May 2015 calendar

May 2015

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2015.
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 2015: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2015?


  • 01 May 2015 Mexican Drug War: Three Mexican Army soldiers are killed in gunfire that downed a helicopter in Jalisco. Two Federal Police officers and ten soldiers are also injured. (AP via ABC News America). Guerrero's PRI/PVEM mayoral nominee in Chilapa de Alvarez is assassinated.
  • 02 May 2015 2015 West African offensive: On April 30, 2015, the Nigerian Armed Forces announced that they had rescued 234 more women and girls from Boko Haram's control of Sambisa Forest.
  • 03 May 2015 Yemeni Civil War (2015)-present: Yemeni officials claim that at least 20 Arab coalition members have arrived in Aden as part of a'reconnaissance mission'.
  • 04 May 2015 It has been announced that Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the daughter of Catherine, Duchess, and the Duke of Cambridge's son, was named after her great grandfather, grandmother and great grandmother.
  • 05 May 2015 Curtis Culwell Center attack. ISIS claims responsibility in an attack on a display of drawings of Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas. The FBI had previously interrogated one of the suspects after he visited Somalia. Both suspects also praised ISIS on social media.
  • 06 May 2015 Alexion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma (a manufacturer of rare diseases treatments) for US$8.6 Billion.
  • 07 May 2015 Boko Haram: A Boko Haram attack in the southwest Niger village leaves at least five dead.
  • 08 May 2015 2015 Al Khalis Prison Break: A prison break took place in Al Khalis, an Iraqi city. The break saw the escape of more than fifty prisoners, nine of whom were facing terrorist charges. The prison break resulted in the deaths of approximately fifty prisoners and twelve officers.
  • 09 May 2015 North Korea claims it has successfully tested fired a ballistic missile using a submarine.
  • 10 May 2015 Yemeni Civil War: Saudi-led strikes strike the Sana'a residence of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former President of Yemen. (Thomson Reuters Trust). The Saudis offer a truce for five days to the Yemeni Army.
  • 11 May 2015 Han Min-goo, South Korea's Minister for National Defense, stated that South Korea would "mercilessly counterattack any North Korean provocations" after the North has successfully tested a ballistic missile defense system.
  • 12 May 2015 The United States has fallen to the lowest levels of Christianity, while irreligion increases.
  • 13 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: Hezbollah & Syrian Army win strategic territories in Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus. These were previously held by opposition groups, notably al-Nusra Front.
  • 14 May 2015 B.B., the blues legend, dies. King dies at the ripe old age of 89.
  • 15 May 2015 2015 Burundi coup d'etat: Officials in Burundi claim that they have taken into custody several members of the coup but Major General Godefroid Niyombare, the leader of the failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza remains at large.
  • 16 May 2015 The United States claims Abu Sayyaf, a senior ISIL commander, was killed in an attack by special forces of the United States on Syrian territory.
  • 17 May 2015 Three people are killed and at least 18 injured in a suicide attack by Taliban outside Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan.
  • 18 May 2015 Saudi Arabian-led intervention Yemen: After a five-day ceasefire, the Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes on the Houthi rebels resume.
  • 19 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled.
  • 20 May 2015 Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant: The Islamic State seizes Tadmur, Syria from the Syrian Army. There are grave concerns about the Palmyra Site.
  • 21 May 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Islamic State fighters enter the ancient ruin of Palmyra, after they have captured Tadmur in Syria yesterday. Hundreds of pro-government fighters are thought to have been killed in fighting. (Reuters) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the Islamic State controls over half of Syria's 95,000-square-kilometres. It also controls nine provinces and settlements.
  • 22 May 2015 The border crossing at Al Waleed (al-Tanf, Syria) is captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. This crossing was the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq that is controlled by the Government of Syria. After their victory in Ramadi, ISIL is reported to have advanced to within 40 kilometers of Baghdad.
  • 23 May 2015 Two people are killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's War in Afghanistan (2001 to present): The Charcheno District in Afghanistan is the victim of a roadside bomb.
  • 24 May 2015 Afghanistan War (2001-present: At least 10 Afghan police officers were killed in an attack by Taliban on checkpoints in Helmand Province.
  • 25 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: Turkey claims that it has reached an agreement with the United States in principle to support some elements of the opposition to Syria's civil war. More than a million Syrian refugees now live on Turkish territory. Many of the opposition figures are also there.
  • 26 May 2015 Afghanistan War (2001-present). A suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a court building in Maidan Shahr, Maidan Wardak. This resulted in the deaths two police officers as well as four attackers.
  • 27 May 2015 Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant: Islamic State militants carried out numerous suicide bombings against the Iraqi Army, Anbar Province, killing at least 17 people.
  • 28 May 2015 In a closely watched copyright dispute between Google and Oracle over Java APIs, the Solicitor General of America sides with Oracle. (IDG News Service).
  • 29 May 2015 (Straits Times) Dammam Mosque bomb blast: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack on the Imam Hussain Mosque. (Straits Times). Dammam Mosque bomb blast: The Imam Hussain Mosque, located in Dammam in Saudi Arabia, was hit by a car bomb. At least four people were killed and many more injured in the attack. The mosque was not attacked, according to authorities. (The Express Tribune)
  • 30 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 45 people were killed by barrel bombs dropped in Aleppo Governorate by the Bashar Al-Assad regime and many more were injured.
  • 31 May 2015 Sinai insurgency. Egyptian security officials have reported that militants attacked a pipeline carrying natural gas to Israel from El-Arish (the provincial capital of North Sinai). The pipeline has been attacked at least 20 times over the past five years.
  • 03 May 2015 Two gunmen launch an attempted attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, which was held in response to the shooting.
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  1. - See You Again
  2. - Uptown Funk!
  3. - Trap Queen
  4. - Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
  5. - Sugar


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2015?

Cat's Lair by Christine Feehan

Cat's Lair


#1 New York Times Bestseller Christine Feehan returns back to the wild underworld of her amazing Leopard novels in an arousing romantic of forbidden animal instincts... Cat Benoit finally escapes the past and the man who caused her nightmares.

Missoula by Jon Krakauer



Jon Krakauer is the bestselling author. This story is a powerful and compelling account of a series of sexual assaults at University of Montana. These stories illuminate the human drama.

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Day Shift


Charlaine Harris, author of Midnight Crossroad, "capture[d]] the same magic that the world Bon Temps, Louisiana and [took] them to another level" (Houston Press).

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth Gospel


Instant New York Times Bestseller: "Masterful...The Fifth Gospel" is a rare story that's both erudite, a page-turner and literary. It's also compulsively readable. It will transform your perception of organized religion and humanity.

The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

The Quartet


Joseph J. Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian. This story reveals the surprising reason the thirteen colonies would choose to accept a distant, centralized governing authority after they had just fought against it.