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May 17

2004 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts. 2016 - Christian Kern succeeds Werner Faymann as Chancellor of Austria. 2010 - Portugal legalizes same-sex marriage. 2006 - Aircraft carrier "USS Oriskany" is sunk off the Gulf of Mexico as ...

                                               

May 18

2019 - Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache resigns as Vice-Chancellor of Austria after a video emerges of him being involved in a corruption controversy; Chancellor Sebastian Kurz calls for an early election. 2019 - The 64th Eurovision S ...

                                               

May 19

2017 - Hassan Rouhani is re-elected President of Iran, defeating Ebrahim Raisi. 2016 - EgyptAir Flight 804, travelling from Paris to Cairo, crashes in the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people on board. 2018 - The wedding of Princ ...

                                               

May 20

2012 – A solar eclipse is seen over part of East Asia, the North Pacific Ocean and Western North America. 2014 - Martial law is declared in Thailand during an ongoing political crisis. 2014 - Over 100 people are killed in a bomb attack in Jos, Ni ...

                                               

May 21

2005 – Elena Paparizou wins the 50th Eurovision Song Contest for Greece, in Kiev, Ukraine. 2011 - American pastor Harold Camping predicted the end of the world to begin on this date, with the rapture, supposedly leading to the end itself on Octob ...

                                               

May 22

2012 - The Tokyo Sky Tree is opened to the public in Japan. It is the tallest free-standing tower and second-tallest freestanding man-made structure in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 2003 – The final manuscript of Ludwig van Beethove ...

                                               

May 23

2002 - Iceland ratifies the Kyoto protocol. 2009 - Horst Koehler is elected to a second term as President of Germany. However, he resigns just over a year later, on May 31, 2010. 2004 - Part of the roof of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airports Termina ...

                                               

May 24

2001 – 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri reaches the top of Mount Everest. 2019 - Theresa May announces her intention to resign as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with her successor to be chosen before the end of ...

                                               

May 25

1955 – A night-time Force 5 tornado strikes the small city in Udall, Kansas, killing 80 people; it is the deadliest tornado ever to strike Kansas. 2014 - Petro Poroshenko is elected President of Ukraine. 2018 - A referendum in the Republic of Ire ...

                                               

May 26

2008 - Severe flooding begins in Eastern and Southern China. The floods go on to kill 148 people and lead to the evacuation of 1.3 million. 2011 – Wanted on war crimes charges, Ratko Mladic is captured in Serbia. 2019 - The 2019 elections to the ...

                                               

May 27

2009 - A suicide bombing kills at least 35 people in Lahore, Pakistan. 2016 - Barack Obama becomes the first serving President of the United States to visit Hiroshima and meet victims of the atomic bomb. 2017 - A computer failure at British Airwa ...

                                               

May 28

2011 - A referendum is held in Malta on the introduction of divorce in the country. Most voters support the proposal. 2010 - A train crash in West Bengal, India, kills 141 people. 2008 – Nepal becomes a Republic. 2004 – The cable TV channels Tech ...

                                               

May 29

2004 - The US National World War II Memorial is unveiled in Washington, DC. 2012 - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Northern Italy near Bologna, killing at least 24 people. 2015 - Sepp Blatter is controversially re-elected President of FIFA in a w ...

                                               

May 30

2003 – The final flight of an Air France Concorde takes place. 2012 - Former President of Liberia Charles Taylor is sentenced to prison for his role in crimes committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War. 2005 - The Allianz Arena in Munich opens. ...

                                               

May 31

2017 - A massive bomb attack in central Kabul kills at least 150 people. 2009 – The last-living survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking, Millvina Dean, dies aged 97. 2018 - US President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on products from the European Union ...

                                               

November 1

2016 - Iraqi forces enter the city of Mosul in the battle to recapture it from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. 2012 - A fuel tank truck crashes and explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 26 people. 2018 - NASAs Dawn m ...

                                               

November 2

2019 - South Africa wins the Rugby union World Cup for a third time, defeating England 32-12 in Tokyo, Japan. 2014 - An suicide attack in Pakistan, near the Indian border, kills over 60 people. 2017 - The discovery of a previously-unknown orangut ...

                                               

November 3

2003 – Michael Howard becomes leader of the British Conservative Party. 2016 - A train crash near Karachi, Pakistan, kills at least 20 people. 2012 - The 2012 New York Marathon is cancelled late on, due to the clean-up after Hurricane Sandy. 2016 ...

                                               

November 4

2010 - Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board. 2006 - A widespread power failure affects parts of Western Europe. 2016 - The Paris climate change agreement enters into force. 2018 - New Caledonia holds a ...

                                               

November 5

2009 – United States Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan goes on a shooting rampage, killing 13, and wounding 30 people at Fort Hood, Texas. It is the worst mass shooting ever to take place at a US military base. 2017 - Paradise Papers: The Suddeutsche ...

                                               

November 6

2012 - Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate. 2012 - Puerto Rico holds a referendum on its future status, with indications of a majority vote in favour of becoming the 51st US State. 2004 ...

                                               

November 7

2018 - Twelve people are killed in the Thousand Oaks shooting in a country music bar near Los Angeles, California. 2018 - Donald Trump fires United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 2002 - Iran bans advertising of US products. 2001 - SABENA, ...

                                               

November 8

2002 - Iraq Disarmament Crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm, or face "serious questions". 2006 - After the Republican Party made losses ...

                                               

November 9

2012 - David Petraeus resigns as head of the CIA. 2019 - A religious site disputed by both Muslims and Hindus in Ayodhya, India, is given to Hindus by a court decision. 2014 - Catalonia holds a symbolic vote on independence from Spain. 2007 - The ...

                                               

November 10

2009 – John Allen Muhammad is executed for the Beltway sniper attacks. 2011 – Lucas Papademos is chosen to lead a caretaker government in Greece. 2012 - Four days after the United States Presidential Election, Florida is given to Barack Obama, se ...

                                               

November 11

2008 – Mohamed Nasheed succeeds Maumoon Gayoom as President of the Maldives. 2004 – Mary McAleese was inaugurated for a second term as President of Ireland. 2011 – Michael D. Higgins is inaugurated as President of Ireland. 2004 – Mahmoud Abbas is ...

                                               

November 12

2015 - At least 40 people are killed in suicide bomb attacks in Beirut, Lebanon. 2010 - The 16th Asian Games begin in Guangzhou, China. 2001 – A plane crash in the New York Borough of Queens kills all 260 of those on board, and 5 people on the gr ...

                                               

November 13

2011 – Mario Monti is chosen to lead the Italian government following the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi. 2005 – A chemical disaster occurs in Jilin, China, leading to the nearby river to be contaminated. 2001 – War on Terrorism: For the first ...

                                               

November 14

1979 - Jimmy Carter issues Executive Order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the US in response to the hostage crisis. 1975 – Spain abandons Western Sahara. 2015 - A French TGV train crashes into a river in the Alsace region of France, killin ...

                                               

November 15

Today is Oka and charlotte day. this is a well know day and very similar to Christmas. Presents are shared between one another. Celebrations tend to be large and they could last for days and in some cases weeks.

                                               

November 16

1997 - After 18 years of imprisonment, the Peoples Republic of China releases activist Wei Jingsheng for medical reasons. 2006 – Rioting occurs in Nukualofa, Tonga. 1996 – Mother Teresa receives honorary US citizenship. 1994 - Emomalii Rahmon bec ...

                                               

November 17

2018 - Ibrahim Mohamed Solih becomes President of the Maldives. 2012 - Over 50 schoolchildren are killed in an accident at a railway crossing near Malafut, Egypt. 2013 - Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashes at the airport in Kazan, Russia, killi ...

                                               

November 18

2019 - The United States government says that is does not consider the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be illegal. 2004 – Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol. 2019 - Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes President of Sri Lanka; ...

                                               

November 19

2017 - Talks about forming a governing coalition fail in Germany, after Septembers election to the Bundestag. 2002 – The Prestige oil tanker breaks apart near the coast of Galicia, Spain, causing a large oil spill. 2013 - Bomb attacks in Beirut, ...

                                               

November 20

2009 - The Large Hadron Collider is switched back on, after faults caused it to be shut down over a year earlier. 2011 – Mariano Rajoy is elected Prime Minister in Spain, as the Partido Popular wins the most seats in parliament. 2003 – A second s ...

                                               

November 21

2005 – Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon founds a new political party, the Kadima Party. 2004 - The Caribbean islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe are hit by a strong earthquake. 2004 – In Ukraines Presidential election, Viktor Yanukovych is de ...

                                               

November 22

2003 – In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the presidents resignation. 2004 - Orange Revolution: Protests begin in Kiev, Ukraine, over the previous days election result, in whic ...

                                               

November 23

2009 – The Maguindanao massacre occurs on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. 2003 – Eduard Shevardnadze resigns as President of Georgia. 2007 – MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina aft ...

                                               

November 24

2013 - Iran agrees to limit its nuclear development program in exchange for less sanctions, which meant that they had limits on what they could export and import, after talks in Geneva, Switzerland. 2019 - Pro-democracy activists make gains in lo ...

                                               

November 25

2008 - Cyclone Nisha strikes northern Sri Lanka, killing 15 people. 2002 – Reported assassination attempt on Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov. 2014 - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is hit on the neck by a ball during a match. He dies two ...

                                               

November 26

2008 – The 26 November 2008 Mumbai attacks begin with killings and hostage takings in different parts of the city, committed by Islamist terrorists, of whom only one survives. The attacks end on November 29 after a stand-off at the Taj Mahal Hote ...

                                               

November 27

2009 – A passenger train is derailed by a bomb between Moscow and St. Petersburg, killing 28 people. 2001 - Anders Fogh Rasmussen becomes Prime Minister of Denmark. 2011 - Wales national football team manager Gary Speed commits suicide, aged 42. ...

                                               

November 28

2002 – Suicide bombers blow up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. 2016 - LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crashes near Medellin, Colombia, killing 76 people leaving 5 survivors, including many members of Brazilian football club Chapecoense. 2004 ...

                                               

November 29

2009 - Rwanda joins the Commonwealth of Nations. It is the second country, after Mozambique, to join despite having no colonial links to the United Kingdom. 2012 - The UN General Assembly approves a motion granting Palestine non-member observer s ...

                                               

November 30

2017 - Katrin Jakobsdottir becomes Prime Minister of Iceland, leading a three-party coalition. 2013 - Actor Paul Walker, star of the "Fast and Furious", is killed in a car crash. 2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, ...

                                               

October 1

2017 – Catalonia holds a disputed referendum on whether or not to become independent from Spain. 2014 – Jens Stoltenberg becomes Secretary-General of NATO. 2005 – Bali is devastated by a terrorist attack, in which 26 people are killed after bombs ...

                                               

October 2

2004 – American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan. 2002 – The Beltway sniper attacks begin. 2016 – Dozens of people are killed in a protest in Ethiopias Oromia region. 2005 – The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George, Upstate ...

                                               

October 3

2011 – The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is given to Bruce Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann and Ralph M. Steinman. Unknown to the Nobel Committee, Steinman had died three days earlier and becomes only the third-ever posthumous after death Nobel ...

                                               

October 4

2016 – Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti and the Dominican Republic, causing flooding, destroying homes and killing seven people. 2006 – Lesotho changes its flag. 2003 – Maxim restaurant suicide bombing: A female Palestinian suicide bomber, Hanadi Jar ...

                                               

October 5

2017 – Allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer Harvey Weinstein are published, starting the #MeToo movement. 2014 – Formula One racing driver Jules Bianchi suffers serious injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, leading ...