May 2014 calendar

May 2014

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2014.
The US president was Barack Obama (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Cameron (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2014: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2014?


  • 01 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Pro-Russian militants seize the regional prosecutor's office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (BBC)Ukraine announces that it is reintroducing conscription. (Daily Mail)
  • 02 May 2014 Syrian Civil War (Siege of Homs):: A 24-hour ceasefire deal is reached in Syria's city of Homs allowing rebels to withdraw from their last stronghold in the central city. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 03 May 2014 Indian police arrest 29 people after National Democratic Front of Bodoland separatists kill 29 Muslims and burn down homes. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 04 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Pro-Russian activists attack the police headquarters in Odessa, forcing the release of several people held over deadly violence two days before. (BBC)
  • 05 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine and the Siege of Sloviansk: A Ukrainian military helicopter patrolling around the eastern city of Sloviansk is shot down; all of the pilots survived and were later rescued. (CNN)Neighbouring Ukraine and breakaway Transnistria, Moldova places its borders on alert as the unrest continues. (AP)
  • 06 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov rules out any fresh talks in Geneva to defuse the crisis unless pro-Russian groups are also involved. (BBC)
  • 07 May 2014 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria:: At least 125 people are killed in a massacre in Gamboru Ngala, Borno State. (BiharPrabha) (Reuters)
  • 08 May 2014 Syrian Civil War: A large explosion levels the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo which was used as a military base by the Army of Syria as well as several other buildings. (AP via TV New Zealand)
  • 09 May 2014 Yemeni security forces announce that they have killed Shayef Mohammed Saeed Al-Shabwani, an al-Qaeda terrorist wanted over a series of attacks in Sana'a. (CNN)
  • 10 May 2014 The Independent Electoral Commission announces the results of the 2014 South African general election. (M&G)
  • 11 May 2014 Naxalite–Maoist insurgency: Seven police commandos are killed in a Naxalite attack in the Indian state of Maharashtra. (Biharprabha News)
  • 12 May 2014 A new video released by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram claims to show 100 girls they kidnapped last month as they seek a prisoner exchange. (BBC)
  • 13 May 2014 Valery Bolotov, a leader of the separatist movement in the eastern city of Luhansk, is wounded in an assassination attempt by an unknown assailant. (CNN)
  • 14 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: Seven Yemeni Army soldiers and 16 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants are killed in fighting near the town of Azan in Shabwa province. (AP via Daily Mail)
  • 15 May 2014 Syrian Civil War:: A car bomb explodes near the Turkish border, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens of others. (CNN)
  • 16 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Pro-Russian rebels quickly withdraw from Mariupol as dozens of unarmed pro-Ukraine steelworkers with some employed by System Capital Management joined by the police start to patrol the city. (U.S. News & World Report)(New York Times)The United Nations warns of a deterioration of human rights in eastern Ukraine and the harassment and persecution of the Crimean Tartars in Crimea. (BBC)
  • 17 May 2014 Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Benin, and Chad join together to combat Boko Haram. (The Guardian)(The New York Times)
  • 18 May 2014 A group headed by Khalifa Haftar, which includes renegade Libyan general Mokhtar Farnana, launches an attack on the Parliament of Libya. (AP)
  • 19 May 2014 Two Chinese workers are kidnapped from a controversial copper mine in Burma by activists. (AP)
  • 20 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov asks workers to stage a peace rally in the Donetsk region in protest against the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic. (Interfax) (The Moscow Times)
  • 21 May 2014 2014 Libyan uprising:: General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar calls on the government to hand over power to the country's top judges amid heavy fighting in the capital Tripoli. (Reuters)Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq refuses to step down while the Ministry of Defense issues a statement calling for the arrest of any soldiers who join Gen. Haftar’s campaign. (The Washington Post)
  • 22 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: At least 11 Ukrainian Army soldiers are killed and 30 injured when pro-Russian separatists attack a military checkpoint. (AP via Time)Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine declares martial law and asks Russia to send peacekeeping troops to protect civilians. (Kyiv Post)The unrecognised Federal State of New Russia confederation is declared and agreements were signed between leaders of two self-proclaimed republics.(Ukrainian Policy)(Voice of Russia)
  • 23 May 2014 Sinai insurgency:: Egyptian security forces claim to have killed Shadi el-Menei, the leader of Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, and three other senior members in overnight fighting. (Sky News)
  • 24 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: At least 27 people are killed in an al-Qaeda raid on the town of Seyoun in Hadramout province. (Reuters via Trust)
  • 25 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen:: The Yemeni Military kills 5 al-Qaeda militants and arrests 4 in a raid north of Sana'a. (Reuters via Voice of America)
  • 26 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants force the closure of Donetsk International Airport a day after preventing any voters in the city of Donetsk from casting a vote in the Ukrainian presidential election. (Reuters via Chicago Tribune)The Ukrainian Air Force conducts airstrikes on Donetsk International Airport while paratroopers drop in to fight pro-Russian separatists. (Irish Times)
  • 27 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine:: At least thirty pro-Russian separatists have died in fighting over control of Donetsk International Airport; the Ukrainian government claims to have total control of the airport following the clashes with the separatists. (BBC)The newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko vows to continue Kiev's anti-terrorist operation against pro-Russian militants in the east. (BBC)
  • 28 May 2014 Gunmen attack the home of Tunisia's top security official Lotfi Ben Jeddou resulting in the death of 4 police officers. (AP via Miami Herald)
  • 29 May 2014 Rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk say they are holding four missing Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitors and the observers may be released soon. (BBC) (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 30 May 2014 Islamist insurgency in Nigeria: Islamist terror group Boko Haram abduct two prominent traditional rulers from Borno State in Nigeria. (IANS via Biharprabha)
  • 31 May 2014 War in North-West Pakistan:: Taliban insurgents from Afghanistan attack a Pakistani border post in the Bajur tribal area, resulting in the deaths of 14 militants and one soldier. (Voice of America)

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  1. - Happy
  2. - All Of Me
  3. - Fancy
  4. - Talk Dirty
  5. - Dark Horse


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 2014

Directed by: Matthew Warchus

Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Murder in the First

Murder in the First

Release year: 2014

Directed by: Marc Rocco

Starring: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz

The Little Death

The Little Death

Release year: 2014

Directed by: Josh Lawson

Starring: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany



Release year: 2014

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

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Which were the most popular books released in May 2014?
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Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missing You


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Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Heaven Is For Real


See evidence that Heaven is more real than earth! Is there a spiritual realm where the soul resides after death? Is there really a Heaven?

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Sycamore Row


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Don’t miss an original essay by John Grisham in the back of the book. John Grisham takes you back to where it all began.

The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention Of Wings


From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women.Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, …

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

The Last Kind Words Saloon


New York Times BestsellerThe Last Kind Words Saloon marks the triumphant return of Larry McMurtry to the nineteenth-century West of his classic Lonesome Dove.In