North Rhine-Westphalia minister-president Armin Laschet is elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, one of the ruling parties in the Bundestag and the party of incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel. Laschet's election makes him a front-runner to be the party's candidate in the federal election in September.
Five children who were siblings are found dead in their apartment in Solingen, NRW, Germany. Their elder brother survived. Their mother, who is injured after throwing herself in front of a train in Düsseldorf, is suspected of the killings.
A statue of former Soviet Union leader Vladimir Lenin is officially unveiled in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. It is first ever statue of a Soviet figure in the former West Germany. Despite strong opposition from local officials, the state court in Münster has blocked attempts to remove it.
Police shoot dead a Turkish man who tried to attack officers with a knife in the city of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Police say a search of the man's flat later did not suggest a terrorist motive and that he was mentally ill.
Voters in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia head to the polls for an election, with the Social Democratic Party of Germany winning the most votes, allowing it to continue in government with the support of the Greens. [http:--www.abc.net.au-news-2012-05-14-merkels-party-routed-in-state-polls-4008830 (Reuters via ABC Australia)]. [http:--www.cleveland.com-newsflash-index.ssf-story-merkel-risks-setback-in-german-state-vote-c6fdf6b2aa684b2c92405ef8176379ca (AP via "Cleveland Plain-Dealer")]date=August 2019