off the coast in the north of Peru hundreds of dolphins and more than 1,000 birds, mostly pelicans, die under unexplained circumstances. (''New York Times'')
  • 07 May 2012 At least 14 civilians are killed and at least 6 other civilians are wounded by a NATO air strike in Badghis Province. (Al Jazeera)
  • 08 May 2012 Arab Spring:
  • 09 May 2012 Mexican Drug War:
  • 10 May 2012 Syrian uprising: Two large explosions occur in quick succession in the embattled Syrian capital Damascus, with dozens of people reportedly killed or injured. (Al Jazeera) (Al-Arabiya) (Reuters)
  • 11 May 2012 Syrian uprising: the death toll of the May 10 Damascus double bombing reaches 55, with as many as 370 reportedly injured. Syrian authorities claim that over 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of explosives were used in the attacks. (Daily Mail)
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  • 13 May 2012 Mexican Drug War:
  • 14 May 2012 Syrian uprising: At least 30 people die in a battle between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters in the town of Rastan. Reportedly, 23 of the dead are government soldiers. (''Daily Telegraph'')
  • 15 May 2012 Syrian uprising: At least 20 civilians are killed in the Syrian province of Idlib after security forces open fire on a funeral procession. (BBC)
  • 16 May 2012 Cambodian police and soldiers clash with villagers after attempting to evict them from their land, where a Russian plantation project is to be headquartered. A teenage girl has reportedly been killed. (AP via ''The Jakarta Post'')
  • 17 May 2012 2012 East DR Congo conflict: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s military has been shelling positions it believes are held by rebels who have been fighting the army for weeks in the country's east. (AJE)
  • 18 May 2012 Mexican Drug War:
  • 19 May 2012 A car bomb explodes near a military complex in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 9 people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 May 2012 Syrian uprising: A roadside bomb explodes near a United Nations convoy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, in the district of Douma. (BBC)
  • 21 May 2012 A suicide bomber attacks soldiers rehearsing for the annual Unity Day parade in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, killing at least 120 people and injuring more than 350 others. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Trust) (Yemen Post)
  • 22 May 2012 Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
  • 23 May 2012 A drone attack conducted by the United States kills five people in a tribal area in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • 24 May 2012 A United States drone attack kills ten people in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • 25 May 2012 A car bomb exploded in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, injuring 10 police officers during the Mexican Drug War. The attack was believed to have been carried out by Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organizations. (CNN)
  • 26 May 2012 War in Afghanistan:
  • 27 May 2012 War in Afghanistan: A NATO air strike kills a family of eight, including six children. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (The News)
  • 28 May 2012 Arab Spring:
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  • 31 May 2012 A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad kills 14 people. (CNN)

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Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Release year: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2012

Directed by: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard


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Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up The Bodies


WINNER OF THE 2012 MAN BOOKER PRIZE The sequel to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Lincoln


A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O'ReillyThe anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts

Wild by Cheryl Strayed



#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERAt twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.

The Road To Grace by Richard Paul Evans

The Road To Grace


Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, left behind everything he knew and set off on an extraordinary cross-country