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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)
  1957 MAY 17
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 05
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 MAY 24
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.
1984 MAY 24
New complex of Kerala Legislative Assembly (Niyama Sabha) inaugurated by K.R. Narayanan, the then President of India (Photo: New Legislaure Complex at Thiruvananthapuram) 
1987 MAY 20
Government led by E.K.Nayanar sworin in consequent on the general elections to Kerala Legislative Assembly held on April 27.
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.
2011 MAY 11
Captain C P Krishnan Nair, founder of Leela Group of Hotels, breathed his last owing to age-related ailments. He was 93. After serving in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army, Captain Krishna Nair shot to fame by launching the textile business in his wife's name. In 1986, Krishnan Nair launched his first Hotel Leela at Sahar in Mumbai and later opened its branches at other parts of the country. He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2010.

2015 MAY 30

Kollam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kannur towns have been elevated to “Y” category since the population of these towns crossed 5 lakshs.  The existing qualifying threshold of population for classification is 50 lakh and above for X, 5-50 lakh for Y and below 5 lakh for Z class cities. 





2016 MAY 16

The general election for the fourteenth legislative assembly was held to elect representatives of the 140 constituencies in Kerala. Voter turnout was 77.35 per cent. The result was declared on 19th May 2016. The Left Democratic Front won the election with 91 seats, while the ruling United Democratic Front could gain only 47 seats. The BJP gained one seat, the first ever seat in the Assembly, and one seat by an independent candidate. . 


2016 MAY 25

Pinarayi Vijayan assumed power as the Chief Minister of Kerala. E. P. Jayarajan (Industries),  Dr.T. M. Thomas Isaac (Finance), G. Sudhakaran (Public Works), A. K. Balan (Welfare of Scheduled Castes),  K. K. Shylaja (Health), C. Ravindranath (Education),  Kadakampally Surendran (Electricity), T. P. Ramakrishnan (Excise),  A. C. Moitheen (Co-operation),  J. Mercykutty Amma (Fisheris), . K. T. Jaleel (Local Self Governments), E. Chandrasekharan (Revenue), V. S. Sunil Kumar (Agriculture), P. Thilothaman (Civil Supplies),  K. Raju (Forests), Ramachandran Kadannappally (Port),  A. K. Saseendran (Transport)  and Mathew T. Thomas (Water Resources) were the ministers of his cabinet. Later E.P.Jayarajan and A.K.Saseendran resigned. M.M.Mani and Thomas Chandy were inducted as ministers in their place.