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What are the important events that happened on December 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 5 is the 340th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 26 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 22, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,480,896,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 54 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,445 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 5 Historical Events

  • 1082
    Ramon Berenguer II, Count of Barcelona is assassinated.
  • 1865
    Chincha Islands War: Peru allies with Chile against Spain.
  • 1876
    Brooklyn Theater Fire kills at least 278 people in Brooklyn, NY.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
  • 1977
    Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1687
    Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)
  • 1897
    Gershom Scholem, German-born Israeli Jewish philosopher and historian (d. 1982)
  • 1906
    Otto Preminger, Austrian-born film director, producer, and actor (d. 1986)
  • 1909
    Musashiyama Takeshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 33rd Yokozuna (d. 1969)
  • 1962
    Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and football-manager

Who died on December 5?

  • 1791
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1756)
  • 1951
    Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer (b. 1871)
  • 1973
    Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor (b. 1892)
  • 1991
    Richard Speck, American mass murderer (b. 1941)
  • 2010
    John Leslie, American pornographic actor and filmmaker (b. 1945)

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