World events scheduled for May 2020 - interactive
May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020 - World Bee Day highlights a new UN program to save the threatened pollinators, Poland holds a presidential election by postal ballot, Italy aims to begin easing its coronavirus-related lockdown, and SpaceX’s first manned Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch. Anniversaries include the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and 75 years since the end of World War II in Europe.
Events in May continue to be dominated by the global coronavirus pandemic. Forthcoming events include:
May 4-13, U.S.: The Supreme Court will hear arguments in cases postponed from March that involve subpoenas for President Donald
Trump’s financial records.
May 8-9, Europe: The Covid-19 pandemic killed off planned commemorations to mark the 75th Victory in Europe (VE) Day. It also forced the postponement of Vladimir Putin’s huge Victory Day parade in Moscow.
May 10, Poland: The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) is driving ahead with a presidential election by postal ballot, despite a national lockdown. PiS-backed incumbent Andrzej Duda is predicted to win.
May 12, Italy: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born 200 years ago. The Lady with the Lamp dramatically reduced the mortality rate of soldiers in the Crimean War in an era before the
discovery of ether or antibiotics.
May 17-21, Switzerland: The World Health Organization Assembly must deal with U.S. President Trump’s decision to suspend funding, impacting efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
May 20, UN: World Bee Day highlights a new program by UNESCO and French perfumer Guerlain to help save the threatened pollinators. Bees are increasingly at risk from human activities.
May 23, Indonesia: The annual exodus of millions of people who stream out of cities to visit their family homes at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has been banned to curb the spread of coronavirus. Indonesia has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in East Asia after China.
May 27, U.S.: The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, with Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on board, is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station. It will be the first orbital launch of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil since the final space shuttle mission in 2011.