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1957 MAY 17

Representatives of the Catholic Church, Nair Service Society and political parties in the opposition led by the Indian National Congress met at Changanassery and decided to start Vimochana Samaram (liberation struggle) against the educational policy and land reform measures taken by the first Communist Government of Kerala. The struggle turned violent and culminated in the dismissal of the State Government by the Union Government of India (Photo: Volunteers of Vimochana Samaram on a march to picket a government office)

1961 MAY 2

Struggle against the eviction of about 1800 farmers of Amaravathy in Ayyappan Kovil of Idukki, who were thrown out of their land acquired for the construction of Idukki hydro-electric project without proving adequate rehabilitative measures. (Photo: A.K.G. who took over the leadership of the struggle, on hunger strike at Amaravathy).

1962 MAY 27

Premier Tyres, one of the leading tyre manufacturing factory started functioning at Kalamassery in Ernakulam district. The factory was taken over by the Appollo Tyres Ltd in April 1995.

1969 MAY 27

Mar Joseph Parekattil was elevated as the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Church by the Pope Paul VI. He was the Archbishop of Ernakulam.

1971 MAY 10

Government of Kerala nationalized 76,000 acres of  private forest land of Malabar region

1972 MAY 14

Government of Kerala launched “One lakh Housing” Scheme for providing shelter to the homeless. This was a model scheme implemented under the leadership of M.N.Govindan Nair, the Minister for Housing in the 1972 Achutha Menon ministry. (Photo: One of the houses constructed under the scheme)

1974 MAY 24

Construction of Idukki arch dam completed (Photo: Idukki Dam - construction stage)

1976 MAY 31

Headquarters of Idukki district shifted to Painavu. Till then it was functioning at Kottayam (Photo: A view of Painavu town)

1978 MAY 27

Renowned Malayalam poet P.Kunhiraman Nair passed away.  Poularly known as Mahakavi P, he was an award winner of Kerala Sahithya Academy and Kendra Sahithya Academy. His main works are Kaliyachhan ,Onassadya , Pookkalam, Thaamarathoni, Vaasantholsavam, Chilamboli,Ratholsavam, Thamarathen etc. In addition, he wrote a good number of stories, dramas and essays. [Photo: P.Kunhiraman Nair (right) with Edassery]

1979 MAY 19

Accident at Akaparambu  (near Angamali) railway level cross claimed 16 lives

1981 MAY 31

Veteran Mridunga maestro Palakkad Mani Iyer passed away. He was one of the leading percussionists in the field of Carnatic music and first Mridungist who won the Padmabhushan award.

1982 MAY 5

Akkamma Cheriyan, the legendary freedom fighter who was popularly known as the Jhansi Rani of Travancore, passed away.

1982 MAY 19

General Elections to Kerala Legislative Assembly held. Congress led United Democratic Front won a clear majority of 77 seats out of 140.

1982 MAY 24

United Democratic Front ministry led by K.Karunakaran sworn in. (Photo: K.Karunakaran with his cabinet collegues)

1984 MAY24

Kasaragod District, the 14th district of the State came into being. The new district comprising of the erstwhile Kasaragod and Hosdurg Taluks of Kannur district.

1987 MAY 20

Government led by E.K.Nayanar sworin in consequent on the general elections to Kerala Legislative Assembly held on April 27.

1998 MAY 22

New complex of Kerala Legislative Assembly (Niyama Sabha) inaugurated by K.R. Narayanan, the then President of India (Photo: New Legislaure Complex at Thiruvananthapuram) 

2001 MAY 10

General Elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly held. Electronic Voting Machines were used in all polling stations. Total contesting candidates were 676. Elections recorded a polling of 72.51 per cent. Congress led United Democratic Front won a thumbing majority of 99 seats out of 140. Later, one independent member gave support to the UDF raising the strength of ruling front to 100. Left Democratic Front could gain only 40 seats. 20 member United Democratic Front Council of Ministers led by A.K.Antony took charge on May 17

2006 MAY 04

Fire mishap occurred at a fire cracker manufacturing unit at Thrissur claimed seven lives (Photo: Authorities collecting evidences from the accident spot)

2006 MAY 11

Results of General Elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly declared. Left Democratic Front led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) won 98 seats out of 140. On May 18 V.S.Achuthanandan (along with other ministers) sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Kerala. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (Home), Paloli Mohamed Kutty (Local self Governments), M.A. Baby (Education), P.K. Gurudasan (Excise), P.K. Sreemathi Teacher (Health), Dr. Thomas Issac (Finance), A.K. Balan (Electricity & Backward Welfare), M. Vijayakumar(Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Sports), S. Sharma (Fisheries), Elamaram Kareem (Industries), G. Sudhakaran (Co-operation), C. Divakaran (Civil Supplies), K.P. Rajendran (Revenue), Binoy Viswam (Forests), Mullakkara Retnakaran (Agriculture), Mathew.T.Thomas (Transport)(Resigned on 20th March, 2009), P.J. Joseph (Works)(Expelled from ministry on 30th April, 2010),  N.K. Premachandran (Irrigation & Water Resources), T.U. Kuruvila (Works)(Resigned on 4th September, 2007), Mons Joseph (Works)(Resigned on 16th August, 2009), Kadannappally Ramachandran (Devaswom),Jose Thettayil (Transport)(Assumed office on 17th August, 2009), and V. Surendran Pillai (Works)(Assumed office on 3rd August, 2010) were his cabinet collegues.

2007 MAY 13

Eviction of encroachments in government land and unauthorized construction by resort owners at Munnar started as a special mission of the Government. Large area of land alleged to have been grabbed over the years by the encroachers and resort owners were confiscated and unauthorized constructions demolished. Later the programme was extended throughout the state, but the mission failed before achieving its targeted goal. (Photo: Demolishing an unauthorized resort at Munnar)

2009 MAY 19

Lok Sabha election results declared. In Kerala UDF won 16 seats out of 20 and LDF won 04 seats.

2011 MAY 11

Results of 2011 General Elections to Kerala Legislative Assembly declared. United Democratic Front led by Indian National Congress won a narrow majority of 72 seats out of 140. LDF won 68 seats.On May 18 Ommen Chandy sworn in as the 21st  Chief Minister of Kerala. P. K. Abdu Rabb (Education), Adoor Prakash (Revenue), A.P. Anil Kumar (Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Tourism), Anoop Jacob    (Food,Civil Supplies), Aryadan M0hammed (Power and Transport), K. Babu (Fisheries,Excise), C.N. Balakrishnan (Co-operation),V.K. Ebrahimkunju (Public Works), P.K. Jayalakshmi (Welfare of Scheduled Tribes), K.C. Joseph     (Rural Develop-ment, Culture), P.J. Joseph (Water Resources), P.K.Kunhalikutty (Industries), K. M. Mani (Finance, Law), Manjalamkuzhi Ali (Urban affairs and Welfare of Minorities), K. P. Mohanan (Agriculture, Animal Husbandry), M.K. Muneer (Panchayats and Social Welfare), Shibu Baby John (Labour & Rehabilitation),     V. S. Sivakumar (Health, Family welfare and Devaswom) and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan (Home and Vigilance) are the ministers in his cabinet.
2019 MAY 3
V.Viswanatha Menon, Former Finance Minister of Kerala passed away
2019 MAY 17
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan rang the opening bell at the London Stock Exchange (LSE)  to mark the listing of masala bonds sold by KIIFB.  Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) is established by the Government of Kerala with a view to finance critical and large scale infrastructure projects. KIIFB plans to raise Rs 5,000 crore through masala bonds to fund large and critical infrastructure projects in Kerala.
2019 MAY 23
(Image: Rahul Gandhi in an election campaign)
Lok Sabha election results announced. BJP led NDA under the leadership of Narendra Modi secured 303 seats out of 545 seats. In Kerala United Democratic Front led by Indian National Congress won 19 out of 20 Loksabha seats. One among the elected candidates is Rahul Gandhi, the national leader of the Congress. CPI (M) led Left Democratic Front, the state ruling coalition could win in only one seat.
2021 MAY 03

Kerala Legislative Assembly election results announced.  Left Democratic Front (LDF) retaining power with 99 seats marking the first time that an alliance won consecutive terms in the state since its 1977 election. The rival front, United Democratic Front, could win only 41 seats. No candidates fielded by the National Democratic Alliance could win.

2021 MAY 03
R.Balakrishna Pillai passed away. He served as a minister holding portfolios such as Transport and Electricity. He was a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kottarakara constituency for almost three decades
2021 MAY 07

Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma passed away. He served as Metropolitan of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church from 1999-2007 and Valiya Thirumeni (Metropolitan Emeritus) from 2007. He was the world's longest serving bishop, serving for −67 years, 11 months and 12 days. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2018.

2021 MAY 11

(Image: A deserted main road consequent on the lock-down)

Government announced complete “lock-down” and imposed restrictions as a part of Covid-19 containment activities. The lockdown continued till June 15, when it was partially withdrawn
2021 MAY 15

K.R.Gouri Amma passed away. She was one of the founding Left leaders in Kerala and part of the first democratically elected Communist government in the world under EMS as a minister. She also served as a minister in the communist-led ministries of 19671980 and 1987. Later she was expelled from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1994. She then formed a new political organ known as Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithy (JSS) and joined United Democratic Front led by Indian National Congress. She also became a minister in the Congress-led cabinet from 2001 to 2006. She held the record for the second longest serving MLA in Kerala Legislative Assembly.

2021 MAY 20

An unusually powerful tropical cyclone named Tauktae struck the coast and caused a trail of destruction in Kerala.

The second Council of Ministers headed by Pinarayi Vijayan assumed office. The ministry is having a total of 21 ministers