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 Raoul Hedebouw, a representative of Workers' Party Belgium, is stabbed in his thigh just moments before he delivers a speech in Liege (Belgium). The suspect is taken into custody.
  • 02 May 2017 Syrian Civil War: According the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights), at least 38 people were killed in the attack by ISIL militants on a camp for displaced Syrians and Iraqi refugees located near Al-Shaddadah Governorate, Al-Hasakah Governorate.
  • 03 May 2017 Afghanistan War (2001-present). Eight civilians are killed and 28 others are injured in a suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy.
  • 04 May 2017 2017 Venezuelan protests - A student is shot to death in El Tigre during gunfire. This brings the total number of deaths in protests against Nicolas Maduro to 37.
  • 05 May 2017 Syria Civil War: Russia and Turkey agree to create four "safe zones" in Syria. All military aircraft, including those from Turkey, Russia, and the United States, will be prohibited from flying over these areas. (Reuters) (Fox News). The long-awaited safe zones were welcomed by the United Nations, but they have been rejected both by the Kurdish PYD and Syrian rebels.
  • 06 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001-present). Pope Francis condemns the U.S. military’s largest non-nuclear explosive, the Mother of All Bombs. He says that the term "mother" should be avoided when referring to a deadly weapon.
  • 07 May 2017 After a collision between a truck and bus in Vietnam's Gia Lai Province, at least 11 people have been killed.
  • 08 May 2017 Spirit Airlines cancels 11 flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and delays 30 others due to a dispute with its pilots. (As talks take place between the airline's union, Air Line Pilots Association International). Three people are taken into custody after protests broke out.
  • 09 May 2017 Syria-United States Relations, Turkey-United States Relations: President Donald Trump approves an arms agreement with the Syrian Kurds to aid the Syrian Democratic Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) despite opposition from Turkey.
  • 10 May 2017 Pope Francis will canonize two children who saw Fatima from visions.
  • 11 May 2017 Battle of Mosul: Lt Gen Othman Al-Ghanmi (Iraqi army chief of staff) states that his security forces are just days away from completing Operation Recapture Mosul from ISIL.
  • 12 May 2017 Paramore, the Grammy-winning band, releases After Laughter, their fifth album.
  • 13 May 2017 Insurgency in Balochistan. Gunmen open fire upon construction workers at Gwadar port, Pakistan. At least 10 people were killed. This attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.
  • 14 May 2017 Yemeni Civil War: According the International Committee of the Red Cross a cholera epidemic has affected Yemen since April 27, killing at least 115 and leaving another 8,500 people ill.
  • 15 May 2017 Western Digital files an arbitration appeal to stop Toshiba Memory, its chip-making partner, from selling Toshiba Memory.
  • 16 May 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks: Symantec and Kaspersky Lab, cybersecurity companies, report that technical evidence links WannaCry's ransomware attack with the North Korean-backed Lazarus Group. Also, cyberattacks against Sony Pictures and the SWIFT banking system in the past are believed to have been carried out by North Korea. (The Guardian),
  • 17 May 2017 Bundu dia Kongo supporters free their leader and 50 others with an attack on Makala prison in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
  • 18 May 2017 United States aircraft bombed a convoy belonging the Syrian pro-government militia in a "deconfliction area" around Al-Tanf.
  • 19 May 2017 War in Afghanistan: At least 11 people are killed by a roadside bomb in Logar Province.
  • 20 May 2017 Libyan Civil War (2014-2018): An attack on an airbase controlled by the Libyan National Army in southern Libya has claimed 140 lives.
  • 21 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001-present: At least 20 Afghan police officers are killed in a Taliban raid in southern Afghanistan.
  • 22 May 2017 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing: The Greater Manchester Police (GMP), reported that there were deadly explosions at Manchester Arena, Manchester, England. This happened at the conclusion of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour performance. (BBC) (The Guardian). The GMP confirmed that at least 19 people were killed and 50 more injured, and is treating it as a terrorist attack. No one immediately claimed responsibility.
  • 23 May 2017 After the Manchester Arena bombing, campaigning for the United Kingdom general elections is suspended. 22 people have been killed and 59 others were injured. ISIL claims responsibility. Ariana Grande, singer and actress, suspends Dangerous Woman Tour. (AP), (BBC),
  • 24 May 2017 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing: British police have arrested six suspects in the ongoing investigation into Monday's fatal explosion. One of them was a 23-year old man. He was taken into custody on Tuesday. (ABC News), (Reuters) (Reuters2) The Libyan Counter Terrorism Forces have taken into custody the father Ramadan Abedi and Hashem Abedi of Salman Abedi's suspected bomber.
  • 25 May 2017 A booby-trapped package that was intended to be a gift for the former Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, explodes in his car in Athens. His injuries are not considered life-threatening according to authorities.
  • 26 May 2017 2017 Minya attack, gunmen open fire upon buses carrying Coptic Christians, Minya Governorate in Egypt. At least 28 people were killed and dozens more were injured. According to state media, the Egyptian Air Force attacked militant camps in eastern Libya as a retaliation for the Minya attack.
  • 27 May 2017 War in Afghanistan (2001-present: At least 18 people were killed and six others injured by a car bomb blast in Khost, eastern Afghanistan.
  • 28 May 2017 CPP-NPA/NDF rebellion: After President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, the government of the Philippines and Communist Party end peace talks.
  • 29 May 2017 Battle of Marawi: Philippine forces continue fighting Maute militants for Marawi.
  • 30 May 2017 Iraqi Civil War: Al-Faqma ice-cream parlor bombing: 13 people are killed and 24 injured in a car bomb explosion at a popular ice-cream parlor in central Baghdad. The attack was claimed by ISIL.
  • 31 May 2017 Afghanistan War (2001-present). May 2017 Kabul Attack: At least 90 people are killed and 461 others injured in a suicide bombing in Kabul, near the German Embassy. (Reuters via SBS), The Guardian
  • 12 May 2017 The WannaCry ransomware attack impacts over 400,000 computers worldwide, targeting computers of the United Kingdom's National Health Services and Telefónica computers.
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  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?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2017?

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An addictive novel of psychological suspense by the author of The Girl on the Train, #1 New York Times Bestseller and global phenomenon. Megan Abbott and Gillian Flynn are two of the leading female authors …

The Fix by David Baldacci

The Fix


The sensational #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man first featured Amos Decker, David Baldacci's extraordinary detective who can forget everything. Decker is back in a new stunning novel.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin


Feyre is back at the Spring Court to collect information about Tamlin's maneuverings, and the invading King that threatens to bring Prythian down to its knees. To do this, she must play a dangerous game of deceit - and one …

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything


This instant #1 New York Times Bestseller is now a major motion movie starring Amandla STenberg as Maddy, and Nick Robinson as Olly. You don't have to risk it all. . . For love.

Gwendy's Button Box  by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box


In Book 1, Maine Stephen King and Richard Chizmar team up for this chilling novella, which revisits Castle Rock's mysterious past.