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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2018.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2018?


Events

  • 01 May 2018 Human rights violations during the Syrian Civil War: ISIL releases an execution video showing a prisoner being killed by explosives in Yarmouk Camp, Damascus. (Metro)
  • 02 May 2018 Basque conflict: Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), which waged an insurgency against Spain between 1959 and 2011, announces its complete dissolution. (The Guardian)
  • 03 May 2018 A Palestinian man was arrested by Israel Defence Forces (IDF) while attempting to damage the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. He was shot and injured during the arrest, and is now receiving medical treatment at Soroka Medical Center. (The Times of Israel)
  • 04 May 2018 Basque conflict: In Cambo-les-Bains, France, ETA performs its final act of dissolution in the presence of politicians such as Gerry Adams, Jonathan Powell, Brian Currin and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. (El País)Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reminds a crowd to remember the 853 victims of the conflict and reaffirms that there will be no impunity for the violence perpetrated by ETA during its 60-year history. (El País)
  • 05 May 2018 An explosion in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, kills six Palestinians. Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces both deny responsibility and blame each other for the blast. (BBC)
  • 06 May 2018 The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) open fire on a group of Palestinian men trying to sabotage the Israeli-Gazan border fence, killing three and injuring two others. The IDF also attacks a Hamas outpost near the border, stating that the location was used to launch incendiary kites and other objects in an attempt to burn Israeli fields. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 07 May 2018 Yemeni Civil War (2015–present): Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition destroy the Presidential Palace in Sana'a, Yemen, with at least six killed and 30 injuries reported, coalition officials claim they had targeted high-ranking Houthi officials. (Yahoo! News)
  • 08 May 2018 Colombian conflict: A war crimes tribunal in Colombia begins investigating atrocities during the war which began in the 1960s. (al-Jazeera)
  • 09 May 2018 Terrorism in Indonesia: Prisoners at a detention centre for terrorists in Jakarta revolt, killing five officers and taking a sixth hostage. Negotiators accept a demand for an audience between the rioters and Aman Abdurrahman, an inmate who is the head of ISIL in the country. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 10 May 2018 2018 Gaza border protests: The Hamas-run Ministry of Health says that 2,064 unarmed protesters were shot with live gunshots, 1,094 suffered gas suffocation serious enough for hospitalization. [http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/11/c_137172334.htm (Xinhuanet)Senior Hamas member Yehiyeh Sinwar suggests that tens of thousands of Palestinian protestors may try to cross the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (ABC News)
  • 11 May 2018 The Israel Defense Forces again open fire with tear gas and live ammunition on Palestinian protesters, following 6 weeks of protests. One person is killed and 146 others wounded, with some protesters throwing stones and burning tyres. (The Independent)
  • 12 May 2018 Burundian unrest (2015–present): 26 people are killed in Cibitoke Province, Burundi. The country's security minister attributes the attack on civilians in their houses to an unnamed "terrorist group". (AP via The Los Angeles Times)
  • 13 May 2018 Terrorism in Indonesia: Surabaya bombings: At least 13 people are killed and more than 40 others wounded after a series of suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia. (CNN) (AP via The London Free Press)
  • 14 May 2018 Surabaya bombings: An Indonesian family believed to be connected to the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah attacks police headquarters in Surabaya. The attack kills all four perpetrators and injures the perpetrator's daughter, six civilians, and four police officers. (ABC News)
  • 15 May 2018 2018 Gaza border protests: The Israeli Army reports some 4,000 Palestinians hold violent protests in five locations along the Gaza border, throwing Molotov cocktails at troops and burning tires. The Israeli Army kills two protesters and injures more than 100 others using live fire and tear gas. (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 16 May 2018 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): Battle of Farah: Taliban forces claim to have taken control of the western city of Farah after two days of fighting. It is the second provincial capital to be temporarily taken over, after a similar assault on Kunduz in 2015. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • 17 May 2018 International military intervention against ISIL: Denmark announces the partial withdrawal of its special forces from Iraq following the collapse of ISIL in the country. (Channel News Asia)
  • 18 May 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting: A school shooting takes place at Santa Fe High School in Texas, United States. Eight students and two teachers are killed and thirteen others are injured. (KTRK-TV), (BBC)
  • 19 May 2018 Russian military intervention in Ukraine: Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation says Russian-led militants have mounted 43 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas in the past 24 hours, using artillery systems and 120mm and 82mm mortars 10 times, with no casualties among the Ukrainian servicemen. According to intelligence data, two militants are killed and three others wounded. (UNIAN)
  • 20 May 2018 2018 lower Puna eruption: Lava continues spewing from fissures on Kilauea, Hawaii, reaching the Pacific Ocean and critically injuring one person. (CNN) (1 News Now)
  • 21 May 2018 Economy of Japan: Sony agrees to a $2.3 billion deal where they will buy a controlling interest in EMI Music Publishing. The deal will mean that Sony would indirectly own 90% of the music publisher and its two million songs. (BBC)
  • 22 May 2018 Syrian Civil War: Southern Damascus offensive (April–May 2018): Syrian government forces declare Damascus and its surroundings "completely safe" for the first time since 2011, after taking Yarmouk Camp and Hajar al-Aswad from ISIL. (CBS News)
  • 23 May 2018 Transport in Iran: Iranian truck owners and drivers start striking in seven provinces to protest poor working conditions. (VOA) (The Washington Post)
  • 24 May 2018 Mississauga restaurant bombing: Fifteen people are injured after two suspects detonate an improvised explosive device at a restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The suspects immediately fled the scene. (Reuters), (BBC)
  • 25 May 2018 Noblesville West Middle School shooting: A shooting at the Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana, United States, leaves two people injured. One suspect is in custody. (Business Insider)
  • 26 May 2018 2018 lower Puna eruption: Several more properties are destroyed as Kīlauea continues to erupt. (Newsweek)
  • 27 May 2018 Politics of Japan: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone celebrates his 100th birthday. (Reuters)
  • 28 May 2018 Foreign relations of Poland: Poland's Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak says he recently talked with U.S. officials in Washington D.C. about permanently stationing thousands of U.S. troops in Poland as a deterrent against Russia. (AP via Business Insider)
  • 29 May 2018 2018 Liège attack: Three people, including two police officers, are killed in Liège, Belgium, and four police officers are injured in a shooting. The gunman took a woman hostage, but was later killed by police. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 30 May 2018 Ukrainian crisis: Arkady Babchenko, who was reportedly assassinated yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine, appears on live television stating that the assassination was staged. (BBC)
  • 31 May 2018 2018 Nicaraguan protests: Catholic bishops cancel the planned Episcopal Conference talks with the government after protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega turn violent. According to the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, pro-government armed groups killed 11 people. (Reuters)

Movies

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover

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The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles

Country: United States of America

Adrift

Adrift

Release year: 2018

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Grace Palmer, Jeffrey Thomas

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Release year: 2018

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith

Books

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Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe

Beach House Reunion

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Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina.

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.An

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight

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Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of …

Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper, Trey Brown

Facts and Fears

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The former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to AmericaWhen he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James …

The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

The Soul of America

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.