May 2017 calendar

May 2017

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2017.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on May 2017: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2017?


  • 01 May 2017 Workers' Party of Belgium representative Raoul Hedebouw gets stabbed in the thigh, moments before holding a speech in Liège, Belgium. The presumed assailant is arrested. (Sudinfo)
  • 02 May 2017 Syrian Civil War: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 38 people are killed, including civilians and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters, after ISIL militants attack a camp for displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugees near Al-Shaddadah, Al-Hasakah Governorate. (BBC)
  • 03 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians and wounds at least 28 people. (Reuters)
  • 04 May 2017 2017 Venezuelan protests: A student is killed amid gunfire in El Tigre, raising the death toll in protests against Nicolás Maduro's government to at least 37 in the past month. (ABC News)
  • 05 May 2017 Syrian Civil War: Russia, Iran and Turkey reach an agreement, effective this midnight, to establish four "safe zones" in Syria over which all military aircraft, including Turkish, Russian, and American aircraft, will be barred from flying. (Reuters) (Fox News)The United Nations welcomed the long discussed safe zones, although they have been rejected by Syrian rebels and the Kurdish PYD. (Reuters) (Fox News) (Reuters)
  • 06 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Pope Francis criticizes naming the U.S. military's biggest non-nuclear explosive as the Mother of All Bombs, saying that the word "mother" should not be used in reference to a deadly weapon. (Reuters)
  • 07 May 2017 At least 11 people are dead after a bus and truck collide in Vietnam's Gia Lai province. (The Straits Times)
  • 08 May 2017 At the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, Spirit Airlines cancels eleven flights and delays 30 due to a dispute between the airline and its pilots (as talks occur between the airline and the pilots' union, Air Line Pilots Association, International). Protests break out and three travelers are arrested. (The New York Times)
  • 09 May 2017 Syria–United States relations, Turkey–United States relations: Despite opposition from Turkey, President Donald Trump authorizes an arms deal with the Syrian Kurds to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (CNN)
  • 10 May 2017 Pope Francis intends to canonize two of the children who had visions at Fatima. (The Salt Lake Tribune)
  • 11 May 2017 Battle of Mosul: The Iraqi army's chief of staff, Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanmi, states that his security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from ISIL. (BBC)
  • 12 May 2017 Grammy Award-winning band, Paramore, officially releases their fifth album After Laughter
  • 13 May 2017 Insurgency in Balochistan: Gunmen open fire on construction workers at Gwadar Port, Pakistan, killing at least 10 people. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. (Al Jazeera)
  • 14 May 2017 Yemeni Civil War: According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a cholera outbreak has since April 27 killed at least 115 people and left another 8,500 ill across Yemen. (Al Jazeera)
  • 15 May 2017 Western Digital appeals to arbitration in an effort to prevent its partner Toshiba, from selling its chip-making operation, Toshiba Memory. (Reuters)
  • 16 May 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack: The cybersecurity firms Kaspersky Lab and Symantec report that technical evidence connects the WannaCry ransomware attack to the North Korean-backed Lazarus Group. North Korea is also believed to be responsible for previous cyberattacks on the SWIFT banking system and against Sony Pictures. (The Guardian), (The New York Times)
  • 17 May 2017 Bundu dia Kongo followers free their leader and 50 other inmates with an attack on the Makala jail of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Al Jazeera) (Pulse Nigeria)
  • 18 May 2017 United States aircraft bomb a convoy belonging to the Syrian pro-government militia within a so-called "deconfliction zone" around Al-Tanf. (CBS News) (Independent)
  • 19 May 2017 War in Afghanistan: A roadside bomb kills at least 11 people, all from the same family, in Logar Province. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
  • 20 May 2017 Libyan Civil War (2014–present): The death toll from an attack on a Libyan National Army-controlled airbase in southern Libya reportedly rises to 140 people. (BBC)
  • 21 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A Taliban raid kills at least 20 Afghan police officers in southern Afghanistan. (AFP via Dunya News)
  • 22 May 2017 2017 Manchester Arena bombing: Greater Manchester Police (GMP) report deadly explosions at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, at the end of Ariana Grande’s performance on her Dangerous Woman Tour. (BBC) (The Guardian)The GMP confirms at least 19 people have been killed and 50 others injured and is treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility. (The Northern Echo) (NBC News) (The Washington Post)
  • 23 May 2017 Campaigning in the United Kingdom general election is suspended after the bombing at the Manchester Arena. The death toll is 22 with 59 injured. ISIL claims responsibility. Singer and actress Ariana Grande suspends her Dangerous Woman Tour. (AP), (BBC), (CNN)
  • 24 May 2017 2017 Manchester Arena bombing: As part of an ongoing investigation, British police arrest six people in connection with Monday's deadly explosion, including a 23-year-old man who was taken into custody Tuesday. (ABC News) (Reuters) (Reuters²)The father, Ramadan Abedi, and younger brother, Hashem Abedi, of suspected bomber Salman Abedi are arrested in Tripoli by the Libyan Counter-Terrorism forces. (Chicago Tribune) (Hindustan Times)
  • 25 May 2017 Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is injured when a booby-trapped package explodes inside his vehicle in Athens. Authorities report his injuries are not life threatening. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 26 May 2017 2017 Minya attack: Gunmen open fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Minya Governorate, Egypt, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens more. (The Independent)The Egyptian Air Force strikes militant camps in eastern Libya in retaliation to the Minya attack, according to state media. (BBC)
  • 27 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): At least 18 people are killed and 6 others injured in a car bomb explosion in Khost, eastern Afghanistan. (The Independent)
  • 28 May 2017 CPP-NPA-NDF rebellion: The government of the Philippines and the Communist Party cancel peace talks after president Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao. (teleSur)
  • 29 May 2017 Battle of Marawi: Philippine forces continue to battle Maute militants for the city of Marawi. (CNN)
  • 30 May 2017 Iraqi Civil War: Al-Faqma ice cream parlor bombing: A car bomb explosion outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad kills 13 people and injures 24. ISIL claims responsibility for the attack. (AP)
  • 31 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): May 2017 Kabul attack: A suicide bombing occurs in Kabul near the German embassy with at least 90 killed and 461 injured. (Reuters via SBS), (The Guardian), (AFP via Channel News Asia)
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Which were the top hits in May 2017?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Humble.
  2. - That's What I Like
  3. - I'm The One
  4. - Despacito
  5. - Shape Of You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Square

The Square

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Ruben Östlund

Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary

Megan Leavey

Megan Leavey

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford

Boone: The Bounty Hunter

Boone: The Bounty Hunter

Release year: 2017

Directed by: Robert Kirbyson

Starring: John Hennigan, Osric Chau, Spencer Grammer, Jonathan Lipnicki



Release year: 2017

Directed by: Thomas Napper

Starring: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley


Which were the most popular books released in May 2017?
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Surrender by Helen Hardt



Jonah Steel has fallen in love with Melanie Carmichael but still lives with the guilt that consumes him as he tries to unravel the mystery of his family’s past.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why


THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL, NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES** “Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune “A stealthy hit with staying power.

16th Seduction by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

16th Seduction


The Instant #1 New York Times and USA Today BestsellerDetective Lindsay Boxer investigates the most explosive case of her career.Lindsay Boxer is learning to love again.

Fat for Fuel by Joseph Mercola

Fat for Fuel


Subtitle: "A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy"

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything


The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly. Risk everything . . . for love.What