Important Events and Developments in the Crypto and Blockchain Field in May Since 2010

May has consistently been a pivotal month for the crypto and blockchain industry, marked by significant events and developments that have shaped the landscape of this ever-evolving field. From groundbreaking transactions and technological advancements to regulatory milestones, each year in May has brought crucial moments for the crypto community.


  • Bitcoin’s First Pizza Purchase: In May 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz purchased two Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoin, marking the first real-world transaction using Bitcoin. This event is considered a significant milestone demonstrating Bitcoin’s use and potential.


  • Bitcoin Surpasses $1: In May 2011, Bitcoin’s price exceeded the $1 mark for the first time, signifying increased interest and confidence in Bitcoin.


  • Silk Road Shutdown: In May 2013, the FBI shut down Silk Road, an online marketplace used for money laundering and drug trafficking. This event raised concerns about Bitcoin’s use in illegal activities and caused a downturn in the crypto markets.


  • Ethereum Mainnet Launch: In May 2015, the Ethereum mainnet was launched, enabling the development of smart contracts and decentralized applications. This development expanded the use cases of blockchain technology and paved the way for innovative applications in the crypto space.


  • Bitcoin Surpasses $2,000: In May 2017, Bitcoin’s price surged past the $2,000 mark, signalling the beginning of a bull run in the crypto markets.


  • Bitcoin Drops to $7,000: In May 2018, Bitcoin’s price fell to $7,000 following the significant rise in 2017, marking the start of a bear market in the crypto space.


  • Facebook Announces Libra: In May 2019, Facebook announced its cryptocurrency project, Libra. The project aimed to create a global payment system and reach Facebook’s over 2 billion users. However, regulatory pushback led to the project’s cancellation in 2020, stalling Facebook’s foray into cryptocurrency.


  • DeFi Sector Development: In May 2020, the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector began to gain traction. DeFi platforms offer financial services like lending, borrowing, and investing without the need for a central authority, challenging the traditional financial system.


  • Tesla Starts Accepting Bitcoin: In May 2021, Tesla, led by Elon Musk, started accepting Bitcoin as a payment method, marking a significant milestone for Bitcoin’s adoption by institutional investors.


  • TerraUSD (UST) Collapse: In May 2022, the TerraUSD stablecoin, pegged to the US dollar, collapsed, raising concerns about the security of stablecoins and triggering a crisis of confidence in the crypto markets.


  • Bitcoin Falls to $30,000: Factors such as Federal Reserve rate hikes and the TerraUSD collapse caused Bitcoin’s price to drop to $30,000 in May 2023.
  • First Bitcoin Spot ETF Launched: VanEck launched the Bitcoin Strategy ETF (XBTF), the first spot ETF for Bitcoin in the US, signaling growing institutional interest in Bitcoin.


  • Crypto Markets Surge: In May 2024, the crypto markets experienced a significant surge, with Bitcoin surpassing $70,000 and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Solana also gaining value.
  • EU Adopts MiCA Regulation: The European Union adopted the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation to govern and supervise crypto assets, marking a significant step for the development of crypto markets in Europe.
  • El Salvador Drops Bitcoin as Legal Tender: Despite adopting Bitcoin as legal tender in 2023, El Salvador decided to discontinue this practice in 2024, raising concerns about Bitcoin’s use as an official currency.
  • Continued Development of CBDCs: Many central banks continued to develop their digital currencies (CBDCs), and their impact on the crypto markets remains a topic of interest.
  • Ethereum ETF Approved: In May 2024, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the first spot Ethereum ETF, making it easier for both institutional and individual investors to gain exposure to Ethereum, potentially increasing its adoption and market liquidity.

Note: These updates are current as of May 2024.