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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, 24,681,600 minutes 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

  • 1408
    Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow.
  • 1492
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • 1757
    Seven Years’ War: Battle of Leuthen – Frederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.
  • 1932
    German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
  • 1978
    The Soviet Union signs a “friendship treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.

Who were born on December 5?

  • 1909
    Musashiyama Takeshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 33rd Yokozuna (d. 1969)
  • 1934
    Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor, artistic director of the National Theatre of Greece (d. 2007)
  • 1946
    José Carreras, Spanish tenor
  • 1954
    Gary Roenicke, American baseball player
  • 1958
    Dean Erickson, American actor

Who died on December 5?

  • 63 BC
    Publius Cornelius Lentulus (Sura), Roman statesman
  • 1870
    Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer (b. 1802)
  • 1925
    Władysław Reymont, Polish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1940
    Jan Kubelík, Czech violinist (b. 1880)
  • 1963
    Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Pakistani statesman (b. 1892)

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