2016 Week 20

This includes events of Sunday, May 8, 2016 through Saturday May 14, 2016.

   

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Other history

Other history including prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history can be connected.

Other modern history including the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, and 19th century can be connected.

Other periods of the 20th century including the early 20th century, early mid 20th century, mid 20th century, late mid 20th century, and late 20th century can be connected.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 German Justice Minister Heiko Maas says he will propose legislation to annul homosexuality convictions, and create a “right to compensation.” A 19th-century law outlawed sexual relations between men. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, but the law itself was not rescinded until 1994. (AP via The Washington Post) (Deutsche Welle)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 London football club West Ham United F.C. play the final match of their 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground, before moving to the city's Olympic Stadium. (BBC)

Other early 21st century including the early 2000s, late 2000s, and early 2010s can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigns after seven and a half years in office; says he lost the backing of his Social Democrats party. (USA Today)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Death of Freddie Gray Officer Edward Nero waives his right to a jury trial on misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. (Reuters)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 West Fertilizer Company explosion The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives finds that a 2013 fire at a fertilizer plant in the American town of West, Texas, that killed 15 people was arson and begins the search for suspects. (Fox News)

Other late 2010s including other 2016 can be connected.

Other 2016

Other periods of 2016 including the first quarter 2016 and other periods of the second quarter 2016 can be connected.

The first quarter 2016 including January 2016, February 2016, and March 2016 can be connected.

Other periods of the second quarter 2016 including April 2016 and other weeks of May 2016 can be connected.

April 2016 including 2016 week 14, 2016 week 15, 2016 week 16, 2016 week 17, and 2016 week 18 can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Panama Papers The Panama Papers go online at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists website. (BBC)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Baltimore, Maryland, primary election, 2016 Maryland state elections officials decertify the results of Baltimore’s April 26, 2016, primary election because, for example, the number of ballots cast was hundreds more than the number of voters who checked in at polling places. (The Washington Post)

Other weeks of May 2016 including 2016 week 19 can be connected. 2016 week 21 can be connected.

Tuesday May 10, 2016 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire Alberta authorities update information about the fire. About 2,400 homes and buildings were destroyed, but firefighters saved 25,000 others in the city, including the hospital, municipal buildings, and every functioning school. They expect most of the 88,000 evacuees will return to their homes within two weeks. The fire, which has merged with another blaze, is about 884 square miles (2,090 square kilometers) in size. The majority of Canada's oil sands industry, and a third of the country's total oil output, is offline, though Shell Canada has restarted its Albian Sands mining operations. (AP)

The future can be connected.

Sociology

Peoples of the world including nations and major groups of Western Civilization, Asiatic peoples, African peoples, and American Indian peoples can be connected.

Nations such as Tanzania, Argentina, Kenya, Poland, Algeria, Canada, Iraq, Uganda, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ghana, North Korea, Mozambique, Taiwan, Australia, Syria, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, Romania, Chile, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Mali, Ecuador, Cambodia, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Chad, Cuba, Belgium, Greece, Rwanda, Tunisia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Bolivia, Guinea, Burundi, Haiti, Hungary, Somalia, Sweden, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Azerbaijan, Benin, Austria, Honduras, United Arab Emirates, South Sudan, Switzerland, Israel, Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Libya, Paraguay, Jordan, Laos, El Salvador, Togo, Nicaragua, Eritrea, Denmark, Kyrgystan, Slovakia, Finland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Turkmenistan, Norway, Central African Republic, Ireland, Georgia can be connected.

Western Civilization including Anglic peoples, Latin peoples, Germanic peoples, and Northeast European peoples can be connected. Ukraine can be connected.

Anglic peoples including Anglo-American peoples can be connected. The United Kingdom can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Australian federal election, 2016 Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull has called a historic double dissolution election with both houses of Parliament being dissolved and an election to be held on July 2. (ABC News)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 London football club West Ham United F.C. play the final match of their 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground, before moving to the city's Olympic Stadium. (BBC)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Dissident Irish Republican campaign MI5 raises the threat level for dissident Northern Ireland militants from "moderate" to "substantial", meaning there is a strong possibility of an attack on the British mainland. (NY Times) (Reuters) (BBC)

Thursday May 12, 2016 The Bank of England issues an unusually sharp warning about the possible economic consequences of an "Out" vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. (Reuters)

Anglo-American peoples including those of the United States can be connected.

Tuesday May 10, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016, United States presidential election in West Virginia, 2016, United States presidential election in Nebraska, 2016 Voters in the state of West Virginia head to the polls to vote in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. Voters in the state of Nebraska vote in the Republican presidential primary with Donald Trump just 169 delegates short of securing the nomination. (New York Daily News) (Lincoln Journal Star) Trump is projected as the winner in the Republican primary in West Virginia while Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Democratic Primary. (New York Times), (BBC) Trump is projected to win Nebraska. (Washington Examiner)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 An assailant stabs four people, killing two, at a home and a mall in Taunton, Massachusetts. A third victim is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The suspect was shot and killed by an off-duty deputy sheriff at the second scene. (CNN) (The Boston Globe)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Death of Freddie Gray Officer Edward Nero waives his right to a jury trial on misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. (Reuters)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan blocks the $6.3 billion merger of major office supply companies Staples and Office Depot, finding it would result in reduced competition and higher prices. The companies announce they are abandoning the deal. (The Washington Post)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire Alberta authorities update information about the fire. About 2,400 homes and buildings were destroyed, but firefighters saved 25,000 others in the city, including the hospital, municipal buildings, and every functioning school. They expect most of the 88,000 evacuees will return to their homes within two weeks. The fire, which has merged with another blaze, is about 884 square miles (2,090 square kilometers) in size. The majority of Canada's oil sands industry, and a third of the country's total oil output, is offline, though Shell Canada has restarted its Albian Sands mining operations. (AP)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 In basketball, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is named NBA MVP for the second straight season. Curry is the first player ever to receive all possible first-place votes. (ESPN)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 West Fertilizer Company explosion The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives finds that a 2013 fire at a fertilizer plant in the American town of West, Texas, that killed 15 people was arson and begins the search for suspects. (Fox News)

Thursday May 12, 2016 A criminal investigation is launched by the New Hampshire attorney general against law enforcement officials after news footage showed Massachusetts/New Hampshire police appear to beat a man who was surrendering at the end of a bi-state car chase. (Washington Post via MSN)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Baltimore, Maryland, primary election, 2016 Maryland state elections officials decertify the results of Baltimore’s April 26, 2016, primary election because, for example, the number of ballots cast was hundreds more than the number of voters who checked in at polling places. (The Washington Post)

Friday May 13, 2016 The United States Education and Justice Departments advise U.S. public school districts across the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. The new guidance comes as Justice and North Carolina battle in federal court over the state's new so-called bathroom bill. (AP) (Reuters)

Saturday May 14, 2016 A bus crashes on U.S. Route 83 in Texas about 46 miles north of the city of Laredo resulting in eight deaths and 44 injured. (AP)

Latin peoples

Latin peoples including Italian, French, Hispanic, and Lusitanic peoples can be connected. Spain can be connected.

Italian peoples such as those of Italy can be connected.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Recognition of same-sex unions in Italy The Italian Parliament gives final approval to legislation recognizing civil unions of same-sex couples. (The New York Times)

French peoples including those of France can be connected.

Hispanic peoples including Hispanic Mexican American peoples can be connected. Colombia can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Panama Papers The Panama Papers go online at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists website. (BBC)

Friday May 13, 2016 2016 state of emergency in Venezuela Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro declares a sixty-day state of emergency. (BBC), (Guardian), (Reuters)

Friday May 13, 2016 Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernández is indicted on fraud charges in relation to alleged irregularities in the sale of United States dollars by the Central Bank during her term in office. (Reuters)

Friday May 13, 2016 A massive fire breaks out at a tire dump in Seseña, near Madrid in Spain. The illegal dump contains 100,000 tons of used vehicle tires. The smoke from the fire is visible for at least 30km. (ABC News)

Saturday May 14, 2016 2016 state of emergency in Venezuela Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro orders the seizure of factories that have stopped production and the jailing of their owners amid a nationwide state of emergency. During a speech to pro-government supporters in Caracas, he said the country had to recover the means of production, to counter its deep economic crisis. He also said military exercises would take place next weekend to counter "foreign threats". (BBC)

Hispanic Mexican American peoples such as those of Mexico can be connected.

Lusitanic peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff Waldir Maranhão, the acting President of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, says that the impeachment vote in that chamber should be annulled due to procedural irregularities and the voting process be held again. The Federal Senate is due to start voting on whether to impeach President Rousseff later this week. (Al-Jazeera)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff Brazil's Federal Senate unanimously votes to strip Delcídio do Amaral of his senate seat. Amaral, one of Rousseff's biggest foes, was arrested last November for allegedly taking kickbacks from Petrobras. (AP) The Supreme Federal Court rejects the government's request to rule on the merits of last month's Chamber of Deputies impeachment vote. (AP)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff The Federal Senate of Brazil debates whether to suspend and impeach President Dilma Rousseff for allegedly breaching budget rules. The President's allies are not optimistic about the Senate vote. (New York Times) (India.Com)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff The Brazilian Senate votes (55-22) to begin the impeachment process against the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and suspend her from office while the trial takes place. (BBC)

Friday May 13, 2016 Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff Vice President of Brazil, Michel Temer, assumes the presidential powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil. (Huffington Post) (NBC News)

Germanic peoples such as those of Germany can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigns after seven and a half years in office; says he lost the backing of his Social Democrats party. (USA Today)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Munich knife attack One person is killed and several others injured in a knife attack at the Grafing station, a station of the Munich S-Bahn system in Germany. (Sky News)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 German Justice Minister Heiko Maas says he will propose legislation to annul homosexuality convictions, and create a “right to compensation.” A 19th-century law outlawed sexual relations between men. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, but the law itself was not rescinded until 1994. (AP via The Washington Post) (Deutsche Welle)

Northeast European peoples such as those of Russia can be connected.

Friday May 13, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to "neutralize" a new ballistic missile defense system which the United States has activated in Europe. (Reuters) (US News) (BBC)

Saturday May 14, 2016 At least three people are killed and dozens are wounded after a mass brawl, involving around 200 people, mostly North Caucasusian migrants, breaks out in Khovanskoye Cemetery in southwest Moscow. The Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin said that none of those responsible would go unpunished. (Reuters)

Saturday May 14, 2016 Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Ukraine's Jamala, performing the song "1944", wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. (BBC)

Asiatic peoples including Middle Eastern, South Asian, Oriental, and Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples can be connected. Burma can be connected.

Middle Eastern peoples such as those of Egyptian and Persian peoples can be connected. Turkey can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Terrorism in Saudi Arabia A policeman is killed in a shootout with militants in Taif, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters) (FOX News)

Sunday May 8, 2016 Syrian Civil War Spillover of the Syrian Civil War, Turkey–ISIL conflict Turkish shelling kills 55 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents in northern Syria in retaliation for rocket attacks on Kilis, a Turkish border town. (Reuters) (Daily Progress) Three Spanish journalists were released after being abducted around Aleppo, Syria, and held hostage by the Al-Nusra Front since 13 July 2015. (The Telegraph (UK))

Monday May 9, 2016 Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition kill at least 10 in Yemen. (NY Times)

Monday May 9, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–present) The Pentagon announces the death of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) leader Abu Waheeb and three other militants in an airstrike near the town of Rutba, Iraq. (FOX News) (Reuters)

Monday May 9, 2016 An ISIL car bomb kills at least 50 and injures 54 people in the eastern Iraq city of Baquba. (AAP via News Limited)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Kurdish–Turkish conflict (2015–present) At least three are killed in a car bomb targeting a Turkish police vehicle in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (FOX News)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–present) 11 May 2016 Baghdad bombings At least 64 people are killed and 87 injured in a bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, Baghdad. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claims responsibility. (CNN) (NY Times) ISIS bury alive 45 of their own fighters in Qayyarah for fleeing a battle. (Mirror) (Armen Press)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Israeli–Palestinian conflict (2015–present) Israel seals off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for two days while Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's remembrance day and independence day) is celebrated. (Haaretz)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Yemeni Crisis (2011–present) Al Qaeda militants kill at least 13 Yemeni government troops near the city of Mukalla. (AFP via Daily Mail) Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)

Thursday May 12, 2016 A twin suicide bombing attack at a police station in Baghdad kills five people. Yesterday 93 people had been killed and 165 injured in the deadliest day of attacks in Iraq this year. (AP via Fox News)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Syrian Civil War Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens unilateral action against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria inside Syria. (Hurriyet Daily) (WSJ)

Friday May 13, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–present) An Australian security contractor is killed outside the Australian embassy in Baghdad. There are unconfirmed reports that he was shot. (ABC News Australia) Three gunmen open fire on a Real Madrid supporters club meeting in a cafe in Samarra northern Iraq, killing at least 14 and wounding 25. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims responsibility for attack. (ABC News) (Reuters) (Irish Independent)

Friday May 13, 2016 Syrian Civil War Hezbollah says Mustafa Badreddine, one of Hezbollah's highest ranking officials believed responsible for military operations in Syria, has been killed by artillery fire from the Syrian rebels. (Al-Jazeera)

Friday May 13, 2016 Kurdish-Turkish conflict (2015–present) Eight Turkish soldiers and 21 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants are killed in clashes and in a subsequent helicopter crash near Turkey's border with Iraq. (VOA News) (Reuters) (Washington Post)

Saturday May 14, 2016 Syrian Civil War Turkey's Anadolu Agency reports that 45 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants have been killed by a combination of Turkish Army shelling and a U.S. air strike north of Aleppo. (Reuters vs Trust)

Saturday May 14, 2016 U.S. officials believe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has declared a state of emergency in its self-declared capital, Al-Raqqah. (CNN) (FOX News) (CBS News)

Saturday May 14, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014–present) At least 14 suicide bombers attack a complex, killing themselves and at least 6 people. (AP via FOX News)

Egypt can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Sinai insurgency Gunmen kill eight policemen in an ambush outside Cairo. The attack is claimed by Islamic State. (CNN) (Reuters) (BBC)

Persian peoples such as those of Iran can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 War in Afghanistan (2015–present) Afghan officials hang six Taliban prisoners. (Washington Post)

Sunday May 8, 2016 At least 73 people are killed in a collision between two buses and a fuel tanker in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. (BBC) (USA Today)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 War in Afghanistan (2015–present) Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gilani, is rescued in a joint operation by U.S. and Afghan forces three years after he was kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants. (AFP via ABC News Australia)

Saturday May 14, 2016 War in Afghanistan (2015–present) At least two people are killed and 12 injured after a suicide bomb attack on a police training center in Helmand Province. (Stars and Stripes)

South Asian peoples such as those of India and Pakistan can be connected. Bangladesh can be connected.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 The head of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Motiur Rahman Nizami, is executed for his alleged role in acts of genocide and war crimes 45 years ago during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami is the fifth senior opposition leader to be executed in connection with the war; a total of 17 people have received the death penalty. Authorities prepare for possibly violent protests. (AP via The Washington Post) (Vice News) (The New York Times)

Saturday May 14, 2016 A Buddhist monk is hacked to death in Bangladesh. (VOA News) (CNN)

Saturday May 14, 2016 More than 50 have been killed by lightning strikes in Bangladesh over the past two days. (BBC)

India can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 At least seven people are killed and 30 injured in a bus accident in Ranchi, the capital of the Indian state of Jharkand. (NDTV)

Pakistan can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Unidentified gunmen shoot dead Khurram Zaki, a Pakistani rights activist known for speaking out against the Taliban. (VOA News)

Oriental peoples such as those of China can be connected. Japan can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rules out a nuclear first strike unless North Korea's sovereignty is violated. (NPR)

Monday May 9, 2016 North Korea–United Kingdom relations Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, the BBC's Tokyo correspondent, was detained in North Korea before being expelled by the government for "speaking very ill of the system". (BBC)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Nissan announces that it will buy 34% of fellow Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors for 237.4 billion yen ($2.2 billion). (The Independent)

China can be connected.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Gou Zhongwen replaces the disgraced Lu Xiwen as the Deputy Party Secretary of Beijing. (Wen Wei Po)

Sunday May 8, 2016 At least 41 people are missing in Taining County of China's Fujian province after a landslide hits a construction workers dormitory. (BBC)

Monday May 9, 2016 The death toll from yesterday's landslide in Taining County in China's Fujian province rises to 14 with 25 still missing, (AP via Daily Mail)

Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples including Mainland Southeast Asian peoples and Southeast Asian Island peoples can be connected. South Korea can be connected.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 A fragment of the world's oldest ground-edge axe dated at between 45,000 and 49,000 years old is found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. (ABC News Australia)

Mainland Southeast Asian peoples such as those of Vietnam can be connected. Thailand can be connected.

Thursday May 12, 2016 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 The Government of Malaysia confirms that two more pieces of debris found in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off the coast of Mauritius are "almost certainly" from Malaysia Airlines 370 that disappeared two years ago. (AP via New York Times)

Vietnam can be connected.

Southeast Asian Island peoples such as those of Indonesia can be connected. The Philippines can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Philippine general election, 2016 Filipino voters head to the polls for a presidential election with unofficial counts showing Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte with a commanding lead. (CNN), (AP)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 Rodrigo Duterte continues to lead in the presidential race, while Leni Robredo leads Bongbong Marcos by a small margin in the vice presidential race. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Indonesia can be connected.

African peoples including Eastern African, West African, and Central African peoples can be connected. South Africa can be connected.

Eastern African peoples such as those of Ethiopia can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 War in Somalia (2009–present) A suicide car bomb targeting Mogadishu's traffic police headquarters kills at least four. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (NY Times) (Reuters)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 At least 50 are killed in flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Ethiopia. (FOX News)

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Ugandan general election, 2016 Uganda arrests opposition leader Kizza Besigye as he addressed a crowd of supporters in the capital Kampala, and shuts down access to social media within the country prior to President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration tomorrow. (The New York Times) (Global Voices)

West African peoples such as those of Nigeria can be connected.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 Amnesty International reports that this year at least 149 have died, including children, in a military detention center, Giwa barracks, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (VOA News) (Amnesty)

Friday May 13, 2016 At least one person is dead as a shopping mall being built in the Nigerian city of Abeokuta collapses. Unconfirmed reports indicate that ten people may have died. (BBC)

Central African peoples such as those of Congo DR can be connected.

American Indian peoples

American Indian peoples including Middle American Indian, South American Indian, and North American Indian peoples can be connected. Colombia can be connected.

Middle American Indian peoples including Southwestern American Indian peoples can be connected. Mexico can be connected. Southwestern American Indian peoples such as those of the southwestern United States can be connected.

South American Indian peoples such as those of Brazil can be connected.

North American Indian peoples such as those of the United States can be connected.

Communities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, New York City, Mumbai, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Delhi, Shanghai, Manila, Karachi, Cairo, Beijing, Osaka, Canton, Moscow, Los Angeles, Calcutta, Dacca, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Shenzhen, Lagos, Paris, Nagoya, Lima, Chicago, Kinshasa, Tianjin, Chennai, Bengaluru, London, Saigon, Donguan, Hyderabad, Chengdu, Lahore, Jonannesburg, Tehran, Essen, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Ahmedabad, Chongqing, Baghdad, Hangzhou, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago, Dallas, San Francisco, Quanzhou, Miami, Shenyang, Belo Horizonte, Philadelphia, Nanjing, Madrid, Houston, Xian, Milan can be connected. Social mechanics including social change, social types, and social structure can be connected.

Institutions including education and families can be connected. Religion including particular religions of the world, religious organization, religious practice, and religious belief can be connected. Government including particular governments, government activity, government structure, and law can be connected. Economics including economic systems, industries, and economic activity can be connected.

Culture including behavioral culture, conceptual culture, and material culture can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Sport 2015 FIFA corruption case UEFA President Michel Platini, who had been suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee last fall, announces his resignation following the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision that let stand his ban, shortened to four years which corresponds to the duration of his remaining time in office. The court ruled that Platini was guilty of conflict of interest for taking a $2 million payment from FIFA approved by Sepp Blatter in 2011. (USA Today)

Friday May 13, 2016 Association football Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese United Nations official, is appointed as the Secretary General of FIFA. She is the first woman and first person from outside Europe to be appointed to the position. (AP vi Daily Mail) Kosovo and Gibraltar are elected as new members of FIFA. (BBC)

Saturday May 14, 2016 2015–16 La Liga In football, FC Barcelona wins La Liga for the 24th time. It is FC Barcelona's second straight title and sixth in the last eight years. (Sports Illustrated)

Saturday May 14, 2016 FA Women's Cup Arsenal LFC defeats Chelsea LFC 1-0 to win their 14th title before a record match for this fixture at Wembley Stadium. (Eurosport)

Anthropology including particular groups, human geography, human ecology, physical anthropology, demography, and social foundations can be connected.

Personal studies including biography, psychology, and the human body can be connected.

Thursday May 12, 2016 Longevity claims A 120-year old woman is found living in the Astrakhan Oblast of Russia, which would make her the world's oldest living person. However, her birth year remains internationally unverified. Thus, 116-year old Italian Emma Morano is still listed as the oldest verified living person. (TASS) The world's oldest person, American Susannah Mushatt Jones, dies at the age of 116. (Wave 3)

Science including biology, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, and physics can be connected.

Monday May 9, 2016 Science A transit of Mercury occurs, visible from Africa, the Americas, Europe and most of Asia. (BBC), (Daily Mail), (New York Times)

Tuesday May 10, 2016 NASA confirms that 1,284 objects discovered by its Kepler spacecraft are in fact exoplanets. (The Verge)

Thursday May 12, 2016 Researchers from Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, Hungary, reveal that (225088) 2007 OR10 is the third largest dwarf planet in the solar system. (Gizmodo)


Created 9 May 2016 Last updated 20 May 2016