May 2016 calendar

May 2016

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2016.
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 2016: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2016?


  • 01 May 2016 Turkey-ISIL conflict and Spillover of Syria Civil War: 2016 Gaziantep Bombing: One officer was killed and thirteen others were injured when a bomb exploded at a Gaziantep police station. Attacks are being suspected by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (BBC)
  • 02 May 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: At least 14 people, including Shiite pilgrims were killed in three bombings in Baghdad. More than 30 others were injured.
  • 03 May 2016 Three civilians are killed in a rocket attack on a hospital in Aleppo, Syria during the Syrian Civil War. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack was part a larger shelling campaign that claimed 19 more lives.
  • 04 May 2016 Conflict in Moro: Abu Sayyaf militants threaten to behead a Canadian hostage and a Filipina hostage as well as a Norwegian hostage.
  • 05 May 2016 Syria Civil War: Twelve people have been killed and many more injured in twin explosions that occurred in central Syria. (USA Today). 28 people were killed in an airstrike on a camp housing Syrian refugees near the border with Turkey and Syria. This includes children, women, and even children.
  • 06 May 2016 Syrian Civil War: Aleppo offensive (May 2016: More than 72 people are killed in clashes in Khan Tuman, Syria between Al-Nusra Front forces and Syrian government forces.
  • 07 May 2016 War in Afghanistan (2001-present: Resolute Support mission: Two Romanian soldiers were killed in an insider attack on Afghanistan.
  • 08 May 2016 Insurgency in Sinai: Eight policemen are killed by gunmen during an ambush just outside Cairo. Islamic State claims the attack.
  • 09 May 2016 Somali Civil War (2009-present). At least four people are killed in a suicide car bomb attack on Mogadishu’s Traffic Police Headquarters. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility.
  • 10 May 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present). Ali Haider Gilani is the son of Yousaf Raza Gilani who was former Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was kidnapped in 2001 by Taliban militants.
  • 11 May 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017). Baghdad bombings, 11 May 2016. At least 64 people were killed and 87 others injured when a bomb was detonated on Sadr City's market. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility. (CNN), (NY Times)ISIS claims responsibility for the death of 45 fighters who fled a battle in Qayyarah.
  • 12 May 2016 Yemeni Crisis (2011-present: Al Qaeda militants kill at most 13 Yemeni government soldiers near Mukalla.
  • 13 May 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017: A security contractor from Australia is shot and killed in Baghdad. Unconfirmed reports suggest that he was killed. (ABC News Australia).Three gunmen opened fire on a Real Madrid supporters group meeting in Samarra, northern Iraq. At least 14 people were killed and 25 others were injured. The Islamic State of Iraq & Syria claim responsibility for the attack.
  • 14 May 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present: Two people have been killed and twelve injured in a suicide bombing attack at a Helmand Province police training centre.
  • 15 May 2016 Iraqi civil War (2014-present). At least 18 people were killed in suicide bombings at a cooking gas plant owned by the state in Taji, north Baghdad. 11 more died in other attacks.
  • 16 May 2016 Han Kang's novel The Vegetarian was translated by Deborah Smith and won the Man Booker International Prize. (BBC News), (The Independent),
  • 17 May 2016 Iraqi civil War (2014-present: 17 May 2016 Baghdad Bombings: At least 69% are killed and 230 others injured by a series bombings targeting Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, Iraq. Some of these attacks are claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq or Syria.
  • 18 May 2016 War in North-West Pakistan: Two bombings in Peshawar, Pakistan kill a police officer.
  • 19 May 2016 Syrian civil war: Syrian government forces, along with Lebanese Hezbollah soldiers, retake large areas southeast of Damascus. This includes the important town of Deir al-Asafir. (BBC). (Al Arabiya). More than 50 people have been killed in fighting between Jaysh al-Islam's rival factions and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front of Ghouta near Damascus.
  • 20 May 2016 Iraqi civil War (2014-present). Ar-Rutbah offensive (2016). U.S. airstrikes helped the Iraqi Army to retake Ar-Rutbah, a southwestern city under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq. This victory will enable the reopening of the Baghdad–Amman highway.
  • 21 May 2016 Attacks on Bangladeshi secularists: A homeopathic doctor in Bangladesh is killed in an attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claim the responsibility.
  • 22 May 2016 Syrian civil war: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 60,000 people were killed in government prisons during Syria's five-year civil war.
  • 23 May 2016 Syrian Civil War: Reuters reports nearly 150 people are killed and at least 200 wounded in a series of car bomb and suicide attacks in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus in government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group claim responsibility.
  • 24 May 2016 Jammu and Kashmir insurgency: Jaish-e-Mohammed operations Chief is killed in a gun fight with police
  • 25 May 2016 Afghanistan War (2001-present). The Afghan Taliban announced that Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban's new leader, will replace Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a drone strike. Sirajuddin Haqqani, Mullah Yaqoob and Mullah Yaqoob were named as the deputy leaders. (Al-Jazeera). A suicide bomb attack causes at least 10 deaths and injures four passengers on a bus carrying appeals court staff west of Kabul.
  • 26 May 2016 Iraqi civil War: Operation Breaking Terrorism - Iraqi security forces and Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces capture Al-Karmah (about 16 km (10 miles) northeast Fallujah).
  • 27 May 2016 Operation Breaking Terrorism, Iraqi Civil War: According to the United States, 70 militants were killed in an airstrike in Fallujah on Wednesday.
  • 28 May 2016 Spillover from the Syrian Civil War. Turkey claims its artillery fire and U.S. air strike killed more than 104 ISIL militants.
  • 29 May 2016 Conflict in Northern Mali: Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an attack on central Mali.
  • 30 May 2016 Iraqi civil War (2014-present). At least 24 people have been killed in a series attacks in and around Baghdad. ISIL claimed responsibility. (ABC News, (AP)Operation Breaking Terrorism - Iraqi forces reportedly enter Fallujah. Tens of thousands are trapped in the city. (USA Today),
  • 31 May 2016 Syrian Civil War: Overnight air strikes in Idlib (Syria) have claimed the lives of at least 23 people.
  • 03 May 2016 Eighty-eight thousand people are evacuated from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as a wildfire rips through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings.

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  1. - Work
  2. - Panda
  3. - One Dance
  4. - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  5. - 7 Years


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2016?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train


#1 New York Times Bestseller USA Today Book of the Year is now a major motion movie starring Emily Blunt. Paula Hawkins' new novel Into the Water is coming May 2017. The

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Dr. Seuss's brilliantly wise Oh, The Places You'll go! This is the perfect way to send off grads from high school, college and nursery school. Dr.

The Apartment by Danielle Steel

The Apartment


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Danielle Steel's vibrant, tender and moving story is pulsing with New York City's excitement. She explores the twists of fate and how sometimes, in special places friends can be the closest family members we need.

Hide Away by Iris Johansen

Hide Away


DARK SECRETS Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, is found in a secure hospital room in Carmel. Joe Quinn and she have sworn to protect Cara Delaney (an innocent young girl), whose enemies are growing closer every hour.

Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Extreme Prey


John Sandford, #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, has written an extraordinary Lucas Davenport thriller. Following the events of Gathering Prey Lucas Davenport is now in an unusual position--he is no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA.