May 2012 calendar

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: Both government and opposition forces are accused of violating the ceasefire, according to the United Nations.
  • 02 May 2012 New York City auction sells a pastel version of "The Scream" by Edvard Munch. This is a world record for an art auction.
  • 03 May 2012 Threety-four people are killed by gunmen who oppose the burning of a colleague at a northern Nigeria cattle market.
  • 04 May 2012 When armed forces open fire on protestors near Egypt's defense ministry in Cairo, at least one person is killed and at most 373 are injured, water cannons, tear gas and rocks are used to shoot at them.
  • 05 May 2012 At least nine militants are killed in a drone attack by the United States in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
  • 06 May 2012 Unknown circumstances have caused the deaths of hundreds of dolphins off the coast of Peru.
  • 07 May 2012 A NATO air strike in Badghis Province results in at least 14 civilians being killed and 6 more civilians being injured.
  • 08 May 2012 Arab Spring
  • 09 May 2012 Mexican Drug War
  • 10 May 2012 Syrian uprising: Two explosions in rapid succession in Damascus' embattled capital, Syria. Several people were reportedly killed or seriously injured.
  • 11 May 2012 Syrian uprising: The death toll from the Damascus double-bombing on May 10, 2011, has reached 55. As many as 370 people have been reported injured. The attacks involved the use of over 1,000 kilograms (2.200 lb) explosives according to Syrian authorities.
  • 12 May 2012 August 12 and 28: The 2012 World Expo will be held in Yeosu (South Korea).ref name=quotExpo_2012quot Retrieved January 23 2012.
  • 13 May 2012 Mexican Drug War
  • 14 May 2012 Syrian uprising: At most 30 people are killed in a clash between rebel fighters and the government forces in Rastan. According to reports, 23 of those who died are government soldiers.
  • 15 May 2012 Syrian uprising: Twenty civilians were killed in Idlib, a province in Syria. Security forces opened fire on a funeral procession.
  • 16 May 2012 After trying to expel the villagers from their land where a Russian plantation project was to be located, Cambodian police and soldiers clashed with the villagers. According to reports, a teenage girl was killed.
  • 17 May 2012 Conflict in 2012 East DR Congo: The Democratic Republic of Congo's military has been bombarding positions that it believes are being held by rebels, who have been fighting the army in the country's eastern for several weeks.
  • 18 May 2012 Mexican Drug War
  • 19 May 2012 9 people were killed when a car bomb explodes in front of a military base in Deir ez-Zor.
  • 20 May 2012 Syrian uprising: Near a United Nations convoy in Damascus' capital, Damascus in the district Douma, a roadside bomb explodes.
  • 21 May 2012 At least 120 people were killed and more than 350 injured when a suicide bomber attacked soldiers practicing for the Unity Day parade in Sana'a in Yemen. Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility.
  • 22 May 2012 Tokyo Skytree is now open to the public. It stands at 634m high and is self-supporting.
  • 23 May 2012 Five people are killed in a drone attack by the United States in North Waziristan.
  • 24 May 2012 Ten people are killed in a drone attack by the United States in Pakistan's North Waziristan area.
  • 25 May 2012 Ten police officers were injured in an explosion of a car bomb in Nuevo Laredo in Mexico's border city. Los Zetas, Mexico's largest drug trafficking organization, was suspected to be behind the attack.
  • 26 May 2012 Afghanistan War:
  • 27 May 2012 War in Afghanistan: An NATO air strike kills eight families, including six children.
  • 28 May 2012 Arab Spring
  • 29 May 2012 Uprising in Syria:
  • 30 May 2012 Uprising in Syria:
  • 31 May 2012 14 people are killed in a series of bombings that took place in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
  • 02 May 2012 A pastel version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sells for $120 million in a New York City auction, setting a new world record for a work of art at auction.

Famous Birthday

vinyl songs

Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 2012?
Unlimited, ad-free streaming of over a million songs, 30 day Free Trial

Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Somebody That I Used To Know
  2. - We Are Young
  3. - Payphone
  4. - Call Me Maybe
  5. - Boyfriend


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2012?

Trickle Down Tyranny by Michael Savage

Trickle Down Tyranny


"An unflinching flamethrower of truth Michael Savage goes straight for the jugular, with facts, and not empty hyperbole Ted

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith

The Limpopo Academy Of Private Detection


THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY-Book 13An incredibly popular book, the No. Precious Ramotswe is Botswana's top lady detective and the 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand



#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW a MAJOR MOTION PHOTO * Check out special features inside. For author chats, join the Random House Reader's Circle.

Born Of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born Of Silence


Sparks of rebellion are possible in a world where corruption and deception dominate all aspects of our lives. . .

The Art Of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton

The Art Of Intelligence


The legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert, John McCabe, tells the story of his action-packed, high-risk career. This groundbreaking book, The Art of Intelligence, will revolutionize the way Americans view the CIA domestically.