May 2019 calendar

May 2019

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in May 2019.
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 2019: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2019?


  • 01 May 2019 Naxalite Maoist insurgency. Sixteen soldiers, including one driver, were killed in a landmine blast in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, India. Officials believe that the insurgents of Maoists are responsible.
  • 02 May 2019 2019 North Indian Ocean Cyclone Season: Evacuation of around 800,000 people is in progress as Extremely Serious Cyclonic Storm Fani moves toward Odisha (formerly Orissa). It is expected to landfall Friday with winds of more than 200 km/h (127mph).
  • 03 May 2019 Sinclair Broadcast Group purchases Fox Sports Networks (FSN), from The Walt Disney Company, for $10.6 billion. The U.S. Justice Department ordered Disney to sell FSN in connection with its purchase of 21st Century Fox. This was due to antitrust concerns regarding its ownership of ESPN Inc.
  • 04 May 2019 At least nine people are killed in an attack on the forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haitar in Sabha (Libya), by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ISIL claims responsibility.
  • 05 May 2019 Gaza-Israel clashes (May 2019, Iran-Israel proxy Conflict: Hamas, Iran-Israel proxy conflict. Hamas and other militants in the Gaza Strip fire hundreds upon Israel. Two Israeli civilians were killed in Ashkelon and another in Ashdod. At least 23 Palestinians were killed in retaliatory Israeli strikes against Gaza, including a Hamas senior commander.
  • 06 May 2019 After six days of intense airstrikes in the area, the Syrian Arab Army launched a ground offensive against HTS-held areas in northern Hama (and southern Idlib) and NFL-held territories.
  • 07 May 2019 Second Libyan Civil War 2019, 2019 Western Libya offensive: A pro-GNA Mirage F1 fighter plane was shot down by the Libyan National Army over Tripoli. The pilot, who claimed to be Portuguese but his identity could not be confirmed by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was captured and taken into custody. The LNA's media outlet released photos showing the injured pilot flanked and assisted by LNA officials.
  • 08 May 2019 2019 Lahore Bombing: At least 11 people are killed in a blast near the Data Darbar Sufi shrine, Lahore (Pakistan), which is located at the 11th century. Half of these were police officers.
  • 09 May 2019 North Korean missile testing: South Korean military claims North Korea launched an "unidentified" projectile into the sea. This marks the second North Korean weapons test in one week.
  • 10 May 2019 Insurgency within the Maghreb (2002 to present): Four hostages held in northern Burkina Faso are freed by French naval commandos. Two French commandos were killed in the rescue operation. Two Frenchmen, who were kidnapped in Benin May 1, and two women, one American and one South Korean, were among those released.
  • 11 May 2019 Yemeni Civil War (2015-present). Houthi forces begin to pull out of several Yemeni ports including Al Hudaydah and As-Salif. This withdrawal is part of an UN-brokered ceasefire agreement that aims at ending the Yemeni blockade.
  • 12 May 2019 Insurgency within the Maghreb, 2002-present: Gunmen set fire to a Catholic church at mass and killed six people in Dablo (Burkina Faso).
  • 13 May 2019 Gulf of Oman incident. Iran-United States Relations, United Arab Emirates – Iran relations. The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), issues a new alert for all ships passing Fujairah off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. This alert is in response to "acts of sabotage" that have been rising amid increased tensions between Iran and the United States.
  • 14 May 2019 Saudi Arabia-Yemen relations (2011-present), Yemeni Crisis (2011-2022), Gulf of Oman Incident: According to Saudi Arabia's Energy Ministry, two Saudi Aramco oil pumping station are targeted in an apparent drone attack. These stations are connected to a pipeline that transports oil from the eastern field to Yanbu, on the Red Sea's western coast.
  • 15 May 2019 In an ambush close to the Malian border, at least 17 Niger Armed Forces soldiers were killed by militants. Six more soldiers have been evacuated to hospital, while 11 others are still missing. None of the groups has claimed responsibility.
  • 16 May 2019 Sinai insurgency: 47 insurgents are killed and five Egyptian soldiers are wounded in a gunfight on the Sinai Peninsula.
  • 17 May 2019 Canada-United States Relations, Mexico-United States Relations: The United States lifted tariffs on steel from Canada and Mexico.
  • 18 May 2019 Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Duncan Laurence representing the Netherlands wins the 2019 edition with "Arcade". This is the first time that the country has won since 1975.
  • 19 May 2019 A bus transporting South African nationals was struck by an explosion near Giza's Grand Egyptian Museum, Egypt. At least 14 people were injured.
  • 20 May 2019 Threety-two people were killed when Islamic State members set off a prison riot in Vahdat (Tajikistan) and started a fire at a jail in Vahdat.
  • 21 May 2019 An ambush occurred at 12th Mile on Khonsa Deomali Road in Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh. Eleven people were killed.
  • 22 May 2019 War in Donbass - The Ukrainian military reports that eight Ukrainian soldiers were captured by prorussian fighters close to Novotroyitske.
  • 23 May 2019 Syrian Civil War, Northwestern Syria Offensive (April 2019-present). Sky News journalist Alex Crawford is shot by tanks of the Syrian Army in Hbit, Idlib Governorate. They are covering the fighting. Their guide Bilal Abdul Kareem is badly injured from shrapnel to the chest.
  • 24 May 2019 Iran-United States relations : President Donald Trump orders 1,500 troops to the Persian Gulf and several Patriot missile launchers as tensions rise between Iran and the United States.
  • 25 May 2019 Saudi Arabia-United States relations. Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations. Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy Conflict: U.S. President Donald Trump bypasses Congress and approves the sale of billions worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. He cited Iranian threats against the latter.
  • 26 May 2019 May 2019 Kathmandu bombings - Four people were killed and seven more were injured in three explosions that occurred in Kathmandu, Nepal. Police suspect a Maoist splinter organization may be responsible.
  • 27 May 2019 Four French police officers were arrested in connection to the bombing that occurred in Lyon's historic center last Friday, resulting in 13 injuries. The investigation is being led by anti-terrorist prosecutors. Denis Broliquier, the district mayor, said that the bomb was too weak to be effective in killing. The attack has not been claimed by anyone.
  • 28 May 2019 Australia-China relations, South China Sea issue: Australian helicopters from HMAS Canberra, the Royal Australian Navy flagship, have to land an emergency landing after they were hit by lasers from South China Sea fishing boats. A Chinese warship was following the Canberra.
  • 29 May 2019 T-Series, an Indian film production company and record label, has reached 100 million subscribers to its most-subscribed YouTube channel.
  • 30 May 2019 A bomb explodes in Cucuta, Colombia, near the border to Venezuela. At least 12 people are injured.
  • 31 May 2019 Taliban suicide car bomber kills 4 Afghan civilians, inflicting more than 20 injuries on top of the four American soldiers.
  • 01 May 2019 Naxalite attack in Gadchiroli district of India: Sixteen army soldiers, including a driver, killed in an IED blast. Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team.


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