Historical Events on May

  • European Union


    Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.

  • Death of Osama bin Laden


    Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

  • Jamaica


    Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica and claims it for Spain.

  • Virginia Woolf


    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf is first published.

  • Pope John Paul II


    During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

  • Napoleon I of France


    War of the First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


    The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey.

  • Philadelphia


    Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing six adults and five children, and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.

  • Bangladesh


    Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.

  • Washington, D.C.


    The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.

  • Herbert Henry Asquith


    The last British Liberal Party government (led by Herbert Henry Asquith) falls.

  • Brussels


    World War II: Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium.

  • Tiananmen Square massacre


    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • Romania


    The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

  • Colombia


    Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.

  • Big Ten Conference


    Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Ronald Reagan


    The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • International Space Station


    Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.