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  • U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    Bank of America

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America

    U.S.
    Monday May 5, 2008

    LaSalle Bank and LaSalle Bank Midwest branches adopted the Bank of America name on May 5, 2008.




  • Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008

    Vladimir Putin

    Second premiership

    Moscow, Russia
    Thursday May 8, 2008

    Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution. First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was elected his successor. In a power-switching operation on 8 May 2008, only a day after handing the presidency to Medvedev, Putin was appointed Prime Minister of Russia, maintaining his political dominance.




  • Santiago, Chile
    Sunday May 11, 2008

    Vodafone

    Vodafone in Chile

    Santiago, Chile
    Sunday May 11, 2008

    On 11 May 2008, Vodafone sealed a trade agreement with the Chilean Entel PCS Chile, in which Entel PCS has access to the equipment and international services of Vodafone, and Vodafone will be one of the trademarks of Entel for the wireless business.




  • Vitnam
    Monday May 12, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Tremors in Vietnam

    Vitnam
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Tremors were felt approximately five minutes after the earthquake in northern parts of Vietnam. The intensity was MM III in Hanoi.




  • Tuva, Russia
    Monday May 12, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Russia

    Tuva, Russia
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Tremors were felt in Tuva, no casualties reported.




  • China
    Monday May 12, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Start of rescue operations

    China
    Monday May 12, 2008

    Persistent heavy rain and landslides in Wenchuan County and the nearby area badly affected rescue efforts. At the start of rescue operations on May 12, 20 helicopters were deployed for the delivery of food, water, and emergency aid, and also the evacuation of the injured and reconnaissance of quake-stricken areas.




  • China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Unaccepted offer

    China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Many rescue teams, including that of the Taipei Fire Department from Taiwan, were reported ready to join the rescue effort in Sichuan as early as Wednesday. However, the Red Cross Society of China said that (on May 13) "it was inconvenient currently due to the traffic problem to the hardest-hit areas closest to the epicenter".


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Beijing accepted the aid of the Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Beijing accepted the aid of the Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan late on May 13. Tzu Chi was the first force from outside the People's Republic of China to join the rescue effort.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    UNICEF reported that China formally requested the support of the international community to respond to the needs of affected families

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    Because of the magnitude of the quake, and the media attention on China, foreign nations and organizations immediately responded to the disaster by offering condolences and assistance. On May 14, UNICEF reported that China formally requested the support of the international community to respond to the needs of affected families.


  • China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Ministry of Civil Affairs stated that 10.7 billion yuan had been donated by the Chinese public

    China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    By May 14, the Ministry of Civil Affairs stated that 10.7 billion yuan (approximately US$1.5 billion at that time) had been donated by the Chinese public.


  • Mao County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    15 Special Operations Troops parachuted into inaccessible Mao County

    Mao County, Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
    Wednesday May 14, 2008

    On the afternoon of May 14, 15 Special Operations Troops, along with relief supplies and communications gear, parachuted into inaccessible Mao County, northeast of Wenchuan.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    By May 15, Premier Wen Jiabao ordered the deployment of an additional 90 helicopters, of which 60 were to be provided by the PLAAF, and 30 were to be provided by the civil aviation industry, bringing the total number of aircraft deployed in relief operations by the air force, army, and civil aviation to over 150, resulting in the largest non-combat airlifting operation in People's Liberation Army history.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Rescue groups from several countries

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    On May 16, rescue groups from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia, and Taiwan arrived to join the rescue effort.


  • China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    China stated it had also received $457 million in donated money and goods for rescue efforts

    China
    Friday May 16, 2008

    On May 16, China stated it had also received $457 million in donated money and goods for rescue efforts so far, including $83 million from 19 countries and four international organizations. Saudi Arabia was the largest aid donor to China, providing close to €40,000,000 in financial assistance, and an additional €8,000,000 worth of relief materials.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday May 17, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Praising

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Saturday May 17, 2008

    Rescue efforts performed by the Chinese government were praised by western media, especially in comparison with Myanmar's blockage of foreign aid during Cyclone Nargis, as well as China's previous performance during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. China's openness during the media coverage of the Sichuan earthquake led a professor at Peking University to say, "This is the first time [that] the Chinese media has lived up to international standards". Los Angeles Times praised China's media coverage of the quake as being "democratic".


  • Beijing, China
    Sunday May 18, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    The Giving of Love

    Beijing, China
    Sunday May 18, 2008

    On the evening of May 18, CCTV-1 hosted a special four-hour program called The Giving of Love, hosted by regulars from the CCTV New Year's Gala and round-the-clock coverage anchor Bai Yansong. It was attended by a wide range of entertainment, literary, business, and political figures from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Donations of the evening totaled 1.5 billion Chinese Yuan (~US$208 million). Of the donations, CCTV gave the biggest corporate contribution at ¥50 million.


  • China
    Monday May 19, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    National Mourning

    China
    Monday May 19, 2008

    The State Council declared a three-day period of national mourning for the quake victims starting from May 19, 2008; the PRC's National Flag and Regional Flags of Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions flown at half-mast. It was the first time that a national mourning period had been declared for something other than the death of a state leader, and many have called it the biggest display of mourning since the death of Mao Zedong.


  • Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday May 21, 2008

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    First Champions League final

    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
    Wednesday May 21, 2008

    First Champions League title awarded. The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place on Wednesday, 21 May 2008, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, to determine the winner of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. It was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, making it an all-English club final for the first time in the history of the competition.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 24, 2008

    James Bond

    BBC Radio 4 broadcast an adaptation of Dr. No.

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 24, 2008

    On 24 May 2008 BBC Radio 4 broadcast an adaptation of Dr. No. The actor Toby Stephens, who played Bond villain Gustav Graves in the Eon Productions version of Die Another Day, played Bond, while Dr. No was played by David Suchet.


  • Colombia
    Sunday May 25, 2008

    Colombian conflict

    FARC-Commander 'Timochenko' announcement

    Colombia
    Sunday May 25, 2008

    On May 24, 2008, Colombian magazine, Revista Semana, published an interview with Colombian defense minister Juan Manuel Santos in which Santos mentions the death of Manuel Marulanda Vélez. The news was confirmed by FARC-commander 'Timochenko' on Venezuelan based television station Telesur on May 25, 2008. 'Timochenko' announced the new commander in chief is 'Alfonso Cano'.


  • Guangyuan, Sichuan, China
    Monday May 26, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Strong aftershock in Qingchuan County

    Guangyuan, Sichuan, China
    Monday May 26, 2008

    Strong aftershocks continued to strike even months after the main quake. On May 25, an aftershock of 6.0 Mw (6.4 Ms according to CEA) hit northeast of the original earthquake's epicenter, in Qingchuan County, Sichuan.


  • Qingchuan County and Ningqiang County, China
    Wednesday May 28, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    27 May aftershocks

    Qingchuan County and Ningqiang County, China
    Wednesday May 28, 2008

    On May 27, two aftershocks, one 5.2 Mw in Qingchuan County and one 5.7 Mw in Ningqiang County, Shaanxi, led to the collapse of more than 420,000 homes and injured 63 people.


  • China
    Wednesday May 28, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Quake lakes

    China
    Wednesday May 28, 2008

    As a result of the earthquake and the many strong aftershocks, many rivers became blocked by large landslides, which resulted in the formation of "quake lakes" behind the blockages; these massive amounts of water were pooling up at a very high rate behind the natural landslide dams and it was feared that the blockages would eventually crumble under the weight of the ever-increasing water mass, potentially endangering the lives of millions of people living downstream. As of May 27, 2008, 34 lakes had formed due to earthquake debris blocking and damming rivers, and it was estimated that 28 of them were still of potential danger to the local people. Entire villages had to be evacuated because of the resultant flooding.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday May 29, 2008

    James Bond

    100th anniversary of Fleming's birth with new Writer

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday May 29, 2008

    After a gap of six years, Sebastian Faulks was commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications to write a new Bond novel, which was released on 28 May 2008, the 100th anniversary of Fleming's birth. The book—titled Devil May Care—was published in the UK by Penguin Books and by Doubleday in the US. The book—titled Devil May Care—was published in the UK by Penguin Books and by Doubleday in the US.


  • China
    Thursday May 29, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Government officials began inspecting the ruins of thousands of schools that collapsed

    China
    Thursday May 29, 2008

    On May 29, 2008, government officials began inspecting the ruins of thousands of schools that collapsed, searching for clues about why they crumbled.


  • Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    Saturday May 31, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Rescue efforts also came from Jet Li's One Foundation

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    Saturday May 31, 2008

    Rescue efforts also came from Jet Li's One Foundation which saw the martial arts actor Wu Jing assisting in the efforts.


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