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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2015?


Events

  • 01 May 2015 Mexican Drug War: Three Mexican Army soldiers die as gunfire downs a helicopter in the state of Jalisco. Ten soldiers and two Federal Police officers are injured. (AP via ABC News America)A PRI/PVEM mayoral candidate in the city of Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero, is assassinated. (AP via Washington Post)
  • 02 May 2015 2015 West African offensive: The Nigerian Armed Forces announce they rescued another 234 women and girls from Boko Haram control in the Sambisa Forest on April 30. (AP)
  • 03 May 2015 Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Yemen officials say that at least 20 members of the Arab coalition have landed in Aden on a 'reconnaissance' mission. (AP via UT San Diego)
  • 04 May 2015 It is announced that the daughter of the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, named after her grandfather, grandmother, and great grandmother. (News Limited)
  • 05 May 2015 Curtis Culwell Center attack: ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on an exhibition of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in the American city of Garland, Texas. One of the suspects was previously interrogated and surveilled by the FBI having visited Somalia, and both suspects praised ISIS in social media. (Washington Post)
  • 06 May 2015 Alexion Pharmaceuticals agrees to purchase Synageva BioPharma, a maker of rare disease treatments, for US$8.6 billion. (New York Times)
  • 07 May 2015 Boko Haram: At least five people are killed in a Boko Haram attack on a village in southwest Niger. (Reuters)
  • 08 May 2015 2015 Al Khalis prison break: a prison break occurred in the Iraqi town of Al Khalis. More than fifty prisoners escaped in the break, including nine who had been facing terrorism charges. An estimated fifty other prisoners and twelve police officers died in the prison break.
  • 09 May 2015 North Korea claims to have successfully test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine. (CNN)
  • 10 May 2015 Yemeni Civil War: Saudi-led airstrikes target the Sana'a home of former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Thomson Reuters Trust)The Yemeni Army accepts a five day truce offer from the Saudis. (Reuters via Daily Mail)
  • 11 May 2015 Han Min-goo, the South Korean Minister for National Defense states that South Korea will "mercilessly counterattack" any North Korean "provocations" following the North's successful trial of a ballistic missile system. (Yonhap)
  • 12 May 2015 Christianity in the United States falls to its lowest percentage levels while irreligion rises. (Pew Research)
  • 13 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: Hezbollah and Syrian Army gain strategic territories in Qalamoun Mountains north of Damascus, which was held by opposition factions, particularly al-Nusra Front. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 May 2015 Blues legend B.B. King dies at the age of 89. (BBC)
  • 15 May 2015 2015 Burundian coup d'état attempt: Burundi officials say that they have arrested several coup members but the leader of the failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza, Major General Godefroid Niyombare remains at large. (Reuters)
  • 16 May 2015 The United States claims that senior ISIL commander Abu Sayyaf is killed in a United States special operations forces raid within what is officially Syrian territory. (CNN)
  • 17 May 2015 A suicide attack by the Taliban kills three and injures at least eighteen outside Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. (BBC News)
  • 18 May 2015 Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: The Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes against the Houthi rebels resume after a five-day ceasefire. (BBC)
  • 19 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: The Russian embassy in Damascus is shelled. (RT)
  • 20 May 2015 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State captures the Syrian city of Tadmur from the Syrian Army with grave concerns held about the Palmyra site. (The Hindu) (BBC)
  • 21 May 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State fighters enter the ancient ruins of Palmyra after capturing the Syrian city of Tadmur yesterday. A hundred pro-government fighters are believed to have died in fighting. (Reuters)The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that Islamic State now controls more than half of Syria dominating 95,000 square kilometres and controls settlements in nine provinces. (News Limited)
  • 22 May 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captures the border crossing at Al Waleed (al-Tanf in Syria), the last remaining border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Government of Syria. ISIL reportedly advances to within 40 km of Baghdad after their victory in Ramadi. (BBC)
  • 23 May 2015 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A roadside bomb kills two, including the district chief, in the Charcheno District of Afghanistan. (AP via ABC News America)
  • 24 May 2015 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least ten Afghan police officers are killed in a Taliban attack on checkpoints in Helmand Province. (AP via Fox News)
  • 25 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: Turkey says that it has reached an in-principle deal with the United States to give support to some elements of Syrian opposition. Over a million Syrian refugees live in Turkish territory, including many Syrian opposition figures. (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • 26 May 2015 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber and gunmen attack a court building in the provincial capital of Maidan Shahr in Maidan Wardak resulting in the deaths of two police officers and four of the attackers. (Tolo News)
  • 27 May 2015 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Islamic State militants have carried out multiple suicide bombings targeting the Iraqi Army in Anbar Province killing at least 17 people. (AP)
  • 28 May 2015 The Solicitor General of the United States sides with Oracle in a much-watched copyright dispute with Google over Java APIs. (IDG News Service).
  • 29 May 2015 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Singapore says the Islamist group plans to take the conflict into Southeast Asia. (Straits Times)Dammam Mosque bomb blast:Islamic State claims responsibility for a car bomb in the parking lot of the Imam Hussain Mosque situated in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, during Friday prayers, with at least four people killed and dozens injured. Authorities state that the mosque itself was not hit. (The Express Tribune), (CNN)
  • 30 May 2015 Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that barrel bombs dropped by the Bashar al-Assad regime have killed at least 45 people in the Aleppo Governorate and injured dozens more. (AFP via Daily Star)
  • 31 May 2015 Sinai insurgency: Egyptian security officials report that militants have blown up a natural gas pipeline leading to Israel outside El-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai. That pipeline was attacked at least 20 times in the last 5 years. (AP via KFox)

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - See You Again
  2. - Uptown Funk!
  3. - Trap Queen
  4. - Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
  5. - Sugar

Movies

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The Shining

The Shining

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Country: United States of America

Braveheart

Braveheart

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Country: United States of America

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Country: United States of America

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Country: United States of America

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Country: United States of America

Books

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Death Wears A Beauty Mask And Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark

Death Wears A Beauty Mask And Other Stories

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A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.From

Between You & Me by Mary Norris

Between You & Me

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The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy

Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods

Hot Pursuit

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Stone Barrington and his new love rack up the frequent-flier miles with a stalker on their trail in this thrilling adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.It’s

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

Missoula

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From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­— stories that illuminate the human drama behind the

What If? by Randall Munroe

What If?

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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.