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 Ukraine:: Prorussian militants seize regional prosecutor's offices in Donetsk, an eastern Ukrainian city. (BBC). Ukraine announces it will reintroduce conscription.
  • 02 May 2014 Syrian Civil War (Siege of Homs).:: The city of Homs in Syria has reached a 24-hour ceasefire agreement, allowing rebels to leave their last stronghold in the city.
  • 03 May 2014 Indian police arrested 29 people following the murder of 29 Muslims by National Democratic Front of Bodoland separatists and their burning of homes.
  • 04 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants attack Odessa's police headquarters, forcing the release a number of people who were held for the same deadly violence just two days earlier.
  • 05 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest, Ukraine and Siege of Sloviansk. A Ukrainian military helicopter was patrolling the eastern city Sloviansk when it was shot down. All of the pilots survived the attack and were later rescued. (CNN).As the unrest continues, Moldova puts its borders on alert with neighbouring Ukraine and Transnistria.
  • 06 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest Ukraine: Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, says that no new talks in Geneva will be held to end the crisis unless proRussian groups are involved.
  • 07 May 2014 Islamist insurgency: At least 125 people killed in massacre in Gamboru Ngala (Borno State).
  • 08 May 2014 Syrian Civil War: Large explosion destroys the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo, which was used by the Army of Syria as a military base.
  • 09 May 2014 Yemeni security forces announce the killing of Shayef Mohammed Saeed Al-Shabwani (an al-Qaeda terrorist wanted for a series in Sana'a).
  • 10 May 2014 The Independent Electoral Commission has announced the results of the 2014 South African general elections.
  • 11 May 2014 Naxalite-Maoist Insurgency: Seven police officers are killed in an attack by Naxalites in Maharashtra, India.
  • 12 May 2014 Boko Haram has released a new video that shows 100 girls it kidnapped as they search for a prisoner swap.
  • 13 May 2014 Valery Bolotov is a leader in the separatist movement in Luhansk's eastern city. He was wounded by an assassin.
  • 14 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency: Yemen: Seven Yemeni Army soldiers are killed and 16 Al-Qaeda militants in the Arabian Peninsula are wounded in fighting near Azan, Shabwa province.
  • 15 May 2014 Syrian Civil War: A car bomb explodes close to the Turkish border killing at least 29 and injuring many more.
  • 16 May 2014 Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine 2014:: Pro-Russian rebels rapidly withdraw from Mariupol as unarmed pro-Ukraine Steelworkers, some of them employed by System Capital Management join the police to patrol the city. (U.S. News & World Report).(New York Times). The United Nations warns about a deterioration in human rights in eastern Ukraine, and the persecution and harassment of the Crimean Tartars.
  • 17 May 2014 To combat Boko Haram, Nigeria, Niger Cameroon and Benin join forces.
  • 18 May 2014 Khalifa Haftar's group, which also includes the rebellious Libyan general Mokhtar Farnana launches an attack against the Parliament of Libya.
  • 19 May 2014 Two Chinese workers were kidnapped in Burma from a controversial copper mine by activists
  • 20 May 2014 2014 pro-Russian unrest Ukraine:: Rinat Akhmetov, a billionaire from Ukraine, asks workers to organize a peaceful rally in Donetsk in protest of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.
  • 21 May 2014 2014 Libyan Uprising: General Khalifa Beqasim Haftar demands that the government hand power over to the country's top judiciary amid heavy fighting in Tripoli. (Reuters) Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq refuses resignation, while the Ministry of Defense calls for the arrest of all soldiers who support Gen. Haftar's campaign.
  • 22 May 2014 Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine 2014: At least 11 Ukrainian Army soldiers were killed and 30 others injured when pro-Russian separatists attacked a military checkpoint. (AP via Time). The Luhansk People's Republic of eastern Ukraine declares martial laws and requests Russia to send peacekeeping forces to protect civilians. (Kyiv Post). The Federal State of New Russia is unrecognized confederation was declared, and two leaders signed agreements.
  • 23 May 2014 Sinai insurgency: Egyptian security forces claim that they have killed Shadi al-Menei (leader of Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis) and three other senior members during overnight fighting.
  • 24 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency: At least 27 people were killed in an al Qaeda raid on Seyoun, Hadramout province.
  • 25 May 2014 Al-Qaeda insurgency: Yemeni military kills five al-Qaeda militants, arrests four others in a raid north Sana'a.
  • 26 May 2014 Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine 2014: Pro-Russian militants force Donetsk International Airport to be closed. This was one day after they prevented any Donetsk residents from voting in the Ukrainian presidential election. (Reuters via Chicago Tribune). The Ukrainian Air Force launches airstrikes against Donetsk International Airport, while paratroopers arrive to combat pro-Russian separatists.
  • 27 May 2014 Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine 2014: At least 30 pro-Russian separatists died fighting for control of Donetsk International Airport. The Ukrainian government claims that it has taken full control of the airport after clashes with separatists. (BBC). The newly elected president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko promises to continue Kiev's antiterrorist operations against pro-Russian militants from the east.
  • 28 May 2014 Four police officers were killed when gunmen attacked the Tunisia's home of Lotfi Ben Jeddou, the top security official.
  • 29 May 2014 Slovyansk, an eastern Ukrainian city, is being rebelled and says it has four missing Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observers. The observers could be released shortly.
  • 30 May 2014 Islamist insurgency: Two prominent Nigerian traditional rulers are abducted by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram from Nigeria's Borno State.
  • 31 May 2014 War in North-West Pakistan: Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani border point in the Bajur tribal region, resulting in 14 militants being killed and one soldier being wounded.

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  • Twins, sons of Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player and Miroslava "Mirka" Vavrinec.

  • Monoamniotic twins, born by Caesarean section and holding hands.

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Music charts

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  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

La Malquerida

La Malquerida

Release year: 2014

Directed by: Emilio Fernández

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

Country: United States of America


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Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner

Stress Test


New York Times BestsellerWashington Paper BestsellerLos Angeles Times BestsellerStress test is the story about Tim Geithner’s learning in financial crises. As the president of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and thereafter

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch


WINNER OF THE PULIZER PRIZE "The Goldfinch" is a rare species that only comes along maybe half a dozen times a decade. A smartly written literary novel that connects to the heart and the mind Donna

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

The Last Kind Words Saloon


New York Times BestsellerThe Last Kind Words Saloon is Larry McMurtry's triumphant return to the nineteenth century West of his Lonesome Dove.

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missing You


Harlan Coben, master of suspense, has written the #1 New York Times bestseller on the ties that we have to our history and the lies that bind them together. As the ultimate Internet scam unfolds...Surfing

Insurgent by Veronica Roth



One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second New York Times #1 Bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that started in Divergent. Insurgent is the action-packed emotional adventure that inspired the major motion movie starring Shailene, Theo James and Ansel …