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Arkady Babchenko states that the assassination was staged

It was reported that Babchenko had been shot dead in his home in Kiev, Ukraine. The next day, he appeared in person at a press conference with the Security Service of Ukraine. The SBU said it staged Babchenko's murder in order to arrest Ukrainian assassins who were actually planning on carrying out the assassination.

Car bomb explodes in ice cream shop

In May 2017, an ice cream parlor in Karrada district of Baghdad, Iraq was attacked by an ISIS suicide bomber, killing at least 26 people. The bombing took place shortly after midnight, when the car bomb that was parked near the ice cream shop detonated. Islamic state have said the blast targeted Shia followers.

Cyclone Mora makes landfall in Bangladesh

The cyclone made landfall near Chittagong and steadily weakened, dissipating early in the morning of the following day. Across its path, Mora dropped a large amount of rain, including 225mm of rainfall in Chittagong and northeast India. The storm is estimated to have caused damages nearing US$300 million.

'Roots' first airs on Fox

Roots is a 2016 American miniseries and a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name. It first aired in May 2016 and stars Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, T.I. and South African actress Nokuthula Ledwaba. It was produced on a budget of $50 million.


Arsenal beats Aston Villa 4:0 in FA Cup Final

The match was contested by Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium in London. The match was played in May 2015 and was the final match of the competition. Arsenal won the match 4–0 with goals from Theo Walcott, Alexis Sánchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud, for a record 12th title.

Nigeria passes a law banning same-sex marriage

In 2008, the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition bill came up before the Senate, the bill was passed in 2013 after a series of amendments. The passage of the bill received little opposition from the people. The bill voids marriage contracts between people of the same sex and persons aiding and abetting same sex marriages.

'Finding Nemo' is released

Finding Nemo was released in May 2003; the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories, including Best Original Screenplay. Finding Nemo became the highest-grossing animated film at the time and was the second-highest-grossing film of 2003, earning a total of $871 million worldwide.

'The Scarlet Pimpernel' closes at the Minskoff Theatre

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, based on the novel of the same name by Baroness Orczy. The show is set in England and France during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.


Mike Tyson fights Pinklon Thomas

Mike Tyson vs. Pinklon Thomas, billed as "Hard Road to Glory", was a professional boxing match contested in May 1987, for the WBA and WBC heavyweight championships. The match was won by Tyson.


Russian footballer Andrey Arshavin is born

Arshavin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, in May 1981. Arshavin began playing football at an early age and at seven years of age, he was enrolled in the Smena football academy of Zenit, his hometown club. As a schoolboy before football became his sole focus, he was a talented draughts player. Arshavin's father died of heart failure at age 40.


English footballer Steven Gerrard is born

Born in Whiston, Merseyside, Gerrard started out playing for hometown team Whiston Juniors, where he was noticed by Liverpool scouts. He joined the Liverpool Academy at age nine. Gerrard attended St Michael's Primary School and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. He signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in November 1997.

Nike brand established

Nike, originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports, was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964. The company initially operated as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger (now ASICS), making most sales at track meets out of Knight's automobile.

Mariner 9 probe is launched

The probe’s mission was exploration of Mars. She returned 7329 images of Martian surface. They were taken from low altitude and in a highest resolution (1500 km and about 1 kilometer per pixel to 100 meters per pixel). Mariner 9 was also looking for evidence of volcanic activity and analyzed the moons of Mars.

Launch of Surveyor 1

Surveyor 1 was the first lunar soft-lander in the unmanned Surveyor program of NASA. This lunar soft-lander gathered data about the lunar surface that would be needed for the manned Apollo Moon landings that began in 1969. The successful soft landing of Surveyor 1 on the Ocean of Storms was the first by an American space probe.


Basketball player and coach Billy Donovan is born

Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. Today,he is the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He previously spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, where his Florida Gators teams won NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. Donovan has more wins than any other coach in the history of the Florida basketball program.

Novelist and poet Boris Pasternak dies

Boris Pasternak died of lung cancer in his dacha in Peredelkino. Shortly before his death, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church had given Pasternak the last rites. Later, in the strictest secrecy, a Russian Orthodox funeral liturgy, or Panikhida, was offered in the family's dacha.

The engines of the first practical hovercraft are tested

The vessel was called SR.N1. it was invented by British engineer Christopher Cockerell. He first tested the hovercraft using a can of cat food inside a coffee tin and reversed air-flow from a vacuum cleaner in his boatyard. Today, hovercrafts are used in disaster relief, coastguard, military sport or passenger service.


Bill Vukovich is killed on Lap 141

Vukovich was killed in a chain-reaction crash while holding a 17-second lead on the 57th lap of the 1955 Indianapolis 500. He was exiting the second turn, trailing three slower cars—driven by Rodger Ward, Al Keller, and Johnny Boyd—when Ward's car swerved as the result of a gust of wind. Keller lost control and slid back onto the track, striking Boyd's car and pushing it into Vukovich's path.


Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim for heavyweight boxing title

It is somewhat surprising that Maxim had to wait so long for a world title shot, he was 28 and had already fought 87 times as a professional, considering his undoubted ability. Maxim's major fight was in May 1951, when he made a bid for Ezzard Charles's world heavyweight title. Maxim was unsuccessful, losing on points.

Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer at Auschwitz

Mengele applied to transfer to the concentration camp service. His application was accepted and he was posted to Auschwitz, where he was appointed by SS-Standortarzt Eduard Wirths, chief medical officer at Auschwitz, to the position of chief physician of the Zigeunerfamilienlager at Birkenau, a subcamp located on the main Auschwitz complex.

Memorial Day massacre

In the Memorial Day massacre of 1937, the Chicago Police Department shot and killed ten unarmed demonstrators in Chicago, on May 30, 1937. The incident took place during the Little Steel strike in the United States.

Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov is born

In 1965, He was the first human to conduct a spacewalk. It did not go well. His spacesuit inflated to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off and was barely able to return inside the spaceship. As of April 2017, Leonov is the last survivor of the five cosmonauts in the Voskhod program.

American biochemist Julius Axelrod is born

He studied the mechanism of formation of the hormone noradrenaline. Axelrod discovered and isolated enzyme which degrades chemical neurotransmitters when no longer needed. This resets the nerve connections and makes them to transmit new nerve impulses. Axelrod’s research helped the search for treatment of nervous and mental illnesses.


The first Indianapolis 500 car race

The 1911 International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday. It was the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500, which is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.

Writer Voltaire dies

Voltaire returned for the first time in over 25 years to Paris, among other reasons to see the opening of his latest tragedy, Irene. He soon became ill again and died. The accounts of his deathbed have been numerous and varying, and it has not been possible to establish the details of what precisely occurred.

Joan of Arc is burned

Joan of Ark of put on trial by the pro-English bishop Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges. After Cauchon declared her guilty she was burned at the stake in 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age. After she died, the English raked back the coals to expose her charred body so that no one could claim she had escaped alive.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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